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Grinning Skull’s $10 Advertising Offer!!

4 Sep

Hello everyone, I hope you are all feeling great today and life is treating you well.
I’m here to let you know about our new hobby advertising initiative here
at Grinning Skull Studios, that is for any advertiser in the RPG/Wargaming/gaming field.

We are happy to offer a full page colour advertisment in our PDF releases for $10
per month (Our usual RRP: $30) limited to the first 10 advertisers who apply. We release at least 6 new titles monthly, and for jut $10 per month, your full page ad will be included in every title for the month.

Considered advert genres include:

  • All RPG media & companies,
  • All Wargaming media, companies, miniatures & equipment/supplies,
  • Video games,
  • All LARP media & promotion,
  • Horror media, film & fiction,
  • Fantasy media, film & fiction,
  • Sci-fi media, film & fiction,
  • Genre Websites,
  • Comics media,
  • Crafts & handmade items,
  • Anything that fits into our niche (please contact me for details)

All our customers are Wargamers & Rpgers, so you can garauntee that your ads will get FULL VISIBILITY from our targetted niche market. $10 wont get you much more than a small meal and a coffee these days, so get in touch with me if you’d like to
discuss more about this deal! (contact me via the page in the menu!)

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Grinning Skull’s Oddball Outlet: Custom Gamer Chests for sale!

29 Aug

Hello there everyone, In a departure from the usual stuff we have on sale from Grinning Skull Studios, I’d like to show you some physical product for once. Oddball Outlet is a term coined by yours truly, to describe any stuff I’ll be putting out to sell. I have quite a few gaming items coming up for grabs, so keep your eyes peeled.

In a throwback to previous products I’ve done before, I still like to turn my hand to actual objects, so these came about after quite a few private customers requested me to create these hand crafted & finished babies. So, after a successful batch run of our custom Gamer prop chests, I have decided to offer the rest of this batch for sale via eBay sales. I’ll be finishing more over time, but only to use up my remaining stock parts, so these are very limited (I’m not currently taking custom commission orders for these at this point, but might do so in the future, so if you are wanting a truly custom creation, get in touch and we’ll chat…)

These lovely hand finished, custom boxes are perfect for you fantasy gamers out there (but, of course, I’d say that!) So, without further ado, I’ll let the pics do the talking!

As you can see, the above chest, titled “The Arcane Herbalist”, is jam packed with trinkets and stuff, perfect as a gift, or spoil yourself and use as a display piece or prop for gaming, the choice is yours. It could be yours for £30 with free UK postage. You can find the listing for the “Arcane Herbalist” Chest over on eBay here: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/132310231240?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1558.l2649

This box, “The Fortune Teller” includes all sorts of fortune telling gubbins, it even comes with it’s very own crystal ball. Again it’s perfect as a gift, or a treat to yourself! This comes in at £30 with free UK postage. You can find the detailed listing on eBay here: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/132310239265?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

Lastly, we have a standard small gamer chest. These contain 20 coin counters, and a full set of gaming dice. these smaller boxes are ideal to keep your various gaming trinkets inside, or for whatever use you’d like. This hand finished box is available for £18 (again with free UK P&P) and can be found here: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/132310243617?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

If you’d like to take a closer look at these fine wares, click on the links and it will take you to the eBay page of the product. Also, like I said before, I’m not really taking up new commissions for these (for those of you after custom pieces that is) but may be tempted if you are after something that sounds like it’d be interesting to make (then I may be interested in doing it) reasons being, my time is limited and these take up more than I’d like.

I’ll also apologise for any overseas readers who might be interested, so that being said, I might consider international shipping and purchase, but I would need to sort out shipping prices and insurance etc. Get in touch and we’ll have a chat, but I’m not promising anything (Gimme a good incentive, that might work!)

I’ll be putting some more stuff up over the next few days, lots of 40k books and so on, so keep your eyes peeled!

New Grinning Skull Studios Releases for July: Part Three

26 Jul

Now for something different, a new title in the LARP LAB series of printable props for LARP & RPGs.

LARP LAB: Fantasy Beer, Wine & Spirits Bottle Labels.

This book is designed to help create props from your old bottles and add some gaming flavour to your sessions. We present a selection of fantasy beverages from the “Grim’s Amazing D100 Tables” title: 100 Fantasy beverages for all fantasy RPGs and allow you to print them out to stick on your own stuff! Sized in three sizes and in full colour, we hope that it’ll bring a smile to your player’s faces!!

Available here from our RPGnow storefront: http://www.rpgnow.com/product/216748/LARP-LAB-Fantasy-Beer-Wine–Spirits-Bottle-Labels?src=hottest_filtered

Also from our DriveThruRPG storefront too (link below)

  

Crowdfunding Spotlight: Hammer Steam Custom Design Copper Coins on Indiegogo

9 Jun

I wanted to draw your attention to this crowd-funder, that doesn’t seem to be getting any love. Hammer Steam are offering 20 people the chance to get their very own hammered copper coins to their own design specs with this project. Personally, I think that they are quite nice, they have an authentic look and come in a custom box to keep them in.

They seem perfect for LARP and RPG props or counters. My only hesitation is that of the finished designs, if I wanted to design and get myself a set, I’d want it to be exactly how I’d designed it, and judging from the pics, they do seem a bit ropey (the designs that is!) hopefully that wouldn’t be the case.

It’s quite reminiscent of something I’m currently planning (more of that when I have something to show) but I had to show you lot these potentially cool prop coins for your game.

Anyway, check it out on Indiegogo if it looks like something you’d be up for getting for yourself. There are 5 days left and so far, it’s had no takers, but I reckon it’s a project that is worth some love, so show some support and tell them the Grinning Skull sent you!!

Source: Custom Design Copper Coins! | Indiegogo

5 reasons I F*%king love Hawk the Slayer!

3 Jun

I’m sure this movie needs no introductions. You can call this one of my guilty pleasure’s of the celluloid variety, as ever since I first saw it, I loved it ever since.

In an age growing up where fantasy media was limited to a handful of films on VHS, no one could ever understand why I liked this movie so much, no amount of me telling them would make them understand why. So with that in mind, I’m going to present five reasons I fucking love that film, even to this day!

1. THE SOUNDTRACK

The music and theme tune on the movie is brilliant, a weird mish mash of synth-pop, fantasy and nostalgia. It suits the film and themes perfectly (I think) A real curiosity of sorts, but cool none the less. Check it out:

2. THE CAST

What can I say about the cast ensemble for this low budget fantasy movie? Well, lets begin with the iconic stars in this film. Jack Palance as the older scarred and evil brother (and Hawk’s Nemesis) Voltan, The giant Gort played by “Carry on” mainstay Bernard Bresslaw, Shane Bryant as Drogo, Annette Crosby (Margret Meldrew from one foot in the grave), Patricia Quinn (Rocky Horror show)  as the witch, Harry Andrews, Roy Kinnear, Warren Clarke, and so many more decent well known British actors. There’s even Ferdy Mayne and the guy who was the original Jabba the Hutt in Star Wars IV (the cut out bit that was later CGI and put back in) Quite a decent cast for such a low budget.

3. THE ACTION

The frantic and sometimes comical nature of the action scenes is something I hold a soft spot for. Crow’s multiple cut and edited arrow shots were pure cinematic cheese,  as kids I remember my mates wanting to be him in games we played at school. Even though Crow the elf, was in my opinion the least developed of the party of heroes, he was bad ass due to this quick cheapo edit effect!

4. THE CHEESE

Hawk the Slayer is no masterpiece of cinema. I admit that it  was never going to win Oscars for any part of the movie, acting or script. What makes it good is that it is not good. Sure, it’s entertaining enough, but it’s no LOTR trilogy, but it has that feel of my childhood days playing red box D&D home brew adventures. This film is cheesy as hell, a little bit camp, and ropey SFX, but I still love it just for old times sake!

5. THE HERITAGE

When I speak of heritage, by that I refer back to the cheese,in which the plot and setup of the movie, is pretty much just that of probably many of our childhood D&D and RPG games. Beat for beat, these standard fantasy RPG tropes are in force. The party of heroes, the hero’s brother being the big bad, defend the Abbey mission, raid the enemy camp, the showdown etc. How many of us out there used this movie as direct inspiration for our own RPGs, wargames, and LARP (trust me, loads of LARPers has cited this movie as inspiration, it’s almost like one anyway!) Also this movie has a real Hammer films vibe too, now that’s real heritage!

If you haven’t seen it, go away and watch it NOW, if your into RPGs, fantasy or similar. If you have, go re watch it.

I now retreat to dig out my DVD copy of it from the vaults to become a starry eyed 80’s kid again and remember good old times….

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