5 on Friday 15/04/22

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 Seasons of War: Thondia book for Age of Sigmar – The latest expansion book for Age of Sigmar, and the first for third edition, Thondia looks interesting. First of all, it will hopefully progress the story of the Era of The Beast. It will also flesh out the realm of Ghur, both in terms of lore and rules, and introduce rules for a new type of unit in the Krondspine Incarnate of Ghur. That model has some really interesting rules. I genuinely don’t know if I’d take him or not at the moment. There’s also a narrative battlepack and a matched play battlepack that both sound fun. I’m most excited to try out the battlepacks.

I’ve preordered it, but my order also included some items that my vendor had to order from Games Workshop, so I’m not sure if I’ll get it right away on release. That’s fine if not, but I am really looking forward to reading it. I’m not sure yet if I intend to wait for the new model, the Krondspine Incarnate, to be packaged separately from the big scenery pack that he’s currently in, or whether I should just make or find a proxy.

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Eldritch Sands campaign setting for 5E available on DriveThruRPG – I love settings that have a mix of sci-fi and fantasy. This massively checks that box. There are other things in here that I find really interesting, most notably the idea of classes being replaced with different types of magical/mechanised battlesuits. That’s cool, and reeks of Magitek Armour from Final Fantasy VI.

The art style is also fantastic. It’s vibrant, imaginative, beautiful. Ruleswise, Eldritch Sands uses 5E. It’s a solid choice; a proven system that people know and like. This looks very promising.

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Preorders are up for The Shadow Collective for Star Wars: LegionI like Star Wars, but Legion has never really capured my interest before. The models are good, but I’ve just never felt compelled to own them. The new Shadow Collective stuff is challenging that position:

I don’t normally post lots of pictures with a single entry on 5 on Friday, but I wanted to show what a nice set this is. The Mandalorians, Black Sun operatives, and the Pykes all look fantastic. I could see myself picking these up when they are released in June.

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Mantic releases second edition of Firefight – Mantic seems to have been doing a spate of new editions in the past couple of years. Well, maybe. I might have just lost track of time. I could check, but I’m just not going to. Firefight appears to be their mid-sized sci-fi game. It’s bigger than Deadzone, but smaller than Warpath.

This starter set is pretty decent. I wasn’t previously a big fan of Mantic’s orcs for Warpath, but these guys are so much better than their previous offerings. I particularly like their big orcy battlesuits. I’ve always liked their Enforcer models, and they continue to look cool.

Reaper Bones 6 up on Kickstarter – The Bones line, and the previous 5 Kickstarters, seem to have been pretty successful for Reaper. That’s great. Reaper is a great company that makes so much random stuff. If you need a mini for something, they probably have one that you could use. The Bones line makes that more affordable.

I don’t know if I want to back this. There’s a lot of stuff here, but it’s so inconsistent. You’ve got great minis in there like the Rageclaw Warrior, Brinewind pirates, the Mudmen, the Toil & Trouble witches, and the Bog Shambler. Then you’ve got far less interesting or impressive miniatures like the Gnomes, Roderic * Glitter, Zavanthus, and the Zombies, As usual, I think people who run a lot of D&D will find this fantastically useful.

Blog Posts & Articles

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

ChopShop: Chaos Spawns @ Cowabunga  I love this post. I’m feeling this post, actually. I’ve got to make a wee group of Chaos Spawn in the near future, but I really don’t like the GW models. This approach of just chopping stuff up and making strange stuff is 100% the way to go. Great work!

Top Three AOS Lists from Hampshire GT @ Woehammer I usually enjoy reading the Top Three AOS Lists articles form Woehammer, but this one stood out as of the four lists featured, three were specifically interesting to me. First, the wildcard list of Bonesplitters was just weird enough to catch my eye. It has a Mega Gargant, no Wurrgog Prophet and a total of 20 Big Stabbas. It didn’t podium, but it didn’t do too badly, either. I also found the Legion of the First Prince list interesting, as this is something I’m looking at just now. Finally, there’s the Maggotkin of Nurgle list, which uses some of my favourite bits of the army.

Killing Your Campaign @ Roll to Save This makes for an interesting read. I remember the Time of Judgement, and I agree with the writer that with the World of Darkness teetering on the edge of apocalypse for so long, something did have to happen. I like how the post then pivots into a more group-level discussion on ending campaigns.

Frostgrave Archipelago Part 2, Silver Bayonet Part 1 & Turnip28 Part 2 @ Heretic 30K – This is just a really cool roundup of painted miniatures. I love the variety in here, which is a big selling point for games like Frostgrave and Stargrave. The highlights for me in here are the bear, the Black Goat, and the Toad King. It’s all cracking, though!

Designing an Insurrectionist @ The Archon and the Seer I love conversions and kitbashes and all that stuff, so I love to see when someone puts their own spin on their miniatures. Sure enough, the is a great, characterful conversion. It’s well-painted, too!

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On No Rerolls this week, I posted my usual hobby update, as well as a more specific update on my progress on my Soulblight Gravelords. I also posted about our games club’s latest painting contest.

Yesterday, I posted a couple of articles. One was my completed Be’Lakor miniature, whilst the other was wishlisting/planning for a couple of projects.

Catch ya’ll next week!


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