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We are back,The Grinning Skull is back online!!

9 Aug

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Well folks, after a lot of messing around, creating a archive/new site, much hair pulling out and other guff. We are back.

I could sit here and type to you, what the hell has gone on, but suffice to say I’m not going to bore you with an entire catalogue of problems, I’m just happy that this is sorted.

The only thing is, it’s now left me with an other site, with an almost identical set up as here. Never the less, for now, I’m going to update both and after some jiggery pokery, I’ll post on both, amend links and try to integrate them with each other. That way, if anything goes tits up again, everything will be up to date.

Of course, all this has caused some damage to my online space, with the various algorithms and doo-dah’s on the internet, I hope to overcome this blip eventually (plus, having two sites listed with links to each other, and material etc can’t be a bad thing? Right?) So for now, while I sort out stuff on here, and www.grinningskullstudios.design.blog (which for those of you who don’t know, is where the archived site exists also)

All posts from there, will be exported/reblogged on here, just for my completist nature. You’ll be able to read them as soon as I get sorted out, but if you want to read it now, jump over to www.grinningskullstudios.design.blog and read them now.

I’m just glad that the original is back.

Catch you later, and let me know if any of you subscribers are getting notified, or any other things have stirred (blog network links, rss and other crap) into resurrection!

Site News: Domain update, www.thegrinningskull.com

29 May

Just a quick post to let you know that the site can now be accessed by visiting “http://thegrinningskull.com” at it’s new domain. The site can still be visited by the old extension (https://thegrinningskull.wordpress.com) as well, but the new domain is easier to remember and visiting the old extension will still bring you into the site with the new one.

Advertising is now open, and those wishing to sell their wares or advertise on here are welcomed to get in touch to discuss terms and rates (use the contact me page to get in touch) Also, anyone wishing to advertise in Grinning Skull Design Studios PDFs, should also get in touch to discuss rates and details.

Last off, there’s been a bit of a re-organisation of the RPGnow/DrivethruRPG publisher pages to include sub-category entries for easier browsing of our products. You can visit these pages via the links to the right side of this page to checkout our ever growing ranges of PDF titles!

As ever, I welcome any comments, suggestions, ideas and creative criticisms that would improve this site, so please leave your comments, likes & shares, or get in touch via the contact me page if you want to talk about anything or discuss ideas for articles/future publications/etc.

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!

Visit back here soon for more content, and consider signing up to receive updates when new articles are posted!

Clown News: Creepy Staten Island clown, Manchester and Cambridge Clowns also on the loose!!

3 Apr

 

CLOWN NEWS

Here’s something I never thought I’d be revisting, but once again I’m back with more new Clown News, a feature that has been rather popular here on the Grinning Skull blog. Ok, so I thought as many did, that the clown craze was just a fad that had died out, but I was wrong.

Not to be out done by us Brits, across the pond, a familiar face seems to have taken a vacation to the US, and as you can plainly see, now the Staten Island area of NY has aquired their very own northampton clown lookie-likie! Could it be either that he’s taking a holiday, or that he has cloned (or should I say Clowned!) himself?

America beware, the clowns are coming!! (please note: this was trecently revealed as a publicity stunt, so still the UK seems the home of the creepy clowns!)

Creepy Staten Island clown spotted around borough, spooks residents  – NY Daily News.

Also back at the beginning of march, there was more clown madness in the North west of England, with even more reports of clowing around, another indication that things were far from over regarding creepy clown sightings…

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/bizarre-spate-clown-related-crimes-reported-6790126

And now there are reports of a new clown criminal on the scene, this time down south in Cambridge, will the craze ever stop? Everytime there seems to be a lull in the sightings, up pop more costumed weirdos! Full story on auntie beeb’s website here:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-26838320

Even back in January, the MET revealed they were dealing with over a hundred clown related incidents…

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-25888992

Is this all an indication that we are about to see a resurgence of costumed chaos?

Only time will tell…..

 

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Ion Age reborn! Great news from Alternative Armies and 15mm.co.uk!

20 Aug

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I just wanted to reblog the latest news from AA and 15mm.co.uk, a great bit of welcome news for us 15mm gamers especially, with a relaunch of their Ion Age universe. Anyway, I’ll let the them explain in their own words rather than me have a go and possibly cocking it up!

Today is a special day for it is today that Alternative Armies and 15mm.co.uk would like to announce to all of their lovely customers and fans that there is a new baby in our brand family and its name is www.theionage.com .  Its a little chap just now but its gonna grow real fast and if you are a fan of science fiction miniature wargaming with a focus on Space Opera and heroic style rather than a trend of re-hashing a grim and repetitively bland future then The Ion Age is for you.

Ever since Gavin Syme first played the original Ion Age game ‘Firefight’ back in the 1990’s he has wanted to put The Ion Age back where it belonged, front and centre, back where it was in the early 1990’s with Alternative Armies.  Its taken time and a lot of effort but the moment is now here.  Releases and surprises are lined up, rewards and specials all arranged, a rule system in the play test stage.  Not only in the popular 28mm scale but also in the booming15mm scale too. A thousand years after the Ban of Prejudice saw the end of the first Khanate War now the Prydian Precinct stands torn by civil war and the once more looming threat of the return of the Khanate.   The Prydian Army is now united and led by the beautiful Princess Cyon and it is embattled all around.  To whom will go victory in this thrilling universe?

Every wargaming brand stands by its miniatures and its artwork and we have our lead designer Sam Croes heading up a stream of releases that will make you grin from ear to ear.  We have taken the Ion Age codes from the original HOF range and formed them into the IAF series where we promise that no code will EVER have any doubles in it.  That’s right every miniature in every pack is different.  Each week we will be expanding the Ion Age with a new 15mm release beginning with two releases this very week.  Each release can be bought as a pack or as singles or in multiple packs with a saving; total choice for you.

In addition to our new website we have an official blog for all the latest Ion Age happenings.  Go along and have a look at: http://theionageblog.blogspot.co.uk/ . In fact sign up to follow it so you are never behind on the news.  We also have a weekly newsletter which will be coming out through our partnership with Mailchimp; you can find a link to sign up for this on the footer of the website or at the top of the blog.  Email or Blog or both take your pick for the story of The Ion Age.

Each month we will be giving a free miniature away automatically, one for each and every order placed.  This miniature is unique and will NEVER be sold in any form or seen again once its time runs out.  The first miniature is now online, see it on the front page of website, a kneeling Retained Knight deep in thought before battle.  It will be the current miniature until the end of September (because it would be unfair it for only for the remainder of this month eh!) and then another will take its place.

Not enough for you eh? well here is something else that we at The Ion Age can offer you.  A Rewards Programme!  When you place an order on our website you will be signed up for the free programme and points will be credit to you to the value of your purchase.  As your points grow then you can redeem them any time for a discount or special Rewards Programme miniatures.  At the moment you can get 5% off or 10% off orders or the special Patrol Angis Vignette pack with your points.  When you sign up you will get full details and the current offers for points.  We begin with the existing Ion Age miniature range on the website but today we have our first brand new release IAF005 Balthazar and Jerome a two miniature 15mm personality pack depicting a noble Retained Knight and his loyal varlet.  Great for leading any 15mm force in the Prydian Army or the ranks of any Marcher Baron.  Go along and check out these new miniatures now!

Well that is it for our virtual hello and handshake we hope you decide to check us out and like what you see.  In fact drop us an email on info@theionage.com if you have any questions.  But don’t despair because seeing as how it’s launch week we have to things left to say.  Firstly since we are great guys we are going to stick a couple of extra free miniatures in every order for free until the end of August and secondly our next release will be something that has been on the top of many Ion Age wargamers for years for sculpting in 15mm scale….something our website background art is already depicting. Find out later this week!

The Ion Age Team

Indeed, some promising news there, I’ll be watching how this progresses. It’s great to see the guys there are always finding ways to drive the 15mm scifi community happy with innovative and interesting stuff!

Ciao Amigos!!

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