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Grinning Skull Miniatures release: The Oggborg

19 May

Another week, another Grinning Skull release over at Alternative Armies! This time we’ve got the oggborg and oggbot, enhanced cybered up oggum war vets.

 Oggborgs (also known as Cybogs) are battle worn veterans of serious conflict. When an Oggum trooper survives greivous injury, they are sometimes fixed and augmented with crude cybernetic technology of Oggum design.
Although this surgery is mostly voluntary, it’s usually forced upon the wounded by their warlord’s unwillingness to let their favourite lackeys from leaving his retinue.
Once an Oggum undergoes such an experiment, most will experience severe psycological changes, even possibly suffering partial or full lobotomisation in the process. Usually these subjects are then reprogrammed soley for battle, wiping out their previous personality for good.
An Ogbot is such an oggborg who has undergone so much cybernetic enhancement that all remenants of their previous life has gone, and are now little more than a machine with a few organic parts, but it is not uncommon for ogbots to have full concious thought if a fresh undamaged brain was first transplanted into a suitable host machine.
Still, not all conversions serve so willingly, and many will resist against control software to enjoy a semi normal existence. Those who have become so mentally damaged may reject everything and turn to the life of a wanderer and all the trappings of freedom. These might find the employ of other warlords, pirates and mercenaries or other groups of outcasts, so an oggborg may be found anywhere in alliance with anyone.
This technology is widely used by most factions, such as the Santyr cult of the Iron legion, or the mighty Og-mech of the golden Imperialists. Even the Okvan scholars and scientists create their brainwashed minions using this tech. The Scrofa tend to shun such things as is not natural, but even oggborg renegades and converts can be found in their number.
Even with the erratic malfunctions and glitches inherent in oggum technology, these grizzled warriors are legendry in combat, and should be engaged in battle with great caution.

These little bleeders are fun minis, I’m sure there’s plenty of games they’ll fit into, if not just oggum! These figures are available now from Alternative Armies, as is the rest of the Grinning Skull Miniature range, along with this months other new releases, like the Kize and the Oggra!

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The Semalt Saga, the next chapter…The sad tale of Andrew Trimchenko.

30 Dec

Mr Trimchenko

There once was a scammer called Trim(chenko),

Who sent a late email to our Grim,

He laughed at the traffic bout semalt,

Grim told em’ the trouble’s their fault,

And that he was a Ukrainian crim!!

Before I begin, I warn you who are easily offended by obscenity, foul language and crudity, it’s going to get worse, This apology is solely to my readers, and not those who are affiliated by Semalt (which can go fuck) I do try to keep it generally “clean” here, but if you know me personally, you’ll not be surprised at how much filth I spout on a daily basis. Please, dear reader, continue….

To be honest with you, with all the strife I’ve had this last half of the year, the subject of that annoying Semalt has been far from my mind, somewhat unimportant compared to real life. So, when I looked at my mail yesterday, I was surprised to find a reply to one of the countless emails I had sent to them in response of them attempting to make out that I was endorsing the site via a link on their blog. To be truthful, I had totally forgotten I’d sent it (I did attempt to spam them with loads of messages to take the piss, but to no avail) I did think that they’d disapeared up their own ass. Obviously, I was wrong.

When I opened it, I really was a bit miffed to say the least, partly down to being a bit pissed off already, and its contents (maybe I’m taking it the wrong way, their smug attitude tends to get me angry) but anyway, I’ll let you know what it said.

From Andrew Timchenko- Re: Knock Knock, who’s there?, Me, Me who? Remove my links from your sites. (Each email subject I sent had similar titles as I recall, I did start polite, I think, but since they kept ignoring me, I may as well have been writing “fuck fuck fuck etc etc” as they weren’t going to do as I asked)

Ha-ha
I see you have a lot of benefits from your semalt activity )))
(Here was an Alexa link to try and suggest that something like 30% of search engine traffic was semalt related, I’ve omitted it as I find that the data from Alexa is very sketchy regardless of how much I attempt to make sure it’s accurately represented, trust me I gave up a long time ago!)
 
Maybe you shouldn’t write about game industry and start your own blog about Semalt using our affiliate links.
Just think about it ))) 
Best regards,
Andrew Timchenko
Senior Sales Manager on Semalt

It might not seem too bad, but personally I think its taking the piss (British slang for “adding insult to injury” etc)

Why? well to start with it’s a reply to a message sent beards ago, that still as far as I know, they didn’t bother with until now. Secondly, Ha ha? what do you fucking mean, Ha ha? Hey Timchenko, you frigging prick, you think your funny do you? it just shows your smugness and dickish attitude to users of the web, who have been affected by your shady shitmalt site. Showing me a tenuous half arsed link to justify your “funny” just shows how much of a spaz you are. Do you think I give a shit? You obviously sent this to me to piss me off, or am I mistaking your attempt at humor for some truly wonderful beneficial advice? Are you listening Andy? I know you are, you know full well that everything you send me relating to this saga, will be published, satirised, and lampooned. I truly do not give a flying fuck, you Ukrainian knobsack. The reason I’m annoyed, is not that I’m insulted by your feeble humor, it’s like a stupid child yapping on about crap before someone kicks the shit out of them.

What do you think it would achieve? You really must enjoy making yourself and semalt look even bigger cunts than everyone thinks already. I’m not saying that I’m a comedy genius, but pleeeaase Bitch, I’m British, our entire culture is based on sarcasm and humorous observation because the place we live is constantly crappy (Well, I’m talking about the weather, you probably live in fear of Russian troops breaking into your house and fucking you up the ass! (or perhaps you secretly long for it, you dirty sovblok fucker!)

Yes, of course I could take your grand advice and stop blogging about the game industry (guess what asswipe, I tend to blog about what so ever I feel like, have you realised that a good proportion here is just random gubbins? No, your too busy wanking off (to be clear, wanking means masturbation if you don’t understand) to your pictures of Vladimir Putin. I’ll stop writing about the games industry, when you go and rub your bell end on a cheese grater. I couldn’t ever imagine writing anything that supports your corrupt and scamming piece of web diarrhoea. You may not understand that not everyone is obsessed with ripping people off, or fucking them over for your magnum opus later on. I do what I do not only for my own promotion, but for fun. You must think that your so professional with your stupid message? Or is it that you are genuinely trying to get me on side? Either way it’s retarded (but hey, I always thought you looked a little spong eyed, no wonder your master plan bit the big time)

On second thoughts, I reckon the only way I’d succumb to your side would be if the lovely Natalia to come over here and discuss the virtues and benefits of joining your side. I imagine her seductively draped over satin sheets, wearing nothing but a fur coat, urging me to join her in a warm embrace all James Bond style. Oh I can assure you that I’d be giving her something better shaken, but not stirred (and with lashings of my very own Semalt from my loins!) A night with me, she’d be walking like john Wayne for ages after, make no mistake! It’s been suggested that the lovely Natalia could in fact be a robot (adding more to the Bondish mystery to her) but hey, in all honesty, even if she was a robot, I’d still give her one!! (well, several in fact) Maybe if you want a more civilised response out of me in future, get her to message me instead of you, shit for brains. Ask her if she’d like me to skype her? Hell yeah, I’d do her in every way I can think (and trust me I’d make shit up for the occasion) I was actually under the impression that she was involved with one of you ugly freaks? Is that true? Pity, cause I’ve seen pictures of the male staff there and you look like a right set of mongos. Natalia, Babe, if your reading this, come and see me sometime and I’ll show you it’s not just the upper lip that is stiff with us Brits!!

What really puzzles me is that, I didn’t plan on even mentioning Semalt again, I thought it had crawled away to die alone in the woods, mortally wounded by russian snipers. You just had to bring up your hilarious laugh a minute quip about my semalt related traffic! What you fail to get, is that yes Semalt did bring me traffic, but only from concerned webmasters and bloggers, not from endorsements praising you on the greatest SEO pointless corporate, and souless abortion of this type of site the world has ever seen. You really need to stop fucking around with those discarded guns from your civil war/invasion, because you just keep shooting yourself in the foot, again and again. Try pointing it at your head next time and spare me your sub par efforts in stand up comedy. Every time you bring Semalt to my attention, your going to do more damage than good. It’s actually funny you suggested making a blog about Semalt, as there’s plenty of posts on here that give you an idea of what the articles would be like, all piss and vinegar!

Why the fuck do you think that after all the negative publicity that you are even taken seriously? A simple google search for semalt reveals not just my past derogatory posts, but countless top tech security sites, warning of your dodginess. Now, you’ve just shot back up to the search listings with my latest critique, no doubt it’ll raise a few laughs and chortles in professional circles of the SEO world, at just how inferior Semalt is. You might argue that this site is nothing and purile, all but a childish effort, but I genuinely don’t care, this is an extension of me and my psyche.(Yes, I’m generally childish and purile, so it makes sense) I think that you must enjoy trying to goad me, your like a perv that sticks drawing pins in his scrotum for fun. Dirty boy!

You just give me something funny to write about every time, and my readers seem to like it too.

Remember all the times you blocked us from posting our opinions on your various outlets, time and time again we were censored in case perspective semalt users would be turned off by what we had to say. A typical Sovblok tactic isn’t it?, but just remember sites just like this and many others are not restricted and gagged. We will always speak our minds and there’s fuck all you can do about it.

Have a crappy new year, Andy.

On another note, I’m rather looking forward to the next feeble effort they send to me, I guess I’m going to have to face facts… The Grinning Skull is now at war with semalt. Lets hope they send the organ grinder to the front next time rather than one of the monkeys. Although, Natalia or the other tasty blonde are more than welcome to come and spank my very own monkey if the so desire, or even grind my organ! Up for a double team girls? (Not the other one with the fat round face though, shes a bit of a minger, don’t you think?)

So, I issue this challenge, How do ya like them apples? Is that your best effort?

Tune in next time for the next exciting episode of The Grinning Skull.

Will Andrew overcome his fear of clown rape? Will Nat and Grim make sweet music together? Will the master plan of semalt’s ruling dark circle be revealed?

Find out next time……..

 

Mini Sculpting: 28mm Ettin/2 headed troll; Fnar-frag the two faced!

6 Mar

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Ok, you’re going to have to forgive my net connection, it’s not great at the best of times, but like I have told you before, I promised to show you some stuff I have been working on.

This is a personal WIP for my WFB orc and gobbo army, mainly my troll mob. I must admit that trolls are my fave lot out of the orc stuff, and have scored me many victories while using them in game. The only trouble I find with them is the fact that they are so darned expensive to buy, so I spend plenty of time searching around different places for old troll figures to use as proxies, so much that I decided to add to my ranks by making some myself.

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I thought I’d make him of the two headed variety, after rewatching “Troll Hunter” I thought it would stand out more than the usual type, and that he’d serve best for part of my command section of my two units. First thing you might notice is the weird positioning of his hand. This is for a reason, I wanted him to be holding a goblin marionette puppet on strings. However that still might change if I decide otherwise, but for now thats the plan.

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Also I wanted him to exhibit a left/right personality, sort of good cop/bad cop, so that’s why the puppet holding side has a goofy, child like  essence to it, while the other is more “business” orientated and ready for some pagga!

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Also, I wanted his gait to reflect that being a troll, he really needed to be quite deformed and twisted, especially with having the two headed mutation, so the slight twist in his stride is intentional. I wanted him to match the other trolls I have, so he needed plenty of warty scales, which will highlight nicely when painted in contrasting colour, oh yeah, and popeye type fore arms too!

I think it’s great the fact that GW old school trolls have the definitive cartoon look to them, which I needed to try and match, especially with him being more of a character figure than the usual rank and file troll. Lots of you might know that I sometimes diss GW, but it also matches my own style of modelling in a cartoon look, and seeing as though it’s going to be used for oldhammer and 6th Ed WFB, I don’t see the problem. Before anyone mentions the base, he’s now glued onto a 40×40 monster sized base with gluegun glue, just because it is a quick and easy way of adding a durable texture instead of sculpting it on, oh the many uses of the humble gluegun!!

I really want to release my own range of 28mm trolls and troll kin in the future hopefully, maybe a KS (ok, so don’t moan about crowdfunding, I actually think stuff like Kickstarter is a fine idea and many out there are a bit sick of the whole thing, but it does serve a purpose) I have quite a few ideas for several different types of troll races that would fit nicely into the O&G army lists, as proxies for the various troop types rather than the regular Orcs and their ilk.

Next up will be a decent paint job once I finsih the puppet goblin, or war yoyo, or even a human casualty (still not 100% on what to do) but I’ll show you once the next bit has been done.

Next up, is my Oggam settlement board (once my connection will allow more uploads)

Tally ho miniature chums!

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Crowdfunding Spotlight: Bio Syndrome Kickstarter

5 Feb

Everyone likes something for free? Right? Well, I’d like to draw your attention to this KS for the Biosyndrome skirmish rules.

For those who don’t already know anything about BioSyndrome, it’s a currently free set of skirmish wargaming rules, of which allows you to use what ever 28mm miniatures you like to have a game with. It’s geared toward the zombie/modern/post apoc setting, but there are rules and plans afoot to allow adaption to the fantasy genre within the system. It’s a game that I’ve been planning to give a try out using my 15mm zombie stuff, but haven’t yet had time. I do own a PDF copy and from first impressions it looks ok, plus it’s free,  so that’s a bonus! I do like the idea of the fantasy version, so that might be worth me having a bash too, afterall, what’s not to like about a free zombie wargame?!

So why run a Kickstarter for something that’s free? I hear you ask? Well, the game will remain free, but this is for a high quality colour digital version of the rules, plus additional material in digital format.

With the project being fully funded now, it looks as if the book and site will become reality, but there’s still plenty of time to get in on this for yourself if you’d like to back this campaign, go and check the game out (plus you can get the free PDF rules too!)

Bio Syndrome: A Survival Horror Table Top War Game by BioSyndrome — Kickstarter.

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Crowdfunding Preview: Achtung! Cthulhu Skirmish game KS from Spartan Games!

22 Dec

For those who aren’t familiar, Achtung! Cthulhu is  the WW2 era combined with the mythos of HP Lovecraft and his contemparies. Up till now it’s been focused on the RPG side of things, but news is 2014 will see the release of the skirmish version of the popular setting.

I am a big fan of anything mythos, but not so keen on WW2 stuff, but this might change my mind about that. What is clear, is that there are a few great looking mini’s there and no doubt there will be some great opportunities to use some other companies 28mm WW2/WeirdW2/Cthulhu stuff to add more options to the mix! Hey, there’s probably loads of scifi and fantasy stuff that’d be good too, at this rate I’ll be a convert to the elder gods!

check out the Ronald Macdonalds in the Chapman Brothers instalation, why so many clowns…

I can imagine tabletop scenes not unlike the ones made by the renown art duo, the Chapman brothers, whose massive dioramas of WW2 carnage and evil, wouldn’t seem too out of place for the premise of the game, just with added tentacles and gribblies for that extra dimension of “urgh”! I fear that the 28mm wargamer in me is going to resurface if things keep up like this!

This could be a hit for 2014, watch this space. The stars may be right.

Achtung! Cthulhu | Spartan Games.

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