5 on Friday 11/02/22

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 Eldritch Omens, a new battle box for Warhammer 40,000 – Another month, another 2-player battle box from Games Workhop. This 40K offering consists of a couple of small sources for the force of the Chaos Space Marines and the Eldar (or whatever they’re being called these days):

With the exception of the big Forgefiend/Maulerfiend kit, these are all new miniatures, which is great to see. The new Warpsmith is particularly cool, though it’s odd to see him on that oval base. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m very tempted by the idea of the iron Warriors. The new Eldar are all excellent, and this really whets the appetite for the full release which will no doubt be coming soon.

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Wizkids releases new D&D miniature, Juiblex, Demon Lord of Slime and Ooze – I find the D&D miniatures that Wizkids produces to be very hit or miss. So many of their character models are just not that impressive, whilst others are actually pretty good. A friend just painted up their Owlbear miniature, which is one of the best I’ve seen:

This latest offering in the D&D Icons of the Realms series is pretty interesting. I like Oozes, and this is a big, impressive one:

You wouldn’t want to put much paint on this mini, so as to maintain that cool, translucency. I can’t say I know much about this character, but a quick skim of the Forgotten Realms wiki has me pretty interested.

Cubicle 7 releases The Imperial Zoo, a bestiary for Warhammer Fantasy RoleplayBestiaries! I love bestiaries. They are often the most fun part of any RPG system. It will be especially fun for me as it explores and expands on a setting that I have long love, the world of Warhammer:

There are some familiar creatures in here, including the Troll Hag. I painted one of those! I’d love to say more, but the preview from DTRPG is truly awful. It’s a map. Not a creature profile. Not a table of contents (that would have been very useful). A map. I like maps, but this is a bestiary. I do think that this book looks like it will be great, though!

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Warlord Games previews Kiss My Axe, the starter set for their upcoming Sláine Miniatures Game – Warlord continues to put out 200AD content. I’ve picked up their core sets for Judge Dredd and Strontium Dog, but haven’t really done anything with them yet. They seem to be a bit hit or miss about keeping the wider ranges in production. Now, they’re moving on to another 200AD comic, Sláine:

I’m not going to claim to be a big fan of the comic, but I’ve read a few stories of Sláine and his favourite axe, Brainbiter. The miniatures look pretty good and bear some slight resemblance to some of the celts that Warlord produces, just with that great 2000AD twist. Looks fun.

Micro RPG releases Neon Road, a solo RPG, on DriveThruRPG – Solo RPGs… If I’m fully honest, the idea doesn’t really appeal to in general. The whole point and joy of RPGs to me is in the social aspect of them. Should I want to play solo, I’d likely just turn to a video game. That said, this title grabbed my attention:

The backstory sounds good, and the book promises a simple ruleset. Having a look at the preview, I like the art style inside the book and the simple, clear layout. I just don’t know if I can get over the whole solo thing, you know? Then again, with this currently on sale, it might be a good chance to give it a go without much expenditure…

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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:

The Robber Baron @ Mandollies  By coincidence, I was actually looking at some of these miniatures on the Black Scorpion website earlier in the week. They’re well painted here, and well presented in the photos. This is also an example of a skirmish warband done well, with each miniature an individual in its own right.

New Warcry Warband Boxes – Breaking Down the Value @ Sprues & Brews This is a handby breakdown of the new Warcry boxes for a number of different factions. This is particularly useful for those who wish to pick them up to start or expand an Age of Sigmar army. I could use another 10 Gutrippaz, so it might be worth me grabbing this set to also get some more Boltboyz…

Skellicrons @ Warkriimes Nice colour scheme! Fun theming. Yeah, I like seeing people’s armies, especially when it’s one that I’m genuinely interested in, like the Necrons. Thanks for sharing. That army looks great!

Rolling a Nat 20 on Character Building @ Sinala Writes – A nice set of musings on the character creation stage of Dungeons & Dragons. I think the best point made in this post is that you don’t need to go in with an in depth knowledge of the rules or a fully fleshed-out backstory. There are tools to help with the rules, and the backstory can come as the character develops.

Dangerous side quests: A Green Knight @ Steve’s Paint Brush This is just gorgeous. There’s a huge amount more to say, except to add how impressive it is that it was done over just two days. Bravo, friend!

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On No Rerolls this week, I shared the previous week’s hobby highlights, and did a bit of wishlisting/musing around the theme of undeath. I am really happy with both of these posts, which is something I don’t often say!

Catch ya’ll next week!

4 Comments

      1. I know what you mean, I’ve often felt the same way about Judge Dredd. Its something that in theory I ought to really enjoy but although I’ve liked everything I’ve read well enough nothing has grabbed me quite as much as I expected. Maybe I’ve just not read the right stories yet though.

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