Jump to content

Welcome to The Bolter and Chainsword
Register now to gain access to all of our features. Once registered and logged in, you will be able to create topics, post replies to existing threads, give reputation to your fellow members, get your own private messenger, post status updates, manage your profile and so much more. If you already have an account, login here - otherwise create an account for free today!

+++Blood Angels Outpost+++

ETL VI ETL E Tenebre Lux VI E Tenebrae Lux

  • Please log in to reply
1185 replies to this topic




  • ++ MODERATI ++
  • 12,270 posts
  • Location:Ynyshir, Porth
  • Faction: Blood Angels

Section 1 – Overview
ETL VI, the first ETL of the 8thEdition of Warhammer 40k is over!

After a year of hiatus, the ETL was once again re-introduced, tuned to fit 8thEdition, and accommodating the changes in the B&C, the most prominent of which was the inclusion of the Xenos! The revamped ETL also provided a new level of complexity and interaction among participants as for the first time it introduced the Faction-level competition, the in-Faction level competition and the cross-Forum level competition.

Despite this increased complexity and the discontinuity of 2017, here are some interesting facts:
  • 409 participants
  • 659 vows
  • 441,610 pts pledged
  • 315,757 pts completed before penalties
  • 307,947 pts completed after penalties
  • Completion Rate: 69.7%
  • Total ETL Score: 220,186
  • A total of 7,061 posts across 20 Outposts

I think all participants should feel proud for participation in such a big community event even if they did not complete their vows – either through ol’ common procrastination or because real life presented obstacles, way higher priority than our hobby…

Be that as it may I think that all 408 participants deserve congratulations for committing irrespective of the result. Those who completed their vows, not only can boast their achievement but also end up with some painted minis, hopefully to a quality reflecting the best of their ability.

The highlights of the event would be the following:

The Blood Angels fantastic performance under the stern leadership of Reclusiarch Jolemai! We are talking a huge completion rate of 87% post penalties and an even more awe-inspiring 85% among first vows rising to 88% if one excludes penalties. That means that of the points pledged among first vows, 88% of them actually got completed! I will go into more detail later but that level of commitment to the team is amazing and highlights what the ETL is all about!

The Chaos Marines also had a fantastic performance completing more points than any other forum! And this performance comes after three consecutive years of holding the top position! Now that is drive if there ever was one! Unfortunately for them, this performance led to a completion rate of some 10 percentage points less than the BAs with the result being a very narrow loss… Superior resources is a significant advantage but this year, the BAs had a savage will to win and it appears an 87% completion rate makes up for lower amount of points pledged, if only just! Or to put it differently, it takes an almost 90% completion rate by a loyalist chapter to win the might of the Chaos Marines!

But I think this is the time for the results table:
Faction/ForumParticipantsVowsPoints pledgedAvg. Vow Completions (net) CRSCR
Adeptus Astartes 186 292 174,564 598125,166 71.7% 89,747
Space Marines 67102 53,757 527 33,002 61.4% 20,260
Blood Angels 44 7946,857 59340,696 86.9% 35,345
Dark Angels 46 67 41,877 625 29,613 70.7% 20,941
Space Wolves 29 44 32,073 729 21,855 68.1% 14,892
IFOR 67 98 80,472 821 49,193 61.1% 30,072
Adepta Sororitas 6 9 4,804 534 2,053 42.7% 877
AdMech 13 21 11,764 560 9,141 77.7% 7,103
Astra Militarum 21 34 24,585 723 17,959 73.0% 13,119
Imperial Agents 12 13 21,676 1,667 8,222 37.9% 3,199
Grey Knights 2 2 2,658 1,329 2,658 100% 2,658
Deathwatch 13 19 14,985 789 9,160 61.1% 5,599
Realm of Chaos 67 121 73,700 609 52,651 71.4% 37,614
Chaos Space Marines 55 105 59,683 568 45,706 76.6% 35,002
Chaos Daemons 4 5 4,145 829 1,752 42.3% 741
LatD 8 11 9,872 897 5,193 52.6% 2,732
Xenos 42 66 34,671 525 24,749 71.4% 17,666
Aeldari 11 12 3,539 295 310 8.8% 27
Necrons 10 16 8,612 538 6,993 81.2% 5,678
Orks 4 8 5,099 637 4,364 85.6% 3,735
T’au Empire 13 25 14,305 572 11,377 79.5% 9,048
Tyranids 4 5 3,116 623 1,705 54.7% 933
AoD 47 82 78,203 954 56,188 71.8% 40,370
AoD-L 26 44 38,598 877 28,689 74.3% 21,324
AoD-T 21 38 39,605 1,042 27,499 69.4% 19,093
Total ETL VI 409 659 441,610 670 307,947 69.7% 220,186

Now let's move on to see what happened on a Faction level:




  • ++ MODERATI ++
  • 12,270 posts
  • Location:Ynyshir, Porth
  • Faction: Blood Angels

Section 2 – ETL VI MAGISTER: Factions’ performance

As it is evident from the table in the previous post, in terms of Factions the ranking is the following:

  • Adeptus Astartes – 89,747
  • Age of Darkness (AoD) – 40,370
  • Realm of Chaos – 37,614
  • Forces of the Imperium (IFOR) – 30,072
  • Xenos – 17,666
As such the Adeptus Astartes is the Faction to win the ETL and all participants in any of the constituent Forums who has completed all his/her vows may wear the Badge of ETL VI MAGISTER that can be found below:


It goes without saying that the Adeptus Astartes commands unapparelled resources within the B&C. This has to do with the general popularity of the Marines within the 40k hobby but also due to the B&C legacy of being initially a loyalist Space Marine Forum and later a “Power Armour” forum. Years of that legacy cannot be easily ignored and despite the fact that the Imperial Forces are a part of the B&C for years and most recently the Xenos were also added, the bulk of our members are Marine players and collectors! As such, even without the contribution of Deathwatch and the Grey Knights, the resources (participants and points pledged) of the Adeptus Astartes put them this, first year of the ETL’s new structure, in an unassailable position – or conversely, the ETL reflects the real fact that B&C members are overwhelmingly loyal Marine players/collectors. Is this going to be the case in the future? Will other Factions lure some of our members away from the Astartes making it a more balanced affair? Only time will tell.


All participants that vowed for the Adeptus Astartes Faction (i.e. Blood Angels) are eligible to wear the ETL VI Magister Badge in their signature:






  • ++ MODERATI ++
  • 12,270 posts
  • Location:Ynyshir, Porth
  • Faction: Blood Angels

Section 3 – ETL VI Primus Inter Pares: Forums’ performance within each Faction
Irrespective of how the Factions faired in the ETL, within each Faction a silent war was taking place… The Forums comprising any given Faction were fighting each other for the top position and to gain the title of Primus Inter Pares! Let’s see what happened:
IMPORTANT NOTE: All graphs in this section are at the same scale so the relative performance can be visually relayed
Adeptus Astartes Faction:

  • Blood Angels – 35,345
  • Dark Angels – 20,941
  • Space Marines – 20,260
  • Space Wolves – 14,892
Winner of the Primus Inter Pares within the Adeptus Astartes Faction is without a doubt the Blood Angels! With an astounding completion rate of 87% and with adequate resources to begin with, they managed to deliver almost 15k pts of ETL Score difference to the second Forum in line, the Dark Angels. Third were the Space Marines (also known as “Codex” in previous ETL iterations) that despite their superior resources since the beginning of the event, having 67 participants vs. 44 for the BAs and 46 of the DAs and 54k pts worth of vows vs. 47k for the BAs and 42k for the DAs suffered from their chronic ailment, namely that of a low completion rate. Despite the last week’s pick up, the completion rate of the Space Marines’ Forum was 61.4% not only the lowest in the Astartes Faction but also pretty low by ETL VI standards (ETL average stood at 70%). As such the Space Marines could not exploit their resources’ advantage to establish themselves as the top dogs, not only missing the opportunity to become the Primus Inter Pares of the Astartes but also as the Dominus Exercitus – probably the most prestigious ETL award! Instead they finished in third position within their Faction with the Dark Angels getting the second place. Just.
So kudos to the brave Blood Angels that really managed to maintain their pace even during the difficult period of June and early July and delivering such solid results.
All participants that vowed for the Blood Angels Forum are eligible to wear the ETL VI Primus Inter Pares - Adeptus Astartes in their signature:


Edited by Jolemai, 10 August 2018 - 09:14 PM.




  • ++ MODERATI ++
  • 12,270 posts
  • Location:Ynyshir, Porth
  • Faction: Blood Angels

Section 4 – ETL VI Dominus Exercitus: Forums' performance across Factions

Apart from the strongest Faction and the strongest Forums within each Faction, the ETL VI recognizes the strongest Forum across all Forums irrespective of Faction! This is the closest comparable achievement vs. the previous ETLs Primus Inter Pares – although not exactly the same as the Forums/Factions have been modified and adjusted since.

In ETL VI, there are 20 Forums all competing for the top position! Yes, there is glory in becoming the first among equals i.e. the first within your Faction, but the glory of becoming the top among ALL 20 Forums is unparalleled! AND THIS GLORY GOES TO THE:


All Blood Angels’ participants who completed ALL their vows are eligible to carry the Dominus Exercitus badge in their signature!
It is easily understood that the Dominus Exercitus will be found among the Primus Inter Pares, i.e. the Champion Forums of each Faction. However, here are the rankings of all the Forums:


Here I need to focus on the top two. As you can see, the difference in score is just 343pts! And more to the point, Chaos Space Marines have completed more points in absolute terms. So that is as close as it can get. However, the Blood Angels high completion rate and fewer penalty points brought them to first position.

For all the collective distinctions, the ETL rewards team work and the completion rate is a massive bonus – a bonus designed to allow Forums that have less traffic to have reasonable chance, if they pull together, to challenge other, more popular Forums. But that also means that in order to make that theoretical chance a reality, the effort should exceed average performances and indeed stand out in achieving high completion rates above and beyond the call of duty!

And sometimes even that is not enough if it is not backed by substantial resources, i.e. a reasonably high number of participants and a reasonably high level of points pledged.

For example, the Space Marines had the most participants and the for the better part of the event they also had the most points pledged but with a completion rate of just 61% they had to settle for 5thposition. On the other end of the spectrum, the Grey Knights with a magical 100% completion rate had limited chance of a good ranking as they only had two participants and only 2.7k points pledged between them.

In the case of the Blood Angels, well, they did have 44 participants – a decent amount but by no means the highest. The Space Marines had 67, the Chaos Space Marines had 55 and the Dark Angels had 46. So yes, they had a relatively strong showing, but certainly they did not look to be the favorites at the onset of the event. But boy, did they show discipline and drive! Not only they started declaring completions early, they started to re-vow and thus achieving a multiplying effect. The re-vowing rate (second or subsequent vows over first vows) of the Blood Angels reached 80%! If that is not a drive, I don’t know what is!

To cut a long story short, at the end of the event, before penalties of CR adjustments, they have managed to complete 41.6k points, some 9k points more than the Space Marines, the Adeptus Astartes Faction favorite. And the penalties of unfinished second or subsequent vows, although severe, were mitigated by the enormous completion rate of 87% leading them to a final ETL score of 35.3k.

Opposite them were the Chaos Space Marines. Chaos Space Marines is an ETL super power, winning the previous 3 consecutive events. There is a huge commitment and enthusiasm for the event, a lot of discipline (uncharacteristic for Chaos, I know) and fantastic artistic output. They were a favorite from the get-go but their participation, although strong for ETL VI standards, was not as strong as in previous ETLs. Still that was not that much of a limiting factor as they were still second in participation levels only to the Loyalist Space Marines.

And they did have a very strong performance! Fast-forward to the end of the event, they had completed, in absolute terms and before penalties and adjustments, more points than any other faction! They have achieved that in somewhat peculiar manner, as their completion rate among first vows was not that impressive at 67% (at least compared to the Blood Angels where completion rate among first vows stood at 88%) but their re-vowing rate at 91% sure was. Did you get that? 91% re-vowing rate... That means that relatively fewer participants carried most of the weight through frantic re-vowing. As such, their completion rate settled at a fairly high 77%.

And then the penalties struck! The Chaos Space Marines suffered 1,285 pts of penalties and Blood Angels suffered "only" 925 pts. That proved to be crucial as it meant that the completion rate (that is measured after penalties) retreated by two percentage points for both teams but ended up with Chaos Marines having a score of just 343 pts less than the Blood Angels! That’s 0.16% of the total ETL VI score! 0.16%!!!!! And just to demonstrate how close this was, if both teams had zero penalties, the Chaos team would have won by 28 pts!!!

This demonstrates that there is no such thing as a “small” vow and that it is extremely important to complete your pledge – especially if by failing to do so your previous completed vows will be also nullified!

Now that was the narrowest victory ever in an ETL, but a victory it is, so again congratulations to the Blood Angels that showed that perseverance and commitment can work wonders – even if the initial resources are not that high.

All participants that vowed for the Blood Angels Forum are eligible to wear the ETL VI Dominus Exercitus badge in their signature:


Well that was the situation of the collective achievements. Now let’s move on to the individual achievements:




  • ++ MODERATI ++
  • 12,270 posts
  • Location:Ynyshir, Porth
  • Faction: Blood Angels

Section 5 - Custos Fidei and Oath breakers

The ETL does not only reward collective effort but individual effort as well! It doesn’t matter if your Forum / Faction did not perform well, as long as you have delivered on your promise, no matter the size of your vow, you will receive the fabled Custos Fidei – that most prestigious award, a proof that you successfully participated in ETL VI!

The Custos Fidei is available to all participants who completed all their vows during the lifetime of the event and even distinguishes the amount of vows that each participant made. If on the other hand, you have failed to complete even one of your vows, then the Oathbreaker Badge is for you, and you are required to wear until the year-end. Truth is, the Oathbreaker badge is quite nice, and many people wear it long after the required period!

So, with no further ado let’s award the Custos Fidei and the Oathbreaker badge (participants are presented with alphabetical order):

IMPORTANT NOTE: IF you think your name is in the wrong place, feel free to take the badge you deserve and notify me to change the location of your name

Participants with 5 vows completed:



Participants with 4 vows completed:


Mr Yellow

Participants with 3 vows completed:


Closet Skeleton

Participants with 2 vows completed:


Brother Aether
Brother Lemartes

Participants with 1 vow completed:


Brother Carn
Chaplain Gunzhard
Ultra kblock
Venerable Jazzman



Lord Ranulf




  • ++ MODERATI ++
  • 12,270 posts
  • Location:Ynyshir, Porth
  • Faction: Blood Angels

Also, continuing the tradition and some of you are following the ETL closely for a number of years, here are some medallions to denote the number of ETLs you have participated in:


Section 6 - Badges of Excellence: Forum Champions and Collegia Titanica

Awarding the Custos Fidei is not the only distinction the ETL bestows on the participants. Some have delivered above and beyond the call of duty and therefore are eligible for badges of excellence.

The Forum Champion:
Each Forum has a Champion, i.e. the individual with the most points completed. Of course, those individuals must have completed ALL their vows, so participants that have outstanding vows at the end of the event are not considered (the order of the Champions mirrors the order the Forums are stacked in the main B&C page).

Blood Angels Champion:
Mr. Yellow - 4,336

Collegia Titanica
Lastly, for all those who complete a Titan (of any size or affiliation) are eligible to the Collegia Titanica badge below:


Section 8 - Badges of Excellence: Artificer

This is the badge that is awarded for impressive painting and modelling. Whereas all previous Badges of Excellence related to the quantity of the output of the participants, the Badge of the Artificer rewards quality. Unfortunately, this is subjective and there are no committees or joint bodies of decision-making. It’s effectively just me and the Shadow Guard. The only objective criterion, as you might have guessed is that the miniatures must be complete with basing an’ all and that the participant must have completed all his vows.

As such the Badge of the Artificer will be awarded to quite a few individuals, representing different styles of painting. There is no bias on larger or smaller models and no bias or whether it was part of a big or a small vow. The only criterion is whether it has a wow! factor – again based on subjective criteria.

However, only one Artificer will be awarded the title of Master Artificer. This will happen as a result of voting in a poll that I will set-up in the WIP Forum, allowing the B&C community at large to decide – not just the ETL participants – which is the participant that deserves the title of Master Artificer.

With no further ado, you can find below the names of the participants that will be awarded to the Badge of the Artificer:


Spagunk (BA)

All the above are entitled to the Badge of the Artificer. Congratulations gentlemen!

Now you all have three days to provide me with the best pics you can take of your vows (make them large-ish) so I can set up the poll for all the B&C members to vote. They do not have to be pics of the entire vow - it could be a select few models or even one model that you are most proud of! In fact I'd rather you do that, and get a clear image of your best work in the ETL VI than try to cram everything in a pic and lose focus. Just make sure it's work you did during the ETL!

In case you do not provide me with any pics, then I'll use the ones you posted in the completion declarations of your vows. But please make the effort - it'll be fun and your work will presented closer to your liking.



Edited by Jolemai, 10 August 2018 - 09:19 PM.




  • ++ MODERATI ++
  • 12,270 posts
  • Location:Ynyshir, Porth
  • Faction: Blood Angels

Jolemai's notes

Still smiling? Seriously this feeling isn't going to go away anytime soon. When Charlo said I was "chuffed" he may have understated it...
I don't remember the Librarium Painting Challenge. When I joined in 2011 I had already missed the the LPG'11 event (our last big win) and apparently I don't recall the existence of LPG'12 or LPG'13. I do, however, remember the first ETL in 2012 where I participated (and failed), and this led me to skip ETL II in 2013 as I didn't want to let anyone down again.1 In both we had an OK-ish performance despite being bigged up due to our LPG exploits in the past. I was back involved in ETL III but there was nothing happening: no motivation, no desire, nothing. I made a couple of threads to rally the troops but it appeared not to work as we limped our way to the penultimate place. Just.
We were on our way to becoming a laughing stock.
Something had to be done. So like any decent BA general I assumed command of the situation and employed tactics which I'd used to good effect previously:2 so we have the recruitment thread and build up thread which were loaded with information to generate interest. During the event itself participants are (genuinely) made to feel wanted and encouraged to participate. The RTS was revived and modified into an ETL-sequel event, whilst an ETL-prequel event (GBBO, B&Z) was created to keep people in the loop and on top form. ETL IV and V saw an improvement and the tactics were refined to become strategies. None of this is a secret btw, it's been quite obvious what I've been up to ph34r.png
Due to the break between ETL V and ETL VI, this victory has been two years in the making as the GBBO in 2017 and this year's B&Z got us ready to go from the off - but even then we were still a "sleeping giant",3 a "dark horse" for the title if you will. I've always said that in an online community, you get out of it what you put into it. What that means is, if you put the effort in it will be noticed and it rub off on others, who will do the same; thereby helping you and the community attain your goals together in unison and faster than you would apart. This has been evident in the ETL where those who have stuck around and checked the thread(s) have been driven on ever further but the success of others: for example, our two five vows Frater were egging each other on to do them and get them completed first.
Following the change to the format for ETL VI I stated from the off we were after the triple crown of awards - ETL Magister, Primus Inter Pares, Dominus Exercitus. The first was doable because we were "rolled" into a Faction with the other Marine fora; the second was a challenge as all three sister fora have been good competition over the last two ETLs; the third was merely a goal due to the resources available to the favourites were greater than ours: what we did have here though, was belief in abundance. In fact, come the end of the first month where were only able to register our third-highest participation (44 Frater), the bookies certainly wouldn't have given us good odds. However, the ball was rolling with early completions and high re-vowing rates (that kept out average high too) and we started to climb the table. We tackled the June grind well to move into the lead in our Faction and were gaining ground on the Forums in front as more and more completions came in. Start of July we had to push on hard and we were rewarded with a Week 12 highlight as we were 1 point clear of CSM on ETL score - and this set the stage for a frantic finish. Seriously, we wouldn't have been in this position without your folks so any and all plaudits are yours and yours alone.
A few stats of note:

  • 35,345 is a new record score (29,116 was the previous in ETL V)
  • 86.9 % is a new record completion rate (86.5 % was the previous in ETL V)
  • 44 participants is the third highest number (84 is the record from ETL IV)
  • 79 vows is the third highest number (130 is the record from ETL IV)
  • 46,857 points pledged is the second highest number (63,653 is the record from ETL IV)
  • 593 average vow is the third highest number (730 is the record from ETL II)

As you can see, we've still got records to break and goals to attain, as well as a crown to defend in ETL VII, one which will be extra special as it's the boards 20th year. I look forward to seeing you all there and keep an eye on the BA board for BA events (and everything else!) in the meantime :)

The final question is, does this still apply? whistlingW.gifwhistling.gifwhistlingW.gif
1) 2012 I had a newborn in March and was in my first year of a PhD, but I thought I'd give it a go anyway. I really did feel like I'd let everyone down and there was no one to put an arm around me and say it was fine, so to speak - and this is something I strive to alleviate during our events. As for that vow, I actually submitted it for RTS'13 and failed it again, only to complete it during RTS'17 when I voluntarily joined the Death Company.
2) Prior to this, I had ~ 10 years as a Guild Leader on EQ2 whereby I took charge of guild recruitment and guild raids.
3) Sleeping giant is a term used in football to describe a team who were big in the past but aren't doing much right now. Such as Wolverhampton Wanderers who were the biggest team in the 1950s

Edited by Jolemai, 11 August 2018 - 01:41 PM.

  • Captain Semper, Xenith, CaptainHelion and 5 others like this




  • ++ MODERATI ++
  • 12,270 posts
  • Location:Ynyshir, Porth
  • Faction: Blood Angels

The Lost

In the ETL if you fail your vows you receive the Oath Breaker banner, one which you are supposed to display until the year's end (or however you've pledged). However, Blood Angels don't fail. Instead, Blood Angels Space Marines fall to the Black Rage and join the Death Company whereby they are given one last hurrah at smiting the Emperor's foes. The following list are those who have now joined the B&C's Death Company:
  • Aothaine
  • Arkhanist
  • Bishoujo
  • Lord Ranulf
  • Mandaloriano
  • Mightykin
  • Schwills
  • sfPanzer
  • SM1981
  • Zeller
Instead of the Oath Breaker banner below (or even in addition to), you may take a Death Company banner (also below). Your chance to shake off the Rage and attain your Salvation will occur next month and as the steward of the B&C's Death Company, I'll be in touch with more information soon.

Feast of Blades 2018

There is still spaces open for Feast of Blades, with preference going towards Characters/Sergeants painted during the ETL. follow the link if you're interested.
Basically it's an Arena of Death style event whereby you submit your Character to do battle with others in a pyramid style contest until only one remains. The battles are done by a Gamesmaster (Xenith) and posted up with an attached blow by blow account of the fight.

Edited by Jolemai, 11 August 2018 - 01:21 PM.

  • Xenith, CaptainHelion, Zebulon and 2 others like this

Captain Semper

Captain Semper


  • ++ CUSTODE ++
  • 13,467 posts
  • Location:Athens, Greece
  • Faction: Dark Angels

A great report there Jolemai, a true leader of the denizens of Baal! The BAs had a fantastic performance and can be summarised in two main areas: 1) keep your promises and completed what you vowed, 2) you vowed again and completed again. And despite this phenomenal performance, you still only won by half the ETL VI average vow... A narrow victory if there ever was one. That means that no vow is too small or insignificant, you never know what the margin between the first and the second place may be! 


Also, and this shows how far the ETL has moved the needle on online events, the LPC 11 had 105 participants and the most any forum had (the BAs) was 24! He have gone a long way since... 


So thank you Reclusiarch for your commitment and your hard work, and again congratulations to all the BA team for a fantastic result! :tu:

  • Zebulon, Jolemai, Brother Lemartes and 4 others like this




  • 287 posts
  • Location:Hampshire, UK
  • Faction: Several
Excellent summary Jolemai :tu:

In similar vein, I flunked ETL V (having vowed the Betrayal at Calth box) and out of shame I didn’t post here again for the rest of 2016!

The main reason, FWIW, was that pretty much as soon as I’d vowed I started going out with the woman who’s now my wife so hobby went on the back burner for a bit! :D

Anyway, the supportive atmosphere here among the Blood Angels does a lot to make this my favourite part of the forum now :tu:
  • Jolemai likes this

Captain Semper

Captain Semper


  • ++ CUSTODE ++
  • 13,467 posts
  • Location:Athens, Greece
  • Faction: Dark Angels




You can see the results here
Now the ETL VI is truly over. This thread will remain open for posting but will become unpinned. 
Until next year, farewell!
Captain Semper
Member of the Inner Circle
Master of Recruits
  • Xenith, Jolemai, Dont-Be-Haten and 2 others like this

Also tagged with one or more of these keywords: ETL VI, ETL, E Tenebre Lux VI, E Tenebrae Lux

1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users