Rusted Necrons: Update on Progress

This army is at the details stage, with the Flayed Ones requiring the most remaining work.  Here's a few pics that includes some detail missing from the Work in Progress shots I took before the tournament this past weekend.

A storm lord of any stripe needs a lightning rod.


WarGames Con Witching Hour Update

Gak!  It's already Saturday, and Lordy but I need some sleep!

Gauthic and I teamed up for the team tournament today under the name 'Not Another Grey Knights Army.'  We weren't really prepared for this, since my partner was supposed to be the Card Pimp in Question.  But he abandoned the cause, choosing his new job and existing relationship over a weekend trip to compete in an edition that will soon go the way of the Dodo.

Smart guy.  Work and family come first.  For my own part, this trip is on a shoestring budget...


Leaving Out: Morning Of... What's Up With That?

Morning of... *sigh*

Worked late spraying wash on the models...

More WiP Rusted Necrons... Night Before the Trip

It's a bit after midnight and I've got a full day of work before leaving tomorrow for Austin.  So where am I at?

(PS:  Overwatch, I'll be there this weekend, and in the tournament.  That said... with the end of 5th my competitive spirit has suffered.  That's reflected in the army I'm bringing, which is much more fluffy than fighty.  Anyway, I'm looking forward to meeting you - make sure you introduce yourself, man!)

So stippling my undercoat took longer than I wanted... and so did drybrushing the silver topcoat.  I deviated greatly from Brian's recipe (see last post for the link) at this point, simply because my silver turned out much more pronounced!  Truth be told, it wasn't what I intended.


Rusted Necrons, Batch Painting for WarGames Con

Here's where I'm at... finishing the metal drybrush shouldn't take much more time, then it's on to washes, glows, and detailing..  The final steps will be airbrushed, with the exception of the Stormlord.


WiP: 2K Necrons for Wargames Con

If I don't make good progress today, I'm sunk!  Luckily, I've been planning this out for months - it's just time to put my money where my mouth is.

So to speak.  Let's walk through the process so far, and note I'm going to be using Brian's (A Gentleman's Ones) rust recipe, with some minor variations,  so follow the LINK for a perusal then hurry back!

Cleaning:  Many of the models had to be dropped in the bath...


The Heavy Flamers! (and Ferrus Manus too...)

Still plugging away - all the Necrons and Nids for this weekend's Wargames con are base painted, so it's on to airbrushing and detailing.  Given that time is quickly running away with me, I'm going for a solid 'army appearance' in general with more attention paid to the characters.  More on that tomorrow.

Until then, here's a cool pic of Ferrus Manus - proxied as a Grey Knight at Adepticon, 'cause why not, said the new owner - and some super-awesome pics of the Heavy Flamers!  Woot!


Freak Flex Paints - Transferring Bottles

Some pics from a video I'm working on.  Basically, I'm transferring my Freak Flex airbrush paints - which are great - from the bottles they are in - which are horrible - to some bottles I bought at Michaels.  Which are back to great... you get the idea!


Too Many Projects, Too Little Time

...and Wargames Con is just around the corner!  Here's some of what I'm working on.  When you get to the end, if you're thinking, "Boy, Brent's working on everything but what he should be finishing for the Con," then you're seeing clearly.

This is the only project that really needs doing.  I really love my Freak Flex airbrush paints, but the container sucks.  I've purchased these inexpensive, airtight bottles to transfer the collection to.  Note it has a flip-top, which will make it MUCH, MUCH easier to load the airbrush properly, with minimal waste.


Quickie Orky Conversions...

So this week's Terrible Tuesday article covered spray paints, with next's week's planned to move on to air brushing.

Admittedly, with an air brush I'm still very much an amateur, but I'm learning!  Generally speaking, right now I'm using spray paints for priming, air brushes for basic paint coverage, and traditional brushes for detail work.  Much like learning any new skill, I'm taking a step back to take two forward.


Necro-Nid WiP... (BioPsychoAntiSocial)

I've been dropping shots of my work in progress 'Necro-Nid,' but after talking to Everyone Brother From Another Mother Big Whit on Friday, I realized it's a bit difficult to tell where I'm going with it.

This will correct that.

You see, his 'head' is meant to be a hologram projector, where this piece - from Greenman Designs Inc - will fit in, my homage to RoboCop II.


Nothing to See Here! (WarGames Con Prep)

I'm generally unworried about the type and frequency of content here on Strictly Average; my 'serious' blogging commitment is the BoLS Terrible Tuesday series...

...but this week even that wasn't available!

It's a short week at work, a holiday week, and I'm driving myself in the evenings with learning my airbrush.

I have to say, much of that is learning to mix the colors and keep them thin.  That, and cleaning the airbrush.  Over and over.  It'll get easier, I'm thinking.  Almost has to.


Anyway, if anyone has any good, basic links I'm all for it.  Help an Empty Digital Headache out!

(Since I don't like to post without pics, here's some stuff for my Warhammer Beastmen army.)

(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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