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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.

Painting WIP: Two headed Troll Sculpt

11 Feb

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So, I’m getting through loads of stuff paintwise, that needs doing, and this has been put off for ages. This is of course, my own two headed troll sculpt thats been waiting for a long time. You’ll have to excuse the shadow on many of these pics due to the lack of natural light and my ability to adjust my camera exposure to the correct levels, but I’ve tried, just so I can give you a look at how he’s progressing (and keep me on track with all my progress)

Spurred on by recent old-skool Grenadier troll, its given me a proper kick up the arse to get his buddies done, and Fnar-frag has been next in line.

He’s a big feller this troll (You’ll see when hes done compared to the rest of his folks) but as a personality within them, I really wanted him to stand out. When I sculpted him, it was intended that he’d fulfill a leadership role of some kind within this section of trolls, yet I think I might make him an army standard instead. The reason being that of the odd pose with his hand. Originally I was going to make a goblin puppet on wires that the corresponding side had been playing with. Just is that I constantly kept changing my mind about it, so having tried a few options out previously, I think now he’s going to get an appropriate sized standard instead, as theres still a lot of work to do with the figure until I’m happy with it. Of course, I’ll pop up more WIP as I go on, but for now this is as far as I am (as of this afternoon)

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The scheme I chose was a genestealer-ish one that would match the grenadier one (not that it does really, but most of my trolls are from different places, so for me its not really a problem) The intention is to paint up each unit in the troll army with a different colour scheme (grey stone trolls coming soon, and some greenies as well, just that I’m sick of painting stuff green lately) Theres loads of highlighting left to do on his scaly back, plus outlining and other bits. Like I said this is not a small figure, so with an added standard, etc, theres loads of hours work for me left.

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I think he’s ok how its gone in both sculpting and painting up, but I think the next ones I do will come out better each time. I think I could get fine in making trolls, so much in fact if there were any takers, I’d do a whole lot of other trolls in a range, multipart that is, all with interchangable heads and weapons, then you’d get some nice variety and combos. They wouldn’t be as big, but just as mean and cartoony. Realistic they aint never going to be, as what is the point? I like it anyway!

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I’ll be back later with some painted bits from my 15mm space orc army and no doubt more drivel….

 

Wargaming Aspirations for 2015 (better late than never…)

1 Feb

It’s not often that I have the time or concentration lately to consider my gaming aspirations for the new year ahead. Still, there are shed loads of random ideas knocking around in my skull, that may or may not come to fruition in the next 12 months, one can still dream on.

I thought I’d share a few while I have a spare hour to kill at the moment, as with life, I might not get the opportunity to blog it when it’s more appropriate than this month. (Well, it’s still the beginning of the year, sort of..)

2015 is the Year of…Co-operation

I’d like to think that 2015 might be a good time to brainstorm some more complex ideas, stuff that I might find difficult to get into gear by my lonesome. Generally, at the best of times, my ideas can be a little surreal or insane, so getting others to steer me in the best direction is something I always consider. The ability to bounce ideas around with others is great, and other people’s take on stuff can be refreshing and bring a new level of detail to boost sometimes stagnant thoughts. I am a team player and while I enjoy being credited for the things I do, I think it’s just as good, if not better to get achievements working alongside others. Much more can be done, things of a higher magnitude than by oneself. There are quite a few individuals that I am thinking of as I write this, so guys, if your reading this, you’ll know what I’m talking about. Hell, I’m even up for new ideas or projects collabroratively (if it sounds good!) Let me know.

2015 is the Year of…Dungeoneering

I’d like to think that the seed of a few ideas is starting to develop. Not just with a massive modular dungeon board system, but I quite like the idea of doing a wargaming version of the old Fighting fantasy system. All fan homage of course, free as the wind to all those who want to use it. I think the system would lend itself easily to miniatures, just a few adjustments for the missing rules, I reckon with the bare bones with the best and most appropriate bits taken from the old FF RPG, and advanced FF. Throw in Out of the pit for the most of the monsters (devise new stuff for models that would need covering) and it’d be sound. Hell, I’d even attempt at some weird dungeon monsters too (sculpting wise that is) Could be fun….

2015 is the year of…Thinking out of the box

In order for me to kick myself up the ass, I’m going to need new inspiration, some mad self induced projects that will challenge myself to further my skills. I do have a number of things in mind, but these will involve planning, research and self education. Plus some cash would help for some (maybe I should stick a paypal donate button here and there…hmmm) We all need shit like this to keep dementia at bay.

2015 is the year of New Miniatures

Hopefully, looking at my stack of books containing my scribbled brainfarts detailing miniatures I’ve always planned, there are some nice ideas I have to revisit. With Grinning skull miniatures due for their next set of releases, more mad shit will need to be done. Plus, since creating a nice 15mm space orc warband with my own designs (CP Models), there are things I want to add to the 15mm choice (Bionic Trolls, Cyber Wyverns, Warg bikes, crazy orky bits etc) Loads of other things too I’d like to have a go at.

2015 is the year of…Finishing what has already begun

You know this. Getting done some stuff that needs to be finished. We all have it, and unlike ebola, it’s a resolution we could all share for the positive.

So I guess the moral to this is, will I manage it all? Well, fuck knows! I would like to think of them as directions in which to steer the USS Grimace toward. If I get half done of what I try, that’ll be ok for me. These aren’t set in stone, more like they are sculpted in plasticene, with the advantage that I can squidge over the marks and edit them.

 

 

Wargames Supply Dump get set to release the Draxxon!

31 Jan

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So I’m here briefly to talk about the Draxxion sculpts I sold on a while ago to Roger at Wargames Supply Dump. I’ve not had much time for the net lately, trying rather to get back on track with stuff, mostly painting and planning designs and such. Roger kindly sent me some finished castings of them to paint up, which I finally got around to (also, you read rogers blog post about them here)

If you are a regular here, you might remember the greens I made, they were ok, but as much of my stuff, they were a brain fart based on my idea. the only thing was I wasn’t entirely happy with the concept vs how they turned out, that’s why I ended up selling them on. No doubt a new and improved version of the Draxxion will emerge at some point, there are a few other ideas brewing that will come first!

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The Brood leader turned out pretty good, I always liked that one, the other overseer guard was ok too. They’re also pretty big beasts compared to the 15mm-ish forces they were percieved to face. You could say that these would make good 25-28mm troops as well depending. The Draxx were always designed to be big buggers, as you would imagine being dragons at various stages of age and growth (so, thats how I’ll use them, but I’ll get into that later…)

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Onto the smaller brood, we’ve got the scout (well, that’s my take on it) it’s still big if you compare it to 15mm stuff, but he’s a step down from the elites. He’s got a studious look to him, definite leader material, or advisor in some shape or form.

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Next up is the next size down, some kind of heavy, quite a oriental feel to him (the head at least) he’ll make a fine leader for a heavy weapons detachment I’m planning.

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Last, are the smaller 15mm-ish brood warriors. A load of these would be great, filling in the gaps of the battle force (which I don’t have, but I do have some additions of my own for my wargaming purposes!)

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As with a lot of the figures I sculpt, there are plenty of uses for these, in scales from 15mm, 20mm and more, it’s up to you! You’ll have to forgive my paintwork and my pics, with lighting being bad, it’s tricky to get the desired effect I want, plus I don’t know where my glasses are, so it makes it even harder to see (but, I’ll soldier on.)

Like I’ve mentioned, I’ll be making a Draxx warband using these, and some other stuff I have around, and these will make a good start as the command section. I’ll post the progress soon.

I hope that these figures are useful to some of you, it gives me a buzz to know that other people might collect, paint and game with any of the stuff I create from random brainfarts, and indeed any ideas my head spawns, and remember I appreciate any constructive comments pertaining to anything raised here.

I’ll be back later with more miniature and wargaming dooings (It’s about time I brought it back in line) once I have sorted a few bits and caught up with webby stuff.

ciao!

 

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