JWolf: Rousing the Sleeping Beast

My recent-real-rant, grossly misunderstood I'm sure, did more than raise the odd eyebrow, it woke up JWolf.  That was an unintentional byproduct of said rant, proof positive the pen is mightier than the sword...

...or proof that crazy attracts attention, which explains a metric ton of shit that happens on forums and blogs.

So I've been working on my not-so-super-secret BoLSCon army for the team tournament, and that makes for a boring (or more boring than normal, depends on who you ask) Strictly Average as I'm waiting until the week of the event to showcase my work.

Stop!  I'm not saying its the end all and be all of modeling and painting - it ain't: there's a reason this site is called Strictly Average and it isn't just a homage to a white man's shame - but it is the best I can do and I'm proud of it.

I was also proud of the Storm Buster, the Dyson Pattern Storm Raven, and we all know what an epic failure that was.  So am I making good or topping it?  You'll have to see.  Still, Lauby from Lauby Industries has been helping me via email with very pointed and appropriate suggestions and the Master Manipulator (every store needs one) helped me with a backhanded compliment, shaming me into stretching my painting wings with a clean layering style, far different from my normal speed-painting.

So how does JWolf come into all this?  I'm stealing a comment he made re: Hard Boyz 2009 and re-posting it, that's why.  I thought it appropriate then and equally so now, during this competitive tournament season.  I am editing it some, since my intention is not to start a flamewar over dead ground but to illustrate a thought.  Here is is.

JWolf said:

There are a lot of random factors that go into winning tournaments and being at the top tables at the end, and these are more important as the number of rounds is reduced. With the scenarios given (at Hard Boyz Chicago, 2009 - Brent), I would have expected more Mech Eldar at the top tables and fewer Orks, but it seems like people got more aggressive for the finals than I would have thought. Aggressive deployments helped Nick to win, but would have been very problematic if his opponents had seized the initiative (probably not nearly as much in scenario 1; Dawn of War is really great for a Guard Alpha army). This takes nothing from Nick (Darkwynn, the winner - Brent), because after all other factors are figured, he won, and no amount of kvetching changes that.

(I think that's a very valid point and figures prominently in every discussion on every blog and forum: there is way too much armchair criticism.  Wait now!  That's much, much different from kibitzing.  It's appropriate to reexamine games and events and try to learn from them.  Equally appropriate is discussing the event, the missions, the armies, the players - it's all fair game.  What isn't cool is how much of it inadvertently or intentionally undermines the winner, as if the success was a fluke.  There is luck that goes in to winning a big event, but the canny gamer makes his own luck.... there's a blog article in that... - Brent)

As to comments from the peanut gallery, what is there really to say? A guy who has never won a championship denigrates people who do win and claims moral superiority for not even trying - why would anyone take such a person seriously? I got the same garbage after winning Gladiator, and I even won with my list more so than my play. I would have thought that the "list is the most important thing" crowd would have viewed that as some sort of personal triumph, but instead, I got poop flung at me by every monkey (edit - Brent).

Of course, anyone who thinks there is such a thing as (edit - Brent) has already demonstrated a lack of (edit - Brent). What is (edit - Brent) changes over time, as the evolution of lists in a competitive environment naturally marginalizes the list that was (edit - Brent) last tournament (or week, or yesterday). Building lists to beat the expected competition means making some choices that seem suboptimal in order to have all the right tools in the box.  (Edit - Brent) conceptually tries to force every task into driving nails, which is great if you only have nails to drive, but 15 hammers sort of sucks for sawing boards and pouring a foundation.

Good stuff.  Yes, I got happy with the editing but as I stated I'm not trying to make this a flame but simply giving wider circulation to a thought I really liked.  I think it bears thinking on.

Okay, maybe I let the power go to my head... or maybe I just thought it was funny to edit out all meaning from the last paragraph... you decide!


Jwolf said...

And the same continues to be true, though now apparently the truth is that no one can every get within 12" of vehicles that move 12" a turn and that anyone might ever set Long Fangs in a corner instead of as close to the center of the board as the possible can.

The odds that a SM unit with an attached chaplain charging a vehicle with AV 10 rear armor will kill it is roughly 2000%, give or take a few thousand percent.

I'd love to get a game in to test competing theories, but I doubt that will ever happen.

Brent said...

I know exactly what you mean, as if the real world never crosses paths with theoryland.

It can be frustrating, which is why I've taken a bit of a break lately.

Lauby said...

Brent - you keep mentioning me and you never link out to me. GET WITH THE PROGRAM!!!!

Brent said...


Ya, I'm bad about that. I just assume people will check the links, but they never do.

I'm going to separate the blogs tomorrow.

I'll start linking more.


lamiss ibrahim said...


(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.

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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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