5 on Friday 22/04/22

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 a new Norse team for Blood Bowl – Blood Bowl is a great game that I’ve really neglected for the past few years. I played it a lot in third edition and using the subsequent living rulebooks. I played a few games of the 2016 edition, and I’ve not played the most recent version at all. I need to remedy that. Games Workshop continues to put out great miniatures for the game, including this cool Norse team:

I always found it odd that they released a “Norse” team. It’s a word that refers to a very specific real-world group. It would be like releasing a Frankish or Byzantine army for Warhammer. Semantics aside, the models are bloody great I could see these being the basis of a number of really great conversions for other games, too. I really like it when Games Workshop does new or different human miniatures.

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Green Ronin publishes Beyond the Ring supplement for their Expanse RPG – The Expanse is a fantastic franchise. The books weave the most magnificent sci-fi epic that at once deals with both sweeping political issues, and deeply personal interactions between nuanced and engaging characters. The TV show is frankly one of the best that’s been made, regardless of genre. It just works so well. The idea of playing in the setting is very appealing and, sure enough, Green Ronin has your back with their Expanse RPG. This is their latest supplement:

Beyond the rings cover the part of the setting that is, appropriately enough, beyond the ring. This book progresses the timeline of the RPG to the point of the 4th novel, when humanity begins to explore beyond their own solar system. It’s an exciting time in the story, and potentially a great time in which to set your games.

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Egyptian-themed terrain tiles up on KickstarterSee, I often moan about Kickstarter. Too many companies use it as a preorder service for their professionally produced products. You know the companies I mean. CMoN, Mantic, Queen Games, etc. It annoys me way more than it should. This project, though… This is exactly what Kickstarter should be.

This is just one creator who has made something cool. They used it for themselves and then decided to offer it to others. This is great. The product itself is really cool, too.

1-Up dice returns to Kickstarter – So, when this first appeared on Kickstarter last year I said that there’s not a huge amount to really say on this one. Dice! Everyone loves dice! My position on the matter remains unchanged.

The classic videogame theme is still really appealing, and I love the packaging. The creators seem to have focused on further upgrading the packaging for this edition of the product. I’m actually pretty surprised that they cancelled it the first time. They really seemed to have a good product together. This is still largely the same product, but I think we’re straying into overproduction at this stage.

Ravings from Skarhuld: The Lost Brother’s Bestiary for Mork Borg now available on DriveThruRPG – Mork Borg is a bit of an obsession for me just now. My copy of the book arrived this week and I’ve just started reading it. What a fantastically-produced book! So cool. Only the second product from LegendKeeper on DTRPG, Ravings seems pretty cool as well.

It promises a lot of content. Longtime readers will know that I adore a good bestiary, and this looks great. The art style in the previews is spot-on. That’s obviously not the most important thing, but it does make a difference and it’s something I really appreciate. It helps to show that the creators get it. 20 Monsters and a map is a lot to fit into a mere 40 A5 pages, and I’m intrigued by the list of inspirations given in the product description.

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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:

An Unexpected Reunion – Skaven pt. 2 @ True Line of Sight  Skaven! I do love the Skaven, and the Stormvermin are such lovely miniatures. The author of this post (despite having to rush!) has also painted them beautifully. I love that purple!

Secrets to Teaching the COIN Series from GMT Games @ The Players’ Aid Useful. Very useful. I have a couple of COIN games that I’ve never really had any takers for recently, and I’d love to get them to the table. Good, practical advice like this is really welcome. Thanks for sharing this!

Step-by-step Guide: Stripping Warhammer Miniatures @ Handful of Dice More good advice! Personally, I use Isopropyl alcohol to strip models, but you can’t really argue with the results that the author has gotten. I might try this method in the future.

[Book Review] Warhammer Adventures: Secrets of the Tau – Cavan Scott @ Eternal Bookcase – I’ve not given the Warhammer Adventures series a go. I always thought they occupied a bit of an unusual space. A sanitised version of quite a dark setting. This review does make the book sound intriguing, particularly in regard to the light it shines on the xenophobia of the Imperium.

Making the Best of a Situation @ Request Reinforcements The reason I like this post is that I relate to it so strongly. I am not a good or quick painter. Certainly, I don’t get great results from the more traditional methods of layer painting, highlighting, etc. This is why, quite recently, I was unhappy with the Changeling that I finished off, having done most of the painting a few years ago, before I switched to contrast paints. The switch to contrasts has been a game-changer for me. I’m so much happier with my output, both in terms of quantity and quality. I’m never going to be the best painter, but I’m producing decent-looking armies at a reasonable pace.

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On No Rerolls this week, I posted my usual hobby update, as well as lots of built models. I finished some Flesh-Eater Courts conversions, and all of the building and conversions for my Soulblight Gravelords. I also finished painting my Ghoul King for the Flesh-Eaters army.

Catch ya’ll next week!

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