What have The Sentry Box staff been up to – Dec 14-20

Tracy wanted redemption after the last game of Tidal Blades: Heroes of the Reef that didn’t go so well for her. “This time she tried Eko and I tried Axl, so I’ve now played four of the five characters. We also tried adding in the Special Announcements, which are a different end game scoring option instead of the individual player goals. Things went better for both of us, and we managed to keep our Rival third player down on the Champions board. It ended up being a pretty close game and although I won Tracy did redeem herself with a good score.”

Sue painted Luke Skywalker for Star Wars: Legion. “I wanted this model to lead the Hoth team I’ve been working on all year off and on, and I especially wanted it because the orange flight suit is my favorite Star Wars uniform. (Hoth snowsuits are my number 2.) I was really nervous painting this model! I primed this model with Wraithbone Primer and I used mostly Contrast Paints. I used Guilliman Flesh for the face, Aggaros Dunes for the hair, Apothecary White for the gloves, chest piece, and straps, Gryph-Hound Orange, for the flight suit, Aethermatic Blue for the lightsaber, and (my favorite) Gore Grunta Fur for the pouches, and Black Templar for the belt. I mixed some white with the Aethermatic Blue to highlight the lightsaber.”

Dune: Imperium is a new deck-builder and worker placement game from the people who made Clank so Greg was interested right away when he heard about it. “Players are influencing the different powerful factions and fighting in conflicts in order to gain victory points in a race to 10. Each round a conflict card is revealed and after all player actions the relative combat strengths are compared and rewards given out. Tracy crushed me, despite her not knowing anything about Dune. I’m hoping to play again soon because it was a lot of fun and I need some redemption.”

Greg and Tracy did got Dune: Imperium back to the table again and, “I managed to redeem myself. I decided to go heavily into Fremen and gained an alliance with them. It also got me lots of water, which I used to harvest spice and deploy lots of troops to the conflicts. It’s an interesting game, and one where the choices the other players make can really make a difference, taking spaces you need.”

Luke asked to play Richard Scarry’s Busy Busy Airport while Alex was at school, “So we played a three player game. He’s actually able to understand the game and how to play. He even beat my score :grinning:

Kris is working on some commissions this week. “Two awesome Catachan models, the limited edition Colonel and Sergeant ‘Ripper’ Jackson. Lots of fun, and I will have to try to get a Ripper for myself as she was really good fun to paint!”

Tia played Eclipse: Second Dawn for the Galaxy for the first time. “It was a ton of fun! The mechanics are pretty straight forward. The only difficult part is learning what the many different tokens mean (there was a lot of referencing the rulebook this game). I love that you basically have the freedom to do anything you would think you can do in space – gain resources, expand your population, explore new areas, take down NPCs (or other players!), Upgrade your ship, you name it! One of my favorite parts about it is how organized the game is right out of the box – it’s very impressive and I haven’t seen any other game quite like it. The game took quite a while (about two hours), but next time should go more smoothly and take about half the time.”

Jenn and Renee got to game again and ended up playing Wingspan a couple of times. “With the release of the Oceania expansion I really wanted to get Wingspan back to the table because we hadn’t played it in quite some time. We had never actually gotten around to taking the shrink off the previous expansion so we played with the European expansion. Both games were a lot of fun, reminding me why we love this game. The first game I got a round end action that allowed me to turn food into tucked cards, so I focused a lot on that. The second game both our mats were filled with brown action cards making each turn quite fun as it started a chain of actions, some of which benefitted both players.”

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