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Grinning Skull Miniatures: FAQ Session

23 Sep

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I get asked a lot of questions about the Grinning Skull range, and with that in mind, I’d like to clear up a few points that have been addressed to me on the web and in person. Of course this is just a cross cut of some of the more frequent ones I have been asked, so I thought I’d have a go at posting them up here, so if you would like to ask anything regarding the range, forward your queries to the usual address and I’ll try and answer them!

Is it just Sci-fi that will be in the range?

No, there will be other stuff eventually, fantasy, pulp, zombies/post apoc will feature too. The current emphasis is on the Oggam and the other stuff that inhabits the same universe (See Carnage Continuum)

What’s with all the anthropomorphism?

This gets asked a lot. Why not? I don’t see why some object to creatures/aliens or whatever just being anthropomorphised versions of various animals. Hell, I’d even go for doing some munch bunch inspired scifi fruit and veg just because it’s funny and I could! While I realise it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, I know there’s lots of folks who like it too. The oggam grew quite naturally from the ideas from the fluff, so a natural progression was the baahl (Sheep/goatmen) Mugal (Bull/cow/minotaurs) Chukk (chickens etc) If you take a bit of time to read the background, these creatures were formed from supersized agricultural stock, so I had to fit the farmyard in there! Plus I wanted to provide some beastmen proxies for players too. The Draxx were another race based around the proxy idea, to add to lots of the other options for a scifi lizard/draconic army. Will there be other hybrid animal humans in the range? Yes probably, and I’ll apologise beforehand if the idea offends!

Are you going to expand some of your alien races with more options/poses?

Yes, I have ideas for the Pliiim, Kize, Volpurgi, Draxx and other races (some that haven’t made an appearance yet) I’d like to think that when I’m finished, you could make a serviceable fighting force of any race in the range. I’d like to think that eventually there will even be specific vehicles and support weapons, but that might be a fair bit off just yet!

So what have you got planned for the future?

Loads of new ideas that add more to the entire oggam background, and expand the Carnage Continuum background with additional races, fighting forces and off the wall craziness. Charcodonians, Rafinx and Errg to name but a few, but there are a ton more ideas I’d like to develop over time. With the popularity of the Northampton Clown, I just might make a mini of him to add to the killer clowns I’ve done! I don’t think I could run out of ideas anytime soon!!

What are you working on at the moment?

Finishing off a few, a Scrofa Hoggit gang set, League of Anthracks Tor fire warriors (Firrog), Volpurgi troopers, and a few odds and sods. The main focus at present is the Kize, my take on the invasive consuming alien in popular scifi (like tyranids/alien/bio gribblies) I have the first set almost done (general kize warriors) so that will take the available Kize sculpts up to 5 different poses, in addition a set of Kirzor kize has begun (Kirzor are kize with praying mantis blade hands) and a Sluketh bio transport. There’s a few more Kize types planned.

What about vehicle support for the Oggam factions?

I’m still in the planning mode for these, but it will be the bikers and cavalry types that will be done before anything more beefy. I’d like to create an Og-mech as well, but this is pretty far off as we speak as I’m concentrating on infantry mostly at the moment.

What is the Carnage Continuum?

This is my background universe in which the Oggam, Kize, Draxx etc reside. Think of it as an outrageous tongue in cheek cartoony war filled mash up of all sorts. It’s based upon an old RPG setting I created for ICE’s SPACEMASTER game we used to play many moons ago.

Will there ever be 28mm Oggam?

For sure, I’d like to do a multipart oggam soldier, with a set of different heads and weapon options. It might take me a while to get done, since the size of an Oggam in 28mm is around the size of an ogre. I’m not used to bigger sizes so it takes longer compared to 15mm to do as you can imagine, but I’m up for the challenge. Hopefully when it’s done, someone will pic it up and cast it and make it available for purchase (Might even go for KS if there’s enough interest) Time will tell!!

If you have anything to ask about the Grinning skull range, please contact me and I’ll try and answer it best I can!! If you’d like to get hold of some Grinning Skull miniature goodness, check out http://15mm.co.uk/Grinning_Skull_Miniatures.htm

Ciao!

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Oggam Faction Backgrounds: Empire of Og: Imperial Catering Corps.

2 Apr

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Since its a new month, I present to you a new instalment of official oggam fluff background, this time about the division within the Og empire dedicated to keeping the troops happy, the imperial catering corps.

The Great and Glorious Empire of Og: The Imperial catering corps

 To the Oggam soldiers who reside in the Og empire, none are more celebrated than these fine fellows. Catering for the many troops in their forces is a hard and unforgiving job, remember that an army marches on its stomach, so it is essential that they are fed the right nutrients needed to keep a healthy fighting spirit.

Since the preparation of food is considered an art form by most oggam, it is no surprise that the entry to the Imperial catering college is made up from the most privilaged children and individuals who have shown aptitude in the culernary arts. Even an Oggam who makes his way through the ranks in the corps, must also be a fearless warrior, so it is not unusual for Og Empire forces to bring a portable war kitchen with them to battle. This is said to motivate the troops beyond the norm, giving rise to acts of great bravery and sacrifice from oggam who have been inspired by the smell of the Big cook’s latest creations.

The war kitchen section is led by what is termed a “big cook”, an experienced officer in his own right, along with his “little” cook assistants. They are then accompanied by ranks of other inexperienced trainee chef’s, who tirelessly work as peelers, choppers, waiters, and pot washers. In order to prove themselves worthy, they are required to defend the kitchen to the death, so in battle they take up arms and rage just like any other oggam soldier. There are large numbers of Blander oggam within the college, eager to show just how much their devotion to food is, and considering many oggam regard food as life itself, they tend to become a fearsome force in battle, showing a zeal that puts some others to shame, and is a good reason that they are highly respected and feared in equal measure.

Their symbol is that of the silver spoon, illustrating what a privilaged part they play in the empire, this item is also what the big and little cooks always carry with them, proudly denoting who they are and what honours bestowed upon the bearers of the biggest and best spoons. While the assistant “suis” chef’s have to earn this right, they still all carry one of some sort, as sometimes while on the battle field they will be called to perform the “pan rattle”, a great din caused by banging these spoons against various pots and pans, so to raise morale, scare or flush out enemies, or allow broken troops to regroup if they are too scattered.

Any Imperial general who has his own war kitchen staff is regarded with class and envy by other nobles in society, as with them he is able to lay on huge lavish feasts for visiting leaders or notables. It is noted that sometimes a catering corps division may employ the odd Scrofa Truffle miner as well from time to time, as any form of truffle to the oggam is considered precious beyond belief. In addition, a Big cook might command his own pack of hunting pigdogs and handler, so that he may gain access to wild game food while out on a campaign. These additions can lead to the Kitchen running like an entire military operation by itself, often putting many infantry divisions to shame with the high levels of skill and organisation not usually found within the imperial infantry.

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Coming Soon…Grinning Skull Miniatures from 15mm.co.uk

23 Mar

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I have the great pleasure to let you all know that months of hard work has finally paid off, and that soon you will be able to get your hands on my new range of 15mm figures!

That’s right, if you remember last year, I failed to secure funding for my indiegogo campaign to get my oggam war pig miniatures into production. I vowed not to give up and held to the idea, and carried on toward my aim.

I am delighted to reveal that the Oggam, and a whole host of other strange and humorous creatures will be available next month from 15mm.co.uk. These figures are what I have termed “Heroic 15mm” scale, they are designed for those gamers who like a bit of fun with their  figures, and should appeal to the collector with a sense of humor!

Although they won’t be to everyone’s taste, I hope that they will be enjoyed by those of you who purchase them! They’re meant with firmly a tongue in cheek, cartoony take on wargaming. Expect to see new takes on my own versions of not just sci-fi zaniness, but pulp horror, and fantasy too!! I have so many ideas and plans to expand the range in the future, the sky’s the limit!!

Of course, the Oggam will feature prominently in the Grinning Skull range, with my plans to try and cover as many different types, factions, civilians, characters, flora/fauna, equipment and eventually even vehicles! It’ll mean loads of individual choice in designing an entire force of Oggam for the wargamer, allowing many players to each field an Oggam army which is totally different from each other (Indeed, entire Oggam WarPigs campaigns….more about that another time!!….)

I’d like to thank the guys at 15mm.co.uk  for helping get this project seen to reality, and ultimately you the public who might end up giving the Grinning Skull Range a go!

Also, on a side note, I’d like to take a moment to give thanks to the many nay sayers who slated my attempts trying to bring my Oggam figures into the public eye, I thank you for your whining and abuse, without which I may have given up long ago. You taught me that while other people have a right to an opinion, what actually matters at the end of the day is determination, and to coin the immortal Grinning Skull moto: “There is only laughter in the face of adversity…”

I’ll be having a bit of a re-organisation here on the site, including regular updates for previews, teasers, and links to anything Grinning Skull miniature related (Well, it is the Grinning Skull blog after all!!) But you can find the home of the new range at 15mm.co.uk’s site, where there’ll be a section devoted entirely to them!!

Check it out here   http://www.15mm.co.uk/Grinning_Skull_Miniatures.htm and have a look at at a little teaser pic of what’s to come!!

Thanks people!!

Peace out…

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