What have The Sentry Box staff been up to March 6-18

Sue finished a couple of Necromunda kitbashes for her Escher gang. “First up, I finished an Escher Clan Chymist from Forgeworld. I modified the Chymist slightly by using my hobby knife & file to remove her pant leg as I love the Escher’s high boots. I used the hobby knife to get the basic shape of a leg and then used the file to smooth it out. The head is from the Forgeworld Escher Ash Wastes Upgrade Set. I really wanted a Chymist with ponytails like in House of Blades, or buns, so this was really the perfect head. There is a gap in the back of her coat for her hair, which I easily filled in with Greenstuff. This was a very simple conversion. Below, is the photo from Forgeworld of the original, and then my modified Chymist on the right so you can see the changes.”

Next up, Sue finally finished her Escher leader. “As soon as they announced Forgeworld’s Estus Jet on Warhammer Community, I knew that was my leader. The weapons are from the Forgeworld Escher Champion with Shock Whip. I really wanted my leader wearing shorts or pants and I considered several different bodies, but finally settled on an Escher Death-maiden body. The Death-maidens are wearing a cloth over their pants, so I clipped the cloth, and used my hobby knife and file again to smooth it down, and I used Green-Stuff to fill in the rest. Below, is a photo of a Death-maiden from the Games Workshop website and my modified body on the right.”

Sue painted these primarily using Contrast Paints. “Although I did use Dorn Yellow with a thinned down (w/ Contrast Paint) Skeleton Horde overtop. I also used Gauss Blaster Green for the medical smock with Aethermatic Blue overtop. I used Iyanden Yellow and Black Templar Contrast Paints for my Escher Colors. Even though the Chymist is wearing a medical smock, I wanted her to have black and yellow as well to tie in with the gang.”

Renee read The Kaiju Preservation Society by John Scalzi. “He wrote this a year into the pandemic as a fun project when he found he couldn’t focus on the book he was supposed to be writing. I don’t want to give too much away as I think it’s better to go in blind, so I’ll just say it’s a fun wild story. Funny and extremely enjoyable.”

Greg finished reading Sunshine by Robin McKinley, “I don’t typically go in for Vampire stories, whether contemporary or not, but this one was on my top 100 sci-fi and fantasy list. If modern horror-fantasy is your thing (or if you like cinnamon rolls and other baked goods) then you may want to check it out. I thought it was fine, but overall not really my jam.””

Greg had the chance to play new arrival, Star Wars: The Deckbuilding Game. “This is a neat little two player deck-building game where one player is the Rebels and the other the Empire. It’s had obvious comparisons to Star Realms, but does play a little differently and has a neat way of handling having different factions cards in the card row. Only the Rebel player can buy Rebel cards and vice versa, but the other player has the opportunity to attack those cards, removing them so the other player can’t buy them, and gaining a bonus for doing so. The main objective of the game is to destroy a number of your opponent’s bases though, by attacking them until they take enough damage to be destroyed. Players can also buy and play Capital Ships, which stick around until destroyed, can have some good abilities, and protect your base. It was a fun game and I want to play a few more times to try both factions and see more of the bases and other cards.”