Necrons: Bitter Defeat!

I played Sam-I-Am and his Orks-In-Progress not too long ago... and it was a fairly crushing defeat.

Ah, the balanced approach!  

I was testing (aren't I always) an idea... if one HBU with Veil is great - and it is - wouldn't two be better?  I was also curious how a foot list would do.


Afternoon Quickie: Projects Update

I've long admired Fritz's sturdy flying bases, so set about creating my own for the Necron Destroyers and Spyders.  Inside each tube is a magnet, allowing for a better hold during the game and easy storage after. 


Cannoness Test Model, Take 2

I repainted the brown cloth with a grey-based white, layering up to a final white highlight.  I didn't spend a particularly large amount of time on it, being a test model, but here's the result.

The contrast against the red armor is worlds better, but Lord knows white is a pain to paint.  After talking to the Master Manipulator (every store needs one), I've decided on red armor with grey tabards, a la Flesh Tearers and the like.  I'll probably use an off-blue for the spot color.

Just having acquired a Sisters army, I couldn't resist play-testing it some!  I defeated a Chaos Space Marines army first; a challenge, as though the player is new and inexperienced, his list made use of large squads of CSM with the Mark of Nurgle - and Toughness 5 is no mean trick against Nuns with (only) Guns!

Today I played the Mighty Mighty Carlos and managed to pull out the win.  His shooting didn't work out too well and he managed to immobilize three Chimeras over the course of the game, but I'll take what I can get!

Don't get me wrong, though: this army comes after Necrons and Bugs! in my 'must complete' list, and I'm still overwhelmingly in favor of taking the former to Adepticon...

...if for no other reason than to try to nail down Darkwynn to a video battle report!  Maybe I can champion the 'Dex and change his mind some.

Or lose horribly and blame it on the book - that works too!


Another for the Album...

Ah, staged pictures!  I'm an Empty Digital Headache... and evidently a folk singer.

Okay, back to painting.  *sigh*


Carolina Comics Tournament Highlights

Weekend before last I took my Necrons through the paces at their first tournament.  It was a small affair, only ten players, but the perfect opportunity to refine my approach to competitive play.

Game one was Capture and Control Spearhead against Chaos Space Marines.  Abbadon was hanging out with Terminators in a Land Raider, and he was by far the biggest threat to the army.  My plan from the beginning was to hold back the HBU 'Crons with the Overlord and Veil and jump on the objective in the latter third of the game. 
I had some issues with the Daemon Prince and Greater Daemon.  Never did kill that darn Greater Daemon!


Cannoness / Commission, Pictures

Woot!  I have a Thursday off!

For Confederate Heros Day.  In the same week as Martin Luther King Day.  Yea, Texas!

Regardless of any possible perceived irony, I'm going to enjoy it.  I'm about to head to the game store in the hopes of picking up a game - or at least working on some models, if nothing else.  Before I go, here are a recent batch of pictures.

Not a great spot to be.  (Actually, I just didn't want to move the Necrons before getting the pic - lazy...)


Necrons: Competitive or Crap, Part II

I posted my current 'competitive' list yesterday, and I got to test it against the Client Pimp in Question.

First, the comments!

Tao, from Tides of Madness, noted:

Convert one of your Particle beamers to a Gloom Prism on your Spyders. This will give you a 4+ Null to any force jibbing on the unit and also give you wound allocation (Beamer, Gloom, Naked)

With the 15 points you get from the conversion give yourself a 3 Whipcoil and 1 Partical Caster. This gives you 3 Whips and for better lack of terms 2 red shirts from wound allocation. In practice i find 3 whip coils has been the lowest amount to spread Inn 1 across the unit with the placement (alternating Whips).

With this change two of your units get wound allocation for some increased survivablity, and your spiders (who lack an invul) get force jibb protection.


Necrons 1850: Competitive or Crap?

Here's my stab at a tournament list for my 'Crons.  I've been playing around with 'Crons for a few weeks now and have had a blast.

Frankly, I disappointed myself by abandoning them in the City Fight Tournament last week, so with an 1850 at Carolina Comics in Oklahoma I wasn't missing a chance at redemption!

Anyway, here's the list.


Commission Painting Update

Turns out, this ain't so easy, but I'll admit to enjoying the challenge!

So besides the two characters, I've reached the tabletop quality level for the first ten strong Terminators.  No, the banner isn't done - I'm going to try a 'cloth look' for the images, grey for silver and yellow for gold - that kind of thing.  No, I won't even try NMM!


Afternoon Quickie: Necrons and the Movement Phase

Ah, Necrons!  I have to admit, these silver automatons have captured my imagination.  I've rarely been this excited about a new Codex.


Finished Grey Knight Librarian

Sometimes they're wrong...

...but sometimes they ain't.  Here's the finished GK Libby, and as you can see I went a different direction. I kept the interior glow effect inside the Psychic Hood, but I used blue to harken to the Codex color.


Commission; Grey Knight Draigo and Librarian

So, as detailed (mention, really) in the last post is the commission work I'm doing for the Client Pimp in Question.

Even as new to this stuff as I am, I'm finding it's a balance between time and quality.  We have an agreed upon price - if I 'spend' time equivalent to something beyond that 'price,' then it's really not worth my while.

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?
(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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