What have The Sentry Box staff been up to – Feb 6-12

Sue picked up the Red Wizards expansion for D&D Onslaught, the new D&D Skirmish game. “This might be my favorite faction for Onslaught, and I’m generally pretty happy with the quality of D&D pre-painted miniatures these days. However, I thought Quellabrelten Amasnodel looked like he had just eaten a powdered donut. I think that the white on the lips was supposed to be from teeth, which were just too small on this model. Anyway, I used some Kislev Flesh to touch it up, and I thought it was a pretty good match to the original paint. I also thought the V neck on the outfit was a little wavery so I tried to touch that up too.”

One of Sue’s 2 favorite characters in the Red Wizards pack was Farilun of Scardale. “But my model had some eye and teeth paint on his scales so I tried to touch that up. I was happy with the results. If you get a pre-painted D&D miniature, and there is paint somewhere it shouldn’t be, these can usually be touched up.”

Lastly, Sue did another face painting tutorial. “For this tutorial I used a Wizkids pre-primed Pathfinder Gnome Bard. I did 2 different eye techniques; the line and the dot and also the two white dots, so you can see the subtle differences side by side. I also demonstrated lips using Bugman’s Glow and highlighting with white *before* adding the Contrast Paint (or wash if you’re not using a Contrast Paint). For the highlight, draw a white line on the lower lip. The top lip is always naturally more shaded than the bottom lip. For the eyes, block them out *before* adding your Contrast Paint or wash, then either draw a white line followed by a dot (right eye), or do 2 white dots on either side of the iris (left eye). If you are more comfortable painting the eyes before adding the Contrast Paint or wash, just have a second bush on standby to pull most of the Contrast Paint or wash out of the eyes when you do that step. Note that the iris is typically slightly closer to the top of the eye than the bottom. For this demonstration I blocked out the eyes with Rhinox Hide, though I often use Dryad Bark, and I also used a black Citadel Layer Small Brush for the eyes and lips.”

Greg finished reading The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury. “This is a collection of short stories rather than a novel, so it was a quick and easy read. I have to remind myself when these were written, and I wish I could have read them back then to understand how different they were. As it is, they seem very dated. There are some interesting ideas but I’m constantly pulled out of the story by things that don’t fit with the world as it is now. I guess that’s one of the problems with writing science fiction: when the world catches up with your future it shows just how wrong you were about some things.”

Renee and Jenn played Get on Board! “We’ve only played this a couple of times but always end up enjoying our plays when we do. The key seems to be focusing on a few specific goals and making sure you achieve them, but being at the whim of each turn’s required route really challenges you to either change your plan or take a penalty so you can alter the route as needed. We’ve only played it as a 2 player game on the New York side, so I’m really curious how it plays with 4 or 5 players on the London side.”