5 on Friday 04/02/22

It’s Friday, and here on No Rerolls that means it’s time for an all-new 5 on Friday. We’re going to start with 5 exciting releases for this week before moving on to our usual digest of some of our favourite articles from the past week. Of course, we’re slow readers, so don’t be surprised if there are some articles that are a little older – these are just some of the great articles we happen to have actually read in the past week.

Releases & Previews

Every week there are many games and miniatures released. This will probably be a mix of previews, preorders and releases, and with release dates being the way they are in this industry, it’s always pretty approximate. Excuses out of the way, here are 5 of the releases that caught our attention this week:

Games Workshop releases a new starter set for Kill Team – New Kill Team was, on release, controversial in some sectors. The symbols for measurement and the completely different force composition seemed to upset a fair few players. Since then, a consensus seems to have formed that, actually, the game is pretty good. Now, following a limited-release starter set, the general-release set is up for preorder:

Containing some scatter terrain, books, gubbins, dice, and miniatures, the set is pretty decent. There’s no bigger, chunky terrain like there was in the limited box, but then this is a lot cheaper. A good set to get you started, though you might need to pick up the full rule book to explore the full, wider game.

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MÖRK BORG Compatible Core Reference Cards now up on Kickstarter – I’ve still not properly looked into MÖRK BORG. The visual style of the game really appeals to me, and it’s present so well. Reviews always seem to be pretty glowing as well. Now, there’s a Kickstart campaign for some reference cards to go along with the game:

I don’t know enough to really add more. This type of resource is useful for most games, so I assume there’s no real difference here. They look cool. They sound useful. I need to read up on this game.

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TTCombat releases new Battlegroups (like this cool Shaltari Swift Armour Battlegroup) for Dropzone CommanderDropzone is a fun game. I’ve enjoyed some intro games at our local gaming group. This was some time ago, now. I’m sure the game has moved on a bit since. The starter sets for the gamer are generally pretty good and now we’re seeing the release of a kind of ‘next step’ series of boxes:

The game appeals, but I just can’t seem to find games or time for non-GW stuff at the moment. If I do go down the route of Dropzone, I actually have a starter set for the Shaltari faction. I’d therefore likely be interested in the Shaltari box above. I just love the idea of their warp gates, and they’ve got some really beautiful miniatures.

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Kobold Kompendium Mod released for Fantasy Grounds Unity – Kobolds! As wee, low-threat enemies go, I really love the Kobolds. Good treatment of the Kobolds is actually why I really like the Midgard campaign setting. Appropriately enough, Midgard is also published by Kobold Press. This book is a DM’s Guild offering from Grim Press. They previously published a PDF, but are now putting out their Fantasy Grounds mod:

I can’t say that I’m a huge fan of these virtual tabletop apps, but I do see the value. For example, I really don’t like the UI of Roll20, but it really kept the local RPG scene going during the lockdown(s). I’m grateful for that. I’ve not tried Fantasy Grounds, but I assume it’s similar, at least in principle. On the actual content… well, with 37 new kobold-themed stat blocks, a stack of new traps and lairs, and loads of new lore, there’s a lot to love in here.

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Army painter to release Speedpaint range – The upcoming release of The Army Painter’s Speedpaints range has generated a fair bit of buzz. This is their answer to Games Workshop’s Contrast range. In addition to the individual bottles of paint, they are also releasing a starter set with a selection of colours and a mega set with all of them:

I make no secret of my love of contrasts. Heck, I did a whole army in those paints. I’m quite excited to try these out. Might be a good bet for the Genestealer Cults. My set is due to arrive mid-march, so we’ll have to have a good play around with them once they arrive.

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Blog Posts & Articles

The meat of 5 on Friday, the articles are listed in no particular order, so let’s get into some recommendations:

Early views on Army Painter speed paints @ Scent of a Gamer  I’m looking forward to the release of Army Painter’s line of Speed paints. I’ve preordered mine. This post has a good selection of reviews of the range from prominant miniatures painters on Youtube. I think they give a reasonably balanced view, and there’s some useful discussion in the comments as well.

Your Spiderfang Lists – plus the February Listbuilding Challenge @ Plastic Craic The spiders were the first of the Gloomspite Gits that I actually played with, but they’re likely to be the last that I’ll paint. I’ll get around to them, and seeing fun lists helps with that motivation. The Kragnos list sound particularly appealling, and I’ve got everything I’d need for that one.

Necromunda: Where to begin? @ Decisive Operations A great introduction to what you need to get started with Necromunda. It’s concise, but it does cover everything it needs to. This’ll be a good post to link to folk that are either interested in the game, or whom you hope to get interested.

Blackpowder’s Buccaneers @ Can You Roll a Crit? – I love this new warband for Underworlds. The main character, the pirate Ogor, is fantastic. He’s at once new and fresh, and still clearly part of the world with many of the typical design cues of the existing Ogors. The wee animals and Gnoblars are great, too. The bird is especially pretty. The articles gives a thorough rundown of everything in the box. The summary at the end is also really useful, describing a cool, thematic warband that just doesn’t quite work competitively.

Hobby Resolutions For 2022 – January Update @ Sprues & Brews A nice hobby roundup, this features the previously mentioned Blackpowder’s Buccaneers. They’re well painted, as are the Stormcast Eternals Annihilators. The gallery at the bottom, showing beautifully painted armies from a recent event is just stunning.

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On No Rerolls this week, I’ve done shared my thoughts on choosing a force for an upcoming Path to Glory campaign, some pictures of my recently completed Sons of Behemat army, and the entries for my local club’s January painting contest.

Catch ya’ll next week!

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