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New Release: Sci-Fi Bundle Collection Vol. 1

5 Sep

Almost forgot to tell you about yet one more Grinning Skull Studios release, this time it’s the SCI-FI Bundle Collection Vol 1, a discounted bundle of all our Sci-fi themed titles thus far!

http://www.rpgnow.com/product/220550/SciFi-Bundle-Collection-Vol-1-BUNDLE?src=newest

You can get this deal by clicking the link above or by visiting our publisher pages on the links below!

  

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Oddball Outlet: More stuff for sale…

29 Aug

Well, more stuff is up for sale, quite a bit of 3rd Edition 40K in this batch, so I’ll waste no more time, and get on with the show! Let’s let the pictures do the talking!!

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/132310977680?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/132310970470?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/132310985479?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/132310982393?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/132310958421?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/132311027938?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/132311032634?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/132311057284?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/132311004656?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/132310992804?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

So, if any of those interest you, please check out the links and go over to eBay to peruse them further! There’s a lot more stuff coming up, so I’ll keep you informed!

Grim’s Dungeons of Doom: Need storage? Help yours(h)elf! Creating Mini Shelves.

5 Sep

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Back again with more tiny furniture for your own Dungeons of Doom. This time we are going to tackle bookshelves. Again, this is not a hard thing to do, and does not require lots of time, money or effort. As well as the tables we talked about earlier, these beauties are ideal for showing off the books and items found in the free PDF (as you can see in the pic)

On a side note, it’s been mentioned to me that this is virtually the same as making dolls house furniture. Well, I agree that the skills you need are not too dissimilar, although it’d be a case of scaling things up, so you’d also need to change up the materials somewhat as well. When I start making things of that nature, I’ll let you know!

While we are going to deal with bookshelves in this article, this build will be slightly different in that, this one has a built in bottom cupboard. There are many other articles and videos that detail basic shelving in 28mm, so I thought I’d do it slightly different and throw it out there. The principle is the same in construction if all you want is basic shelves (but I’ll tell you later in the article) as are different sizes and shapes, all you need to do is follow the formula.

Anyway, lets get started with the things you’ll need for this build.

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You’ll need lollysticks, cardstock, glue (white, contact adhesive, superglue) EVA craft foam, your books, scrolls and maps pieces from the PDF and additional oddments or bits to add to the finished shelves.

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First, take your lollysticks and cut three identical lengths to form the bottom, and middle shelves, and another two identical pieces to each other that will form the sides. It’s up to you how wide the shelves will be on your build, just ensure they are the same. The two sides will dictate the rough size of the unit, so again its up to you.

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Assemble the rough frame as above and affix it directly to a piece of cardstock. I used Contact adhesive, but PVA or even superglue would do.

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Cut another piece of stick to form the top, and attach to the piece. Make sure it overlaps like the pic, dont worry about it being uneven or too big, you can trim the sides later if required.

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Take a piece of cardstock cut the size of the bottom shelving area and glue it on. If your making a plain shelf, leave  this step.

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When dry, cut out the piece from the card, trim it up, and add a bigger base to stabilise it when standing up.

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For the bottom cupboard detail, take some more card and start glueing on thin strips of card, leaving a millimetre gap or so. Dont worry about the uniformity, as long as they are roughly similar to the pic, it should be fine.

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For the back, again glue on strips to form faux planks. Trim off the excess when dry.

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Trim the cupboard piece to size, and attach it to the bottom at the front.

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Take two thin strips of card and cap off the top and bottom of the cupboard area.

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Cut two small hinge shaped pieces (like the ones used in the chunky doors article and opening doors article) leave a gap as in the pic, you’ll be adding more detail capping bits later.

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Next, take some EVA craft foam and cut into small varying shaped rectangles These will form some stacked books on the shelves. Glue them in, but remember to leave plenty of room to add other stuff you have and the books, scrolls and maps later.

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Next, cut a small cardstock lever catch arm shape,  glue this on at a similar angle to the picture shown.

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Take some nail art embelishments (found cheaply on ebay or similar) and add them as the studs of the hinges and catch.

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Take a drinks straw and cut a few small bits to make beakers/cups. Add them to the shelf (totally optional)

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I added a few thin wood pieces, stacked them up and glued them on too. Again these bits are optional, So if you have bits of your own (like weapons, items etc) add them now unless they are already painted, as you’ll need to paint them along with the main unit.

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I then took some thin wood strips and added some more trim detail. its up to you how much, just that its there to hide any edges and neaten them. Also it adds a bit more raised detail, as plain shelving can become a little repetitive. I also added another lolly stick piece to the top to make the top fill out more symetrically.

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BLACK BOMB!! Yes, get undercoating to the finished unit.

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Brown base coat applied. You can use any darkish brown colour you wish.

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Paint in the wood shades until your desired effect is achieved.

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Next, paint in the books. Use a variety of colours of your choice. Add small bands and a thin white/yellow strip to simulate the paper edges on some. Also paint in the hinges and catches black to prepare them for more detail later.

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Paint in the catches and hinges using whatever metallic shade you prefer. Also use the same to paint the cups on the shelf. The strips are painted as scrolls/candles (they are quite ambiguous) by using light brown up to white. Don’t forget to paint the base to match your decor too!

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Take your books and items from the PDF. Add them as you wish to create more detail.

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At this point,  I added a white skull bead (from ebay very cheap) and superglued it on the shelf. These are the howlite ones, so need fixing securely. Add some Nail art embelishment jewels to the eye sockets to make the skull stand out and sparkle!

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You should now have a nice detailed shelving unit, fit for any dungeon or gaming interior or game. These are easy to construct and are much cheaper than expensive resin pieces. Vary the widths and sizes to create other units with variety.

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Well, thats all there is to it, and I hope you get chance to make some yourselves. I’ll be back next time with a basic beds make.

 

Grim’s Dungeons of Doom: Books, Scrolls & Maps Vol 1, Free PDF Download!

19 Aug

 

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Ok people! I thought long and hard about a decent way to tackle some material in this article series, and rather than the usual, I’ve opted for this.

So, what is it? Well, I wanted to share with you how I made my books, scrolls and other small 28mm accessories for my mini dungeon, and since I had it already half made for myself, I thought I’d finish it as a PDF publication and give it away free for all on Wargames Vault. Yup, that’s right, Free free free!

I’m quite proud of it to be honest, each method for constructing the parts of this paper kit are fully explained with pictures, and with this ebook you’ll be able to reproduce hundreds, if not thousands of tiny books and stuff for your games and models. See, I’m that generous!

I’ll be posting a link on the side of the menu later to direct everyone who wants a copy, but for now I’ll be available here: Grim’s Dungeons of Doom: Books, Scrolls & Maps Vol 1 Paperkit direct from Wargames Vault.

If your not a member of the site, go and sign up and get hold of your copy. It costs nothing to join and the PDF is totally free, so what are you waiting for!?

I’ll be back later to show you how to construct some furniture to place your new 28mm books on.

As ever, likes, comments etc are much appreciated (I’d love to see what you all think of the kit, if it’s popular I’d be tempted to make some more….)

Brainstorming: Grinning Skull digest anyone?

9 Mar

Just taking a brief respite in my sculpting and model making to say something…So, this has been rattling around in my head for a while, ignore the title of the post, that just implies the basis of the idea rather than the outcome, so to speak.
Whilst I like the computer world and it’s weirdness of the web, the myriad of different thoughts, opinions and voices that aren’t stifled by censorship and big corporations and such like, what I dislike a lot is Ebook type publications. My problem with them is that I have a hard time getting into them and having a good read, maybe an ebook reader or tablet is in order for me, but for the time being, it’s a no go.
I like real books and mags, that tactile feel of turning the page, the smell of the print, and the ability to read wherever
you want. for me and others, books will never go out of fashion.
So, what am I harping on about? Well, even so there are lots of great small press wargaming publications available for free and low priced, the electronic nature of them puts me of. I want to read stuff in places there isn’t going to be a recharge point, or plug socket, even sat on the bog! I want stuff in print!
What I am partial to, is reading other peoples blogs, there are tons of really great articles on them, from all parts of the wargaming world, the blog writers put some great material out there, most of them are far from professional writers, but they still produce great stuff regardless.
Now even so I enjoy the occasional foray into the historical bits, I’m a scifi/fantasy nut when it comes to my wargaming, which is why I enjoy blogs from likeminded people, it seems to be the only real place that one can get access to this kind of reading matter nowadays. But, I’d much prefer it in print form. I still hanker for the days of independent games magazines of old, and while I realise that these times are gone due to the dwindling numbers of the buying public, I still think that there are plenty of us old guard left that would support some kind of small press publication I’m imagining, something dedicated to the scifi and fantasy end of the wargaming hobby, but I’m not thinking about it being in the form of a magazine, rather a softback book.
OK, I’m thinking a compendium of sorts, articles, How to’s, Tutorials, fiction, interviews, reviews, a bit of art and cartoons and so forth, all contained in a publication dedicated to scifi and fantasy wargames. Hell, you could even stick some quick rulesets in there too, there doesn’t need to be rhyme or reason to tie it together with themes, the only coherent theme would be around scifi and fantasy wargaming.
It wouldn’t have to be a regular magazine type of periodical, even if it were successful it doesn’t need to be more often than one year at a time. Just a stand alone book, or a digest dedicated to the independent scifi & fantasy miniature wargaming scene.
So how to produce this “digest”? Ignore my post title, I wouldn’t ever think of naming it the grinning skull digest, that was merely to get my message across, it wouldn’t matter too much what it was called, only the concept is important.
I think everyone has at least one or two great articles in them, even myself. That’s how I would envision starting to get the volume of material needed for something like this. All it would need is a group of likeminded people behind the idea, everyone involved would get full credit for their involvement, I would imagine that while new original material would be preferred, a bulk of what you’d need could be reproduced (with permission and consent) from the web from their original writers.
I’d like to think that the many independent miniature firms could be involved a great deal, and by allowing them to showcase their own rulesets, miniatures and such, a lot of additional material could be collated for the book, after all it’s free advertising allowing them to showcase their stuff and may reach new audiences and customers. Same goes for blog owners and writers, artists and photographers, and many other folks eager to show off what they are capable of.

Alright, you know that money is going to come into play at some point, but with the event of print on demand and things like kickstarter, now making stuff like this is even more easy to do than it ever was, so while cash is great, it doesn’t have to be a big issue. Besides, if there was any money raised from the book, it could be donated to charity to save any hassle, or put into the next one if it were deemed to go that in direction. No real money ever need to change hands, nobody needs to get paid, self promotion far exceeds the price or cost.
All I’m saying is that an idea like this could be good, it’s not set in stone, nor am I saying it’ll work out as cut and dried as I’ve set out. I’m simply just trying to start a dialog and discuss if it could be done.
I’d be up for involvement, and I’d happily donate my skills to it, but whether anyone else feels the same way is another matter. It was just an idea that’s been floating about for a while in my noggin.

So, hopefully I have put my point across, and now I’d like to throw the ball over to you lot, please lets start a conversation to the how’s and why’s, yeses and no’s and so on. Go on, feel free to stick your oar in and have a say, you
don’t even need to have a vested interest to jump in with an opinion. Have your say, please. If you think it wouldn’t work, just say, if you would change something, say it. All opinions are valid (apart from anyone acting like a dick, keep it constructive please!)

I never said it was ever going to be easy….

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