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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!

Belated seasonal greetings everyone! An alternative Xmas message!

28 Dec

Ho, Ho, Fucking Ho!! 

Hello there! It seems ages since I posted here on the blog, so with the new year promising a new positive start and the fact I am starting to get settled back into posting and some constructive stuff, I wanted to wish you lot some seasonal jubilations, and the hope that you dear readers have had a better time than I over this festive season.

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Mini Sculpting: 28mm Ettin/2 headed troll; Fnar-frag the two faced!

6 Mar

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Ok, you’re going to have to forgive my net connection, it’s not great at the best of times, but like I have told you before, I promised to show you some stuff I have been working on.

This is a personal WIP for my WFB orc and gobbo army, mainly my troll mob. I must admit that trolls are my fave lot out of the orc stuff, and have scored me many victories while using them in game. The only trouble I find with them is the fact that they are so darned expensive to buy, so I spend plenty of time searching around different places for old troll figures to use as proxies, so much that I decided to add to my ranks by making some myself.

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I thought I’d make him of the two headed variety, after rewatching “Troll Hunter” I thought it would stand out more than the usual type, and that he’d serve best for part of my command section of my two units. First thing you might notice is the weird positioning of his hand. This is for a reason, I wanted him to be holding a goblin marionette puppet on strings. However that still might change if I decide otherwise, but for now thats the plan.

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Also I wanted him to exhibit a left/right personality, sort of good cop/bad cop, so that’s why the puppet holding side has a goofy, child like  essence to it, while the other is more “business” orientated and ready for some pagga!

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Also, I wanted his gait to reflect that being a troll, he really needed to be quite deformed and twisted, especially with having the two headed mutation, so the slight twist in his stride is intentional. I wanted him to match the other trolls I have, so he needed plenty of warty scales, which will highlight nicely when painted in contrasting colour, oh yeah, and popeye type fore arms too!

I think it’s great the fact that GW old school trolls have the definitive cartoon look to them, which I needed to try and match, especially with him being more of a character figure than the usual rank and file troll. Lots of you might know that I sometimes diss GW, but it also matches my own style of modelling in a cartoon look, and seeing as though it’s going to be used for oldhammer and 6th Ed WFB, I don’t see the problem. Before anyone mentions the base, he’s now glued onto a 40×40 monster sized base with gluegun glue, just because it is a quick and easy way of adding a durable texture instead of sculpting it on, oh the many uses of the humble gluegun!!

I really want to release my own range of 28mm trolls and troll kin in the future hopefully, maybe a KS (ok, so don’t moan about crowdfunding, I actually think stuff like Kickstarter is a fine idea and many out there are a bit sick of the whole thing, but it does serve a purpose) I have quite a few ideas for several different types of troll races that would fit nicely into the O&G army lists, as proxies for the various troop types rather than the regular Orcs and their ilk.

Next up will be a decent paint job once I finsih the puppet goblin, or war yoyo, or even a human casualty (still not 100% on what to do) but I’ll show you once the next bit has been done.

Next up, is my Oggam settlement board (once my connection will allow more uploads)

Tally ho miniature chums!

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Gout aint’ just for the Georgain gentry you know…

18 Nov

So, regular readers here may be aware of my absence recently. I do apologise for no new posts, this has all been down to ill health which seems like its been going on for months, and I’ve been somewhat distracted due to pain from the infamous “gout”, a really painful type of athritis (of which runs in my family) that causes severe inflamation to parts of the body (this being both my knee and my foot) Anyone who suffers this will attest to the sheer agony of an attack, and indeed I have even had my foot bound up (just like in the old days)

Some might think I may be a heavy drinker or eat lots of red meat to bring on such a thing, but since I hardly drink (Its been months since I had a blow out) and I try and eat a balanced diet (no fried shit, plenty of fruit and veg, low salt and sugar,lots of ruffage etc) It seems like just the hereditary predisposition in the male line of my family, and indeed of athritis in general is enough for me to experience this condition from time to time.
Just the endless discomfort caused had me loosing sleep, hobbling all over and made me feel like I just couldn’t be bothered with pretty much anything to do with the web. Since I hit the big 40, its plain to see that I’m not getting any younger and getting older sure comes with a lot of associated aches and pains that I’m not keen on! coupled with the various virus types and chickenpox that the kids fetch back from school, you can tell that the winter and it’s associated illnesses and shitty weather, is on it’s way.

I’m feeling pretty good now. good enough to start painting, sculpting and model making once more, and spend a bit of time here, updating the blog with some choice bits of stuff to entertain and while away a few moments when your surfing through here.

Vive le Grinning Skull!

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