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Grinning Skull’s, “A Post a Day” Month of June challenge!

29 May

Well, June is almost upon us, so I’ve decided to use it as an excuse for a blog challenge, that being a post per day, in which I will post each and every day of the month.

Why exactly would I be doing this, well, dear readers, let me explain why this challenge for June is actually helpful…

I believe in regularly challenging oneself with new tasks and experiments, not only does it give you a visual kick up the ass on sticking to something, but this way of blogging will prepare me for more writing, my planned Patreon campaign (which involves producing more material and content on a regular basis for my potential patrons)

Add in the fact that it’s a great way of planning more content and ideas for the site, which in return boosts traffic, potential advertisers and Grinning Skull Studios custom. I’ve got some ideas for entertaining blog posts (well, thats the theory…) both new and old, and you’ll no doubt be seeing a return of such types of posts like “Chinwag” interviews, Grinning Skull at the movies, Crowdfunding Spotlight and a return of the popular, “Grim’s Dungeons of Doom”!

Of course there will be the usual updates on all things Grinning Skull, new release news, previews, plus loads to hopefully keep regular readers entertained!

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4xD: Question?: To video, or not to video?

8 Jul

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I’ve given this some time to think over. While I sit here writing the next Dungeons of doom article (Honestly, it’ll be coming in the next day or so!) Anyway, I digress, and I’ll get on with my point.

Up till now, I’ve been armed with this blog, my camera and my dry (and often shit) wit. However, this Chrimbo I got a decent enough video cam.

I reckoned it may have been time, at least to attempt to bring some extra dimension to this site from time to time, adding some video tutorials, some makes, tips and suggestions, and possibly a rant or two along the way.

But, it isn’t all without some trepidation. I have a solid style here on the website, and it is something that I would like to continue even in video form, matching in both visual and content, I just left me to wonder if I’m ready…

I mean, I’m pretty sure that given enough effort I could churn out some fine video content, all well integrated in terms of my desired style and fit, but to become a media star (albeit a z-lister at the most) I’m not so sure that I’m 100% ready for that kind of shit. To be perfectly honest, even though I have a bazillion ideas for Grinning Skull related video content, I’m convinced that even with all the best intentions, for now at least, that part of the interactivity here, won’t be for a while. I mean, would any of you even want to see it?

Can I not get across what I feel I need to articulate in a blog post, that I could in a video? I think until I’m fully committed to putting everything into such endeavors, I should remain as I am. I’m not going to rule out if I ever get any sudden inspiration to do it, hell, I even have some stuff done like a couple of vids and titles etc,  just don’t expect me to release anything yet, well not unless I’m really happy with the end result.

Plus my PC is not in the best of conditions to be rendering huge chunks of HD footage (trust me, it’s not good even with the most basic of tasks!)

Anyway, let me know your thoughts in the comments what do you think? Would you welcome the inclusion of video content here? Are you ready to hear the dulcet tones of my northern accent? Only the viewer can decide….

Catch you all later…

Grinning Skull Recommends: Cheap Toys that are Great for Table-Top Gaming – Part One!

29 Sep

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As you know, I’m all for money saving when it comes to gaming, and I also love toy hacks, so I wanted to share this post from over on http://cloudcraftsite.wordpress.com, check out some of his other awesome posts by visiting his blog.

Anyway, this top 5 has some cool stuff that can be easily converted for your games and models, plus links to places you can get them!!

If you like cheap toy hacks, also check out The giant scorpion toy hack and The bag “o” Skeletons review from the archive!!

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The following are just some Cheap Toys I’ve found while browsing the net that I think would have excellent potential for Table Top Gaming, whether it’s just giving them a quick paint job, or Kit-Bashing them to the point where the original model is unrecognizable (or you get the “WHAT THE HELL IS THAT!?” reaction from your friends).

Item Number One: True Legends Mythical Warriors

This bucket of fantasy figures was reviewed by Fungeon Master Dave O’Gara (will post link in a moment) and I can see a few figures that have potential as either Ogres for Dungeons and Dragons / Pathfinder, or as Kit-bashed Demon Princes of Nurgle or Khorne for Warhammer/Warhammer 40k. The Sorceress looking figures would probably make for good kit-bash material for a Demon Prince of Tzneetch or Slaanesh. The terrain that comes with this set is also fairly decent, and I would not hesitate to…

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The Grinning Skull turns 3!!

1 Aug

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I thought it would be a good idea to let everyone know that this blog celebrated it’s third birthday yesterday!

I’d like to say thanks to everyone who has read my articles and visited my humble site over the years, also put up with my moaning, divergences and general nonsense!

We’ve clocked up over 321,000 views up to now, so here’s to another year and see if we can get to the half a million mark!

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.

 

 

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