The Scribbling Of The Damned

The amazing people at the Bolthole thought it was time to give their blog, The Bloghole, a new look. They asked me if I could create a new header and background for them – and I couldn’t be happier they did. Rather than going with the typical black and red theme, they wanted me to use greys and blues, ice and steel, shapes and shadows weaving ghostly images (have you noticed the face on the mountain at the right?). One important request was that the background had to have a silver skull – to celebrate that the Bolthole is the origin of the Silver Skulls chapter (after some thought I finally placed the skull on the hilt of the chainsword). The background had to express the spirit of both, Warhammer Fantasy and Warhammer 40k. I have to say it is very easy for me to work when you are dealing with very creative creatures like Vivia (the runes as a subtitle and the colour scheme were her ideas) or James (with whom I had the pleasure to work on previous projects).

But this is not only an aesthetically improvement, they are working to improve the consistency of their content as well. Just to show you an example, they have just posted an interview with Nick Kyme, editor for the Black Library and author of the Salamander series of Warhammer 40k books. Coming soon are interviews to David Guymer, Chris Wraight, Steve Parker, John French and Darius Hinks.  You can check their Twitter for announcements – if Twitter is your thing, is not mine yet 😛

But what is the Bolthole? I hear you ask. To answer that question it would be good for you to know what is the Black Library first. The Black Library is a division of Games Workshop which is devoted to publishing novels and audiobooks set in the Warhammer Fantasy and Warhammer 40,000 fictional universes.

The BL forum had a very strong community and when, for circumstances unknown to me, the forums were shut down back in 2009,  a group of aspiring writers and readers of Black Library fiction decided to create the Bolthole as a haven.

As such, the Bolthole is not an official Black Library forum. However they have a great relationship with the Black Library, to see authors like C.L. Werner posting on the forums or answering to questions from the forumites is not a strange sight.

Whatever you are a Warhammer veteran or new blood to this grim and dark universe, you won’t find a more friendly bunch of people where to share your hobby than the folks at the Bolthole.

P.S. Don’t forget we’re now on Facebook!


Manuel Mesones is a Peruvian graphic designer and illustrator. Running away from the sun, he moved to Yorkshire, England, over a decade ago. His weapon of choice is a ballpoint pen but he is also very keen on digital illustration.


  1. Fantastic! Another tour de force for the “dark side.”
    When are you going to get around to the fluffy kittens and bunnies you love so much?

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