What have The Sentry Box staff been up to – August 23-29

Tracy and Greg played another two player game of Newton now that they’d learned the rules. “I focused heavily on books, also trying to generate potions to mitigate the need for travelling or picking up action cards with books on them. Tracy went for getting out all four Master cards, and pushing to the end of the work track. Ultimately I was able to get all 12 book tokens out, as well as an objective that scored bonus points for book tokens, giving me the win. It’s a neat game that plays quickly and smoothly, especially now that we know how to play. I’d like to try out some other strategies in future games too.”

Tracy and Greg played a two player game of Barrage, still using just the base game. “I’d like to try the expansion out sometime but I’m still enjoying figuring out the base game. I ended up with the faction that can unlock the ability to perform a second production action after doing the first, and that combo’d well with my exec officer power of being able to complete multiple contracts with each production action to allow me to complete a lot of the easy contracts. I really enjoy trying to make the most of your limited resources, and set up a dam system that flows well and lets you use the water efficiently. Love it!”

Sue was really excited to get to paint the Death Korps of Krieg from the Warhammer 40k Kill Team: Octarius box set for the store display. “I think these guys look so cool with their gas masks and WWI French style uniforms and there is loads of customizability. Lots of accessories, and most of the models can be assembled 2 or 3 different ways. I painted their coats Calgar Blue and their pants Fenrisian Grey. I then went back and drybrushed the coats with Fenrisian Grey, before applying a thinned down (w/ Contrast Medium) Space Wolves Grey Contrast Paint to the coats and pants. I primed the heads Mechanicus Standard Grey and drybrushed a lighter grey before applying a black Shade. I highlighted the eyes with Ungor Flesh to try and really make them stand out. I used Black Templar Contrast Paint (sometimes thinned down with Contrast Medium) to paint the boots, straps, backpacks, and weapons.¬† I painted the weapons silver before applying the thinned down black Contrast Paint to the black parts, and a black shade to the other parts. I used a Citadel Layer Small brush to pick out the buttons, snaps, and highlights on the eyes. If you picked up this box set and are building these models, I recommend gluing the coat before the legs even on all the models (the legs just pop right in after). Also, I found the backpacks to be a snug fit so if you are planning on painting them separately and attaching them after you might want to consider shaving them down, or putting painters tape over the parts that fit together before priming. I think these models are just so, so cool. And I was delighted to see that the Death Korps of Krieg have finally made their way into a plastic kit.”

Greg and his group had unlocked the side quest for the Red Guard in Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion, so they decided to give it a try this week. “The objective was to kill a Stone Golem, except it had four times the usual hit points and spawned two elite vipers every round. I took an early beating and had to pitch three of my nine cards to stay alive, so I felt like it was going to be a quick game, at least for me. In the end we started to get things a bit more under control though, and managed to split the damage being taken among the whole party. We’d been picking away at the Golem throughout, and eventually managed to take it down and win the scenario. We all leveled up to level three as well, so next time we’ll have some new cards to try.”

Greg got Catan 3D on the table. “Catan is a game that I will always have a soft spot for. It was one of the first modern boardgames I played, and I played it for the first time on my first ever trip to Canada, so it has special memories for me. We played it A LOT on that trip and I immediately bought a copy when I got home. It may not hold quite the same appeal these days, but I still enjoy playing it, and having failed to pick up the first 3D version I decided I should definitely do so this time. It’s a very nice edition, and looks really great on the table. Tracy and I tried out Klaus Teuber’s two player variant in this game and it worked quite well.”

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