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Busy, Busy, Busy… Lost down the rabbit hole at Grinning Skull Towers…

3 Nov

Busy, Busy, Busy…

Well, as you can imagine, my lack of presence here posting means I’ve been busy and somewhat distracted with all sorts of things of late. Things have been happening that have meant I haven’t had the chance to update the site as much as I’d have liked to.

I’d have liked to put more on here, such as updates and such (and yes, I do have stuff to tell you about!) but organisation isn’t my greatest strong point, so I’ll be posting some catch-up stuff shortly, which I hope some of you will be interested in. Also I’d like to point out that of late the posts that I have been putting out, have to me at least, seem to have been a little salesy-spammy which is something I don’t like to do here that much, I feel that while it’s important to update online current Grinning Skull related merch and releases, good content is king, so loads of adverts don’t sit well and I’d much prefer to put out some articles that I feel that you lot would appreciate and get something out of.

Of course, I’m going to have to advertise my shit, but I don’t want anyone to feel like I’m becoming the metorphorical Jehovas Witness of the hobby world, that annoying twat who’s always flogging their brand of gaming religion to everyone who clearly ain’t listening! It’s a balancing act that is getting more difficult to do, as you appreciate things like Grim’s Dungeons of Doom tutorials take some time and planning to get sorted, so other stuff on the content creation side gets priority over free stuff. that’s not to say that I won’t be posting articles like that, on the contrary, I’m planning right now a new series of tutorials to coincide with my forays into my lot playing Osprey’s Rogue Stars, something which I’m lacking a table full of 28mm Sci-fi scenery and painted models, which need to be done for us to play. Sci-fi terrain making is my preferred theme (as you might have guessed by the 15mm stuff I’ve done on here) but I’m guessing that this will appeal to the 40k crowd as well as other 28mm sci-fi gamers too.

Also, I’m planning a PDF digest or two of “Grim’s Dungeons of Doom” material from the articles already published. I’ll be cleaning it up, adding new bits, articles and pics and collating it in a nice ebook format for download over on our various DriveThruRPG, RPGnow and Wargamevault publisher store pages, and possibly a limited print copy run if there’s a few who are interested.

On the Grinning Skull Miniatures front, there’s also stuff going on, and some of you might know new releases are afoot, last month saw the Little Killa clowns released from Alternative Armies. We are also gearing up for more new releases in the line, B.E.A.R.S., Klorzid mutant plants, more Zarglian Invaders are forthcoming, so expect to see more about these in the near future. Also, whilst I haven’t had much opportunity to get some sculpting done due to time commitments, that is not to say my ideas are dead in the water, and I have a whole heap of mad ideas for other models in the line, and also some more traditional miniatures I’d like to pump out in some way shape or form. The Grinning Skull miniature line was always intended to push the envelope with unusual and weird models that are not seen anywhere else, so expect more in the way of my bizarre brainfarts. Things like Giant Killer babies, Alien Starship crews, genetically modified sentient fruit and veg, plus more additions to the Zarglian Empire, Evil X-TED teddies, malfunctioning robotic psychos, more killer clowns & Circus freaks, more alien monsters and maybe a few Chukk and Oggum too!

Also, I’d like to turn my hand to some more traditional fantasy miniatures, since the Grinning Skull line is more Sci-fi weirdness, I’d like to get some of my trademark stylings into my own interpretation of the usual fantasy fare. I have tons of concept sketches and notes for things like Trolls, Goblins, and some of my own inventions I’ve come up with.
Grimlins (a imp-like race of demonic creatures), Trolkyn (Small troll related infantry that would serve as Goblin and Orc Proxies) and Monstaaz (Comedy demonesque minion critters that would serve as cannon fodder in chaos or demon armies) Couple these with a load of big beasties, Trolls, Ogres, Giants, Minotaurs, and a whole heap of my interpretations of creatures, and you have what I’d like to call something like “Fantasical Freaks” or “Brain Damage” Miniatures, a separate line from Grinning Skull Minis, but how long it’ll be before these ideas will materialise into the real world is unknown as yet, but it’s part of my long-term plan. Maybe these will figure in a future Kickstarter or Indiegogo crowdfunder, although this time it’ll be better planned and executed!

However, ideas are one thing, doing the legwork or simply having time and resources to bring these into the flesh are another. I’m resonably confident 95% or more of these will see the light of day, that is providing new things don’t take precedence over them or I kick the bucket, or something strange happens (Alien abduction, trapped in a mirror realm, dimensional wormhole, lost in a prehistoric world etc.)

On top of all this, we’ll be ploughing ahead with more PDF releases as usual, as we head to almost 200 titles, I want to celebrate this milestone, with something special around the new year (Got a few ideas, but you’ll have to wait) and plans for more to come in 2018, plus I want to see if we can get to 400 before 2018 is out!!

As ever, I welcome your comments, ideas, feedback, and thoughts, plus I’m always up for collabs and such like projects if you’re interested in stuff like that!

Next up will be an October End of the month round-up, plus More Grinning Skull Miniatures stuff.

Grim.

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Released Today! The Grinning Skull Compendium 2016! Get your copy now!

24 Aug

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Today is release day for the Grinning Skull Compendium 2016. it’s been a while since it’s inception but it’s finally out there into the world for all and sundry to download.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the Compendium, it’s a Wargaming/RPG/hobby zine containing usable 28mm paper kits and articles, no less than seven paper kits in this issue in fact! Here’s a run down of what’s in this issue:

Editorial by Grim
Words of wisdom from Mr.Grim himself (probably!)

Cheap & Cheerful: Ruined walls 28mm paper kit.
Easy and modular ruined wall kit for wargaming/RPGs

Duck Wars!
Want a duck army for gaming? We show you how!

Grim’s Dungeons of Doom: Dungeon Builder Series;
Stone Temple sampler set.
Add on paperkit for the dungeon builder series of
models from Grinning Skull Studios

W.A.R. (Wound Attack Rules) by Graham Seeney
Experienced GM and games designer Graham Seeney details
the Wound Attack Rules system for D20 RPGs.

Grand Tall Brick Wealthy dwelling paper kit.
A 28mm tall tower building for your gaming table!

Apocalypse 28mm Protest signs
Get some civil unrest in your miniature games!

The Art of RPG Games Mastering by John L Arnold
Tips & tricks for the savvy GM!

The Dinner Party 28mm paper kit sampler
More tea vicar? Add some details to your miniature setups.

God says burn all your RPG books and miniatures!!
Remembering the 80’s Satanic panic!

Skinflints Quest: skeleton edition
Looking for cheapo skeleton minis? we explore some options!

Cheap & Cheerful Shops & Dwellings 28mm paper kit.
Create villages & settlements easily with this customizable kit

Origins: Dungeons of Doom & the Grinning Skull panel!
Where did that panel come from? We explore….

Grinning Skull’s Amazing 28mm Meta-Books sampler kit
Get some tiny versions of our e-books with this meta-paper kit

This is a pay-what-you-want PDF publication, which means that if your skint or if you’re a skinflint, you can get this for free, but all donations keep the Grinning Skull machine going and are all greatly received!!

Get your copy of the compendium now by downloading the PDF from Wargame vault (also available from DriveThru RPG & RPG Now) by visiting http://www.wargamevault.com/product/191682/The-Grinning-Skull-Compendium-2016 and tell your friends about this new PDF! Also why not take a look at all the other PDF grinning Skull products in our range by visiting our Wargame vault publisher page here: http://www.wargamevault.com/browse/pub/8807/Grinning-Skull-Studios

Please let me know what you think of this first issue, all comments and suggestions are welcome.

Enjoy!!

Want to get FREE advertising in the forthcoming “Grinning Skull Compendium”? Read on…

13 Jul

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Calling all would be advertisers! Ok, I’m going to put this out there, so please give me a bit of time to explain before clicking away.

I’m planning a PDF publication called “The Grinning Skull Compendium”, it’s going to be a collection of articles and paper kits all along subjects of the similar theme of this site and all it’ll be put up for Pay-what-you-want on wargame vault and its appropriate sister sites. I’ll get into the specifics later, but I’ll talk about that another post. You’ll be hearing about this quite a bit over the next couple of months as it starts coming together, so I’ll apologise for that in advance if it becomes a pain!

Anyway, this next bit is going to be reposted and copied on quite a few places, but I thought it’d save me time repeatedly typing the same points over and over. Feel free to ask any questions if you feel I have been unclear or vague. Also I’ll be posting this info on its own page so it’ll be easier to redirect any interested parties to the info.

Ok, that’s out of the way, lets get to the point….

HOBBY ADVERTISERS WANTED FOR PDF PUBLICATION (The Grinning Skull Compendium)

Ok, since I want to get quite a bit of information over, you’ll have to forgive the “cut & paste” nature of this message where it is online.

So, I am looking for advertisers in the Miniature gaming/RPGing/modelmaking and related community and offer FREE advertising in my forthcoming first “Grinning Skull Compendium” PDF publication.
The compendium is a Pay-what-You-want PDF publication containing a collection of papermodels and articles for miniature wargaming, RPGs and general modelmaking, which I hope to publish every year/twice a year (depending on how the first is received.) I hope to include terrain making articles too and anything else I can cram into it before publication. So in addition to this, I hope to include advertisers within the hobby a cheap rate/sponsorship/etc in following PDFs, but the first issue will be free to advertise in for those who would like to be involved.
Contributors are welcome, although I cannot pay for any unsolicited material. If you would like to be involved in some way, please contact me via the website https://thegrinningskull.wordpress.com to have a chat about your ideas.

Priority will be given to advertisers who fit best into the various categories that complement the compendium, and some examples are as follows:

Miniature figure related (manufacturers/sculptors/painters/businesses etc)
Paper modeling (PDF/book/sales/websites etc)
Terrain or modelmaking (PDF/book/sales/websites etc)
wargaming related (PDF/book/sales/websites etc)
RPG related (PDF/book/sales/websites etc)
Crowdfunding Projects within all above related fields
Genre related other (comics/books/products/etc)
Other advertisers will be considered, but priority is given to those mentioned above. Please contact me if unsure and require more details.

Advertisments in will only be accepted in the following formats: JPEG, BMP, PNG, PDF. and must be accompanied with a current valid URL to link the ad within the PDF document. No text ads are accepted in this first issue (sorry)

If your interested in advertising in this first issue and future publications (not limited to the compendium) please get in touch via my site: https://thegrinningskull.wordpress.com/contact/
Thanks!!


PS: I’ll be back later with some specifics about the project!

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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Calling all creative types…..

30 Sep

CALLING ALL CREATIVE TYPES….

Would you like to guest write for the Grinning Skull? Do you have some cool diorama or terrain to show? Showcase your miniatures? or have a step by step tutorial about making terrain that you’d love to share, its up to you!

It is my hope here to continue to offer as much good quality original stuff for the site, plus more. I’d just like to throw it open to you all to see what you’d add to the party! Maybe you could do a miniature or game review, a painting guide, horror film news or review, in fact what ever you think would fit great here.

Please contact me if you would like to have a go, obviously I would allow you to link to your own site and promote yourself (As long as its not for spam/mass marketing etc) with whatever method you would like. Get in touch and we can have a chat about your proposed idea!!

I look forward to hearing from you!

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