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100 Summoned Demons, for all Fantasy, Horror & Modern RPGs Out Now!

28 Mar

Back once again with yet another (yes, really another one!) release from Grinning Skull, with 100 Summoned Demons for all fantasy, horror & modern RPGs.

Get your copy by clicking this link now!

Or visit our publisher page link below. 

Released Today! The Grinning Skull Compendium 2016! Get your copy now!

24 Aug

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Today is release day for the Grinning Skull Compendium 2016. it’s been a while since it’s inception but it’s finally out there into the world for all and sundry to download.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the Compendium, it’s a Wargaming/RPG/hobby zine containing usable 28mm paper kits and articles, no less than seven paper kits in this issue in fact! Here’s a run down of what’s in this issue:

Editorial by Grim
Words of wisdom from Mr.Grim himself (probably!)

Cheap & Cheerful: Ruined walls 28mm paper kit.
Easy and modular ruined wall kit for wargaming/RPGs

Duck Wars!
Want a duck army for gaming? We show you how!

Grim’s Dungeons of Doom: Dungeon Builder Series;
Stone Temple sampler set.
Add on paperkit for the dungeon builder series of
models from Grinning Skull Studios

W.A.R. (Wound Attack Rules) by Graham Seeney
Experienced GM and games designer Graham Seeney details
the Wound Attack Rules system for D20 RPGs.

Grand Tall Brick Wealthy dwelling paper kit.
A 28mm tall tower building for your gaming table!

Apocalypse 28mm Protest signs
Get some civil unrest in your miniature games!

The Art of RPG Games Mastering by John L Arnold
Tips & tricks for the savvy GM!

The Dinner Party 28mm paper kit sampler
More tea vicar? Add some details to your miniature setups.

God says burn all your RPG books and miniatures!!
Remembering the 80’s Satanic panic!

Skinflints Quest: skeleton edition
Looking for cheapo skeleton minis? we explore some options!

Cheap & Cheerful Shops & Dwellings 28mm paper kit.
Create villages & settlements easily with this customizable kit

Origins: Dungeons of Doom & the Grinning Skull panel!
Where did that panel come from? We explore….

Grinning Skull’s Amazing 28mm Meta-Books sampler kit
Get some tiny versions of our e-books with this meta-paper kit

This is a pay-what-you-want PDF publication, which means that if your skint or if you’re a skinflint, you can get this for free, but all donations keep the Grinning Skull machine going and are all greatly received!!

Get your copy of the compendium now by downloading the PDF from Wargame vault (also available from DriveThru RPG & RPG Now) by visiting http://www.wargamevault.com/product/191682/The-Grinning-Skull-Compendium-2016 and tell your friends about this new PDF! Also why not take a look at all the other PDF grinning Skull products in our range by visiting our Wargame vault publisher page here: http://www.wargamevault.com/browse/pub/8807/Grinning-Skull-Studios

Please let me know what you think of this first issue, all comments and suggestions are welcome.

Enjoy!!

Grim’s Dark Futures: Blasted Lunar Wasteland Battlemap, now available for download on Wargame Vault!

19 Jun

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Once again I’m back with yet another PDF product in the growing Grinning Skull range, this time with some science fiction themed goodness, may I present to you the: Grim’s Dark futures; Blasted Lunar Wasteland Battlemap.

This huge 38 page PDF printable battlemap measures 190cm x 95cm when assembled and is a perfect option for those gamers on a budget. Just Print, assemble on a large card base or other suitable base, add terrain and miniatures, then get ready for some miniature mayhem!! Suitable for most scales (10mm/15mm/20mm/25mm/28mm and possibly more…)

As with other publications in the Grinning Skull Design Studios range, this is a pay what you want publication, so that means you have a choice of either downloading it for FREE, or a small donation to reward me for my hard work and dedication for bringing you lot yet another quality PDF in the series!! (Only kidding, but the option is there coz I know how much you all love me!!)

Get your copy over on wargame vault here: http://www.wargamevault.com/product/185936/Grims-Dark-Futures-Blasted-Lunar-Wasteland-Battlemap or check out our other fine products in the range http://www.wargamevault.com/browse/pub/8807/Grinning-Skull-Studios

Later!!

4xD: But hey Mr Grim, I wanna’ game my dungeon in 15mm….

5 Oct

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So, outside of the Grim’s Dungeons of Doom tutorials, I think I needed to have yet another sub-set of brain fart articles to cover other aspects from time to time, so here is 4xD (which stands for Dungeon developments, discourse and dialogue) in which i’ll be babbling on about my gameworld Plexus (which I wouldn’t mind developing into something cool) as well as future dungeons of doom related PDFs I’m making, and other similar themed stuff I’m planning that doesn’t fit into the main articles.

Today I want to address 15mm dungeons and just how we can adapt these techniques to suit that scale rather than the usual 28mm.

To be honest, I mainly game in 15mm and not 28mm, unless it’s WFB I don’t really have any minis in that size beyond that, so when I began this, I seriously considered going 15mm as well. I do have quite a few 15mm fantasy adventurers, but were lacking on monsters, so it was kind of a reversed 28mm situation (Where as I have plenty of monsters, yet hardly any adventurers) What swung the decision in the end was the sheer scope and availability of fantasy minis in the scale, otherwise I’d have gone smaller just for space saving.

Anyway, but just how many of these techniques I’ve been detailing? So enough of my rambling, and lets shift scale.

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DUNGEON FLOORS- There is absolutely no reason why the exact same technique can’t be used. Other textured  paper is available with smaller mosaic squares that would be more akin to 15mm flagstones but I don’t see why the same dungeon flooring could not be used. Another idea would be to acquire some nice cheap or free floorplans in PDF form and shrink them down 50%-65%

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WALL SECTIONS- The same goes with the wall sections, only with slight modification. I would recommend that the only thing that i’d do different is when detailing the texture with card block designs, is that they would scale more if the brick design was shrunk by half. Ok, this would take a little longer, but not that much. Some might also prefer to use a smaller dimension of wood pieces, although I think that this would not be essential. If you don’t want the wood method for your dungeon, consider getting some dungeon building paperkit PDFs and shrinking them by the same percent as the flooring, or for free on the web. There are a good selection that would fit on this site, check the Resources section for lists of free 3D dungeons and similar.

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DOORS– The chunky doors are easily done by simply shrinking the door size down only and keeping the rest of the building as is, also don’t forget that 15mm can be found for sale by several mini companies, so that’s an option too without much outlay. Opening doors like in the article are still do-able but a little fiddly, as with anything if you shrink the size. Maybe if there’s a call for it, i’ll do a tutorial for it, however you’ll nee to let me know if thats what you want!

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FURNITURE- It’s very difficult to get the same level of detail that you get at 28mm, but not impossible either. If you aren’t ready to micro the techniques I’ve been going on about, you can always buy the dressings in from mini companies if you look around, although this can be hit and miss. Making stuff yourself helps eradicate the frustration factor with buying, only to replace it with more frustration building it! But, hold on, there need be no angst if you think carefully. Beds are easily sorted by shrinking the sizes (use 1 lolly stick wide for single beds, 2 for double beds etc) tables, again shorten the lengths and widths (use thick card as an alternative if it makes it easier) Shelves are something more intricate, swap lolly sticks for thick card, use smaller beads and adornment, sure it’s tricky, but not hard to do. For the books on the shelves, use thinner card too for scale. Books can also be made from the books & scrolls PDF, by printing the kit out at about 50-65% (your choice) and using thin card instead of EVA foam. opening books from the kit may be trickier….

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CAVERN WALLS, CORNERS, DOORWAYS AND FEATURESCavern walls using expanding foam are easily done as is, or simply change the dimensions to create smaller walls of your desired height/width. It’s exactly the same with the corners and doorways, use as is or create them smaller to suit. Cavern features need no changes, just create them smaller if you need to, otherwise make as normal.

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MINIATURES- Just a quick mention about 15mm minis. There are plenty of great companies who produce suitable minis for 15mm dungeon crawling. The only downfall is that you’ll really need to shop around to get the diversity needed for a proper old skool feel. Classic dungeon monsters are hard to find in 15mm, but more and more manufacturers are bringing out these classic creatures. Checkout other scales such as 10mm, 20mm and 28mm for minis that will suit. Pendraken do some cool dungeon monsters that fit well with 15mm. Don’t forget other great manufacturers to get your usual fantasy races and mosters, 15mm.co.uk, Irregular, splintered light, magister militum to name but a few. Adventurers can be plucked from all manner of historical lines at great prices much cheaper than their fantasy couterparts. Shopping around is key.

So, capping off this article, where ever possible from now on I’ll attempt to throw in some 15mm building tips too, for those of you who want to go 15mm (rather than the 28mm I’ve been detailing here). If you would like the odd 15mm dungeon article let me know in the comments about your opinions on the subject and if you’d like to see a few 15mm articles and I might oblige!

Grim’s Dungeons of Doom: The tables are turned (or constructed…)

1 Sep

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Now I’m back off my recent holiday, I wanted to get back into the further adventures of fleshing out my dungeon creation. Since my last related post was the Free Books PDF, I wanted to show you how to make stuff that you can display your newly constructed pieces upon.

This project is easy-peasy, really simple and will get you loads of nice tables for your dungeons, RPGs and Wargaming. This is just one simple way out of many. Remember we are just creating a flat top with four legs, I’m just putting the creation of tables here, because its for completists sake (Plus there would be those out there who ask me to give a run through, so here they are.)

For this, you’ll need some lolly sticks, cardstock, glue (PVA, Superglue) and something to form the legs (we’ll get to those in a bit)

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First,cut your lollysticks to form your tabletops. I used 3 lengths here,but you can use two. It depends on just how big you need the tables. You don’t need to measure, I do this by eye, but if you prefer measure them if you like (if they are uneven you can trim them after the next bit.)

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Cut a piece of cardstock and white glue it on to join the slats.It should be smaller than the width, but still wide enough to glue all the slats. You can join the pieces side on, but this way is quicker and makes the tops sturdier (Plus, you wont see the underside anyway) You can trim them up when the glue has set.

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For the legs, I’m using skull beads that I got for a couple of pounds from over on ebay. Stick on the legs with strong glue (superglue I used here)

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Since the height wasn’t sufficient enough, I added some little glass squares I had, taken from a christmas bauble that was destined for the bin, although its up to you what use as risers or legs for that manner,use what you have (matchsticks, dowel, cigarette filters, junk etc) Since theres not much to the tables, adding character to the legs is a good move.

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Now, stick them down with superglue or any strong glue to the base (cardstock) and leave to dry.

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Next, Spray/paint them with a black undercoat (or your preferred method) and leave to dry.

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Base coat with a dark brown (mine was Burnt Umber) or your choice, and slowly build up your desired wood colour to lighter shades.

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When the basic table is finished, paint in the base to match your set up.

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Now its time to add your decorations. I added my patented homemade mini candles since I’d imagine if there were something being used on them, they’d need light to see! Then just add your books, scrolls or maps to your hearts content! After this, they are ready to go. I made a few tables, and from the PDF I got quite a few variations as you can see below.

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The table above is straight out of Fighting Fantasy! A dungeon map and a map of the FF gameworld Allansia. A few scrolls and maps and books and its all ready for any dungeoneers to come across it on their adventures!

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This arcane table has magic books and tarot. I think Mr Crowley would approve!

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See, easy as pie. You can add all sorts of bits and pieces in addition to the books from the PDF, Skull beads can be used, as can weapons or anything you like. Its an easy and quick project that can give a great end result,so why don’t you give it a go?

I’ll be back next, with more tiny furniture, and more to stick your PDF books on, so I’ll see you then!

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