Marking Your Unit's Move

Evil Homer is a very meticulous player.  That can be annoying, as he'll take five minutes to think out the move we both know he's going to make... but that's minor crap.

His habits of marking his units as they've activated is something EVERYONE should do.

(Yea, I meant to yell.)  Moving on, Evil Homer's armies are Multiple Small Unit builds, so with 7 loaded Raiders, 3 Ravagers, and 3 Units of Jetbikes, the Shooting Phase can get complicated quick.


I Missed Breath of Chaos

Story at 11.

This is me presenting a strong front; Evil Homer full-reserved.  He pulled off a pretty cunning breakthrough, which I'll show you in full at a later date.

Bottom line?  This army wasn't superior to my normal version.  I don't need Icons, I doubt I need Fleshhounds.  I do need Breath of Chaos.  I do need my normal complement of Heralds.

I will say though, I don't see me taking Daemons to Wargames Con.  Honest to God, I'm ready for a gunline army!

Can Daemons Hold Up?

That's the question I have to ask and answer before this year's tournament season really kicks into high gear.

Warhammer 40K is leaving me behind at the moment.  Quite simply, I'm having problems with making the transition from Daemons to another army.  Finally though, I'm starting to make progress with my Brotherhood, whipping together a LoganWing that I like quite well.  I'm going to start taking it through its paces soon.


A I'm Not at Work Brotherhood Update

Why does being sick and calling in to work feel like playing hooky from school?  It's simply harder to enjoy than a weekend - all I can think of is how I should be at my desk.

The work just builds up.  Plus, I feel crappy.  I've tried taking medicine but now I feel drowsy and crappy.

I have managed to get some work done.


Correcting a Mistake

I love this old Inquisitor model - or is it a Chaos Champion?  Honestly, I'm not sure, but I've kept this model for decades waiting to use him... then I screwed him up.  I tried to give him height by modifying his legs and feet.

Since I'm not good at it, I totally screwed him up.  I've been trying to figure out how to fix him.  My worst attempt included a greenstuff cape... I shudder to think of it.


The Rapture is Taking Hippies

Uh, oh. The Rapture is taking the hippies first...

Yea, that one went to justice right on my lawn. I'm afraid to touch it, so it'll have to stay. Me and the OffTopical Crew are heading to ComicCon Dallas today, so I don't have time to deal with the End of the World As I Know It.


So, Has Your Plasma TV Blown Out?

I was the happy owner of a 50-inch Plasma TV by Panasonic.  I'm the unhappy owner of an expensive 50-inch hunk of failed technology.

It's very disheartening.  I love this TV, and I've never regretted the price tag, because I knew I was buying a brand with a great reputation.  I didn't expect something like this, though it turns out it's a known issue; basically, the voltage protector in the 07-09 models wasn't the best, so they're known to blow.


What's Creepy?

Yea, my game room is usually cluttered - 'cause I'm busy - but creepy?  What's creepy about it?


Sometimes You Have to Shake Things Up

What is Bjorn's Shameful Secret?
Earlier this year I started work on a Space Wolves Counts-As army I called the Brotherhood.  I was really excited about this army... not least because I already owned all the models I would need for it.


Feeling Uninspired, Think I'll Start...


Oh, Jason.

Turns out today is Friday the 13th.  Who knew?

In honor of the occasion... does anyone else think Blogger's Crash is a worldwide conspiracy started by Games Workshop to target blogs carrying rumors of the new Sisters of Battle Minidex in White Dwarf?

I think they did it.

Sorry - losing time again.

As I was saying, check out this week's Lauby-less Top X.  I let Loquacious do all the work, and now she's missing.

GW could be responsible for that, too.

Sorry - not sure what's happening today.  I started writing this post as an update on my Bugs! list.  Here's my work desk on Monday.


Help a Bugs! Out

So after a few weeks of downtime I finally uncollapsed the collapsible table and started work on the hobby again.

It's fair to say Strictly Average has been as quiet as it's ever been these last few weeks... and it's also fair to say I needed the break!  There was way too much real life *SELF-EDIT* going on and I needed the mental break.

Still, it's important to note I was also drifting in the mire of 'I Dunno Know' - meaning I wasn't quite sure what to work on.  When I realized my Bugs! army was going to take a lot more work to get something playable ready, I tried to go to a backup army.

That's when I realized my backups need backups.  Besides Daemons, I don't have anything competitive...

...and since Competitive is Consistent (coming soon to a trademark near you), you can read that as I didn't have anything I thought could play Cardfather Ty's Space Wolves then turn around and play The Ruiner of Games Evil Homer's Dark Eldar while standing a decent chance of winning.

This sucks.

I have some ideas, but until then I need your input.  Here's a draft of a 2K Bugs! idea.  I sent it to the Master Manipulator (every store needs one) and Evil Homer and both provided valuable insight.  I'm hoping you can do the same.  Let me know what you think, and I'll drop the updated list here tomorrow.


Evil Homer: The Ruiner of Fun

Evil Homer; my nemesis.

Evil Homer; the man, the myth, the legend (in my digital, green with envy mind, in any case)...

...and on Saturday last week, he became The Ruiner of Fun.


What?  Details?

Pish and tosh.  I suppose so.

What does this picture have to do with the article?  Not much, I suppose, but I'm not sure this article has much to do with anything.  I took my long-suffering wife to Dallas two weeks ago to see the new Cabaret at the Wyly, and this is the suite we stayed in.  As you can see, I never get very far from Strictly Average.


Mike's Tyranids (and some nifty ideas!)

I played Mike in Round III of the Adepticon Championships, and I think I may have mentioned already just how much I enjoyed this game.  It was the best of the weekend, easily - but that's saying something! I had a bunch of great opponents to choose from.

Anyway, here's a quick snapshot of Mike's Tyranid army.

Venomthropes... I think these are underrated.  Certainly they were central to Mike's army, providing a 5+ cover say to an army that doesn't normally get one.  I'm seriously considering these for my Bugs! army, since I'm not sure there is another way to make my units of Carnibugs works.


There's Only One Topic Today

‎'Hamas claims the US assassinated UBL.' Yea, I'm okay with that.

In the days to come, I predict lots of talk about offended Middle Easterners upset about spontaneous American demonstrations at places like Ground Zero. Let's all avoid groundless guilt by remembering the many parades following 911. Satisfaction at one death is different than satisfaction at many.

Oh yea, here are some 40K related pictures, just 'cause!  The first set are from a team tournament display board, Orks Vs Marines.  The last few are from the Greg Sparks Five team's games.  (I've still got my T-Shirt!)

(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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