It's a shame the request has been seen this way; there was no expectation that this was to take some kind of priority, but maybe it could be considered in the coming days/weeks/months during some related maintenance. I'll admit, I'm somewhat confused by your first statement (I had no idea my jpg's were so fancy because they're hosted by Photobucket), but that's fine and not the reason why I feel compelled to say something more. I slept on this to contemplate commenting further, because I really don't like beating a dead horse, and that’s not my intent, but what you said struck a chord with me that I feel is worth commenting on. Please note that I'm not attempting to extort or gain preferential treatment, but if I said nothing, it would never be known. I will try to keep this concise.
Put simply, The Bolter and Chainsword has a special place in my heart. About 6 years ago it was the first place I started showing my revived hobby related work online because the community here seemed unique. I was correct, and for years B&C was the only place I posted because of the community, and even after I branched out to post in other locations, I found nothing compares to B&C; the attitude, feedback, content, you name it, it's just different here, in a such good way. Point being, I received such encouraging feedback and support for my work, from B&C in particular, that I made the very intimidating choice to take my hobby and try to make it into a proper full-time studio producing model kits (with plans for other products in the future) for the gaming hobby; I even went so far as to return to college to study for a Bachelors of Industrial Design in large part to support my plans for a studio. As I near the end of my college, with just weeks to go before the studio can start to become my main focus, all doubt has been removed. Based on overwhelmingly positive feedback of my work at college and places like B&C, I know now that I made the right choice; I’m looking forward to making many great ideas real, and supporting this hobby that means so much to me. I can’t put it any other way, in large part, the seed for all of this ambition was planted here at the B&C; without the initial positive feedback and excellent dialogue here, I honestly have no idea where I’d be.
Now, this forces my hand a little early but, I have no intention of changing my plans, so I figure it’s worth bringing up. You see, I had decided a while back that when the studio was up-and-running and the time was right, I would approach B&C and see if there was some way to do a collaboration of some kind. The idea is still somewhat vague, but I really want to give some thanks and help support this wonderful little corner of the internet in some way; I’d love to be involved with some events and/or help fundraising by offering product and/or design services for prizes, or something along those lines. Maybe make it a semi-regular thing if it is well receive and works out well; it could even have B&C exclusive content, since I control the whole process. I figured it’s the least I can do for the community that brought me to this point in so many ways. Trust me, I get it; running something like this isn’t cheap or easy, and it only survives if the right people support it, many times with little return on what’s invested.
Again, I’m not trying to force the issue, it’s your site to administer and you set the priorities. I absolutely respect the work involved and can/will abide by whatever is decided, but I have to say I didn’t expect such a modest request to be considered on the terms of the direct return on the investment. Naturally, you had no idea what my future intentions are, but I just felt compelled to demonstrate that sometimes a benefit isn’t immediately tangible. Given your sentiment, a lesser person might have silently changed their mind on the idea of approaching B&C and you would have no idea of the lost opportunity. It’s not nearly large enough of an issue for me to change my mind on my plans, or my opinion of B&C, but I do want to provide a bit of food for thought.
My apologies for the length of the post; thanks again for taking the time. Feel free to comment here, or through a PM, or not. Either way, I’m happy to abide by what is chosen by the site admins.