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Become a B&C Angel (of Death)


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Become a B&C Angel (of Death)

In the world of online forums the B&C occupies a special place, it is, quite simply, the place to come if you, like everyone else here, love Space Marines. From the Space Marine Painter to our vibrant Painting, Converting & Art forum to the literary world of Liber Astartes and the unmatched zeal of the specialist sub-forums, if you're looking for Marine info we've got it. And that's entirely down to the B&C community and for that we can't thank you enough for helping us to our biggest and best year ever.

So, 2011 was a great year for the B&C (you can see a list of our achievements and some of our favourite threads here) and we need you to do two things to help us make 2012 even better!

First, and most important, keep posting, blogging, painting, writing and generally participating in the community. Without you (yes, you!) there is no B&C and it's your willingness to share your experiences in the 40K universe that keeps this place vibrant and alive.

Second though, we need you donate, to help us buy a new server to bring you a raft of new improvements in 2012 and beyond:

  • Upgrade the forum software to IPB 3.2 which brings with it, among other things:
    • Improved forum software (better security, improved usability, better skinning support, full Facebook, Twitter and other social media functionality)
    • Ability to properly recognise members' contributions with B&C specific awards, ribbons etc.
    • Upgraded blog software (group blogs, frontpage sharing & more)
    • Upgraded gallery software (better searching, easier to use)
    • Upgraded Content software (perfect for an improved Librarium!)
    • Upgraded Calendar functionality (perfect for tracking events, product launches, competition entry dates etc.)
  • Space Marine Painter improvements
    • New wargear (here are some words to excite you: "Apothecary bits", "Melta Bomb", "Iron Halo", "Heraldry Symbols")
    • Faster loading times
    • Necron Painter
    • Dark Eldar Painter
  • Improve server performance and stability to ensure your B&C experience is smooth and trouble free
  • Support future B&C Publications
  • B&C Arena of Death 2012
  • Librarium Painting Challenges

In 2007 we turned to the community to help fund a new server, and in 2009 we sought your help to upgrade our storage capacity and you responded with hallmark generosity to help us achieve our fundraising targets. We had hoped the new server and the upgrades would get us past 2012 but the growth in demand for our services - more than 350% on 2007 and more than 40% higher than even our revised usage predictions for 2011 after the storage upgrade in 2009 - is already placing stress on the server and this unfortunately prevents us from upgrading our forum software or the painters (including new wargear modules) without further degrading performance and stability.

In addition your support will also help reduce the burden on myself, I have in 2011 (and for the previous 8 years) funded the vast majority of our annual $2,000 (USD) running costs for bandwidth, rackspace and licenses for our community.

The Bolter & Chainsword - A Snapshot of 2011

So, more than a decade after our Founding and as another year comes to a close we'd like to share with you some of your achievements for 2011 and look forward to what 2012 might bring:

Members: 56,796
Visitors per Day: more than 14,000


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Total # Topics: 113,727
Total # Posts: 1,586,944

Total # B&C Blogs: 1,191
Total # B&C Blog Entries: 5,577

Total # of B&C Galleries: 5,320
Total # of B&C Gallery Images: 63,482


I've saved the most staggering figure for last however:

Painter users/images generated: 50,000 per month - or 600,000 per year!

As we said earlier, all this activity comes at a cost though, and that cost is around about $2,000 a year for bandwidth, rackspace and software licenses. We do currently have some generous supporters who collectively fund around 15% of our costs and we also receive the odd one-off donation to help ease the burden a little but by and large we enjoy an ad-free B&C because of my contributions.

Along with the day to day running costs is the need for upgraded hardware:

The Case for a New B&C Server

In 2007 the B&C sought and received help from the community to setup a new server. Our projections predicted we'd move from the ~4,000 hits a day of early 2007 to ~10,000 hits per day by 2012, an increase of 250% over 5 years. These projections were based on my predictions, our growth patterns over previous years and what we thought was a fairly hefty dose of optimism about the community and the overall popularity of 40K in general.

What we didn't anticipate however was the effect new services (most but a glimmer in Argos' bionic eye) - image galleries, blogs, the Librarium and of course, the Space Marine Painter & Wargear system - would have on those projections, nor what Dawn of War and its sequels (and lately Space Marine too) would do to attract new members to the 40K hobby and Space Marines in particular.

The end result is that the today we've already grown 350% to 14,000 visits a day (from 2007) and, despite the community helping us to obtain extra storage space in 2009 to alleviate some issues, you've probably already noticed the effects this has had on the board in terms of outages, slow downs and other such behaviour over the last 6-12 months.

So this leaves us in an awkward position - in order to continue to expand the services we provide you - including upgrading to IPB 3.1 (which means better forums, blogs, an improved librarium and better image galleries) and improve the painters with improved engines (for better images) and new wargear modules - we're going to need a new server in the very near future.

As well as a new server we need to be able to fund extra hosting costs while we set-up and configure the new server and then transfer everything on the old server to the new one. All up, we're looking to raise $3,500 and in an ideal world we're looking to secure on-going monthly donations of $200 to cover hosting costs and begin building a kitty for our next server upgrade.

We understand not everyone is in a position to help financially, but for those who are we hope you'll consider supporting the B&C community and what it provides to you as a member and to the wider 40K hobby as whole too.

If you have any questions please contact one of the Administrators via PM here on the board. We're only too happy to answer questions you may have regarding the need for the server, the improved services we'd like to offer or indeed just to discuss why the B&C is a worthy cause.

So, please consider becoming a B&C Angel (of Death) this new year and donate, be it a one off $5 donation or $20 a month!

Click here to donate ...

For those who wish to contribute more money you can paypal directly to ... donations@bolterandchainsword.com

For those who do not have paypal but still wish to contribute, please contact me via PM.

For those that do donate, we won't forget your help ... you might well find a small surprise when we get the new board software / server upgrade done :lol:
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When he spoke, his voice was deep and metallic.

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That is a staggering increase! I knew the B&C was popular but wow! Thank you for everything, I know I'll be donating!


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Thanks Calgar101 ... it is indeed significant growth (more than I thought would happen certainly). Although the thing I am most pleased with in some ways is the fact we kept that polite, tight knit, community feel that we had when we were much smaller :)
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Brother Argos stepped forward into the reflected light of the schematic. The Techmarine went unhooded. The left portion of his face was framed with a steel plate, the snarling image of a Salamander seared into it as an honour marking. Burn scars from the Brander-Priests wreathed his skin in whorls and bands. A Bionic eye gleamed coldly in contrast to the burning red of his own.

When he spoke, his voice was deep and metallic.

- Heroes of the Space Marines - Fires of War : Pg 190

Iron Hands - A new beginning

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I was actually thinking about this the other day. You've got a donation pledge from me, which I should be able to make good on within a month or so (broke student right now). I love this place. I'm actually here more than Face Book or any other website, I think. I wear my B&C patch that I bought to rep the board, too! :)

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I've been a member for years, giving back a bit is the least I can do. I have a non-rent payday this Friday, expect to see a donation from me then :)

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I look forward to the Donation :) .. and well done for wearing the Patch!!


Thanks Rindaris :)
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Brother Argos stepped forward into the reflected light of the schematic. The Techmarine went unhooded. The left portion of his face was framed with a steel plate, the snarling image of a Salamander seared into it as an honour marking. Burn scars from the Brander-Priests wreathed his skin in whorls and bands. A Bionic eye gleamed coldly in contrast to the burning red of his own.

When he spoke, his voice was deep and metallic.

- Heroes of the Space Marines - Fires of War : Pg 190

Iron Hands - A new beginning

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25% of the way there .. keep going !!

I would like to thank everyone so far who has helped out .. and especially two extra-ordinarily generous people who have donated significant sums ... they know who they are ... Thank you all :)
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Brother Argos stepped forward into the reflected light of the schematic. The Techmarine went unhooded. The left portion of his face was framed with a steel plate, the snarling image of a Salamander seared into it as an honour marking. Burn scars from the Brander-Priests wreathed his skin in whorls and bands. A Bionic eye gleamed coldly in contrast to the burning red of his own.

When he spoke, his voice was deep and metallic.

- Heroes of the Space Marines - Fires of War : Pg 190

Iron Hands - A new beginning

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Without the Bolter and Chainsword, I would have never read such great Librarium articles like the Apocalypse Titan Tactica, or Captain Idaho's Using Uber Units article. I would have never been convinced to try out (and love) Scouts without reading GC08's advocacy for the Tenth Company, and I probably wouldn't have developed a solid Black Templar force without the threads and feedback from that zealous corner of the board. Without the B&C, there would be no LPC this year to convince me to (finally!) paint up my main 40k army, and there would be no DIY Swapping Project-a great bit of fun to learn about and paint minis from someone else's DIY Chapter. Without the Bolter and Chainsword, I would not have been inspired to start a (still WIP) Adeptus Mechanicus force. Through the Bolter and Chainsword, I have even found other 40k resources, such as ATT, HERO's blog, and Marshal Laeroth's site. The insight and knowledge I have gained from the Bolter and Chainsword has even helped me with other, non-40k games. I also believe that the Bolter and Chainsword has helped me mature as a person.

The Bolter and Chainsword has been the best thing for my 40k experience, second only to the guys who introduced me to 40k.

Reading this, I realise that the true value of the Bolter and Chainsword is far greater than the Devastator Marines I would like to get, or the second Land Speeder Storm I had my eye on. Unfortunately, financial issues have prevented me from purchasing anything 40k recently and prevent me from donating now, or in the forseeable near future, but I vow that from this date forward, whenever I spend money on tabletop wargaming, I will match every dollar I spend with an equal donation to the Bolter and Chainsword.

The hallowed halls of the Legio's home have been invaluable for me, and I hope that I will be able to help the Bolter and Chainsword prosper, so that others may gain what I have gained from almost three years as a member.

Edited by KhorneHunter57x, 10 January 2012 - 01:28 PM.

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Very eloquent KhorneHunter57x, I do hope we have all helped you that much.

Oddly I have paid for and run the B&C on a similar principal, knowing that I wanted to give back to the hobby that has brought me so much enjoyment for most of my life. A chance to help someone else get the same enjoyment. When you do donate, you know it will go to helping someone else get the same rewards that you have from the B&C :)
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Brother Argos stepped forward into the reflected light of the schematic. The Techmarine went unhooded. The left portion of his face was framed with a steel plate, the snarling image of a Salamander seared into it as an honour marking. Burn scars from the Brander-Priests wreathed his skin in whorls and bands. A Bionic eye gleamed coldly in contrast to the burning red of his own.

When he spoke, his voice was deep and metallic.

- Heroes of the Space Marines - Fires of War : Pg 190

Iron Hands - A new beginning

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gave what i can, not alot but if everyone adds not alot it will add up!

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I donated as well, as I'm probably the cause of half of the increase of number of hits in '11 when the new GK codex came out. :)

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Well done guys .. Thank you very much :)
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Brother Argos stepped forward into the reflected light of the schematic. The Techmarine went unhooded. The left portion of his face was framed with a steel plate, the snarling image of a Salamander seared into it as an honour marking. Burn scars from the Brander-Priests wreathed his skin in whorls and bands. A Bionic eye gleamed coldly in contrast to the burning red of his own.

When he spoke, his voice was deep and metallic.

- Heroes of the Space Marines - Fires of War : Pg 190

Iron Hands - A new beginning

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How do I up my donation?
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How do I up my donation?

I went to paypal and sent a donation using the email provided rather than the donation link provided by Argos.

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Hemal, check your PM :)

JamesI ... your so right :HQ:
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Brother Argos stepped forward into the reflected light of the schematic. The Techmarine went unhooded. The left portion of his face was framed with a steel plate, the snarling image of a Salamander seared into it as an honour marking. Burn scars from the Brander-Priests wreathed his skin in whorls and bands. A Bionic eye gleamed coldly in contrast to the burning red of his own.

When he spoke, his voice was deep and metallic.

- Heroes of the Space Marines - Fires of War : Pg 190

Iron Hands - A new beginning

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Made a donation and just wanted to say thanks for all the effort!

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Thank you very much Coopervisor :)
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Brother Argos stepped forward into the reflected light of the schematic. The Techmarine went unhooded. The left portion of his face was framed with a steel plate, the snarling image of a Salamander seared into it as an honour marking. Burn scars from the Brander-Priests wreathed his skin in whorls and bands. A Bionic eye gleamed coldly in contrast to the burning red of his own.

When he spoke, his voice was deep and metallic.

- Heroes of the Space Marines - Fires of War : Pg 190

Iron Hands - A new beginning

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I have just completed making a small but I think is a worthwile donation to help out the B&C. Also a huge thanks to all the people who fund this forum out of their own pockets and donate so we can be ad free high quality Spacemarine forum.

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Cheers Sons of the Forge :)
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Brother Argos stepped forward into the reflected light of the schematic. The Techmarine went unhooded. The left portion of his face was framed with a steel plate, the snarling image of a Salamander seared into it as an honour marking. Burn scars from the Brander-Priests wreathed his skin in whorls and bands. A Bionic eye gleamed coldly in contrast to the burning red of his own.

When he spoke, his voice was deep and metallic.

- Heroes of the Space Marines - Fires of War : Pg 190

Iron Hands - A new beginning

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Does Paypal accept pounds being turned into dollars? I deal with currencies other than Pounds, nearly never...

If it does, I'll add what little scrooge-like amount I can. :)

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Went straight to the option at the bottom. B&C deserves whatever we can give. Cheers for such a welcoming and friendly board, Brother Argos.
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@ Zincite : Paypal handles all conversions automatically.

@ Olisredan : Thank you so much :)
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Brother Argos stepped forward into the reflected light of the schematic. The Techmarine went unhooded. The left portion of his face was framed with a steel plate, the snarling image of a Salamander seared into it as an honour marking. Burn scars from the Brander-Priests wreathed his skin in whorls and bands. A Bionic eye gleamed coldly in contrast to the burning red of his own.

When he spoke, his voice was deep and metallic.

- Heroes of the Space Marines - Fires of War : Pg 190

Iron Hands - A new beginning

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@ Zincite : Paypal handles all conversions automatically.

*Salutes*

You shall have my pitiful amount of money as soon as possible.

EDIT: Also, I note someone put the assault marine after the Tactical marine. How dare you insult our spiritual liege's teachings.

Edited by Zincite, 10 January 2012 - 03:33 PM.

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*eye twitches as he sees the stats and collapses*


Wow.... That is.... Incredible....
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I want to donate but PayPal is saying my card does not exist :)