What have The Sentry Box staff been up to – April 17-23

Sue painted up He-Man and Skeletor from CMON’s boardgame Masters of the Universe: Clash for Eternia. “One thing that’s really nice about the original Masters of the Universe line is that they have simple paint jobs and most characters are only comprised of about 4 colors. Skeletor, is a very basic paint job. I used Luxion Purple Contrast Paint and did all the purple parts first as they are the darkest and would be the hardest to clean up if I got them in the wrong place on the other colors. I used Skeleton Horde Contrast Paint for Skeletor’s face, and Frostheart Contrast Paint for Skeletor’s body. I figured Frostheart was appropriate as Skeletor frequently mentions his heart, or lack thereof. One thing about these models is that Contrast Paint is best on models with lots of detail and not too many flat or mostly flat surfaces. Since these guys are all bodybuilders, I found that the Contrast Paint would sometimes pool in a way I wasn’t in love with, mostly on the legs. This can easily be fixed by waiting for the model to dry and mixing the Contrast Paint with the color underneath on your palette and painting over any parts where the Contrast Paint pooled weird. I did this for Skeletor’s legs and I thought it worked pretty well. I was, admittedly, too lazy to mix up a color for He-Man’s legs, and the rest of his muscles, so I used Kislev Flesh over the Guilliman Flesh Contrast Paint. It’s a close match but not exact. I used my favorite brown – Gore Grunta Fur Contrast Paint – for He-Man’s loincloth and boots. I did use a hobby knife to remove them from their bases before I even primed them. They are a similar scale to D&D miniatures and I wanted to have the option to display them with my D&D miniatures.”

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Crowdfunding Update: 4/20/2023

Things have been very busy on the Crowdfunding front at Sentry Box for the last couple of months.

This is just a highlight on some of the campaigns we have recently backed, as well as a some of the items that we are still looking forward to arriving.

Upcoming Campaigns:
I don’t have a lot to say about any of these, as they haven’t launched as of this writing, but here is a list of games that we will tentatively be creating retail pledges for, if available.

APEX LEGENDS: THE BOARD GAMEhttps://www.kickstarter.com/projects/glasscannonunplugged/apex-legends-the-board-game
CITIES OF VENUShttps://www.kickstarter.com/projects/tinrobot/cities-of-venus
CYSMIC | A RACE FOR SURVIVAL DURING SEISMIC ARMAGEDDONhttps://www.kickstarter.com/projects/starreachgames/cysmic-a-race-for-survival-during-seismic-armageddon
DEAD CELLS: THE ROGUE-LITE BOARD GAMEhttps://www.kickstarter.com/projects/scorpionmasque/dead-cells-the-rogue-lite-board-game
ENDEAVOUR: DEEP SEAhttps://gamefound.com/projects/age-of-gaming/endeavor-deep-sea
FEUD: THE SEER’S PROPHECYhttps://www.mindgate-studios.com/feud
NEMESIS: RETALIATIONhttps://gamefound.com/projects/awaken-realms/nemesis-retaliation
CARSON CITY BIG BOXhttps://gamefound.com/projects/quined-games/carson-city-big-box

Current Campaign Highlights:

Santorini Co-op & Deluxe Pantheon Edition:

From BGG:

NOTE: Pantheon Edition includes all material from the Golden Fleece expansion, as well as every promo card and many new cards. A lot of cards are revamped, reworked, and rebalanced.

Santorini is an accessible strategy game, simple enough for an elementary school classroom while aiming to provide gameplay depth and content for hardcore gamers to explore, the rules are simple. Each turn consists of 2 steps:

1. Move – move one of your builders into a neighboring space. You may move your Builder Pawn on the same level, step-up one level, or step down any number of levels.

2. Build – Then construct a building level adjacent to the builder you moved. When building on top of the third level, place a dome instead, removing that space from play.

3. Winning the game – If either of your builders reaches the third level, you win.

Also: Variable player powers – Santorini features variable player powers layered over an otherwise abstract game, with many thematic god and hero powers that fundamentally change the way the game is played.

Fractured Sky:

From BGG:

Fractured Sky by IV Studios is a game of deduction, sneaky strategy, and resource management set on a fantastical island. Players lead their kingdom in the hunt for shards of fractured falling stars, which are rumored to grant wishes to those that can amass enough of them. 

Using airships, players send their armies to regions with the star shards, but finding those is not always easy and hiring seers to predict their falls can be worth the investment. Over time, players will increase their presence on the island, placing permanent buildings to give them advantages like extra resources or increasing the size of their troop numbers.

Only one wish will be granted, so who will amass the most shards before the final star falls?

Zombicide: White Death

From BGG:

Winter is upon us and its dark and cruel night brings forth dreadful menaces, worse than frostbite…

Zombicide Medieval Fantasy is back!

With new survivors, new zombies, new setting, and new rules!

Scale the great walls to your advantage…and much more.

Past Campaigns:

Marvel United: Multiverse:
This was a smash hit with our Crowdfunding Group on Facebook and is the single largest campaign that I have personally overlooked in my time at The Box.

A total of 28 different SKU’s have been placed into our system, with around 250 total preorders taken.  We closed our pledge manager for this campaign last week and are not eagerly waiting for it to be delivered early 2024.

We still have limited space for preorders on this one, so if you are looking to adding some multiverse chaos to your games of Marvel United, don’t hesitate to reach out to the store and we will help you out.  The only catch is that because our order numbers have already been committed, there is a possibility we may collect more preorders than we have allocated inventory, but that should only be a problem on a handful of SKUs, so don’t hesitate to ask.

Maple Valley / Creature Comforts reprint:

This was another very successful campaign that we were involved in and are expecting delivery just in time for Christmas this year.  The exciting part of this one, is that at the last minute KTBG announced that there would be an additional game for sale called Diced Veggies, and that if people committed to it through the preorder process, it would be delivered at the same time, for no additional shipping charges.

Reasons to Crowdfund through Sentry Box:

  • We take the risk and speculation out of Crowdfunding because we don’t require you to place a deposit or pay for your purchase up front.
  • When your preorder arrives instore, we will place it on hold for you for 7 days.
  • You pay $0 shipping. We cover all shipping charges for you.
  • If you change your mind, you can cancel your preorder at any time.
  • We offer you double rewards points on all preorders.

How to place an order:

  • Call the store at (403) 245-2121.
  • Message us on Facebook, Instagram.
  • Email orders@sentrybox.com.
  • Drop by the store and say hi!

How to get me to look at a project:

  • Email crowdfunding@sentrybox.com.
  • Mention the project in the group and include a link if possible.

Join our Crowdfunding Community on Facebook!


What have The Sentry Box been up to – April 10-16

Sean painted up some Ooh-Rah from Wargames Atlantic. “These guys obviously have an aesthetic connection and inspiration with many of our favourite sci-fi  film monster chow protagonists. These knuckle heads are gonna get Predatored, Terminated, Face-hugged and ripped apart by Bugs.  All in fun.  I did a pretty standard slap-chop with speed paints (use ALL the greens) and popped some highlights with Vallejo Game Colour Cayman Green and Skin Tone. Both very useful pigments. This kit is fun. Figure build is reasonable, bodies are one piece and the arms are separate but paired by codes on the sprue.  I only had one instance in which the arms didn’t want to work with the body. You are spoiled for firepower options as well (which seems apropos for a kit portraying Space America) with everything from pistols, pulse rifles to BFG’s. Head options are great as well. You can do all the figures in open and closed helmets. There are bareheaded options (rather Arnie-esque), boonie hats and ball caps. The head with the backward ball cap looks like a real d-bag. I made two squads for Xenos Rampant. The first is either a Recon or Light Infantry squad.  I borrowed a data pad from a Stargrave sprue for the one guy who is trying to figure out what their coordinates are. The kit could have had a few less guns and a few more sci-fi widgets. Second Squad is a Support/Heavy Weapons team. Bringing freedom to the galaxy with large caliber railguns.”

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What have The Sentry Box staff been up to – March 27-April 2

Greg finished reading Lucifer’s Hammer by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle. “This is a book from the 70s about a comet that hits the earth, causing the end of civilization as we know it. It starts when the comet is first discovered and follows a bunch of different characters who all end up surviving and struggling to find somewhere safe, and some way to keep on going. I enjoyed it a lot as it was a good mix of scientific information on what would likely happen if a comet struck the earth as well as more human, individual stories, and the way society would revert back to methods and behaviours from many years ago. One thing it helped to confirm for me is that, in the event of an apocalypse of some kind, I have no useful skills or knowledge and would likely be amongst the first to die. A comforting thought :grin:

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