Archive | January, 2014

Project Brainstorming: Dynasty Warriors 15mm; Can it be done?

28 Jan


So, this year I have quite a few ideas for new settings for my wargaming projects, since this is 2014 , I thought I’d get the ball rolling and start getting my arse into gear sorting my lists of aquisitions in order, and to see if these plans are going to be doo-able within my meagre wargaming budget.

First up is Dynasty warriors 15mm. I friggin’ love Dynasty warriors on everything from the Playstation 2, right up to the 360, and I

Dynasty Warriors 3

Dynasty Warriors 3 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

actually possess most of them on many platforms. I couldn’t tell you how many hours I have spent over the years playing games in this series, I honestly never bore of it. Some of you will know what I’m on about, but for those of you who don’t know, the game is focused around a plot based around ancient chinese history, with the warring states of Wei, Shu, and Wu. It’s all done in a great over the top, semi mystical cinematic style. It has all the special moves and characters, and bags and bags of playablity (check it out if your not familiar with it, it’s good!)

I’m not saying I understand everything about it, nor can I pronounce many names correctly from it, but the gameplay is solid and very much a skirmish type wargame, so that was what gave me the idea in the first place. It seems a little overwhelming at first, but once you get into it, your hooked.( Well, I am anyway!) I really want to get playing the new online version, but my web access is limited as regards bandwith, and I don’t have a great reliable connection, so consoles are my way of getting a fix.

But, now I fancy the idea of doing the game in some limited form, but in 15mm wargaming. Could this be done? How to achieve it. Ok, so it might not be anything new, could be that it’s been tried before, but that’s why I’m brainstorming it here first, I want to throw this out there, along with all the info I find out about it, so if you think you’d ever want to do the same, you lot would have some useful links and such! I’m that kind me! Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to enact the whole game, just a game based around the computer game, it’s a mass war battle game, so it’ll translate pretty easy I reckon.

Right, my first considerations are the figures, which’s bad if I can’t find enough of a close enough match for the figures I need, so i’ll kick this idea into touch and plan something else. I think the good thing here is that much of what i am going to need will be (should be) available from the many varied historical miniature companies, so that’ll be a bonus. Terrain won’t be a problem either, I’ll use scratch builds (generic eastern fantasy type stuff will do) or paper models, and maybe buy a couple of really nice bits if it’s available.

Also, I’m going to need a ruleset to use, or adapt. I haven’t got there yet, but if you have any suggestions, please let me know!

So, at this point, I have a short list of manufacturers ranges that might fit, some more than others, but I’m hoping that there’s a whole load of extra bits that I can get from other places and different makers of 15mm, I might get away with some generic fantasy stuff, or some japanese historical odds and sods? Again I’d like to throw it out there, so if you have any suggestions, let me know.

Here’s the list:

irregular Miniatures

Black hat miniatures

Museum miniatures

Essex miniatures

Eastriding miniatures

Magister militum

So, in that lot, I’m sure I’m going to find some pretty good matches, some not so. That’s as far as I am at the moment, I’m just looking for my basic troop types, pretty plain, armed with usual weaponry and a few different armour tyes. I do know that there are some dead ringers in there regarding this, so it’s looking positive (I’ll highlight them a little later)

So, if you know of anything that might help me with the plan, I’d be greatly indebted to you, and of course I’d share your efforts with everyone here.

Right, more stuff to do…..Maybe a game of Dynasty warriors 6, perhaps….

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Arisen from the ashes….we’re back!! You can’t keep a good skull down!

28 Jan

Well, hello everyone. Finally we’re back!

Just a quick post. My apologies to all of you for the brief break, it would seem like the WordPress people have seen fit to unsuspend the blog (following all that S-E-M-A-L-T nonsense) and see things for how they actually are.

Ok, maybe all that talk really didn’t do me any favours overall, but at least the good folks here finally had a look and gave me the all clear. I won’t be speaking of them (thou who will not be named) and I’ve deleted the last post concerning them, so there’s no problem.

Thanks for all the concern (and I breathe a sigh of relief to know my blog’s work isn’t all lost!) and I look forward to writing more posts that (hopefully) you’ll enjoy!



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A letter from Semalt. (Further adventures in blogland…)

20 Jan


Update: 12/03/2014: Since this post was aired, “S” (I will not mention their name, just like in Harry potter!) seem to think it’s ok to refer folks to this post to allay fears about them. I can assure you since this post was published, my opinions have changed a great deal, and that they are most definitely up to dodginess and no good.

I want to make it quite clear to you readers, that the Grinning Skull blog is firmly against any site like this trying to make out they are genuine and operate to the benefit of the public. They seem to think that this post they linked to will make them seem like they have engaged in dialog with small website owners and bloggers, and despite the light hearted way the article is phrased, anyone reading should remember that these jokers might really be a serious threat. I am not allowed to comment via their blog or facebook (and now G+), so could not put across my point over there, therefore I’ve added an update here, where they cannot stifle or silence my views.

Be warned, avoid, avoid, avoid. Many of us are convinced they are up to no good, so indeed feel free to share this newly updated post and lets warn others about them.

Thanks people.

You might remember my recent letter to in my previous post, and the concerns that many of you out there in blogland and beyond had for the recent hits from their site on many of our sites.

I’m glad to say, that they have been good to their word and replied back with some words to allay any fears and misconceptions about the “semalt mystery” (Many thanks to Chris for the help!)

Anyway, here’s the reply:

Dear Will Grundy,

Thanks you for your explicate and frank letter.

To begin with Semalt ( is not a phishing or spam site, but a professional keyword ranking monitoring service that has nothing to do with CIA, NSA, Snowden, Masonic conspiracy or the World Evil.

I would like to bring apology on the behalf of our company if you had some troubles using our service.

Our company doesn’t hide or conceal any sort of information and soon the details about our company, team, as well as our contacts, various user tutorials and blog will appear on our website. Today we work foot and nail getting everything ready. And I’m ready to inform you about this personally as soon as everything becomes available.

Our bots have accidently visited your site, as well as the sites of other webmasters you have mentioned. These bots harvest statistics for our service and cause no harm. I don’t think this can be an issue, since nobody complains on bots that belong to Google, Bing and other search engines. There are so many services on the web that are believed to mess up the webmaster’s statistics. Now, would you have a look at this How does that grab you? Should Apple hire some headhunters to capture their owners? Today a lot of people become paranoic after all these mass media reports. But let’s come down to earth…

BTW, by the keyword Semalt you take 8th and 14th places in the Google search engine – Nice results. The number of your visitors is sure to have greatly increased J

I might add that I find your blog very interesting and curious. I have a lot of friends fond of zombie stuff and I would be glad to recommend it to them.

P.S. You are the first one who believes that “Semalt” sounds “a bit awkward”. And I hope the number of users who think the same won’t be growing. Otherwise, we’ll have to register our company from scratch and waste heaps of time and money.

So there you have it, I do think we can finally put to rest any fears about semalt, as they do seem to be what many of us thought they were in the first place (I wouldn’t have joined up to investigate if I truly had doubts about them) and indeed the are just another SEO keyword optimization thingmy jig website! (As in the recent PRweb press release)

In this day and age of international snooping, data theft and crime, it’s all too easy to get paranoid, especially as many of us don’t understand technology well enough to make informed decisions about what goes off in the web, but at the same time, companies like semalt need to realise that technobabble isn’t going to be totally understood by many of us, and in order to make things a little clearer in the average net users head, they need to engage in more human forms of contact and lay things out properly for all to see.

I do hope you’ll share this round to others who might have had concerns about Semalt.

I still don’t like the name though!

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For sale: 15mm Black Dog Salvage Co. model terrain up for auction!

19 Jan


Some time ago, you may recall (If your a regular reader that is…) that I showed you a 15mm sci-fi building terrain piece entitled “The Black Dog Salvage company” which I made for games of the free wargame, Salvage Crew.

Due to lack of space, I am reluctantly having to let it go. Sure I’ve used it a few times, and I did enjoy the experience of creating it in the first place, so I’m not too gutted. I think that it’s time to let another person enjoy the model in their 15mm scifi wargames.

To be honest, I have to make way and space for some bigger terrain pieces for my Oggam table, and I have very few specific bits that fit completely with the salvage company building. In an ideal world I would be creating huge cityscapes and dioramas, but I just don’t have the room anymore that fulfill most of my artistic aspirations, so it’s really gotta go. Priorities and all that.

It’s now live on Ebay, so if you fancy having a go at bidding on it, get on over there and take a look


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It’s competition month: Get involved in the Pendraken Painting Competition 2014!

17 Jan

It must be miniature painting competition month, as well as Dropship Horizon having a comp, The pendraken guys also have the yearly Pendraken painting competition too!

Whilst it’s not 15mm scifi, this time it’s 10mm figures from their range only, but with all the great stuff they have in any of their myriad of ranges, you’ll find something to capture your imagination. There are lots of prizes too to be had, so if you fancy taking part, you’ll need to get registered on the Pendraken forum and make yourself a member first. Don’t be shy, they aren’t a bad lot over there,and there’s always some interesting conversations going on, wargames related or not!

As for me, I don’t think I have enough time to enter this year, maybe next time!

Pendraken Painting Competition 2014!.

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