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Invulnerable Saves
 
General 40K
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40K
 
Warhammer 40K, Warhammer 40,000 -- A science fiction themed, tabletop miniatures wargame created by Games Workshop
 
General 40K
 A
AL
Alpha Legion (Chaos Space Marine Traitor Legion)
 
Chaos
ATSKNF
And They Shall Know No Fear...
 
Space Marines
 B
BA
Blood Angel
 
Space Marines
basecoat
Painting term - the first main colour you lay down in a section after priming.  Serves as the starting point for shading and highlighting.
 
Other
BC
Bloodcrusher or Burst Cannon
 
BL
Black Library (GW's book publishing company; name taken from Eldar background). Also Brightlance or Bloodletter.
 
General 40K
blackline
Painting technique using black, a dark brown or a dark complimentary colour very watered down.  This is applied to deep recesses, joints and transitions between materials to emphasise the different parts.
 
Other
blend
Painting term - see "wet blend" and "dry blend".
 
Other
BoN
Beast of Nurgle
 
Chaos
BoSL
Book of St. Lucius- A wargear item for Battle Sisters that proves a Leadership bonus.  
 
Inquisition
BotBG
Blessing of the Blood God
 
Chaos
BRB
Big Red Book - the core rulebook
 
General 40K
brownlining
See blackline.
 
Other
BSS
Battle Sister Squad- The Basic Infantry of the Witch Hunters/Battle Sisters
 
Inquisition
BT
Black Templar (Space Marine chapter).  Also Bloodthirster (Khorne Greater Daemon) Biel Tan (Eldar Ctraftworld)
 
General 40K
 C
C:SM
Codex: Space Marines
 
Space Marines
CCW
Close Combat Weapon
 
General 40K
CSM
Chaos Space Marine or Codex: Space Marines
 
Chaos
 D
DCCW
Dreadnought Close combat Weapon
 
General 40K
DG
Divine Guidance
 
Inquisition
dip
Painting technique - using wood stain or a similar product to create the shadowing.  After the basecoats are applied the model is literally dipped into the stain and excess shaken off.
 
Other
DL
Dark Lance
 
Dark Eldar
DP
Daemon Prince
 
Chaos
dry blend
Painting technique - gradual layers of colour are built up, allowing each layer to dry before applying the next.  When done carefully it creates a near imperceptible transition, often from light to dark but also from one colour to another if so wished.
 
Other
dry-brush
Painting technique - a very small amount of paint is taken onto the brush and then almost all is removed onto a piece of cloth or paper.  What little is left on the brush is then lightly brushed over the model.  Because the brush is so bare, this means that usually only the sharp edges really catch the paint creating the highlight.
 
Other
DS
Deep Strike
 
General 40K
 F
feathering
A painting technique used after the base coat is applied.  Usually used for  shading on flat surfaces with black or brown paint.  The paint is heavily watered down then applied in a line where you want the shade to be darkest before dragging it over the base coat.  Very long process and must be repeated multiple times to get the desired look.
 
Other
ferrule
The metal part of the brush the holds the bristles in place.
 
Other
FH
Flesh Hound
 
Chaos
Flamer
A short range weapon that is designed to defeat light infantry and cover.
 
General 40K
flat-line
Painting technique - used to edge sharp corners such as the outer hull of a tank, outer edge of an armour place (where accessible) or the outer edge of cloth.  Paint is applied from the flat of the brush instead of the painting - this requires a less steady and and provides much greater flow control for a crisper line on the model.  However this only works on protruding edges.
 
Other
 G
GEQ
Guard/Guardian Equivalent.
 
General 40K
gesso
Painting term - a product that works as a primer.  Usually painted on and shows incredible shrinkage once dry.  Some people prefer it because it sometimes helps get better coverage than spray, keeps better detail and enables you more control during application.  However it is designed for use on canvas primarily and is not necessarily as game durable as a designed model primer.
 
Other
GK
Grey Knight - Highly trained Space Marines permantly attached to the Inqusition and part of the Deamonhunter Codex.
 
Inquisition
GKT
Grey Knight Terminators
 
Inquisition
GL
Grenade Launcher
 
Imperial Guard
glaze
Painting technique - paint is diluted with a medium (usually a matte medium of some form) and is then applied to the model.  This increases the translucency of the colour without making it too watered down.
 
Other
GS
Greenstuff aka kneadatite, a two part epoxy modelling putty.
 
Other
GUO
Great Unclean One, Greater Daemon of Nurgle. HQ choice in Daemon armies.
 
Chaos
 H
H&R
Hit and Run- A special ability that allows units to leave melee.
 
General 40K
H.Flamer
Heavy Flamer- A more powerful version of a Flamer.
 
General 40K
HH
Hammerhead (the Tau main battle tank)
 
Tau
HoK
Herald of Khorne
 
Chaos
HoN
Herald of Nurgle
 
Chaos
HoS
Herald of Slaanesh
 
Chaos
HoT
Herald of Tzeentch
 
Chaos
 I
IoK
Icon of Khorne
 
Chaos
IoN
Icon of Nurgle
 
Chaos
Ionhead
 A Hammerhead whose main weapon system is an  ion cannon. Secondary weapon systems may either be burst cannon or smart missile systems by choice. The Ionhead is a less commonly seen Hammerhead varient in Tau land forces but hardly rare.  
 
Tau
IoS
Icon of Slaanesh
 
Chaos
IoT
Icon of Tzeentch
 
Chaos
 J
Jump Pack
A wargear item that allows an infantry model to move much faster.
 
Inquisition
 K
kolinsky sable
Painting term - a type of hair use in brushes.  Coming from Siberian minks, kolinsky sable is widely regarding as the highest quality hair for miniature painting
 
Other
KoS
Keeper of Secrets, Greater Daemon of Slaanesh. HQ choice in Daemon armies.
 
Chaos
 L
LC
Lightning Claws
 
General 40K
LoC
Lord of Change
 
Chaos
LP
Laspistol
 
General 40K
LR
Land Raider (Space Marine and Chaos Space Marine), Leman Russ (Imperial Guard)
 
General 40K
LRBT
Leman Russ Battle Tank - The most common heavy tank of the Imperial Guard, armed with the trademark battlecannon.
 
Imperial Guard
LRC
Land Raider Crusader
 
Space Marines
LRD
Leman Russ Demolisher
 
Imperial Guard
LRR
Land Raider Redeemer
 
Space Marines
 M
MC
Monstrous Creature
 
General 40K
MEQ
Marine Equivalent.
 
General 40K
MG
Meltagun
 
General 40K
ML
Missile Launcher
 
General 40K
MM
Multi-Melta
 
General 40K
MoK
Mark of Khorne
 
Chaos
MoN
Mark of Nurgle
 
Chaos
MoS
Mark of Slaanesh
 
Chaos
MoT
Mark of Tzeentch
 
Chaos
 N
NMM
Non-Metallic Metals - painting technique using normal (not metallic, flat) paints where the blend of shade to light is designed to create the look of metal.
 
Other
non metallic metals
Painting technique - using normal (not metallic, flat) paints where the blend of shade to light is designed to create the look of metal.
 
Other
NT
Noxious Touch
 
Chaos
 O
object source lighting
Painting term - painting a model in a particular way where an item within the diorama is casting light (this may most commonly be seen in 40k with power weapons and plasma pistols, and also in FB with carried torches/open flames).  This means actively painting an alternate light source onto the model, with it's own affect of a "glow" aura.
 
Other
OSL
Object Source Lighting - painting term - painting a model in a particular way where an item within the diorama is casting light (this may most commonly be seen in 40k with power weapons and plasma pistols, and also in FB with carried torches/open flames).  This means actively painting an alternate light source onto the model, with it's own affect of a "glow" aura.
 
Other
outlining
See blackline.
 
Other
over-brush
Painting technique - similar to dry brushing but less paint is removed from the brush.  Because the mix on the brush is not so watered down, when liberally brushed over the model you can quickly get good coverage without the paint running into recesses, however it is not good if you want a smooth blend.
 
Other
 P
PAGK
Power Armoured Grey Knight - Deamonhunters Infantry either taken as troops or Fast Attack.
 
Inquisition
PB
Plaguebearer
 
Chaos
PC
Plasma Cannon
 
General 40K
PF
Powerfist
 
Space Marines
primer
Painting term - a product used to literally prime models for painting.  Usually bought in black, white or grey and usually in spray form.  The formula of primer is designed to cling to metal/plastic/resin and bite into recesses, meaning that when you start actual painting it won't just pool on the surface.  Also helps to prevent chipping.
 
Other
PW
Power Weapon
 
General 40K
 R
RAI
Rules As Intended - The concept of playing in a way seen to be more intuitive to the player should they disagree with the letter of a rule.
 
General 40K
Railhead
A Hammerhead whose main weapon system is a railgun. Secondary weapon systems may either be burst cannon or smart missile systems by choice. The Railhead is the most commonly seen Hammerhead varient in Tau land forces.
 
Tau
RAW
Rules As Written - The concept of following rules to the letter no matter what.
 
General 40K
 S
sable
Painting term - generally refers to hair used in brushes which comes from Siberian minks.  Also known as red sable, these hairs are regarded as being of a lower quality to kolinsky sable.
 
Other
SE
Sky Earth - painting technique, also known as a "chrome" effect.  Most often used when painting metals, or high-gloss areas where the shading and lighting is designed to reflect a horizon line.
 
Other
SG
Soul Grinder
 
Chaos
Sky Earth
Painting technique, also known as a "chrome" effect.  Most often used when painting metals, or high-gloss areas where the shading and lighting is designed to reflect a horizon line. (also see SE)
 
Other
SM
Space Marine
 
Space Marines
SMurf
Space Marine, usually Ultramarine Chapter.  So called because they're small and blue, like the children's television characters.
 
Space Marines
SotM
Spirit of the Martyr- An Act of Faith which allows Battle Sisters to gain a powerful invulnerable save.
 
Inquisition
SPAM
Another term for SPAce Marines
 
Space Marines
stipple
Painting technique - using a stiff bristled brush with some but not much paint on it, bring it up and down vertically onto the model.  Because the bristles are stiff and there's not much paint this creates a dotted affect which is known as stippling.
 
Other
SW
Space Wolves
 
Space Marines
synergy
You're probably using this term incorrectly. Please consult a dictionary.
 
Other
 T
TEQ
Terminator Equivalent.
 
General 40K
TMM
True Metallic Metals - a painting technique that uses the same lighting and shading principles of non-metallic metals, but instead uses metallic paints.
 
Other
true metallic metals
Painting technique - uses the same lighting and shading principles of non-metallic metals, but instead uses metallic paints.
 
 
Other
 V
Vanq
Leman Russ Vanquisher
 
Imperial Guard
Vindie
Vindicator
 
Space Marines
VSS
Veteran Sister Superior
 
Inquisition
 W
Warhammer 40K
 
Warhammer 40K, Warhammer 40,000 -- A science fiction themed, tabletop miniatures wargame created by Games Workshop
 
General 40K
wash
Painting technique - either ink or watered down paint is liberally applied to the model.  This is designed to quickly shade recesses.
 
Other
wet blend
Painting technique - two colours are laid down over a basecoat, both should be very watered down.  Using a brush they are dragged into one another and mixed on the surface of the model.  When done carefully it creates a near imperceptible transition, often from light to dark but also from one colour to another if so wished.
 
Other
wet palette
Painting tool - a container with a lid (usually tupperware, a biscuit tin or something similar).  Inside is a layer of wet sponge with grease proof paper on top.  This can be used like a normal palette and because of the semi-permeable grease proof paper it will keep your paints near indefinitely wet.  Useful if you're blending, mixing large amounts of particular colours, painting over a series of days or in a hot/breezy environment where you paints dry out quickly.
 
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