Brotherhood... What, Hardboyz Now?

So here's the Brotherhood... but I no sooner finish than I'm back at it.  This army is fun, but it doesn't have the necessary streamlining to compete at the highest levels.  I need more options!  My plan is to fill out the Grey Hunters to full 10-strong squads, then add more!  More mech, more Troops, Thunder Wolves, and so on.

Hard Boyz is around the corner - I've got 500 more points to fill, minimum.


Comments Come Lately: Brent's a Bigot?

This is from my Tuesday article on Bell of Lost Souls.  In it I feature a video of my 4-year old nephew painting his first model - that's what Hendarion is referring to in the opening salvo.   It gets ugly and unnecessary.

Note Scadugenga brings up the same topic, sans threat of physical violence, and we have what I believe is a rational and interesting conversation.  I only included part of it, nor did I include some other readers' contributions, but it's all available in the comment's section of the article.  Anyway, read it and weep.


Goatboy Vs Brent, Extra Pics

Here are some extra photos from my game with Goatboy last weekend, so if you haven't seen the Video Battle Report over on Bell of Lost Souls... what are you waiting for?

I liked Goat's army a lot - it's really one of the few builds I've seen that I believe maximizes some of the most annoying characteristics of the book!


Happy Birthday to Me... *sigh*

I took the afternoon off to play Confrontation with Little Barrera - I just couldn't stand the idea of working all day on my birthday.

I'm officially *SELF-EDIT*  (Old.)

I'm on my way out now, but I thought I'd drop my birthday present to myself.  The timing was good; Fedex knocked on my door this morning right before I took off for work.

I don't know why, but I was ridiculously taken with these, so picked up one of each on preorder...

Oh Great Dice Gawd, 
Has Thy (un)Faithful Servant Purchased Enough?


OffTopical Production Video (Rated R for Language)

Behind the scenes at OffTopical Podcast's Secret Studio

WARNING: Potty Language, Crude Humor  (Which is the only way I like it.)

A few posts back, I talked about OffTopical, so when I published this video I figured it was high time to drop it on an unsuspecting wargaming public.  This is pertinent, though, since OffTopical is awesome listening during painting sessions.  The humor is Off and the skits are Topical - plus Top Dork makes for interesting trivia in categories you no doubt like too.

Basically, I took this footage during the production of Episode 17, Leftovers.  The studio is usually kept dark, so it came out a bit grainy... and let's face it, the camera should have been set on a stand somewhere, but you get the idea.

In this skit, Sam Elliot and Samuel L. Jackson are promoting Weiner Pills.

Enjoy or not, your option!


Even When I'm Not Blogging... I Am

I'm not bored of blogging, I'm in a funk about gaming!

(Before Brent gets all whiny, you guys should really check out The Master Manipulator (every store needs one)'s Top Ten.  The dude has worked a blog for a year now... and who thought it would last six months?  Not this Green With Envy Topical Figmental.  Here's to another year!)

Still, even when I'm not blogging I'm blogging.  Tuesday's Bell article was pretty darn good, if I do say so myself:

Editorial: White Dwarf, or Not, Your Option

As of this moment, it hit 323 comments - and no, Louis, they weren't all me!


What Is OffTopical?

I've had the icon and link in my Glory Bar on the righthand side of Strictly Average, but I can't recall ever mentioning it.  It's not related to the hobby, so I haven't pushed it.

OffTopical is a podcast dedicated topical conversation, glorious geekery, and crude humor.  It's designed to follow a (relatively) fixed format and (hopefully) move along quickly.  If you happen not to like a segment... just relax and let it happen.

It'll be over soon.

It goes a little something like this:


Massive WarGames Con Photo-DUMP!! Ewwww...

Thanks to everyone who commented and emailed regarding my illness-inspired return home; I'm almost to the point I can think about the weekend without breaking down into (very masculine) (not really) tears.


Not really, I'm still upset.  There were a ton of Bloggers I was looking forward to meeting and it just didn't happen.

My coverage suffered too.  I got a great start, including the photos I'm about to drop that on you, but I thought I'd take a moment and link the Hogs of War.  They run a great blog, and it turns out they were in Austin in force - as evidenced by the amazing, ground-up coverage!  A smaller blog, The 19th Legion, managed to turn out videos.  Cheers to him for the initiative!

Without further ado...


Oh Unhappy, Aborted Trip!

Man, do I look forward to Wargames Con!  It's by far my favorite Indy; it's competitive and well-run while still maintaining its laid back, Texas courtesy.

Also, I get to hang out with the BoLS crowd and meet fellow Bloggers face to face.  As our community grows, so does name recognition... making me happier than ever I go by 'Brent.'

Just so you know, it's not a clever, internet nickname - it's my name.  Brent.

There you go.


Sunday, Oh Sund - Wait... What? It's Monday?

Here I am again, dropping an update in passing.  The Rune Casters are as done as I have the time for; there's plenty of room for improvements and extras I want to add - like... you know, runes - but it's enough for now.


Saturday, Oh Saturday, a Deadline I Have...

I'll be leaving next Thursday for Austin, and Wargames Con.  Will the Brotherhood be prepared in time?

Damn well better, after all this!

(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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