What have The Sentry Box staff been up to – May 25-31

Hey Greg’s playing another Escape Room game! Escape Room The Game: Welcome to Funland. “This one has a creepy clown in it, which is always exciting, and a monkey who eats [spoilers]. There was one kind of tricky puzzle, partly down to a slight dexterity element, but for the most part we were able to figure them out ok and we ended with over 9 minutes to spare!”

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Bolt Action Starter Set; A Build Blog by Howard Nason

Part 4 – Painting the Germans

I have to say, I always enjoy painting WWII German figures.  They’re typically so different from any other nation.  Most armies are pretty uniform, general issue G.I…  in short, kind of dull to paint.  While it’s satisfying to have a finished army, at times painting the same uniform, same webbing, same equipment over and over gets pretty tedious.

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What have The Sentry Box staff been up to – May 18-24

In this week’s blog of painting, reading and painting from The Sentry Box Crew, we start off with Sam’s thoughts on new arrival Cat Rescue! “This cute little game is cooperative where players work together to get cats adopted from a shelter. Cats can be added to the shelter (very cute blanket that is the play space) from the street (deck of cards) or from foster homes (cards in front of players). You can either add them directly to the mat, or push them in from the outside sliding the other cats in the row over. Once 3 or 4 cats of the same colour are in a row, the middle cats flip and are ready for adoption. They get adopted by being pushed off the shelter mat! This game looks super cute, but the game play requires some collective thought in order to maximize kitty adoption. I really enjoyed it as a quick strategy game.”

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2020 Aurora Award Ballot

The 2020 Aurora Award Nominees have been announced for best works done by Canadians in 2019 in Science Fiction and Fantasy. The Aurora Awards are nominated by members of the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association. The top five nominated works were selected. Additional works were included where there was a tie for fifth place. The awards ceremony will be held online in conjunction with When Words Collide (Calgary) on August 15th. (whenwordscollide.org).

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What have The Sentry Box staff been up to – May 11-17

Greg played Sherlock Holmes: The Scarlet Thread of Murder, part of Unlock: Heroic Adventures, “This was an interesting one where you had to find the suspects for the murder and then interrogate them before figuring out which one was the murderer and why. Some pretty interesting puzzles in it, but we managed to figure most of them out without too many hints.”

He also played Unlock: In Pursuit of the White Rabbit, the final scenario in the Heroic Adventures box and the one with the hardest difficulty rating. “It gives you 90 minutes instead of the usual 60 as well. Tracy and I were both pretty much on the right wavelength though, only taking one hint, which was kind of unnecessary actually, and finishing in about an hour. It had some more unusual uses of cards compared to other Unlock games and we both enjoyed it a lot!”

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Greg finished Circuit Maze, “I’ve been working through the challenges and just finished the final Expert level. I found these to be a bit trickier than the Laser Maze, and although they were interesting the components were a bit more fiddly and often kept popping out of the tray, especially the switch. So I did enjoy the mental challenge but would recommend the other mazes over this one.”

Chris thinks this was somehow his quickest Kill Team project to date! “For a while I’d toyed with the idea of making an all-Stormtrooper Imperial Guard team, but the Tempestus Scions just never quite worked for me. My plans changed when I got my hands on some Raumjager figures by Wargames Atlantic. They were almost exactly what I wanted straight out of the box, but I decided to swap in heads from Eisenkern Stormtroopers by Dreamforge. A little modification of the lasgun barrels and a bit of converting for the Sergeant and I had my core team! Branching out into Commanders and Elites is pretty easy with Imperial Guard – all I had to do was add a Commissar and a single Bullgryn. I wanted all the models to be wearing some kind of gas mask, so I changed out the Commissar’s head for one from the Hellhound kit, ready-made with a peaked cap too. Given the style of the Raumjager equipment, painting them as Armageddon Steel Legion was the clear choice.”

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Looking to play a quick familiar game, Jenn and Renee decided to play Carcassonne: Hunters and Gatherers, “Which we had actually only played once before, so it had the added benefit of being both very familiar and a little new at the same time. At it’s surface it looks like a re-skinned Carcassonne, but it does add some additional mechanics that are not in the original game.  Instead of farmers there are hunters but in the fields there are animals with rules like each tiger eats one deer, so there are ways to impact the scoring of your opponents’ hunters. It also has bonus tiles which you get to place when completing a forest with a gold nugget, which can either give you an opportunity to earn additional points or the ability to mess with your opponent.”

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Renee was looking for a game with a small number of components to play outside and inspired by Greg and Tracy’s plays of the various escape room style games, she pulled out a Deckscape game they’ve had for a while, Time Test. “I was curious how it would work, it using only cards with no app (like Unlock) and no interactive/destroyable pieces like the Exit games. You work your way down the deck, until you end up in your “locked room” and then you divide the deck into 4 piles, each with a puzzle to solve at the top. As you solve the puzzles in each pile your release items with you can use to solve other puzzles. It actually did a decent job of recreating locked room style puzzles. They had clue cards that allowed you to get a clue if you had puzzle that was stumping you. We enjoyed it!”

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They finished the afternoon with another playable outside game, Circus Flohcati. “This is a classic Reiner Knizia game that has been a favourite in our family for years. It’s a press your luck game combined with set collecting. Quick playing a we always enjoy it.”

 

 

 

 

Tools of the Trade: A Guide to Paint Brushes

When you’re getting into painting miniatures, finding the right brush can feel like a daunting challenge. Too often I see new painters buying or using brushes that aren’t well-suited to what they’re doing, and fear that they’ll end up feeling turned off the hobby when things don’t go so smoothly. There’s no substitute for practice, but having the right tool for the job makes painting a lot easier and more fun. Hopefully, this article will give you some new insight into the types and brands of brushes we currently carry here at the store and help you find the brushes that are just right for you and your models!

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What have The Sentry Box staff been up to – May 4-10

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Sue got My Very First Games: Animal upon Animal for this little guy. “Greg recommended it, and I know from experience that this game is very popular with a certain demographic. This little guy loves this game! He likes stacking the animals, and sometimes just playing with the pieces. I’m told he plays with this often. I concur with Greg’s recommendation for Animal upon Animal as a great option for the next generation of gaming enthusiasts!”

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