Sin Synn Asks, "What about the Bugs!?"

Ah, SinSynn!  Deeply disappointed, he crafted this gem regarding my decision to set aside the Bugs! for the Brotherhood.

Btw, Brent- I cannot begin to express my disappointment of you dropping Tyranids to play....Space Wolves.

I am disappoint.
I haz sad....deep, deep sad.

If ANYBODY could've helped Tyranids gain a popularity point, it would've been you, Brent.
This hurts....

And to drop them for....that army?
Friggin' kidney punch, bro....fer reals.
I thought you were a bit more rebellious, a bit more 'against the grain.'
Now....I dunno, dude- you drop 'Nids cuz youre little list didn't work out?
And you pick up...them....just to win at events? Is THAT what it's all about? Really?

'Nids have done alright at a lot of Tournaments- and you're the guy that shows people up with DAEMONS, right?
It's like you didn't even TRY....

Ok, I'm done nagging, and laying a guilt trip....still...
I am disapoint, son.
Just wanted to say that...
Still love ya...Hugs and Gropings, 'course.

I'm all about the Hugs and Gropings!

Now, while I believe guilt is a false emotion, I do feel this one pretty deeply.  You see, I had the same anxiety as I contemplated this change.

I wanted to be an advocate for the Bugs! and I wanted to build and play this army.  The stumbling block I ran into is I couldn't play the army the way I actually wanted.

Readers are no doubt aware I was drawn to the Bugs! because of my love for the older models in GW's range; I'm speaking, of course, of the Screamer Killer.

I love this model.  I owned two; to get the other three I now own, I had to trade and purchase for Little Barrera and Farseer Tim's older collections.  It became a complicated three-way deal, as I gave brand new boxes of Dark Eldar Raiders to Evil Homer who in turn paid me money I turned around and used to purchase new Gray Knights models for Little Barrera.

In effect, I spent 'new' for 'old,' and given I purchased more than I wanted in order to land the stuff I had to have, I grossly overspent my hobby budget.

I don't regret it; I wanted the Bugs! and now I have them.  Being the way I am, I'll hold on to them for years, and eventually I'll use the collection.  It was a win/win deal...

...but my excitement set me up for a huge letdown.  I ignored my inner voice and tried to make stuff work I knew was inferior on paper.  It didn't take long to realize the army I'd have to create was very close to the same army other internet notables were already working with.

I'd need three units of Hive Guard.  I'd need Tervigons.  I'd need Gargoyles.

I wouldn't be able to use all the old models I wanted, like the Screamer Killers, Hybrids, and Tyranid Warriors.

Does this mean I'm done with the Bugs!?

Not by a long shot!  I'm still having fun with these models, puttering around my game room and slowly but surely working toward a goal.

Hormabugs.  Three digits worth of metal Hormabugs.  I got those in the collections, too!  They just take a ton of work to get on the table.

Bottom line, it was a ton of effort to learn then play Daemons at a top level; I needed a break before attempting the same thing with Tyranids, a Codex everyone can agree is a challenge.

Anyway, I've settled on a Brotherhood list for Wargames Con, and while it has some elements folks have come to expect, it's different from anything you've seen out there...

That's foreshadowing, by the way!


The Inner Geek said...

I'm not disappoint in you for leaving the bugs behind for a while. I'm disappoint in you for setting up a twitter account and pretending to be Jawaballs. You're his most (in)famous stalker so I'm starting the rumor that it was you.

Brent said...

Ah, recognition! I am indeed Jawaballs most dedicated Net-Stalker... so...

I admit it. It was me!

He's going to punish me, right?

The Inner Geek said...

Judging by the righteous indignation in his comments, I'd say you have a good spanking coming.

Purgatus said...

Howdy Brent!

I still think there are a few decent builds that can be had from the screamer killer - though I admit I have not actually tested them I am not a total novice with the dex and think they have some potential.

That being said, I hope you do come back to the table with Ze Nids. I'm really enjoying them alot. There are some concessions that must be made to practicality, of course, but there is enough variety to keep me interested and of course even the "plain jane" Nids list is just not as common as say Wolves or IG.

Wyatt said...

damn dude, I got some old nids, and I would be happy to swap for the new ones.

AbusePuppy said...

There are ways you can use Screamer-Killers at particular point values. Warriors are a good choice at virtually any total, as long as you aren't picky about your configuration.

Hive Guard... are kinda necessary, but there are other things that can fill in for them to varying degrees.

If being super-competitive isn't your main worry, or if you play with lots of non-mech lists, 'Nids can be just fine. It's only at the upper tiers that they really start to suffer.

idget said...

Nids for counts as space wolves.
I say good sir, what is the meaning of this?
One can only feel that you desire to actually win a game!
Could you please explain yourself?


SinSynn said...

I'd like to thank my moms, who taught me everything I know about guilt....
"Ok, mom- I'm going out to play with my friends! Uh, you want me to turn the light on? It's kinda dim in here and you're trying to read....."
"No, sweety. Your father and I have to pay for your education, and electricity is expensive. You go play with your friends- I'll sit in the dark.....alone...."
Man- she was GOOD....

Why'd it hafta be Wolves?
It's like I just found out one of my favorite athletes became a crack addict....

That being said....do yer thing, Brent. It's supposed to be a fun game, and if you're not having fun what's the point, right?
I'll get over it *sniffle*

Half-hearted hugs...but always a full groping!

idget said...

At least it's not Space-Goat-Wolf-Knights-Angels Chocolate-Sprinkles...
Nah I love you both >8)
Very much so...


(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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