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Welcome to the + LIBER SHOWCASE + forum. This forum is designed to be a showcase for finished articles covering DIY creations across the range of the Warhammer 40,000 setting factions.

What the Showcase Is
What the Showcase Is Not
How the Showcase Works
Useful Links
What Types of Articles Can Be Submitted to the Liber Showcase?
Submitting an Article to the Showcase
Editing and Updating an Article In the Showcase
Article Index
Interim Article Index

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What the Showcase Is

The Liber Showcase is the spiritual successor to what the defunct Librarium was supposed to be: a repository of useful articles from around the Bolter & Chainsword. For the most part, articles in the Liber Showcase will revolve around background – homegrown Adeptus Astartes Chapters, Tyranid Hive Fleets, Titan Legions, special characters, Necromunda gangs,etc. In addition, there is room for homegrown rules for factions, sub-factions, and characters.

Some aspects of the Librarium have been preserved via the resource topics. Where the Librarium allowed us to take articles that were previously pinned at the top of forums, the resource topics allow us to provide a living list of such links, reducing the number of pinned topics while enabling quick navigation to such topics.

The Liber Showcase complements the resource topics in providing a way to present and link to the most useful and informative articles here at the Bolter & Chainsword.

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What the Showcase is Not

While the Liber Showcase preserves some of the intent of the Librarium, it is built upon the discussion forum structure such as the other forums found throughout the Bolter & Chainsword. The Librarium was an add-on that we were able to use at that time, whereas the Liber Showcase, built on the inherent structure of the board software, can remain permanently. Though the Liber Showcase is built on the same discussion forum structure that other Bolter & Chainsword forums are built upon, it is not a discussion forum where discussion takes place. Articles are presented for your viewing pleasure, but discussion on the articles will take place in other forums.

The Liber Showcase is not a trophy case for only the “best” articles.

The Liber Showcase is not restricted to only those articles that conform to canon. There are some caveats to this, but we want to encourage hobbyists to exercise creativity in making the game their own and in sharing their creations with others in order to give them choices in how they enjoy the hobby.

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How the Showcase Works

The Liber Showcase serves as a repository of finished articles. Unlike other forums where discussion takes place via replies, the articles in the Liber Showcase are here to be read. Members are unable to reply to the articles herein.

A basic expectation is that articles won't be submitted until they have been discussed elsewhere, allowing members to provide feedback so that article authors can consider that feedback and make any adjustments they feel are necessary to improve the article. Once the author has completed revisions and the article has reached a point where the author feels that it is finalized, the article may be submitted to the Liber Showcase. This isn't a process of moving the original to this forum, however. Instead, the author simply posts the final version of the article as a new discussion in this forum. The article won't appear (even to the author) until a moderator reviews and approves the article.

Members can comment on the article by following the link to the original discussion. Similarly, though submitted articles are "final," article authors are free to edit and update the article if it continues to grow.

Articles from Other Websites

In addition to providing a showcase of finished articles derived from content found throughout the Bolter & Chainsword, a secondary goal of the Liber Showcase is to provide a repository of similarly useful content from around the internet. If you see an article that you think should be recorded here for posterity, there are two very important first steps:
  • Get the original author's permission =][= IMPERATIVE =][=
  • Discuss the article in the appropriate B&C (sub-)forum
We won't poach or plagiarize other peoples' articles/content. Some people are protective of their work, and rightfully so. In order to be respectful of other hobbyists, we need to be honest with them about how their article will be used and respect whatever response they provide, whether approval or disapproval. A request to an author can look something like:
I found your (article name) article to be entertaining and informative. Would you be interested in a copy being posted at the Bolter & Chainsword website (www.bolterandchainsword.com)? If you are, there are two ways that the article can be posted. The preferred method is for you to post the article yourself. If you are not already a member at the B&C, you can create an account for free and without any dues or costs. Alternately, I can post a copy of the article on your behalf, giving you full credit as the original author and linking back to your original article website. Posting the article at the Bolter & Chainsword will, hopefully, expose it to more hobbyists; and it will also serve as a backup copy in case your website ever suffers a catastrophic failure or is discontinued.
If a hobbyist gives permission for their article to be copied here, we'll identify them and the original article website prominently at the top of the article:
This article created by (author name) at (name of the website).
(website URL in the code tags)
Posted at the Bolter & Chainsword by permission of the author.
Note that posting a copy of an article here at the B&C will most likely require extensive use of the BBCodes.

Rating Articles

Though discussion of articles takes place elsewhere, members have the ability to rate articles. You'll note five stars for ratings at the top right of the page. If you choose to rate articles, you are free to use whatever metrics you desire, assigning from 1 to 5 stars to an article.

As with other topics/posts, members are also able to LIKE articles.

Downloads

A complement to the Liber Showcase is the ability to convert an article to a format that can be downloaded and, optionally, printed. The mechanism for this is our Downloads section. You can see guidance on using the Downloads in this discussion, and you can find some templates for article formats here.

If you make a downloadable file available, you can include a link to the file in your Liber Showcase article.

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Useful Links

BBCode Guide
All of the BBCodes used here at the Bolter & Chainsword are explained with examples, giving you an idea of the realm of the possible for the presentation and format of your own articles.

DIY Article Templates
These templates provide a starting point for article authors. These shouldn’t be considered strict formats, but merely serve as jumping off points to facilitate initial formatting and subsequent alteration based on the author’s desires.

Paint Color Hexadecimal Codes
Many of the BBCodes use hexadecimal codes. This topic provides hexadecimal codes for paint colors, allowing hobbyists that want to coordinate their article colors with their paint colors to reference simple lists. We hope to expand this list to include a variety of paint brands.

While the Bolter & Chainsword won’t dictate styles that may or may not be used, article authors might find referencing one or more style guides to be helpful in the creation of their articles.

50 meticulous style guides every startup should see before launching article at canva.com.
American Anthropological Association Publishing Style Guide
Chicago Manual of Style
Freelance Writing - Writer's Guidelines Database
Small Wars Journal - Editorial Policy
Wikipedia “Style Guide” page

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What Types of Articles Can Be Submitted to the Liber Showcase?

As previously described, articles found herein will usually be related to background, homegrown factions/characters, and homegrown rules. This isn’t strictly limited, though, and we don’t want to define anything. Some examples of the types of articles you can expect to find are:
  • DIY Adeptus Astartes Chapters
  • DIY Adepta Sororitas Orders
  • DIY Heretic Astartes warbands
  • DIY Aeldari craftworlds
  • DIY Drukhari kabals
  • DIY Tyranid hive fleets
  • DIY inquisitors and their warbands
  • DIY Astra Militarum regiments
  • DIY Legiones Astartes forces
  • DIY Adeptus Mechanicus forge worlds
  • DIY Imperial Knight households
  • DIY renegades and heretics
  • DIY Necromunda gangs
  • DIY Titan Legions for Adeptus Titanicus
  • DIY [special] characters
  • fan fiction
  • etc.
The list above might change as the span and scope of what is appropriate evolves over time.

Articles about tactics may be submitted to the Tactica forum; and articles about modeling, converting, and painting may be submitted to the Tutorials and How To's forum.

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Submitting an article to the showcase

In most cases, before an article is submitted to the Liber Showcase it should be discussed and refined elsewhere throughout the Bolter & Chainsword. So a DIY Adeptus Astartes Chapter will most likely be discussed in the Liber Astartes forum, a DIY Genestealer Cult will most likely be discussed in the Liber Xenos forum, etc. Once the author is satisfied that the article is finished based on the feedback provided, they are free to submit the article simply by starting a new topic here in the Liber Showcase.

Two things that must be included in any article submitted to the Liber Showcase:
  • Link to the original article. This will serve as the discussion topic for the article, leaving the actual article “clean.”
  • The edition of the game (for articles that include homegrown rules).
  • Appropriate tags.
Links

There are three ways to link to the article:
  • URL
  • topic
  • post
Every topic has a unique URL that includes the topic number. Every post also has a unique URL that adds the post number to the topic URL. For example, the URL for the Rules of the Bolter & Chainsword is:
http://www.bolterandchainsword.com/topic/334648-rules-of-the-bolter-chainsword/
You could plug that URL into the URL BBCode:
[url=http://www.bolterandchainsword.com/topic/334648-rules-of-the-bolter-chainsword/]Link[/url]
Link

Alternately, you can use the number that appears after “/topic/” in the topic BBCode:
[topic=334648]Link[/topic]
Link

Alternately, you can find the URL for a specific post. At the top right of each post you’ll see a post number. If you click on this number, a dialog box that provides the URL for that post will appear. For example, the first post of the Rules of the Bolter & Chainsword is:
http://www.bolterandchainsword.com/topic/334648-rules-of-the-bolter-chainsword/?p=4781291
The post number is the last sequence of numbers in that URL string. In this case, “4781291” is the post number. You can plug that number into the post BBCode:
[post=4781291]Link[/post]
Link

Regardless of which method you choose, it should appear as something along the lines of:
[URL=XXX]Discussion Topic[/url]
This may appear either at the very top or very bottom of the article.

You can find more information on and examples for the link types in the BBCode Guide.

Rules Edition

When an article includes homegrown rules, it is important to identify both the game system and the edition of that game system. “Edition” may be the actual edition number, the year that the edition was released, or both. For example, Necromunda: Underhive is the 3rd edition of that game and was published in 2018. The rules were updated and revised in 2019. Homegrown rules for a custom gang written to those revised rules would be identified as “Necromunda: Underhive 3rd Edition 2019” or something similar. The game system/edition notification should appear at the top of the article.

Tags

Tags are a method of identifying data in order to facilitate searches. You can find basic guidance on using tags at the Bolter & Chainsword here. In most cases, you can expect the moderators/administrators to edit tags.

Once submitted, the topic will not appear in public until it has been reviewed and approved (and possibly edited) by a moderator/administrator. If you’d like to facilitate this, feel free to REPORT this topic and identify the subject of the article you’ve written. This will let the mods/admins know that there is something in the queue awaiting approval.

Multi-Post Articles

While many articles will be single post articles, you may create a multi-post article (like this topic). If you would like to do that, please contact a moderator/administrator for assistance. Multi-post articles can be work-intensive, but that work is worthwhile.

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Editing and Updating an Article in the Showcase

Once your article is approved, you should be able to edit it and update it freely (both via the editing process). If you update the article by adding replies, those replies will have to go through the approval process.

While articles should be “finished” when they are first submitted, hobbyists are encouraged to continue working on them and to update the articles whenever those expansions are finished. Ideally, those expansions, too, will undergo a review and refinement process in the article’s discussion topic.

The moderators will do their best to preserve backup copies of articles that can be reverted to if there is an error in updating. If you make an error when editing your article and need to revert to the previous copy, REPORT the article and request a backup. Note that if you edit your article, you should notify the moderators so that they can update their backup.

If members identify spelling/grammar/format errors in articles, they should REPORT the article and include a description of the error(s) so that the moderators can take appropriate action.

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Article Index

To facilitate finding articles here in the Liber Showcase, all articles will be linked from either a faction tabula or from the Article Showcase category in the respective faction resource topic, and will be the “article” link.

Resource Links

Adepta Sororitas
Adeptus Astartes
Adeptus Custodes
Adeptus Mechanicus
Adeptus Titanicus
Aeldari
Age of Darkness/Horus Heresy
Alpha Legion
Assassins
Astra Militarum
Black Legion
Black Templars
Blood Angels
Chaos Daemons
Chaos Knights
Craftworld Eldar/Asuryani
Dark Angels
Dark Eldar/Drukhari
Death Guard
Deathwatch
Eldar Corsairs/Anhrathe
Emperor’s Children
Genestealer Cults
Grey Knights
Harlequins/Rillietann
Heretic Astartes
Imperial Fists
Imperial Knights
Index Astartes
Inquisition
Iron Hands
Iron Warriors
Lost and the Damned
Necrons
Night Lords
Orks
Raven Guard
Rogue Traders
Salamanders
Sisters of Silence
Space Wolves
Tau Empire
Thousand Sons
Tyranids
Ultramarines
White Scars
Word Bearers
World Eaters

Tabula Links

Tabula Anhrathe – The Aeldari Corsairs under construction
Tabula Astartes - The Adeptus Astartes and Heretic Astartes
Tabula Asuryani - The Craftworld Aeldari under construction
Tabula Bestia Viridi - The Orks under construction
Tabula Cartographica – The Rogue Traders under construction
Tabula Cohors – Gangs of Necromunda under construction
Tabula Cultum - The Genestealer Cults under construction
Tabula Custodes - The Adeptus Custodes under construction
Tabula Devoratrix - The Tyranids under construction
Tabula Dominationum - The Necrons under construction
Tabula Drukhari - The Dark Aeldari under construction
Tabula Inquisitio - The Inquisition under construction
Tabula Maledictus - The Lost and the Damned under construction
Tabula Maleficarum - The Chaos Daemons under construction
Tabula Mechanicus - The Adeptus Mechanicus and Adeptus Titanicus
Tabula Militarum - The Astra Militarum
Tabula Questoris - The Imperial Knights and Renegade Knights
Tabula Rillietann - The Harlequins under construction
Tabula Sororitas - The Adepta Sororitas
Tabula Sphaera - The T'au Empire under construction
Tabula Vigilia - The Sisters of Silence under construction

When a DIY has an article in the Liber Showcase, that article will be linked in the DIY's tabula entry.

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Interim Article Index

Many new tabulae are under construction in order to support the Liber Showcase. Links to articles for those factions will be provided below. Once a faction’s tabula is completed, those links will be transferred to that tabula, the link to the tabula above will be activated, and those links will be removed from the list below.

Anhrathe (The Aeldari Corsairs)

- None

Asuryani (The Craftworld Aeldari)

- None

Bestia Viridi (The Orks)

- None

Cartographica (Rogue Traders)

- None

Cohors (Gangs of Necromunda)

- None

Cultum (The Genestealer Cults)

- None

Custodes (The Adeptus Custodes)

- None

Devoratrix (The Tyranids)

- None

Dominationum (The Necrons)

- None

Drukhari (The Dark Aeldari)

- None

Inquisitio (The Inquisition)

- None

Maledictus (The Lost and the Damned)

- None

Maleficarum (Chaos Daemons)

- None

Rillietann (The Harlequins)

- None

Sphaera (The T'au Empire)

- None

Vigilia (The Sisters of Silence)

- None




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