A Battle Report Video (and a word about Jawaballs)

Testing Testing 123... Begin countdown, embed Battle Report 'Disaster' on my mark.

So, in the spirit of full disclosure, I bring you the following two items.

1)  I don't know if this will work! That is, embedding the Youtube video. If it doesn't, here's the link to watch my disastrous game against Dale's Blood Angels:


2)  The second item... I won't try to hide my losses - so there!

As an aside, yesterday I visited Jawaballs' streaming, online webcast.  He was painting a Drop Pod, and though the video quality wasn't high enough to make out the fine detail, I did pick up a trick or two.  Far more entertaining was chatting with the various viewers, not to mention ol' Jawaballs himself.

Don't worry - I won't start my own webcast... can't keep up with the likes of Fritz, Jawa, Mkerr, Stelek, Jim, and all those many pioneers of the Blogosphere.  But I do have my own ideas, much as I've been hinting lately.

(Oh, and Jawaballs called me 'baby!'  He tried to deny it and claimed it was his wife, but I know the score...  Oh, but the countless months of stalking him are proving fruitful at last!  Soon, I won't have to stand in three-inch deep mud peering through the windows of his den!)


(What, too far?)


Herr Fernseher said...

1) Vid successfully embedded. And ha-ha!

2) How the heck do you lose 3 squads to deepstrike mishaps? Was Dale calling those batteries impassable again?

3) You wanna start a Jawaballs fanclub with me? You can be president since you have the underwear collection. (Never far enough!)

4) Your editing keeps getting better.

Gauthic said...

A few suggestions on editing.

1. When you're recording leave about 3 seconds of 'dead air' before and after your commentary..this will give you time for your fades to be more smooth.

2. If your editing software supports it put 'bottom of 1st round' etc after each fade.

3. More crotch shots--guaranteed to get more attention from the crowd that you don't really want visiting your blog anyways ;)

4. A title & date at the beginning will be nice--this should be doable in any software, if all else fails just Photoshop a title plate and fade it out.

5. A monopod might be better for your shots than a tripod. It'll give you the stability of a tripod when making your shots but the ability to move it around easier. I know you forgot it on the last video, but it'll seem less static with a monopod.

Just kidding about the #3 ;)

Herr Fernseher said...

I actually liked the way a clip ended with "up next, bottom of 2" and the next clip started with "bottom of 2" so that the overlap twinned his voice. It happened twice that I heard; might be an interest effect to strive for regularly. Although Gauthic's suggestions are cleaner.

And speaking of keeping it clean, if you combine his step #3 with step #5, I WILL unsubscribe...

Brent said...

Ya, the crotch shots are something all wargamers struggle with... I've commented on this before, but if you take a picture of the game table you're bound to catch someone on the other side.

It's probably made worse since I avoid taking video of our faces. I like to keep the internet nice and anonymous.

Of course, I use my real name, so I guess that's out the window.


PS - Good point about the dates - it's bothering me that I put the wrong date on the middle vid (Dec. rather than Jan.).

Gauthic said...

I ain't skeered about my ugly mug being posted on the Internets--can't be nearly as bad as some of the bell guys (no names in particular, we wargamers are a lost cause in looks)

Evil Homer said...

Speak for yourself, the last thing I need is some net stalker trying to get my sexy self. My wife would kill me.

Gauthic said...

I checked out uStream, by the way.... pretty happy with the results on my iPhone. I may have to rig a tripod/charger for it.

There's about a 1-2 second delay as my test show.


Big Jim said...

Another win big or lose big game. Brent please promise us you'll never play Russian Roulette!

Don't downplay your contribution to the Blogosphere, I think you have a great little niche all your own.

I heard Jawaballs call you baby and try to deny it.



Black Matt said...

He called me "Daddy!" and wont stop!!!LOL

Black Matt said...

jawaballs called me daddy, just to be clear!

Brent said...

Now, now, Matt; he just wants a bit of punishment!

(Strictly Average: the home of vaguely homoerotic humor)

jawaballs said...

Ugh... I'm mortified.

(A new favorite!) Anon: I haven’t even bothered playing a game of 6th yet, cause I have read the rules, and actually understand how they interact with units. I know my armies no longer function how they should, and so I need to change them.

Strictly Average: 'cause 6-inches is all you get.

Stalking Jawaballs since 2009.

Jawaballs: "My butt just tightened up."

Brent, preferred 2-to-1 over Not Brent in a recent, scientific poll.

Brent: emptied the Kool Aid and DRINKING YOUR MILKSHAKE with an extra-long straw.

Unicorns don't exist.

Home of the Stormbuster, the Dyson Pattern Storm Raven.

I'm a comment whore and this whore is getting no play.

Not Brent hurts Brent's feelings.

I think, therefore I blog.

"You should stop writing for everyone else and worry about your crappy blog." - Anon.

Not Brent has been spotted lurking around with a green marker.

He's not like a bad guy from a cartoon, all devious but never quite evil, Not Brent is bad beans, man, bad beans.

Dethtron: "Again I feel obliged to remind you that trying to sound smart only works if you are."

MVB: "I am not one to join the unwashed masses of self-titled 40k experts out there distributing advice from their blogs about exactly how your list should be built..."

Shiner Bock on tap: that's how I choose hotels.

Strictly Average: The Home of Hugs and Gropings.

Don't feed the trolls!

MoD: "Welcome to Brent's head."

Competitive is Consistent.

Dethtron: "...you could use that extra time to figure out a way to get your panties unbunched and perform a sandectomy on your vagina."

Dethtron: “When calling someone an idiot, it's generally best to avoid making grammatical mistakes.”

Warboss Stalin: "You know, if it actually WAS funny, maybe I wouldn't mind."

Mike Brandt: "It's not a successful bachelor party if you don't misplace someone".

"The Master Manipulator (every store needs one): "...now, enough stroking."

Kirby: "I don't know about gropings. Seriously, Brent, keep it in the pants, please."

Loquacious: "No matter how hard I tried, I couldn't get Hugs & Gropings or Stalks Jawaballs into Brent's little tribute."

Captain Kellen: "I rate this article a Brent on the Faith Hill to Nancy Pelosi scale!"

Drathmere: "Come for the balls, stay for the Brent? Kind of disturbing, man."

Go no further, lest thee see something thine eyes would fain look past!

Isabelle: "So, thank you for supporting your local and not so local unicorns. A noble gesture like that can show some scared kids out there that they don't have to hide from everyone and it's ok to be who they really are."

There is nothing more interesting than We The People... in all our beautiful, ugly glory!

On Internet Advice: You see, I have an almost religious belief that's it's a huge, colossal waste of time.

...I think I'll call it the Gun Shy Pattern Stormbuster, because after the Internet destroyed my first humble effort, I find I'm a bit worried about the reaction to this one.

Lauby: "Is it left over from that time you thought that you could just complete step one 12 times to meet the mandates of that court order?"

Not Brent: "I guess we'll have to read on and find out. Signed, Not Brent. Especially today."

Cynthia Davis: "I think the scrolling text is from Glen Beck's new book."

Grimaldi: "Spamming certain units creates interesting possibilities but also fatal weaknesses."

Purgatus: "Math can inform decisions. It cannot make decisions."

Thoughts? Comments? Hugs and gropings?

You'd be that much quicker to figure out what I mean when I refer to a Unicorn if I covered it in a rainbow flag.

SinSynn: (To Brent) "Curse you and your insidious influence on the internets..."

Dave G (N++): "You know you're an internet celebrity when your following is more akin to tabloids."

I prefer the term Internet Personality (or IP) myself, seeing as how I coined it.

Lauby: "Your attempt to humanize him as failed. I feel nothing but scorn for his beard - it's like a warcrime or something."

BBF: "I've always thought you are a good player but I finally figured out that you are a great player. It's hard to see sometimes because your personality is engaging, sincere and quite charming - to me that is kind of a rare combination."

'Clearly cheating?' I didn't misspeak: you jumped to conclusions. If you'd like to apologize I'll be happy to send you an autographed picture of my ass.


I thought I was doing alright before I realized I was losing.

Age and treachery beats youth and vigor every time.

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