Happy Xenos New Year!

I hope everyone made it home safely last night... and are paying for a night of drunken debauchery with extra special New Year's Day hangovers!

Nothing wrong with that - just feels like it!

Anyway, from a hobby standpoint 2012 feels like the year of excess.  My game room is practically overflowing with armies... too many, in fact.  I have almost everything I've ever wanted - all those models I could never afford when I was younger, I own.

Lord - now what to do with them all?

Paint 'em, of course!  I made a trade with Gauthic, Tau for Necrons, and it was a definite Win/Win.  Added to my collection were a unit of Spyders, a Monolith, three Wraiths, a unit of Destroyers, a crap-ton of Scarab bases...

...and well over 60 Necron Warriors!

Gauthic doesn't paint with a heavy hand, but flash on rank-and-file doesn't bother him that much - this dude doesn't paint models, he paints armies.  His perspective is different.

Come to think of it, I need to adopt some of that.  But I digress - in the pictures you see the majority of the Warriors (flashing removed!) on paint sticks with a spray coat.

Here are the three Spyders.  I spent quite a bit of time cleaning the models and assembling them, but the legs are just awful sculpts.  I used a heavy file, but since the outside of each individual leg sort of dips inward...

...like a (___)...

...the heavy vertical lines of flash just wouldn't come off.  Sort of like...

... (_|_)...

...they've got butt legs!

My plan - already in the works at the time of this post - is to weather the legs heavily to cover the flaws.  They have, after all, been pattering around the Tomb Worlds for many thousands of years.

Here I was trying to take a picture of the two test models, painted over Gauthic's original scheme, but as you can see a Hormobug took center stage.

'Cause I've again caught a massive case of Bugs! -

Not to be confused with What's Her Name from the old days, who I always suspected had a roaring case.  Of Bugs! that is.

Do you still believe the old neighborhood gossip?  Despite the rumors, it's not usually just one girl on the block... ahem, servicing the community, but there are exceptions.

Such as What's Her Name, God bless her innocent soul and well-worn heels!

We were talking about Bugs! after all, right?

Sorry.  Lost time there.  Moving on.

I took stock of my hobby preferences recently, what with metal and plastic models outnumbering the population of a decent sized town in my game room.  I'll probably expand on my thoughts in a later post, but the bottom line is this.

I'm a Xenos man at heart.

My favorite army is Daemons, closely followed by Eldar.  I was a huge Orks man in it's last edition (not so much in its current form, for some reason), and recently the Necrons and Bugs! have become a something of a welcome obsession.

Even the Marine armies I've played for any length of time had something of a twist, such as the 13th Company.

Of course, I have my Brotherhood, but I have to be honest that I'm more interested in the look and fluff I've come up with rather than a passion for Space Wolves.

More on these themes at a later date, but 2012 is going to be a Xenos New Year.  I'm planning Necrons, Bugs!...

...and Daemons.  :)


SinSynn said...

One of usssssss.
One of Usssssss.

Happy New Year, Brent.
Be sure to roll Not-Brent over on his side while he's...recovering.
We discussed this.

Xnos Hugs and Gropings.
(You KNOW those are da bestest kind!)

Aventine said...

Very exciting stuff here Brent, can't wait to see what you do with the BuGs! Are you going for straight Terminator style chrome Necrons?

(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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