You Want Some Love, Too

My article over on Blood of Kittens is only generating a modest amount of buzz, but I'm not disappointed with that for a first try.  Of course, I'm not sure how Tastytaste, the editor, feels about it all, so I'll just have to see if I've done enough to be asked back in the future.

I love how the simple act of conversation can spin one's paradigms like a top, allowing for a new angle of thought.  At the end of the day, I went to school and became a Social Worker because people are the only thing that really matter.  Everything we all do relates in some way to another; examining that can bring insight.  Case in point, my reply to Gigi's comment on the article:

It's very possible people don't like it (my Storm Raven) because it's bad - did I need to spell it out?

That said, people don't put time and effort into models then think, "Boy, this sucks!" I saw what I wanted to see and only looked with unbiased eyes after I didn't get the reaction I expected. Of course I wanted people to like it - you don't create a blog and spend a ton of time on material for it if you're not looking to appeal to your peers.

I'm just not ashamed to admit it. There's a bit of narcissism in it... okay, I'll own that.

But I'm not alone.

What, you think folks do this stuff for the simple joy of doing it? If you've ever painted anything, ever posted anything, ever showed off a fig to a buddy, you've got an expectation that someone will like it. You're probably expecting a compliment. If you don't get that, you may blow it off, but you're either going to stop doing what didn't appeal to the social animals around you or try harder to garner some respect.

That kind of stuff is capital, my friend.

So you see, I thought it was cool, until the comments rolled in. Your comment is nice by comparison, and I thank you for that! I've created something ugly, but it's mine and if I want to hold it close and whisper sweet nothings, like, "Don't listen to them, you're pretty you are!" I will.

Regarding the conspiracy comment, I'm not sure how to respond to that. I didn't speculate on any sort of conspiracy.

Did I?

Maybe I see deeper than even I realized...

Nope. They're a company. They want to make money. They'll produce a kit and you'll buy it or you won't, your option.

Thanks for taking the time to comment, Gigi - I appreciate it.


b.smoove said...

hm. I liked the Storm Raven -very creative, very well executed. I'm sorry to hear that you didn't get a solid response.

I think we've all had similar experiences with a post that was designed to be stellar only to find its reception to be rather tepid. I wouldn't let it worry you.

Big Jim said...

Yeah, I agree with B.smoove, it happens to the best of us.

Don't worry about it one bit!


The_King_Elessar said...

I like THAT you did it, and how much effort clearly went in.

Just not the design. :p

I'll check out the BoK article tomorrow - I never go there unless linked, or I'm bored and see it in a BlogRoll (usually yours tbh)

It's a pity, I quite like a lot of what Fluger has to say - it's just that Dethtron > Tasty.

Zheilt said...

But, but, I liked the Storm Raven you made. The original design was very >>>>>>> than the flying land raider.

Kroxitau said...

Legos are the way to go

Schnitzel said...

Sorry about the reception of your Stormraven mate. I wasn't a fan of the build myself, however I love that you tried to break from the 'norm' and craft something truly original. The time and effort that you put into it is impressive, and for that I commend you.
BTW, it's MUCH better than those crap Landraider w/ wings bashes every one seem to rage about.

Keep up the good work.

Brent said...

No sweat - I'm getting a hell of a lot more mileage out of it as a gag then if it had been cool.

Cool Storm Raven = Cool!

Bad Storm Raven = Discuss, ad nauseam!

I'm nothing if not willing to beat a topic into the ground...

Gauthic said...

This is a perfect example of how I feel when I put work and thought into the Open Wargaming System. It's a labor of love, it may not be the best, or even all that good, but the
more I work on it the better it becomes.

I'm hoping that sometime in the future others may join in and that this intellectual child of mine starts taking a life of its own through the input and playtesting of other contributors.

Herr Fernseher said...

Jeff, if GW goes belly-up, your Open Wargaming System and Brent's scratch-builds will likely be our local hobby's lifeboat. We rarely know what future flowers will spring from the tangle of present roots. Keep up the good work, (you too, Brent), and (when your WHFB Build up is over) I'll help play-test your rules set. Who knows, I might actually be good for writing fluff. :D

Gauthic said...

GW's not going anywhere (unless Fantasy is a TOTAL flop and nobody purchases the thousands of copies that were printed--which I seriously doubt).

I can eventually see them pricing themselves out of the hearts and minds of gamers, it's happening more and more every year as there are so much cheaper hobbies out there: Video Games, RC Car Racing, Golf, Crack Cocaine. But I imagine someone'd get fired and eventually this stem of getting more and more expensive models and catering to a niche market will go away and they'll attempt to go more mainstream with their products before they'd go belly-up (one should be able to buy a copy of Space Hulk at Toys R Us, Target & Wal-Mart RIGHT NOW so that they can try to get new gamers instead of pissing on their current customers with new-rules releases every other year and price hikes every 6 months).

CounterFett said...

I like it...does that make me some sort of deviant? In any case, how did you put it together?

I too know what it's like to put a lot of work into an article and not get much response. I write big background pieces for my blog, and I'm not sure anyone even reads them.

(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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