Post 600: Thanks, and have some Bugs!

I've stared at a blank page trying to decide how to frame this not-so historical post.  After beating my head and countless rewrites, I'll just say this:

Thank you for reading, past, present or future.

Grey, white, and evil.
Thanks for comments, positive and negative - 'cause I read  and appreciate them all.  Regardless.

Thanks for following me around Strictly Average, Blood of Kittens, the Top X, and of course Bell of Lost Souls.

Thanks to Jawaballs, my muse.  (Sorry about your flowerbed - I'd fix it, but I had to run.  The sirens said so.)

Thanks to all the Bloggers, particularly those with whom I am close, such as Lauby, DT, Kirby, Synn, Goat, Darkwynn, Brian, BBF/GBF, Nick, and many more.

Thanks to the Warboss, who's always on bottom.

Thanks to Larry, for finally remembering who the hell I was, and giving me a chance to piss off a sizable percentage of his readers.

Big thanks to my local crew, for making me a better player, painter, and blogger.  I'm not unmindful about how much you guys put up with so I can do this.

Just, thanks.  Blogging is a big part of my hobby - and the hobby is my stress relief.  Honestly, it's not far from my mind... which is nice.  I love my job, but man is it stressful!  I can't take the kind of negative energy without an outlet of some kind.

* * * 

So what can you expect from Strictly Average in the near future?

Bugs!  That's what!

I went through a period of hobby apathy over the last few weeks - right after Feast of Blades, in fact.  Not sure why, since that was a blast...

...but my inspiration left me.

I enjoy my Brotherhood, but I've got two full Hunters squads with 3-color minimum... that just seems not to get painted.  I'm stuck and needed something else.  I toyed with the idea of any number of projects - all of them I'll probably get on with in the future - but it was this last week that got me back on track with a pet project of mine.

We've been playing lots of City Fight lately, which is just a fun break from mainline 40K... and I finally found myself just playing for fun again.

I started breaking out nonsense lists like Dread Stomps and 1st and 10th's - and just playing.  I've now wracked up my longest losing streak...

(I don't count the game with Big Whit, Everybody's Brother From Another Mother; his dice just sucked.)

...and I don't care.

You've got to admit, that's a pretty good mindset to take into my Bugs! project, right?

I'm out.  I've got some Hybrids to finish!


SinSynn said...

Aw shucks, Brent...we luvs ya.

Not-Brent is a bad egg, though.....

Glad you're returning to the Bugs.

I knew you had it in you.
Now if only we could define what 'it' is.

Wet, sloppy, sticky, tentacle-y Hugs and Gropings!

...and tell not-Brent I said wassup, I guess.
I'm sure he's passed out drunk on the couch...in his underwear...which are entirely too revealing...and are emblazoned with a slogan like 'Home of the Whopper.'

Black Blow Fly said...

Congrats on another stellar year bro ! It was awesome to play at WGC with ya this year.

Btw I am looking for a couple players to join my ATC team... Are ya interested? I'd love to have ya onboard bro !

: )


KnightsofOblivion said...

It is a pleasure to visit and you have never disappointed, may all the hugs and gropings you visit on others be returned with love 10 fold!
Thank you for your time and effort.

Master Manipulator (every store needs one) said...

This site is crap and all you write is junk......

That is all...

Master Manipulator (every store needs one) said...

Oh..except for the stuff about how great I am. That stuff is blogging gold I tell ya..GOLD!

General Smooth said...

Unsure if gushing should be encouraged as play with toy soldiers is a man's hobby not for little boys.

Only been tuning in for 18 months but to be honest the pleasure is really ours. If we didn't find it so, then we would likely go read something else. It's a testament to you that we read not the other way around.

So no ......... thank you! But if you still feel the need to show gratitude I just emailed you my account details in Zurich - knock yourself out!

Brian said...

You set a high bar, my friend. Thank you.

Incarias said...

Struggling with a good phrasing, so taking the easy way out:

Thanks for the good work. Yours is the only blog where I read every single post.

Messanger of Death said...

We love you Brent! Always a pleasure to look inside your big digital head.

HurricaneGirl said...

Hybrids? *ears perk*

Lance said...

Hi Brent, gratz on the milestone. Content is good and I like you site but could you please use a stronger contrast font. Blue on dark grey is very hard to read.

Brent said...

Lance - thanks for the input!

I have some concerns along the same vein, so I'll be making some changes pdq.

An Chay said...

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(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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