5 on Friday 18/03/22

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 new Kill Team: Nachmund set – This edition of Kill Team seems to really just be a series of quite pricey boxed sets. This is a tad disappointing, but the actual miniatures that are coming out of it are definitely cool. This time, the set has some Eldar Corsairs and some cool, new Chaos Space Marines:

The terrain is lovely, but it’s nothing new. The Eldar models are stunning. I wondered what they’d do for the Corsairs and they’ve really hit it out of the park. They’re amazing. The new Chaos Marines are great, too. All the recent Chaos updates have been really cool and these ones are bursting with personality. I don’t see myself grabbing the box, but if I ever do my long-threatened Iron Warriors, I expect I’d pick up the individual minis.

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Hasbro releases 2022 edition of Diplomacy – Diplomacy is one of these games that’s just always been around. Well, it’s certainly been around for more than 60 years. Someone you know will have a copy of some edition and there’s a good chance you haven’t played it with them. There’s usually a reason for this…

It’s a game of, as one might expect, diplomacy. It takes about 6 hours to play, according to BGG. It’s also seemingly one of those game, like Monopoly, that seems to really destroy friendships! I’ve got friends who really like this, and I gave my old copy to a friend who loved it. I don’t imagine much will have changed in this latest edition from Hasbro.

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Renegade releases PDF edition of their Second Inquisition supplement for Vampire: The MasqueradeI’m quite excited for this book. The whole point of the Masquerade in Vampire is to protect the Kindred from the humans they hunt. The Second Inquisition, the organisation of human agencies that have become aware of and are hunting Kindred is one of the most interesting aspects of Vampire’s 5th edition.

I don’t think there’s a character or group in Vampire that aren’t villains, but I really think the Second Inquisition makes for a great set of antagonists. It flips the tables on the Kindred and turned the hunter into the hunted. Certainly, I’ve had a storyteller use them against one of my groups pretty damn well.

Warlord Games releases Kiss My Axe, the starter set for their 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.

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Volume 4 of BLASTER now available on DriveThruRPG – BLASTER contains a series of expansions to a number of indie tabletop wargames. I like the idea of the anthology, and I’ve enjoyed previous issues in this series. I hope with the production team reaching the fourth volume, that they’ve really found their stride and will continue to produce BLASTER for some time to come.

So, what games are getting expansions in this volume? We have Ash Barker’s Last Days. I’m a big fan of Ash and I’m delighted to see continued interest in his debut game. Then there’s a campaign for Gaslands. Gaslands is a really great game for which I keep meaning to make some miniatures. Deathship One and BRUTL! are two standalone games published in this collection. Deathship One is really interesting, as it’s written by Joseph McCullough of Frostgrave fame. There’s also an expansion for Sludge War, but i don’t know anything about that game.

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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:

Age of Sigmar Army Builder #1 – Ossiarch Bonereapers Mortek Guard @ Metal Miniatures  I like this approach to getting started in Age of Sigmar. It’s actually how I got into it with a club slow-grow where I started out with Disciples of Tzeentch. It’s cool to read about someone else planning their army. I also really like the writer’s attitude to projects, as shown in the list of considerations. The initial miniature look good, and I especially love the blue weapons. So much more interesting than just making them metallic.

Stormfiends @ Lair of the Lagomorph Stormfiends are gorgeous miniatures. I have a couple of sets sitting that I should probably do something with at some point. I don’t think my efforts could equal the quality of the paint jobs in this post. They looks bloody fantastic!

How to Play Call of Cthulhu Part 1 – Getting Started @ Slick Dungeon’s Dusty Tomes and Terrible Films I’ve skimmed this article and I’m mostly adding it here because this series of articles looks to be quite promising. Running a game of Call of Cthulhu is on the to-do list for some point in the future and this seems a really good, and definitely thorough, place to begin.

Cheap and Plastic Fantasy Figures @ Deathzap – I’m putting together a similar post to this. It’s one of those ones that sits perpetually in my drafts folder. There will be some overlap! It’s great to see some minis here from smaller publishers. Some are minis that I’ve been interested in for a while, like Fireforge’s undead and Frostgrave’s Demons. Others are ones that I wouldn’t have really considered picking up, like the Oathmark Elves. Cool post.

Hobby Update – Warmaster Squigs @ Woehammer It’s well documented that I like me some Squigs! Turns out I even love tiny Squigs. Warmaster is a game that I find interesting, but I’ve never played. I’ve heard that it’s one of the best games that Games Workshop has put out. I’ve seen a lot of cool sculpts for it online and the 3D printer revolution seems to have led to a lot of creativity in the 10mm space. These Squigs look great. The sculpts and print seem good and the painting is cool as well.

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On No Rerolls this week, I’ve been painting! I did a wee summary of the previous week’s hobby progress and then some individual posts for several finished miniatures:

This progress means there were also significant updates to the Gloomspite Gitz gallery page and saw the opening of an Orruk Warclans gallery. I also shared the results from last month’s painting contest at our local club.

Catch ya’ll next week!

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