What have The Sentry Box staff been up to – July 18-24

Sue (mostly) finished Severin Steelheart. “Originally from Steelheart’s Champions, I used greenstuff to make a turtleneck for him and put him in Vanquisher armor. I gave him a standard so that I could alternatively play him as a Knight Vexillor if desired. The big hero here is Vallejo’s Silver primer. I wanted my Stormcast Eternals to have heroic, bright silver armor and I think that the Vallejo primer was perfect for this. I thinned down a black wash with Lahmian Medium to preserve the bright silver. I used Vallejo’s Magic Blue for his cloth with Talassar Blue Contrast Paint overtop. This guy has been absolutely killing it in the Warcry league too. Got a decent shot of my leader (who is now based) in the light box also. Although only available in Warhammer Underworlds Harrowdeep Box Sets, I just think the models in these box sets are so cool they are worth picking up!”

Renee, Jenn and Christopher played The Legend of Redbeard’s Gold from the Escape Room series. “This one had a pirate theme which interested Christopher and it had a easier rating which worked out perfectly! The components and puzzles tied into the theme very well and we found the challenges interesting and fun. I’d definitely recommend this one.”

Jenn wanted to play a dice game so Renee pulled out Rolling Realms. “The first round our realms worked really well together and both of us easily got all 18 points, so we went into the next round way too confident; both the following rounds were more challenging to figure out how to maximize the dice rolls and make good use of our collected resources for extra dice. A fun little roll and write.”

Kickstarter Update – JULY 12

Today we bring you another update on our Kickstarters. During the last month we’ve received 2 Kickstarter projects at the store and backed 1 additional project. If you want to be updated when new products – including Kickstarters – arrive at Sentry Box, follow us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.  If you are interested in a project below, contact us at the store for more info, prices or to be added to the pre-orders list. It works just like any other pre-order at the store, you only pay when you pick up the game. This is a great way to get your hands on some of the most popular Kickstarter games without having to pay upfront and you don’t have to pay for shipping. Plus you get double points on all pre-orders!

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What have The Sentry Box staff been up to – July 4-10

Last Saturday Sean ran the first SPQR demo up in the Historical area. “With the help of Mike J who provided some lovely building and terrain we set a handsome table using the entire Starter Set. We had a fair number of observers, a few who I’d tag in to role and move the Romans around as Mike led the Gauls in a spirited and ultimately successful defence of their huts.The rules themselves are quite simple, making this a good choice as an entry game. The textuality of the rules themselves led to some intriguing and historical-ish outcomes as the outnumbered Romans absorbed and rebuffed frequent Gallic charges, inflicting disproportionate casualties on the Celts. However numbers ultimately told and when the Gallic hero slew the Roman commander fighting mano a mano the remaining legionaries lost heart and scampered off. We see the Centurion and his friend the signifer put flight to a horde of Gauls. The barbarians would ultimately rally and stomp them down. We also see the archers in a defensive perimeter, showing off the lovely fence and round houses from Mike J’s collection.”

This week’s theme for Sue was Bases & Faces. “I made some bases for my Stormcast Warcry warband. I wanted a mix of ruins and finely manicured lawn. The ruins come from the Citadel Shattered Dominion Large Base Detail Kit. I primed the ruins with Vallejo Grey, added a black wash, waited for them to dry and dry brushed them Uthhuan Grey. The top 2 faces were mostly finished last week and I just did touch ups today. This included trying to fix the janky eye I painted on the woman and I drew a line on her bottom lip. The top lip is always more naturally shadowed than the bottom lip. The bottom 2 faces I finished today. They are all Stormcast Eternals Heads. The woman and the man in the opposite, bottom corner are from Forgeworld. The blonde man at the top is from Steelheart’s Champions, and the man with the white beard is one of the heads from the Vanquishers box. All of them are primed Wraithbone with Guilliman Flesh Contrast Paint over top, except for the man with the white beard. I primed him white and used Apothecary White Contrast Paint to get that beard color. I used a black, Citadel Layer Small brush to do the eyes. I really love a lot of the Stormcast heads. They have so much personality!”

Here is a before and after Contrast Paints and washes to illustrate Sue’s process for painting faces. “I do as much as I can first (when it’s easy to fix) and then apply the Contrast Paints and washes and I finish up the eyes. If you’re nervous about finishing up the eyes after the Contrast Paint or wash has been applied, you can always finish the eye first and have a second brush on hand to take as much of that Contrast Paint/ wash out of the eyes before it dries. I know the first photo is quite dark, but you can really see how just adding a Contrast Paint over his face and a wash over his hair really brings out the detail.”

Renee and Jenn have had a chance to play Cascadia a few more times. “As you may recall, both Jenn and I immediately enjoyed our initial plays of this game, so I was curious how it would fair after a few more plays. As each animal type has a variety of scoring cards, each time you play your strategy for how to play each combination changes, which I enjoy as it makes each scoring approach a bit of a puzzle on its own. I still feel like I’m trying to figure out how to maximize each turn and when to use my nature tokens the most effectively. This version of the game itself is fun to play, easy to learn and set up and great for a casual but puzzly game at any time. However the rulebook comes with a whole set of Achievements you can earn – similar to when you’re playing a video game and meet certain criteria. This includes Scenarios with specific set up with scoring or other goals, as well as achievements you can earn if you win a game while playing the normal game (scoring goals, end the game with specific token numbers, or habitat goals). These can be used with the Solo mode to create challenges for yourself or just to make things more competitive when you’re playing with others.”

What have The Sentry Box staff been up to – June 20-26

Greg and Tracy played another two player game of Foundations of Rome with the Monuments module. “One of the monuments was a huge Winery that was 2×3 in size and earned a big 4 coins and 8 points per scoring phase. I was fortunate enough to build it in the second era, although Tracy then built a civic building next to it to leech victory points from it. We fought over the population track to earn the bonus points available for that, and between us we built the rest of the monuments too. In the end it was a pretty close game but I managed to just stay ahead on the population track and it proved to be enough to win me the game. Still can’t get over how awesome this game looks on the table too!”

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What have The Sentry Box staff been up to – June 13-19

With time running out before the Sentry Box Warcry Narrative League starts Kris figured he should probably finish up a Warband to be able to take part! “I settled on my Nurgle Daemons as my army for Age of Sigmar had been close to finished for years but I keep putting off doing the basing. I also updated some of the painting as most of the models were painted over a decade ago, so needed a little love!”

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Wolfenstein: The Board Game

Nazis. Ever since the end of WW2 Nazis have filled the place of ‘bad guy’ in pop culture. This is doubly true on the tabletop where Nazis have been popular enemies of various flavour for quite some time. From standard troopers in historical combat games to super-science wielding ultra soldiers in weird war settings and everything else in between. Nazis make a great villain.

Many gamers enjoy computer and video games as well as tabletop games, so it seems like a no-brainer that one of the most popular video game franchises (1981’s Castle Wolfenstein, for the Apple 2 home computer…) finally sees action in the ‘little model men’ arena. Wolfenstein has had more sequels and games on more platforms than I care to google, now it has arrived on the tabletop! Let’s have a closer look at Wolfenstein: The Board Game.

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Kickstarter Update – JUNE 16

Today we bring you another update on our Kickstarters. During the last month we’ve received 1 Kickstarter project at the store and backed 2 additional projects. If you want to be updated when new products – including Kickstarters – arrive at Sentry Box, follow us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.  If you are interested in a project below, contact us at the store for more info, prices or to be added to the pre-orders list. It works just like any other pre-order at the store, you only pay when you pick up the game. This is a great way to get your hands on some of the most popular Kickstarter games without having to pay upfront and you don’t have to pay for shipping. Plus you get double points on all pre-orders!

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

Gutenberg is a new release from Portal Games that Kris and Gill got on to the table this week for a two player learning game. “I was really impressed when I was opening up the box as there is a really cool themed storage solution and everything went together really well. Whilst punching the tokens and skimming the rules it felt quite intimidating as heavier euro games are not really our default, but as we went through the first round or two we picked it up and the game flowed really easily with two players. We ended up playing an extra round just rather than discounting the first turn so that we already go 6 real turns in, which meant that my printing press cogs all lined up to score me a bonus 12 points in that turn, which considering I won by 10 points was quite a turn of events…We both ended the game having really enjoyed it and are looking forward to playing a “real” game now that we have the basics down. There are a few cool mechanics that we both enjoyed, the bidding for initiative over the 5 phases of each round was really good fun, and with it being just the two of us, lead to some fairly warped extreme bids to ensure that we got what we want or messed up each other’s plans. The way you assemble your printing press works really well, and even after reminding myself every round, or when placing new cogs I still messed up the counter rotation for a turn :rolling_on_the_floor_laughing:Definitely a keeper for us though!”

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