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WETA Workshop Builds a TF2 Level 1 Sentry Gun for Valve

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Working at Valve can be quite perilous at times.

You face crazed Half-Life fans who run in the Valve lobby with explosives strapped to their chest, desperate for Episode Three information and a working copy of Half-Life 2. You face crazed Counter-Strike fans who don’t like game updates… or anything, for that matter.

You face crazed Day of Defeat fans who just want something, dammit. You face crazed Team Fortress 2 fans who want this nerfed and that buffed, and more hats, you face crazed Team Fortress Classic fans who just want to kill everyone, you face crazed Left 4 Dead 1 fans who have really gone insane and you face crazed Left 4 Dead 2 fans who complain a lot and then mumble about Left 4 Dead 3.

You face crazed Source modders who will blow up the entire building, you face Garry’s Mod fans who are so happy they’re insane, you face Portal fans who just want their damn game already, you face Alien Swarm fans who also want something, dammit, you face crazed Ricochet fans, who have evolved into super-insanity, you face Deathmatch Classic fans who are surprisingly, somewhat sane, and you face Gunman Chronicles fans, who will do anything for a sequel.

There are 250 people at Valve, but there are plenty more insane fanboys than that.

Fortunately, they now have something with which they can defend themselves from the onslaught of schizophrenic Hammer Legion members.

WETA Workshop Builds a TF2 Level 1 Sentry Gun for Valve

In the aptly titled “Need a Sentry Here!” post over at the TF2 blog:

A few months ago we got a chance to visit Weta Workshop and were blown away by all the amazing things that they had made. Remembering how lonely our new offices were and how we’ve been meaning to spruce them up, we asked them if they could make something for us. They agreed, large sums of cash and top secret blue prints of a sentry gun were exchanged, and they got to work.

Surely we can get something for the LambdaGeneration office, right?


Finally, last week we took delivery of the full-scale level 1 sentry gun, complete with a motion sensor and audio. It’s an incredible piece of craftsmanship that we just had to share with the TF2 community and any visitors brave enough to enter our lobby.


Picture time!

Yes, this is constructed by WETA, the same wizards who created special effects for Lord of the Rings and District 9.

It has a motion sensor, lights and sound effects.

Check it out, in this video on Valve’s official YouTube channel, in glorious… 360p? Whoa, Valve, what…? My eyes… they… GAAAAAAAAAAH

For Valve’s full blog post, head over here:


  1. Commenter AvatarBurninG-SensationZMarch 26th 2013 at 10:46am

    make a lvl 3 sentry

  2. Now that is awesome. I would very much like to have one!

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