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The Grinning Skull turns 3!!

1 Aug

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I thought it would be a good idea to let everyone know that this blog celebrated it’s third birthday yesterday!

I’d like to say thanks to everyone who has read my articles and visited my humble site over the years, also put up with my moaning, divergences and general nonsense!

We’ve clocked up over 321,000 views up to now, so here’s to another year and see if we can get to the half a million mark!

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Grim’s Dungeons of Doom: Errata??!!

29 Jul

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Just checking the last post, only to find the post lost back on the 20th of the month!! (For what reason, I really don’t know, since I wrote this today!) So if you’d like to read the first and latest installment of Dungeons of Doom, click the link and take a look!

Grim’s Dungeons of Doom: The Beginning…

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Warring States & Qin Dynasty Miniature Range KS Coming soon!

15 Mar

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Watchful-i-studios new KS starts on Monday, and I like the looks of it, very Dynasty Warriors, I could be a convert (but it’d be much better if it were in 15mm…) Anyway, some of the stuff is a dead ringer, although I’d like to see some heroes rather than the fantasy bits.
Just thought you might be interested, so I’ve reblogged this article from their website!

I’ll post a review once the KS is up and running with all the details.

Watchful I Studio

Watchful I Studio is embarking on our first project. This range of miniatures will be posted on a Kickstarter going live Monday, March 23, 2015 at 12pm EST. We are planning on posting a draft of our Kickstarter to allow the public to give us feedback on the setup and different levels so we can make this a very successful endeavor. This is the first of many armies that we hope to cover during the same period in history with all of the forces complimenting each other. This cohesion will allow players to collect and play games against one another knowing that they are lived and fought around the same time period. Once we have a few armies established we are planning on publishing a set of rules as well as other supporting products.

Range: Warring States / Qin Dynasty (475 – 206 B.C.)

Wave 1: Core Product allowing players…

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Painting WIP: Two headed Troll Sculpt

11 Feb

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So, I’m getting through loads of stuff paintwise, that needs doing, and this has been put off for ages. This is of course, my own two headed troll sculpt thats been waiting for a long time. You’ll have to excuse the shadow on many of these pics due to the lack of natural light and my ability to adjust my camera exposure to the correct levels, but I’ve tried, just so I can give you a look at how he’s progressing (and keep me on track with all my progress)

Spurred on by recent old-skool Grenadier troll, its given me a proper kick up the arse to get his buddies done, and Fnar-frag has been next in line.

He’s a big feller this troll (You’ll see when hes done compared to the rest of his folks) but as a personality within them, I really wanted him to stand out. When I sculpted him, it was intended that he’d fulfill a leadership role of some kind within this section of trolls, yet I think I might make him an army standard instead. The reason being that of the odd pose with his hand. Originally I was going to make a goblin puppet on wires that the corresponding side had been playing with. Just is that I constantly kept changing my mind about it, so having tried a few options out previously, I think now he’s going to get an appropriate sized standard instead, as theres still a lot of work to do with the figure until I’m happy with it. Of course, I’ll pop up more WIP as I go on, but for now this is as far as I am (as of this afternoon)

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The scheme I chose was a genestealer-ish one that would match the grenadier one (not that it does really, but most of my trolls are from different places, so for me its not really a problem) The intention is to paint up each unit in the troll army with a different colour scheme (grey stone trolls coming soon, and some greenies as well, just that I’m sick of painting stuff green lately) Theres loads of highlighting left to do on his scaly back, plus outlining and other bits. Like I said this is not a small figure, so with an added standard, etc, theres loads of hours work for me left.

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I think he’s ok how its gone in both sculpting and painting up, but I think the next ones I do will come out better each time. I think I could get fine in making trolls, so much in fact if there were any takers, I’d do a whole lot of other trolls in a range, multipart that is, all with interchangable heads and weapons, then you’d get some nice variety and combos. They wouldn’t be as big, but just as mean and cartoony. Realistic they aint never going to be, as what is the point? I like it anyway!

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I’ll be back later with some painted bits from my 15mm space orc army and no doubt more drivel….

 

Crowdfunding Spotlight: The Legends of the Wulin Board-Game Kickstarter

15 Mar

Another interesting campaign over on Kickstarter, is the boardgame The Legends of the Wulin. I do enjoy a good boardgame now and again, and I am always partial to stuff based on ancient China and it’s legends (and fantasy kin)

Although it looks a tad complicated, it’s very slick looking and certainly attracts the eye with the board and its components, it also is a change to see a KS actually based in china (the place, not the game is what I mean) so at least it could have a bit more authenticity than the slew of westernised material out there.

As I said, it did catch my eye, and I’m tempted to get involved, but as per usual, cash flow might scupper my plans. If you want to take a look, clicky the linky below!

The Legends of the Wulin Board-Game by Eos-sama — Kickstarter.

 

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