Funny Things

Friday, December 24, 2010

User Content Friday - Living in the Era of Internet Advice

Here's something nice by Brent of Strictly Average fame to put in your Xmas stockings   It's a nice little piece on the dangers of dogma, what anecdotal evidence counts for and why daemons are underrated.  All with that classic Brent flavor you all know and love. 

Sometimes I wonder how much we're capable of learning from blogs and forums.

It can be a bit depressing. There is so much information out there, but it can be difficult to sort the wheat from the chaff, so to speak. Leaving that out of the equation though, I think we put ourselves in too much of the argument.


I replied to comments made about Daemons in this thread (comments have not been ported over) Paul S says that Daemons work best when:

a) Your opponent doesn't have a clue how to properly deploy
b) Your opponent still believes transports and tanks do not dominate 5ed
c) He does not take three Preds and five Razorbacks
d) He asks you what target priority means
e) You roll a lot of sixes - he rolls a lot of ones
f) Your reserves don't arrive turn four
g) you are allowed to control the center of the table
h) Your opponent thinks that he can go H2H with Daemons and prefers to attack rather than shoot
i) You are satisfied with a draw or minor victory 

So he's basically saying a Daemons player has to play an idiot to win. All things being equal, luck and someone who doesn't know how to play are what is required for me to do well. Please note, this is not an attack on Paul S. It seems like he is venting a bit, or trying to make a point. Still, this seems to be the overwhelming opinion.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Where in the World is Lantz? - Parachute PLantz

Last week there were no Lantz pictures.  It might have had a lot to do with how Lantz and I may or may not be the same person.  Either way, illness was involved.  Don't worry though, the crushing guilt he felt after a bearded crazy man who was 'sensuously' licking his lips Dethtron filled in for him was enough to send him into a Robert Mapplethorpe frenzy picture taking.  We got a whole month's worth this time around.

Here's one of them now:

Conveniently, this also doubles as his entry for  last weeks not at all shameful grab for filler content contest.  Which he did not win. 

Props for the presentation, but hipsters are lame (fixed gear bikes and all) and thinly veiled game mechanic metaphors for necrophilia are... something else.  Not that I don't think necrophilia isn't a fertile ground for humor - I just think the verb 'porking' could have been worked in.  Though that face is credit card commercial priceless.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

The Weekly Top X: Founder's Day

Brent had a nasty case of Real Life this week so Dethtron is gonna fill in for the first ever Founder's Edition of the Top X.  Should be a good time -  it's part Top X, part Dick Move with just a hint of "we killed a man in Reno just to watch him die".

Or is that Flounder's Day?  HA!  I kill me!!
1)  Blood of Kittens - Best of 40k 2010: The Blogs
Lauby: I was a big fan of Tasty’s best-of’s last year and it was a genuinely pleasant surprise when I popped over there the other day and saw a new crop of them springing up. Its always good to see lists like these composed by someone with a critical eye.  Though I like this one best because our totally rad and cool blog was all over it.
Dethtron: Yes, you’re right Lauby, those are all HoP members. Soon the world will bow before our might...
Lauby: MUHAHAHAHAHA. In all deadly seriousness though, it’s super cool of Tasty to give us an honorable mention on top of all the support he gave us during our own roll-out.
Dethtron: I guess I’ll allow it. Even though he didn’t nominate Dick Move for best blog ever.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Who says I can't?

Me and Fluff Nazis don't get on very well. There's a good reason for this...

They're wrong....


And need to be brutally murdered*

*Okay, maybe not the last one**
** Well not all of them anyway...

Perhaps a vague justification for this opinion is needed...
In the dim and distant past I wondered into a Games Workshop store and after a bit of inane banter that I didn't really understand, I left with a shiny new Chaos Space Marine Codex. After careful reading of the fluff I decided I liked the whole idea of renegade Marines and it being near my birthday I was gifted with a Space Marine Battle Company (which incidentally is the best value box set GW ever made and should be rushed back into production immediately) by my girlfriend.
In my naivety I assembled most of them with weapon configurations that were a bit rubbish but was generally happy with the resulting look of my newly turned renegades. On entering what was (at the time) my FLGS I was given a brief overview of the rules and 'enjoyed' my first crushing defeat. And then I had my first meeting with what I later came to know was a 'Fluff Nazi'. The conversation went something like this...

Him - "Your using Space Marines?"
Me - "No they're Chaos Space Marines"
Him - "Your using the wrong models"
Me -"No, I'm not"
Him - "They're not Chaos Space Marines"
Me -"Yes they are..."

The conversation went on in this vein for a while. At the point that I grew weary of this individual I gave him a look that managed to say 'The only thing keeping you alive right now is the number of witnesses' and he went away. However, unknown to me was the fact that he was not a unique unit...

Monday, December 20, 2010

New Member Monday: This Ain't No Dry Cough

Good news, everyone.  I didn't die of tuberculosis! Plus, I got to see Tron: Legacy one and a half times.  Wewt.

This guy looks like he's packing about one and a half trons as well.
With that out of the way, let me introduce the House of Paincakes three newest and coolest members:

New Member Monday
Colonel Shofer's Mild OCD Model Blog
Keywords: Too old for promotion, Painting, Modeling, Warhams.. Privateer Press.. wolves... horcruxes?

Terran Forge
Keywords: 40k, 40k painting, 40k modeling, 401k

The Wargate
Keywords: Warhammer Fantasy, Warhammer 40,000, Necromunda, Mordheim, Lord of the Rings Strategy Battle Game, D20, D&D, World of Darkness

And now a winning essay.  It was a tough call and even though The Wargate took the time to make a list of proper keywords (a task this disease addled author appreciates), the essay win has to go to Colonel Shofer:

Do me, do me now.

Thank you.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

[Weekly Whimsy] Lola is My Lady

[Welcome to Weekly Whimsy! Lovely, lethal, long loved- Lola; angel of annihilation. Also, actively analyzing the adoration of armies.]

swing swing swing
chop chop chop

My axe is my buddy
- ICP, My Axe

Earlier this week, the talented J Croxford was featured on FTW's Top ten for this lovely piece:

Seeing it really struck a chord with me. I had forgotten what originally drew me to Khador and their frozen wastelands, their harsh women, and their furry hats. I'd forgotten all about Lola.

Lola originally caught my eye, and then I was drawn to her faithful escort, Butcher. His manic, brutal mien was as alluring as her strong lines and great curves. I knew the moment I saw those two, I was hooked.