Acquisitions Mandalorian Build Log: Planning

I’ve been horrible at maintaining this blog, and I say that each time I get back into it I’ll be better. That always seems to fail. However, I now have an idea to help me with this, and that’s with build logs. As my first I’m starting with my Mandalorian build.

Thanks to the peer presure of Eitanya Designs I’ve decided to make the jump inot making a Mandalorian kit. There seems to be a level of creativity you get with a Mandalorian build that you don’t seem to get with any other Star Wars costume; however, there is also still a structure and level of standard. As such, the Mandalorian Mercs have brigades, which is basically different classes or specializations of Mandalorians. The one I’m decided on is the Acquisitions Specialists. To put it bluntly, they’re thieves, cat burglars, and hackers.

The out line for the costume is light armor, sleek over feel, and muted colors. I went ahead and done up a basic sketch of my character. I’m no sketch artist, so cut me some slack.

Mando Scan

The design will probably change, but basically, I’m hoping to portray an urban thief. Most of the fabric will be snug fit, so as to no get caught on things. However, the hooded jacket thing is to help conceal the look of a Mandalorian. The color pallet I’m shooting for is a drab grey pallet: grey green, grey brown, etc. Thanks to Eitanya I’ve already got my armor ready.

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The helmet I’ve picked out is the NME Props Mandalorian Stalker sans the range finder. This helmet I think embodies the idea of a sleek thief’s helmet.

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Finally, one of the interesting requirements for the costume is some kind of climbing harness/gear. The challenge of getting a costume accepted in the Mandalorian Mercs is that it can’t look to “Earthy”. The idea I have for my climbing harness is basically. the 3D Maneuvering Gear from Attack on Titan.

Mando harness

The more I thought about this the more I felt it would fit and be a epic thing to watch. Imagine a Mandalorian zipping through a place like Coruscant like Spider-Man with this thing. The challenge though is making it and incorporating it into the costume as a whole. I know I won’t have the big drum/keg thing, but there are some challenges.

 

That’s what I’ve got planned for my Mandalorian. Let me know what you think.

 

 

Khorne Heldrake: A Mechanical Dragon from Hell

Finished another commission the other day, and I was able to deliver the model to the customer. Considering that he took a selfie with it, I would say he was pleased with the results. I’m eager to know what you think.

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You’ll notice immediately that I didn’t use the standard plastic flight stand that comes with the model. I really hate them and feel the detract from the look of models. My method really reduces the profile which allows the model and base to blend better together. It’s also easier to handle, and it breaks down for easy storage and travel. I used the metal rods and adapters from CorSec Engineering.

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You can see here where I mounted the adapter. Actually, I secured it in the center of the cross with resin and then filled in the holes.

Final Heldrake Base

Finally, here’s a shot of the base. I went with a lava base seeing as it a Chaos daemon engine of hellish proportions. The lava was made with PVA glue that I airbrushed, and the rocks were made out of scupltimold plaster. You can also see how the rod attaches to the base.

Until next time, let me know what you think and go by Geek Out Studio to see more of my commission, miniatures, props, and costume projects.

Dark Angels Army: Picture Day for My Space Marines

I finished a Heldrake commission yesterday, so I took this morning to take some display pictures of it. I have a rule that I don’t post pictures of my completed commissions until the customer has gotten the first chance to look at and hold their commission. You’ll be able to see pictures of the Heldrake probably tomorrow. While I was snapping pictures on the drake, I figured I’d take some time and get some good pictures of my Dark Angels. Here are the fruits of my labor:

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We start of with a tactical squad.It’s a basic squad that I’ll be adding to as time goes. My plan is to simply build a few key sergeant options, the three assault weapons, and a few key heavy weapons.

DA Squad 2DA Squad 2cDA Squad 2dAnother tactical squad, this one comes from the Dark Vengeance box set. This squad makes for the back bone of really a second squad. I generally put the plasma cannon in the Devastator squad, and I rarely use the sergeant as is. Given how the Dark Vengeance box is still available and with the 7th edition mini-rulebook, I’ll probably have another one these squad soon.

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My Dark Angels Librarian. Again, this model is from the Dark Vengeance box set, and again, I’ll probably will have another one of these guys floating around.

DA Drop PodDA Drop Pod 2A Dark Angels drop pod. I magnetized the doors to prevent them from flopping open. It’s proven to be very nice.

DA RhinoDA Razorback 2

My Dark Angels Rhino can also serve as a Razorback since I magnetized the top hatch. I didn’t magnetize everything to make every take. I tried that last time with my Space Wolves, and it was more of a pain that what it’s worth.

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The start of a scout sniper squad. I really need to finish up the rest as I tend to bring at least one squad every time I play.

DA DreadnaughtDA Dreadnaught 2DA Dreadnaught 3

I don’t actually use dreadnaughts all that much in my games, but I had this fellow laying around. I striped the old paint off of him, and painted him in a nice Dark Angels color scheme. The arms are not glued or magnetized. I just use the peg and holes that come as is in the kit.

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A squad of Deathwing Knights. These guys were fun painting and are a fun squad to play with.

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My squad of Deathwing terminators from the Dark Vengeance box. I’m working on some more at the moment, so I’m sure you’ll see more of these guys.

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Finally, this is my Ravenwing Stormtalon. I know Dark Angels don’t have access to Stormtalons. This is for the times I ally with regular codex Space Marines. It has also stood in for my Nephilim a few times. You’ll notice I didn’t go with the standard GW base and mounting rod. I hate that plastic stand that come in the kit. This a set I picked up from CorSec Engineering. I personally think it looks better. It has a lower profile than what comes in the kit. It also unscrews for easy transport.

I hoped you enjoyed my show and tell. Let me know what you think, and if you’re interested in a commission message me here or at Geek Out Studio.

How to Paint Imperial Guard Infantry: Airborne Guard Armor

The other day I posted an article on How to Paint Imperial Guard Infantry Camouflage. Well, today, I’m going to continue the process and show you how I painted the armor. The process is not difficult, and if you’re a seasoned guard player, you probably have your own method that works nicely. The process of painting the body armor for my guys is a bit different. I needed a color that would work well with the camouflage scheme that I gave them, but contrast enough so that the model and details would not be lost. I choose to paint the body armor a solid color to help contrast it from the camouflaged fatigues.

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I’m just blocking in the colors at this point. The armor gets a coat of Vallejo Model Color Yellow Green, and all the parts that are supposed to be black or going to be metallic are painted with Vallejo Model Color German Grey. I rarely paint anything pure black anymore. Black is a difficult color to work with. You can’t shade black, and it has a tendency to obscure detail. German Grey works better as it appears to be almost black. Once it’s highlighted with another color, a black wash will shade the recess into a black color giving the illusion that the object is a black color.

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Next, I go in a paint the webbing and leather objects with Vallejo Model Color Red Leather. This will get highlighted and then washed with a brown wash to give it a worn leather look.

Stromtrooper Highlighted Stone Grey

I now begin to highlight the armor and leather objects. I mix the base colors, Yellow Green and Red Leather, with Vallejo Model Color Stone Grey. The Stone Grey helps to lighten the color softly with out it becoming too chalky or pastel looking, which using White could do. To help blend it into the other colors, I mix in glaze medium. I don’t use exact ratios, but instead, I just eyeball it. If you go to extreme in one direction or the other, you can take the base color mixed with glaze medium and blend it together. You’ll also notice in this picture that metallic parts get a coat of Vallejo Air Color Black Metal.

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At this point, I make a mixture of Vallejo Game Color Gun Metal and Vallejo Air Color Black Metal and paint the parts that I want a stronger metallic look with it. The main body of the gun remains a black metal color as does some other details on the model. This just adds variations on the model.

Storm Trooper Aluminim:Tin BitzStormtrooper Back

The final step is to add color to the flamer nozzle and handle. I used Vallejo Air Color Aluminum for the flamer handle and pilot light. The nozzle is painted with a coat of Citadel Tin Bitz. To add some contrast and depth, I mix some Vallejo Air Color Aluminum into the Tin Bitz and paint the top portion of the nozzle.

That does it for this round. The next tutorial should be quick one as all that’s left to paint are the goggles and high light the boots. Check back later, but don’t forget to go back and check out the first article.

How to Paint Imperial Guard Infantry Camouflage

Painting Imperial Guard Infantry Camouflage

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As promised, I’m posting my quick little tutorial on how to paint camouflage on Imperial Guard infantry. For my upcoming Imperial Guard army I wanted to do something a bit more interesting than the usual paint scheme demonstrated above. I drew inspiration for my color/camo scheme from modern military particularly modern Russian SURPAT. I felt this color and pattern would be foreign enough to most the players here in my area that I would seem original and possibly from another planet. The challenge was matching colors. Because I was going with something that is foreign to what most Americans would model or paint, matching the colors was a challenge; however, spending time with experience scale modelers helped.

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I figured getting the actual digital effect would be impossible on an infantry model, so I figured I would have to give the impression of a digital pattern. Second, I stuck with only three colors. In my opinion, I thought the black would be too stark and obliterate the other colors, so I went with the grey/khaki color, the brown, and the green. Now, let’s get down to painting.

Stormtrooper Primed

After prepping the model, I airbrushed Vallejo’s Surface Primer Grey. This dries to a very smooth finish, and the neutral color will keep the colors bright until I put a wash on it.

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The base color is Vallejo Model Stone Grey. It’s easier to put the dark colors of the camo pattern over a light base color, so I painted all the cloth material and anything that will receive the camo pattern in this color. Once that’s done, now comes the actual process of putting the camo pattern on. My secret tool is…

Foam

Not only is this stuff great for making paint chips, but it turns out it’s also does a good job giving the illusion of a digital camo pattern.

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I started with the green color. For this, I used Vallejo Model Russian Uniform WWII. I dabbed a small piece of foam in the paint. I then dabbed the foam loaded with paint on a piece of paper before I started stabbing the model with it. You don’t want to go too crazy because you’ll be putting on another color, and you’ll want your previous two colors to still be visible.

Stormtrooper Saddle BrownStormtrooper Saddle Brown B

The brown is Vallejo Model Saddle Brown, and it’s done in same way as the green was done. At this point, you can jump between the three colors to get the right mix of camo on the miniature. If there are spots the foam is not reaching, I take a small used paint brush, load it up with a little paint, and gently stab the areas I want.

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Finally, I wash the model with black wash. This does a number of things on the model. Obviously, it brings out the folds and lines of the model that the camo maybe blurring out; however, it also helps blend the colors together so there’s not such a stark contrast between grey, green, and brown.

All told, I think the painting time is maybe 10 minutes, but I would wager it’s lower. This is good for an army that can be very infantry heavy. A squad should only take an afternoon to paint, but they will still look good on the table. These will also look great on forest bases that I’m planning to put them on.

Next I’ll should you how I do the armor and weapon, so stay tuned.

Airborne Imperial Guard Camo Scheme

I’ve wanted to do an Imperial Guard army for awhile, and now that I’m selling things off to make room for new stud, I can finally do that. However, I have to make things difficult. I don’t want to do a standard Imperial Guard. No, I’m doing an Airborne Imperial Guard. Now, I’m not going to get bogged down in rules and army lists yet. This post is to show off my test model for my Imperial Gurad camouflage scheme.

Stormtrooper Test

Here it is. It’s an Imperial Guard Kasrkin stormtrooper, so the camo color and pattern are difficult to pick out, but the other photos will show it off a bit better.

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The harsh light and extreme close up probably doesn’t make the model look great, but on the work table, it looks good. The camo pattern was easy to achieve. I simply used a piece of foam you might find in a blister or from some pluck foam storage trays. I used a light primer, and my camo colors where equally light. I did this so when I went over the fatigues with a black wash, the miniature wouldn’t become too dark. I went with a corresponding but contrasting color for the armor to help the miniature stand out some. The lenses and goggles will get a coat of Tamiya Clear Red and Clear Blue after I seal the model and do an oil wash. Once it’s all completed, I’ll probably throw a little weathering powder on and base it on a forest base.

The only thing I’m up in the air about is the gun’s color. I don’t know if I want to do a black/gunmetal color or the camo color. I’m afraid that if I do the black/gunmetal color the hands will get lost, but the camo color might dull the miniature down and make it hard to see (I know; that’s the point of camouflage).

I’d like to hear from you.

++UPDATE++

After getting some feed back, I made a quick change to my Stormtrooper. Here’s what he looks like now.

Stormtrooper Test AAs you can see, I change the color of the gun to a black metal color.

Stormtrooper Test BStormtrooper Test C

To make sure I don’t lose the hands, I painted them in the camo scheme that the rest of the miniature is painted in.  This brings the camo out just a touch more, but because of the gun’s color everything is contrasted some. It’s just enough of a difference to help keep everything balanced.

Geek Out Studio’s First Commission: Dark Eldar Wraith Knight

Today is a big day. I sold my first commissioned miniature. I technically finished it yesterday, but I’m making a policy that my commissioners get to see the final product first before the rest of the world does. With out further rambling here it is:

Wraith Knight AI was commissioned to assemble and paint an Eldar Wraith Knight for a Dark Eldar army. The model was purchased from yoymart, which I wouldn’t really recommend. Prepping this guy to paint took almost a week and a half. Construction proved to be a challenge too since the model was a resin re-cast, and the resin used was brittle. Most it was put together using 5 Minute Epoxy Resin.

Wraith Knight CPainting was another challenge. Since I can’t really find color matches for the Dark Eldar colors, I had to use the GW colors. Those don’t really like going through an airbrush. I basically had to take apart and deep clean my airbrush with each color I used. The shield, head, and weapons were thankfully done with airbrush paints, so that was a relieve when I got to them.

Wraith Knight EThe things that I’m particularly happy with and that I’ve gotten the most compliments are the shield, jewels, and base. The jewels were done using various colors of blue mixed with glaze medium. Once they were done I went over the jewel with Tamiya’s clear blue, but I also put a gloss coat on it to make it shimmer a bit more. The base was easy to make, and the first thing I had done. I used a piece of pine bark for the rock. The snow is made by mixing white glue with some Woodland Scenics Soft Flake Snow, and the ice cycles are clear plastic rods that I melted and pulled apart over a candle. Those where the tricky part because you know fire is hot.

Wraith Knight DThis is also the first time I’m using my light box. It’s a DIY light box, so there are thousands of tutorials out there that shows you how to build one. The picture didn’t turn out as well as thought it would. I personally think the model looks better in person than in this picture. The commissioner would probably agree since him and his girlfriend sat for a few minutes just turning it around and looking at it. I think I might need to play with the lighting or the back drop to produce the pictures I want.

As always, let me know what you think.

Dark Vengeance Dark Angels Librarian Turmiel

Just to show you that I truly am working on things here’s a quick peek at my Dark Angels librarian Turmiel.

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Dark Angels Librarian

He’s basically done. The only things I have left to do is his base, clear coat, and a oil wash. I hope to have an actual light box, so I can take better pictures of my miniatures. As it stands, none of the pictures I’ve been taking I feel have really shown off how nice some of my things look. You can be assured that once I do have a light box; I’ll be posting pictures left and right.

As always, I’d love to hear you thoughts.

Did I Fall Off the Planet?

Oh my lord! Almost a year with no new content. That has to be a sad state. The truth of the matter is that I’ve been busy behind the scenes with a variety of projects. Add on top of that the juggling act of having a job. I’ve been doing a lot of gaming over the past few months. Some of it not Warhammer 40k. I’ve been sucked into the world of Infinity, Song of Blades and Heros, Flames of War, and Full Thrust. There’s a local Infinity escalation league starting next month that I’m jumping in on, so I’ll try and be good and start adding more actual gaming content. There’s also the small fact that I’ve been getting a very big project up off the ground. What is that you ask?

Drum roll…

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I’ve started a commissioning service that focuses on props, costumes, and miniatures. Right now you can check it out at Geek Out Studio’s Facebook page. It probably won’t be long until I get a proper web page for it along with Youtube channel. Naturally, content from this site will no doubt morph into including more content for Geek Out Studio.

I’ve been toying with the idea of a commissioning service for some time; however, it wasn’t until Pensacon that I decided to take the plunge. Most of my time over the winter was devoted to putting together my and my wife’s costume. Mine fell through and my wife’s costume almost did too. However, we managed to pull it off. Here she is in her RWBY cosplay as Ruby Rose.

Ruby RoseRuby Rose CosplayDuring the build of her costume I was getting a lot of praise from people, and when I showed them my miniatures, the praise just grew. Most of those comments were along the lines of I should do this professionally, or could I do something. I was also inspired when I ran into an old friend from high school. She was making a career of following her love and passion, so I figured I had no excuse.

Just my Warhammer peeps don’t feel like their being left out. Here is a small collection of my miniatures that recently won a handful of prizes at the Blue Angel’s Scale Model and Miniatures Expo. The pictures really are bad, and I’m in the process of making a light box. Just humor me and keep an eye out for better ones.

Dark Angels RhinoDark Angels SquadDeathwingRavenwing Storm TalonRavenwing Storm Talon topThese last minis aren’t Warhammer, but I think they’re easy to look at.

ShowgirlsI run a handful of these as my war band for Song of Blades and Heroes.

Anyway, I’ve got a lot of projects on my table, so I’ll have plenty to go over through the next few days. Thankfully, I’ve been moved to part time, so I can devote more time on working on Geek Out Studio and my blog. Right now though, I trying to organize and clean the chaos that is near and dear to all of us: my work area. As all ways, if you have questions or comments leave them down below.

Studio Update: What’s Going on Behind the Scenes

MechanicumWell things have been a bit slow around here. The biggest problem with me not posting in the past month is that I’ve been fighting sinus problems. I don’t know if it’s an infection or my head is just clogged with snot. Anyway, I have an appointment with an ENT later this week, so I should get some answers. The weather here has been another contributing factor. I believe we are going on our fourth week of rain, which is not helping my sinus issues. This also put a bit of a “damper” on some of my painting as I can’t get outside and do any airbrushing. Finally, there’s the fact that I’ve been sucked into a few new games including Deathwatch. Basically, I’ll break down all the things that have been going on into a couple of sub-points.

I’ve Been Sick

I’ve haven’t been sick for a whole month, just the last two or so weeks. Who would want to do much of anything when they have to constantly blow their nose and still have enough gunk in their head to clog their ears to the point of near deafness? Not me. I’ve also been trying to find a job during this time. I love my hobby, but the funny thing is that it requires money. The sole motivation for me getting a job is so I can buy more toys. Sadly, I think I’ll find a job when both my head clears and the rain decides to stop, which at the current rate of things is never.

New Games

This has sucked up what time I have when not sleeping of medicine or job hunting. I have quiet enjoyed it too. For starters, Pelicon was held here at the end of June where I had the opportunity to try a couple of games I’ve been eying: Infinity and Full Thrust. I’m going to go ahead a jump into the camp that everyone else that has tried or has played Infinity has jumped into. That is that Infinity is a cool and fun game. It’s not as complicated as I was thinking it was going to be. The demo game I took part in only last maybe an hour, but in that time, I got a good feeling for how the game would work. The guy that was putting on the demo is working on growing an Infinity community here in Pensacola. Given the number of people who tried the demo, that community seems to be on its way to becoming a reality. The people at Bobe’s Hobby House is looking at starting to carry the miniatures, which I’m all for since I like to support local businesses whenever I can. In the same vein of new games, some of you know that I’ve gotten into Fantasy Flight’s Deathwatch. So far my friends and I have just gone through very basic “training” encounters where we are just trying to get a feel and understanding for the rules. I’m happy to say that we all feel comfortable enough to start a proper campaign, so starting this coming weekend, we’ll be starting one of the campaigns provided by Fantasy Flight Games. Naturally, I’ll post a campaign log. Finally, a new game that has truly sucked me in is Full Thrust. If anyone at there still has Battlefleet Gothic ships or plays Battlefleet Gothic, I would suggest giving Full Thrust a try since GW pulled support for Battlefleet Gothic. What can I say about Full Thrust? First it’s a great and solid set of rules that has the largest group of players. The last update the rules received was in the early 2000’s, but the community as add numerous updates since then. A couple of key points that draw me to Full Thrust is that the rules are general enough to allow just about anything as evident by the variety of custom rules or expansions, the rule set for creating ships is logical, fair, and an absolute blast. I’ve spent hours coming up with a variety of ship designs. For Battlefleet Gothic players, I think this could be a great thing to have and try. Battlefleet Gothic players can kit their ships out to better represent what they read in the fluff. A Space Marines’ BattleBarge could be the monolithic cathedral of power that it was meant to be. Finally, the most interesting mechanic that I felt was really lacking from Battlefleet Gothic was the use of fighters. Full Thrust provides a very robust fighter mechanic that allows players to use more modern naval tactics. Case in point, my first game I participated in my fighters did more damage, destroying one ship and severely crippling another, than my main ships did. You can check out the battle report on my second battle on The Miniatures Page. To give you a heads up, I was the Colonial Fleet from Battlestar Galactica.

Upcoming and Ongoing Projects

I really need to get back to updating more often I know. The nice thing with getting into more games is that I’ll have more topics to post. For starters, I’ll be making a player’s handbook for all the players that will participating in my Deathwatch campaign. It will basically be a condensed version of the main rulebook that way they can look up all the different traits, talents, weapon stats, weapon upgrade, etc. themselves without waiting or fighting over my single copy of the rulebook. Naturally, I’ll post a copy here for people to look over, give criticism, or download and use. There’s the standard painting work that I’ll be doing. If I can get a job, I can drop some money on a airbrush booth, a good photo booth, and equipment to post some tutorials. With Apocalypse out, I’ll really hammer away at completing the Horus Heresy army list as I can see a lot of people using heresy armies in the upcoming Apocalypse games. Along those line, I find a great tool the other day while wondering Dakka. Unit reference cards that you can make for you Warhammer 40k units. Even as a veteran player, I think this idea is great and plan on using them in with my armies. You can find more information on the cards here. I’ll try to get a couple up in a while to show you what I’m talking about. In the area of Full Thrust, the start of my own Colonial Fleet came today.

Battlestar Pegasus BoxBattlestar Pegasus

The Battlestar Pegasus is from Bad-Azz Resing Model Kits, and she is beautiful (keep in mind the box was full of packing peanuts when I opened it). As you can see, there is no flash on any of the pieces, and from my look over, there is also no warping. You can also see that she’ll live up to her nickname of “The Beast” as she’ll probably come in at almost 8 inches once constructed. I also received a sample of fighters from Jim Fox of Fox Miniatures. I only have a couple, and they are too small to photograph right now. If you want more information you can email him: fox@foxminiatures.com. Naturally, I’ll posts updates on construction and other aspects of my growing Colonial Fleet.

In Other News

This may still be making its way around the tubes when this get posted, but Bolter and Chainsword suffered some hard drive failures, and suffered further set backs when the new drives failed to mirror. Currently, there is donations being accepted as Brother Argos pays for and is the only technical support Bolter and Chainsword has also suffered personal problems over the recent months that is hampering the speedy recovery of the site. You can read more on Bolter and Chainsword’s Facebook page, or check out Bolter and Chainsword’s site. I have personally found Bolter and Chainsword to be one of the better 40k forums where the people are a bit more laid back.

As always, I look forward to hearing from everyone.