Whelpslayer! (Talking Points Runner-Up)

So a close 2nd to General Smooth's winning article showcased in my Terrible Tuesday Bell of Lost Soul's post is this entry by Panzar.  He's writing a new blog called Whelpslayer, so check it out.

Before we get there... did any of you notice the opening pic?

That moment was from a game against the Master Manipulator (every store needs one) last weekend.  I thought my Brotherhood 1st and 10th was going to run away with the game, but it all seemed to turn when God provided all the intervention my esteemed opponent needed... 

Click the pic for a link to MM(esno)'s site! Without further ado... from Panzar: 

Here is my entry discussing appendix 2.

Apathy is something that, as human beings, affects us all from time to time (except for those internet supermen out there, you know who you are). It is in its simplest form, just a lack of motivation. As far as the hobby is concerned this can effect different aspects such as painting, building, gaming and mostly any other element you can think of. We all have our moments when we just want to zone out and not pay attention to that rising stack of unpainted models or when the call comes in to go down for a game but you just can't be bothered to leave your seat. Sometimes we are not even to blame for it, we all have lives to lead that normally take priority over our little plastic men, and rightly so! Sometimes a busy period work, family matters or even personal matters will interrupt the flow of our hobby.

We don't all have the same goals in life nor do we have them in our hobbies. Some of us want to be big power gamers while others just want to throw dice with friends over a beer. I've had it many a time and I'm not saying that I know everything about it nor am I saying that what applies to me will apply to you but for those who are interested read on, if not, no worries. It's only a game after all!

Now we could break this down and really go into the detailed human mentality and our penchant for apathy as human beings but, nobody really cares about that so here are some quick and easy tips that I recommend for getting yourself out of that rut.

1- Variety is the spice of life

Now this is a very general tip that can be applied to any aspect of the hobby. Trouble motivating yourself to paint? Try a new technique, get some different tools, and paint some different models/colours. Bored of your current force? Try something different or unorthodox. But make it something you've never played before. Proxy your Marine army as Blood Angels and watch em' tear across the board. In short mix it up! Try seeing your favourite aspect of the hobby from another angle.

2- Manage your time.

As much as we may wish it there are only 24 hours in a day and with our hectic modern day life sometimes it just does not seem enough. So plan ahead and try to stick to that plan. It’s not the end of the world if you don't keep to it every week but give it a go. Try and paint for 1 hour a day, it doesn't seem like much but if you keep it up it really adds up and models can get done pretty fast. Keep an evening free to go down to your FLGS for a game and make yourself go, even if it is just for a chat.

3- Set yourself a Goal

We all love a good project. My current baby is a Retribution of Scyrah army that I'm planning to gradually work my way through. When you take on a project, no matter how small, set yourself a goal! Whether it be to paint in stages, get something ready for a tournament or even get a certain amount of practice in before said tournament. Keep that goal in mind and reflect a bit on how to reach it. Remember that flow is achieved through the balance of arousal (not that kind) and control,
so get yourself riled up but keep a level head and that pre-heresy army you've wanted for ages will be done in no time!

4- Stay in the loop.

Now this can be very easy or very hard depending on your personality. Long story short try and do something to keep yourself in touch with the hobby even if you physically can't participate. This is as simple as ready BOLS every few days, popping into your FLGS for a chat or even giving your mate a call to talk about projects, events, new rules etc. This kind of thing keeps you immersed and keeps all your little goals and projects on the back burner in your mind.

5- Have fun!

We all have our reasons for having this hobby. Personally, the major reason for me is to have fun. It's what the majority of us are here for! Don't go down to talk politics or the state of the economy! Go down and hit your opponents army like the fist of an angry god, or if you're so inclined, paint a model that would make a blind man cry. Remember why you got into the hobby, allow yourself to get excited about something, doesn't matter what... just be you. Just as a reference, when I was young I used to get so excited whenever I got a new model and to this day I still feel that similar excitement. I bought a Khador Behemoth the other week and what do you think happened there...

I hope that this helps you guys. Getting over this kind of thing is something we all face now and again. But we have to look to ourselves to overcome this apathy. I don’t know, but if this helps you even a bit then my writing paid off and I'll be happy.

Hope you guys enjoyed, the uploaded images correspond to the 5 subjects. you can see it all in order on my page Whelpslayer.

Okay folks, check it out!


Anonymous said...

Glad you approved Brent. I had fun doing it!

General Smooth said...

i'm genuinely flattered. really nice article.

Anonymous said...

Thanks mate, yours was a very good read too!

(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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