Feast Invitational, North Texas!

It's Monday - so register for this Saturday's Feast of Blades Invitational at Galaxy Books and Comics in Wichita Falls, Texas already!

Feast of Blades: Saturday August 4, 2012
Registration starts at 9:30 am
Game time starts at 10:00 am
Painting points applied to event.
All players must turn in army list two days before tournament date to reserve your spot in the tournament.
Send all list to: info@galaxycomics.net.
Lists turned in on time will be billed the $10.00 entry fee.
Army list turned in after the deadline will not be guaranteed a spot in the tournament for spots are limited to 16 spots.
Lists not turned in on time will be billed $15.00 to enter.
All players must have a copy of their army list.
All players must have a copy of the army codex you are playing.
All players must have their own copy of the rule book, NO PDF.
All armies must be represented with what they are equipped with.
To obtain painting/base bonus army must have at least three colors in appropriate locations.(if applied)
All army list must have on them: Player Name, What Army You are Playing, e-mail address.
All winnings must be used up 30 days after end of event or you for-fit your prize winnings.
Can not use tournament winnings to pay for other events.

From the Feast of Blades site:

- Qualifiers will be played at 1999+1 points. (no 2 FOC)- Qualifiers will be played "by the book!" with the following exceptions below
- Qualifiers will NOT be using "mysterious terrain" rules.
- Qualifiers will NOT be using "Archotech artifacts" rules (p 106)
- Qualifiers will NOT be using "unique terrain" rules (p. 107)
- Qualifiers will NOT be using "Warlord Traits" rules
- Qualifiers will NOT be using "Mysterious Objectives"

What are you waiting for?  There are only 16 spots in all, and more than half are gone!

Yeah, you missed out. :)



Airbrushing Tyranids: Completed and WiP

These Nid models aren't Bugs! - 'cause Bugs! are older than some of you and aren't nearly so done.

No, this army belongs to the Client Pimp in Question, and I'm satisfied that these are complete.


Khorne Herald on Chariot

Here's an example of a model that got better with 6th Edition!  A charge range of 2d6, a collar for psychic defense, and a rending high-strength attack are all pretty darn nifty.

Especially the increased charge range!  I never used these in 6th 'cause a Strictly Average 6" was never long enough.

Anyway, I built and painted this dude in the last 24-hours for the Little Tim That Could - something to supplement his Chaos army.

This is 95% airbrushing, and most of it was done before breakfast then after lunch yesterday.  Details went on this morning before work, and I just now took these pictures lunchtime of day two.


Finally! Finished Grey Knight Commission

The title says it all; this is the first commission work I've taken on that involved painting a complete army.  It's fair to say it became somewhat laborious; the scheme I chose was designed for a tabletop level of quality, but when the second owner wanted a higher level, it actually worked against me.

Still, no regrets; I learned more about speed painting and pitfalls and pricing and time management and whew! loads of other stuff that it was well worth it.

Here is the LINK for the Bell of Lost Souls Article.  Here is the LINK for the first batch of completed models (remember to hit 'more' for the actual pictures).


On Tyranids for 6th Edition 40K

The Black Blowfly or the Big Black Fiend - Steve! - wrote an article on Bell this morning outlining his thoughts on Tyranids.  Check it out - here's the LINK.

Anyway, it prompted me to jot down some of my thoughts, which I'll apply to my Bugs! army.  I enjoy Necrons, but for a variety of reasons I'm pulling out Sisters of Battle and Bugs! to work on over the next year.  Not sure which will become my primary tournament army just yet, but I'm on record saying Tyranids are going to be brutal in 6th Edition...


A Decade of Pictures, Part 1: Find My Favorite

I've carried a camera to RTT's and local tournaments long before forums or blogging were popular - certainly longer than when I developed an Empty Digital Headache and foisted it on the unsuspecting public!

There are thousands - and I'm going to share them, good, bad, and indifferent. For Part 1, all I did was scroll through the library picking likely subjects...

...including my all-time favorite picture. Never before seen! You'll smile and cringe at the same time.


Painting Tanks: Airbrushing and Weathering

I have a lot of thoughts on 6th but feel no great urgency to write them.  I'm having too much fun painting and playing right now, thus the hiatus from regular blogging on Strictly Average.  Generally, I try to stick to at least three posts a week - so here's to getting off my dead booty and writing some.

Anyway, I've mentioned a time or three that currently I'm learning to use an airbrush.  Lots of little tricks to work out, but it's starting to feel natural.  I painted three tanks yesterday, using them to try out weathering models.

The hatches are an effort in masking techniques...

...like so.

I did some 'easy rust' effects, again as practice and to see how the effect would work.  I shouldn't have included the tank tracks, and next time won't.

I'm not terribly happy with the weathering on the model closest to this shot; the two patches of silver on top are a bit too regular.  Live and learn.

I could certainly do more - especially detailing and highlights - but these aren't actually my models...


Airbrushing Nids, Monstrous Creatures WiP

Okay, here are better pictures... and with my family-famous sleep-walking insomnia (that's actually me, but okay) I was up early working on the Swarm Lord.

Swarmy isn't done, but it's as close as I can get with the airbrush.  At this point, I'll wash parts of the model and detail a bit of the face - but if ever your favorite Empty Digital Headache hopes to significantly dent his To-Do list...

...I'll have to pursue painting armies and not models.  Here's the Mawloc.

And the Trygon.

Here's better pictures of Swarmy.  The green washes will really make the glow effect pop.  (He hopes.) I hope.

The Client Pimp in Question doesn't want me working on the bases.

The workspace.  I've started using pointed Q-Tips and a minimal amount of cleaner between colors to keep the airbrush flowing properly and minimize cleanup time.

Finally! Finished Mawloc (using airbrush)

Slowly but surely I'm teaching myself how to use an airbrush... and more than anything it's a tool that requires the time-in to learn.  You just have to get used to it.

Anyway, these pictures suck - doing neither model justice - but it's late and I'm tired and so my, "I don't care," is at its peak.


Not Brent?

Oh, no.

It's like the Christmas song's first verse and I'm the Little Lamb.  Now I've got to worry about a whole new level of identity theft.
(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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