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40K Death Guard: Baby Gnarlmaw terrain.

15 Sep

Ok, so this isn’t really an addition to the army in the same sense as the rest, but I did want to get some Nurgle appropriate scenics to help place the minis more with the sort of background I have come up with for my lot.

Since my Death Guard are “The Sentinels of His Garden”, I wanted to lean heavy on how they would seed each world they invade, slowly turning it into a version of Nurgle’s Garden, with them acting as the guardians and indeed, it’s gardeners. I was always going to include a Feculent Gnarlmaw too, albeit a scratch built one, as it’d be easily made (plus I am not keen on buying one, I’m far too cheap for that!) So, I really wanted to make some trees that had been set in the process of Nurglification. Also, I thought it would be nice to have some simply for display.

This first one, was made from some thorne bush trimmings I found while out and about. It had a really twisted and unnatural shape with bits of burl on them, so was a perfect shape to create such a mutated plant. The Bells were made from some small pieces of chain I had in my bits, and the actual bells were from some bits of broken toys my kids had discarded, so were chopped up and reworked into them. I then went on to sculpt in a load of appropriate Nurgle bits, like the pods, mouth and base, adding some mushrooms and bits to complete the model. I like this one best, and when I get round to making more, I’ll try and keep this model in mind to match the aesthetic for the rest.

This one, is a little more experimental, again using real twigs I found, but trying to go in a different route, as if the tree had been infested with some kind of spores and was being slowly taken over. I added some bells using the same method, sculpted on the pods, some mould/fungus and slimy tentacles that were spreading from the infected parts. I also added a few withered leaves, as if to say that the tree was dying off, plus the usual mushrooms and ground debris.

You will notice one of my Grinning Skull Miniatures Klorzid plant creatures, which is VERY Nurgle, with it’s three smiling faces! It has the sense of fun I enjoy, and was perfect for this model. I have more klorzid minis on standby to use in more builds like these, so expect to see more of them in the future! You can get these miniatures here at https://www.alternative-armies.com/collections/grinning-skull-miniatures/products/grnp09-klorzid-plants-pack-and-singles if you want to get any of them yourself!

I will probably make 3-4 more of these trees just because they were easy and quite a fun project, although the mood will have to take me. Also I’m going to have to make a Gnarlmaw proper, something quite imposing and a whole lot messed up, much more than the GW one. (Although, if I ever get chance to get one on the cheap, I will, just I think I could do justice to making my own instead!)

Well, anyway, I hope you enjoyed the pics, I will be back with more in the next post. Next up will be more cultists for the plague god. See you then!

Grinning Skull’s Link Quest Web Challenge, would you take up the quest?

7 Nov

Well, hello there you lot! I’m back again once more, letting you know about my latest brainfart idea that hopefully will prove entertaining (to say the least!)

I’ll explain in the best way I can, as with all my other ideas, I’m going to throw it out there and see what traction it ends up having, but that will depend entirely on you, my dear audience!

You will remember me telling you that I have been very, very busy, and I can’t emphasise enough that all the time I have available, is not enough to achieve the myriad of tasks I need to do to operate this fledgling operation of mine at a higher frequency. Of course, all the stuff I try and create each month takes time and effort, and doesn’t leave much time for getting the word out there about what I’m up to and what’s been released and such.

I do try to push myself to get the word spread as much as possible, but since I have a lot of hats to wear in this, promoting all things Grinning Skull can fall short when I’m busy creating content, organising schedules, and loads of other mind-numbing tasks needed to keep moving forward. Add to this, since switching my domain here on this site to a dedicated domain (www.thegrinningskull.com) it has literally altered stuff in the search engines, and traffic patterns have changed. A bad thing for getting the word out, as it seems as a lot of the long hours I first put into establishing backlinks and other web type stuff needed to make my voice heard in the many billions of pages in the sea of data on the web, has been unravelled since switching to the new domain.

Indeed, I’m not saying that this will always be the case, I understand that given more time and more effort, it’ll even out once more, but it’ll take time, and more effort, a commodity that I find myself short of right now.

So, I’m implementing a way to help get Grinning Skull get a boost, a way that you could help out, and be rewarded for your efforts too.

It’s called the “Grinning Skull Link Quest Web Challenge”

So then, what the fook am I talking about? Well, I’m looking for some individuals out there to take part in a regular competition to help get the info out there, people willing to take the challenge of posting Grinning Skull related links to the web, to the people that might not have heard or seen what it is we do. I’m not talking about spamming to unrelated sites and so on, just places it’s going to benefit both us and those who would find our content useful.

I’m not a big forum or social media dweller, but I do realise that in this day and age, the importance of this for building a brand and following. Things such as this tend to zap the spare time I have, which I could be used to create more content and push forward on my various plans.

So, I’m looking for a group of willing volunteers to take part in the challenge, to post valid links and backlinks of all things Grinning Skull, and earn themselves the chance to get free stuff as being crowned monthly link quest champion.

Of course, it’s only going to work if I can get a few of you involved, and I also understand that it may all come to naught (If my experience of competition type things is anything to go by, can be an excercise akin to “Pissing in the Wind”!)

So, if you think you’d like to take part, email me via the contact form and let me know. If enough of you get involved we can get the ball rolling and get things started. I’ll keep you informed with the progress as it transpires, and as ever, I’m interested in your thoughts and comments about this, as well as any other Grinning Skull type info!!

Grim.

Grinning Skull Miniatures: Little Killa Clowns!

3 Nov

So, it’s been a while since the Grinning Skull Miniature line has had any new additions, but fear not, in true honour of Pennywise the Dancing Clown and all things Halloween,  we have some lovely little murder dwarves to use in your miniature based games!

These diminutive and horrible harlequins are suitable for either 15mm, 20mm and 28/32mm gaming, and in true Grinning Skull style have both a humorous and sinister edge to them! Available as a pack of 10 (GRNP06) for £9.00, or as singles too.

As ever, these little terrors are brought to you by our good friends at Alternative Armies, premier purveyors of perfectly packaged pewter playing pieces (whew! try saying that over and over!) and you can find these little fellers’ along with the rest of the Grinning Skull Miniature range here: https://www.alternative-armies.com/collections/grinning-skull-miniatures/products/grnp06-little-killa-clowns-pack-and-singles 

Also, if you’re a fan of Grinning Skull miniature strangeness, please keep your eyes peeled for new releases coming soon in the range, trust me when I say that amongst them will be that which a lot of you have been asking me about for years now, no spoilers, but those who’ve asked me will know exactly what they are!

As ever, let me know your thoughts on these and the range, I’d love to hear what game you’d use them in, how you’ve painted them and what other stuff you think would be a great idea to add to the growing range!!!

Oggam Hut Paperkit & Oggam book re-released on Wargame Vault

10 Jul

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To cut down on the storage space here (so I can have more space for uploading pics) I’ve decided to re-release both the Book of the Oggam and The Oggam hut over on Wargame Vault. Not only will this help keep space down, but allow me to track the downloads better and have them all in one place. Other links to these books uploaded on this site will  become redirected toward the new links (Just give me a little time to update everything on site)

They will still be free to download, and since it’s the aniversary here, I thought it was the right thing to do as the whole Oggam idea was what started this site in the first place!

You can get the Book of the Oggam here: http://www.wargamevault.com/product/187482/War-Pigs-The-Book-of-the-Oggam

And the Oggam Hut here: http://www.wargamevault.com/product/187525/WAR-PIGS-Oggam-hut

Of course, you can browse the other PDFs in the range at our publisher page on Wargame Vault here: http://www.wargamevault.com/browse/pub/8807/Grinning-Skull-Studios

Thanks, and enjoy!

Grinning Skull Miniatures: B.E.A.R.S. Greens sneak peek!

20 Oct

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Here’s a quick sneak peek at some of the latest greens for Grinning Skull’s B.E.A.R.S in the range. Yes, you heard right, I’m adding teddy bears with guns to the mix. Why? Why not!?

For me, miniatures and gaming is supposed to be fun, and with so much serious stuff already out there I guess there needs to be more comic relief, so I decided to create these fun figures. Apparently, teddies are quite popular for collectors and such, so I thought I’d make some gaming versions that have a decidedly “Grinning Skull asthetic”

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In a nutshell, The B.E.A.R.S (Bio Engineered Advanced Ranger Squad) are an artificial race of teddies, created by the great Toymaster entity for his endless amusement. Subsequently these bears went rogue and escaped from their maker to dispense justice and help throughout the Carnage Continuum to those in need. Outraged at this betrayal, the Cosmic Toymaster created their opposite (eX-T.E.D.) to hunt down and destroy his rogue children and cause chaos throughout the galaxy!

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The first  eX-T.E.D. bunch are forthcoming, and will feature an array of evil versions on the theme (Led by Dr. Strangefluff and his cohorts) Hopefully if popular there will be additional bears on each side, influenced by popular tropes from all sorts of things (superhero, scifi, fantasy, cartoon and movies etc)

I’ll admit, I’ve been sidetracked lately, but I’m almost finished with this set, just got a couple more eX-T.E.D. figures to go, but I’ll show off them soon.

I’ll show more from the new bunch later, but safe to say, it’s not just teddies in the mix. Additions to the Zarglian Invaders and introducing the sentient mutant plants, the Klorzids.

As ever I welcome comments, thoughts and suggestions, let me know how you think.

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