Better Than Christmas!

I was going to talk about this in Part II of my two part article on Bell, about the nature of my collection and where I intend to take it, but there was a slight change of plans. With the Nova having been recently played - and won - by Tony K-Stands-For-Kill-You-And-Break-Your-Toys Kopach, I didn't want to wait a week to chat about the faux controversy.

Anyway, here are some pics of the gift box the Master Manipulator (every store needs one) brought to the store two Fridays ago.  He's downsizing - not sure if I should say why, but congrats (!) - and rather than mess with trading/selling everything in his collection, he's giving some of it away to friends, based on their interests.  Mine being the older range and models with mad character, plus my favorite Fantasy army is Beastmen, I received the following goodies...


The Brotherhood: RTB1 Missile Launcher Squad

The three Long Fang squads each sport different Missile Launchers; here's the heads and shoulders favorite...


OffTopical Podcast is on ITunes!

And getting mad hits in less than a week!

We've updated our Feedburner and created a Blogger Blog.  All 18 episodes of OffTopical Podcast have been added and 19 is going up soon, probably today.  The link on the right of Strictly Average will take you right to it.


Nova Open: 11th Company Coverage

As noted, I wasn't able to attend the Nova this year due to the 'needs of the hospital,' and while I'm disappointed, it's understandable given how many clinicians we're missing in the acute admissions unit.  I'm basically doing double duty right now...


Necrons: Entropic Strike, A Discussion

I'm a Bug in the Machine!
(This was going to be my comment on Bell's latest Necron's rumors post, but since it would probably just get lost I ported it over here.)


Comments Come Lately: Hate Mail

Here we are at another edition of Comments Come Lately, the Strictly Average production that seems to inevitably follow a Tuesday Bell of Lost Souls article.

My article this week was a hatchet job for Big Red.  What's that, you say?  Yup, you read it correctly.  Sometimes my job is to write an article designed to drive up the comment's count, and that's what Witch Hunter's Eulogy was.  Still, I wrote it, I like it, and it still strikes me as funny.

But yea, it wasn't hard to predict the Hate Mail.

MIssing the Nova: A Reflection

Well, it's official.  I had to email Mike Brandt and let him know that my leave for the event was revoked.  Here's my email:

Guess I'll unpack... :(


A Quickie! Blood Angel List.

Just a quick post before I head to the FLGS.  I took the next few days off for much needed downtime.

I've got my Daemons list turned in for this weekend's 'Ard Boyz, and I tested it against the Mighty Mighty Carlos last night.  Good to go.

The Card Pimp in Question isn't particularly hip on playing the old; he wants to try another army type, more indicative maybe of what he might face.

I threw this together:


'Ard Boyz... Yea, I Went With Daemons...

So after much ado, I went with Daemons.

I gave Quite Thor the chance to dictate the choice between the Brotherhood and the Bolt'N'Beasts, and though he wasn't able to reply he did say this after:

As to 'Ard Boys, I really hope you went for the Daemons. Last chance to use them. A eulogy of sorts.
Exactly right!


On Lists: Losing Sight of What Matters

Yesterday I published the Daemons list I intended to take to Hard Boyz next week.  Only problem is... it kinda sucked.


Video: A Dead Game Billboard

Warning!  This video is strictly for fun - don't take it, or yourself, that seriously!

(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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