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 Chaos
AL
Alpha Legion (Chaos Space Marine Traitor Legion)
 
BoN
Beast of Nurgle
 
BotBG
Blessing of the Blood God
 
CSM
Chaos Space Marine or Codex: Space Marines
 
DP
Daemon Prince
 
FH
Flesh Hound
 
GUO
Great Unclean One, Greater Daemon of Nurgle. HQ choice in Daemon armies.
 
HoK
Herald of Khorne
 
HoN
Herald of Nurgle
 
HoS
Herald of Slaanesh
 
HoT
Herald of Tzeentch
 
IoK
Icon of Khorne
 
IoN
Icon of Nurgle
 
IoS
Icon of Slaanesh
 
IoT
Icon of Tzeentch
 
KoS
Keeper of Secrets, Greater Daemon of Slaanesh. HQ choice in Daemon armies.
 
LoC
Lord of Change
 
MoK
Mark of Khorne
 
MoN
Mark of Nurgle
 
MoS
Mark of Slaanesh
 
MoT
Mark of Tzeentch
 
NT
Noxious Touch
 
PB
Plaguebearer
 
SG
Soul Grinder
 
 Dark Eldar
DL
Dark Lance
 
 General 40K
++
Invulnerable Saves
 
40K
 
Warhammer 40K, Warhammer 40,000 -- A science fiction themed, tabletop miniatures wargame created by Games Workshop
 
BL
Black Library (GW's book publishing company; name taken from Eldar background). Also Brightlance or Bloodletter.
 
BRB
Big Red Book - the core rulebook
 
BT
Black Templar (Space Marine chapter).  Also Bloodthirster (Khorne Greater Daemon) Biel Tan (Eldar Ctraftworld)
 
CCW
Close Combat Weapon
 
DCCW
Dreadnought Close combat Weapon
 
DS
Deep Strike
 
Flamer
A short range weapon that is designed to defeat light infantry and cover.
 
GEQ
Guard/Guardian Equivalent.
 
H&R
Hit and Run- A special ability that allows units to leave melee.
 
H.Flamer
Heavy Flamer- A more powerful version of a Flamer.
 
LC
Lightning Claws
 
LP
Laspistol
 
LR
Land Raider (Space Marine and Chaos Space Marine), Leman Russ (Imperial Guard)
 
MC
Monstrous Creature
 
MEQ
Marine Equivalent.
 
MG
Meltagun
 
ML
Missile Launcher
 
MM
Multi-Melta
 
PC
Plasma Cannon
 
PW
Power Weapon
 
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.
 
RAW
Rules As Written - The concept of following rules to the letter no matter what.
 
TEQ
Terminator Equivalent.
 
Warhammer 40K
 
Warhammer 40K, Warhammer 40,000 -- A science fiction themed, tabletop miniatures wargame created by Games Workshop
 
 Imperial Guard
GL
Grenade Launcher
 
LRBT
Leman Russ Battle Tank - The most common heavy tank of the Imperial Guard, armed with the trademark battlecannon.
 
LRD
Leman Russ Demolisher
 
Vanq
Leman Russ Vanquisher
 
 Inquisition
BoSL
Book of St. Lucius- A wargear item for Battle Sisters that proves a Leadership bonus.  
 
BSS
Battle Sister Squad- The Basic Infantry of the Witch Hunters/Battle Sisters
 
DG
Divine Guidance
 
GK
Grey Knight - Highly trained Space Marines permantly attached to the Inqusition and part of the Deamonhunter Codex.
 
GKT
Grey Knight Terminators
 
Jump Pack
A wargear item that allows an infantry model to move much faster.
 
PAGK
Power Armoured Grey Knight - Deamonhunters Infantry either taken as troops or Fast Attack.
 
SotM
Spirit of the Martyr- An Act of Faith which allows Battle Sisters to gain a powerful invulnerable save.
 
VSS
Veteran Sister Superior
 
 Other
basecoat
Painting term - the first main colour you lay down in a section after priming.  Serves as the starting point for shading and highlighting.
 
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.
 
blend
Painting term - see "wet blend" and "dry blend".
 
brownlining
See blackline.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
ferrule
The metal part of the brush the holds the bristles in place.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
GS
Greenstuff aka kneadatite, a two part epoxy modelling putty.
 
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
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
outlining
See blackline.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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)
 
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.
 
synergy
You're probably using this term incorrectly. Please consult a dictionary.
 
TMM
True Metallic Metals - a painting technique that uses the same lighting and shading principles of non-metallic metals, but instead uses metallic paints.
 
true metallic metals
Painting technique - uses the same lighting and shading principles of non-metallic metals, but instead uses metallic paints.
 
 
wash
Painting technique - either ink or watered down paint is liberally applied to the model.  This is designed to quickly shade recesses.
 
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.
 
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.
 
 Space Marines
ATSKNF
And They Shall Know No Fear...
 
BA
Blood Angel
 
C:SM
Codex: Space Marines
 
LRC
Land Raider Crusader
 
LRR
Land Raider Redeemer
 
PF
Powerfist
 
SM
Space Marine
 
SMurf
Space Marine, usually Ultramarine Chapter.  So called because they're small and blue, like the children's television characters.
 
SPAM
Another term for SPAce Marines
 
SW
Space Wolves
 
Vindie
Vindicator
 
 Tau
HH
Hammerhead (the Tau main battle tank)
 
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.  
 
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.
 
 Not categorized
BC
Bloodcrusher or Burst Cannon
 

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