Dog Soldiers: Making a Mess

I wanted something to test out all the weathering products I've been purchasing.  You know, before I go slapping it on all my models, untested.  I tend to paint darker colors because I'm lazy so I needed something lighter to practice on.

Hence, the Dog Soldiers.  I needed a basic Grey Knights Troops choice to use as Allies for Mordrak and Ghosts, but I'm not all that keen on running actual Grey Knights.  I thought I'd try to kit-bash something a bit more utilitarian and common.  Perhaps an elite unit for the Xenos Inquisitor character I've been working on.

 I'm not done with the models, but I started weathering some from the boots and greaves on up.

The Chimera is obviously not an option, but I'm painting it up as an Inquisitorial Chimera - I'm sure these guys will hop in from time to time.

I'm going to try something a bit different on the power weapons.  I just don't know how.  I'm going to have to watch some Les Bursley videos from here, methinks.

I've got a ways to go, but this has been a really fun project.  It's nice to have steps where making a mess is not only expected but required.

That's that.  Now I'm off for an Apocalypse game of somewhat epic proportions.  I'm siding with Big Whit, the Tim That Can, and the Card Pimp in Question to take on The Hoff and Just Doug in a 15K plus battle of Chaos versus Eldar.

Glorious!  Many hugs and gropings to follow, I'm sure.

One of these things does not belong here, one of these things is different...


Odds and Ends: Pictures from the Backlog

I've got thousands of pictures related to the hobby, ranging from games to collections to tournaments and back, going back a lot of years.  From a blogging standpoint, the problem is you pick through and use only a few from the many.  There are many, many unused pictures, most of them from tournaments over the years.  Occasionally, I'll drop some in the Backlog.

Most of the rest of the pictures are from an RTT back in the... I have no idea.  A long time ago.

Now just a random collection of pics grabbed almost at random.

This was the Lone Wolf in Dallas, Texas.  I think it was 2007.  I got kicked around the board bad.  Still do.  I love my old Minotaurs, but they don't seem to work out so well for me.

Ah, the old Dyson Pattern Storm Raven!  I made some changes to it later, but I rather liked it more this way.  It's as streamlined as any of the other Space Marine fliers, which is to say not at all.


Chaos; Daemons and Plaugebearers

Just a few quick pictures of some recent models, done maybe two months ago.  Most of them didn't come out properly due to the camera settings and the varnish on the models, which the owner prefers for gameplay.

I've been listening to Horus Heresy mp3's while working in my game room, and I couldn't recommend it more.  I prefer the unabridged but have no qualms with either.


Tamiya Weathering Tools

I've been working on a 1500 point Blood Angels army, but I needed something to try my new weathering tools out on, so I took this old Chimera and blasted on some paint.  I have a vague notion to use it for my Xenos Inquisitor's retinue...

...if I ever get around to finishing it.

That's obviously a kit-bash; the base was this model:

I also picked up these two models, plus some Xenos-looking creatures.

I'll get around to it in another decade or so, I'm sure.  As an aside, after seeing the new Sisters of Battle book today, that army is definitely going to be my 2014 tournament army.

Anyway, here's the LINK to the Tamiya USA website and here's the test model.

I'm going to fix the hatch - which didn't come out very well - but I'm happy with the rest of the model.  I'm going to put some mud on the tracks using...

...this product, mixed with brown paints.  Here's the Tamiya Weathering kits I've been using.  I've since purchased all four.  Fun stuff.

Thoughts?  Comments?  Nonsensical anonymous thoughts and comments?


A Drunken Interview and OffTopical Podcast

I forgot about this video.

This is me and Goatboy from Feast of Blades circa 2011.  Yes, we've consumed a number of adult beverages.  I'm an adult I am.

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I guess the trick is seeing how far you can get.  I imagine it's like a Tootsie Roll Pop; you'll bite it before you make it to the juicy center.

(I know, that's just bad.)

As an aside, OffTopical Podcast is going strong.  We're about to record Episode 50, so check it out if you've a mind.  Be warned, OffTopical is an explicit podcast.  It uses potty words.  If you don't like the blend of topical conversation and sketch humor...

...you're not alone.  My own sister thinks we crossed a line when a NeoCon shot Kermie the Frog.

And that was way back in Episode 18.  Anyway, it's iTunes keyword OffTopical, and part of the 76th Street Podcast Network.


You've been warned.

For a more hobby-related podcast, check out Forge the Narrative.  I haven't listened, but I intend to.  Okay, I'm going to listen!  These are some great dudes who know their game - give them a listen.

(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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