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100 Fatal Blows (Bladed edition) for all fantasy RPGs, PDF Release today!

24 Mar

Well, I waste no time in announcing the latest release in the Grinning Skull Design Studios schedule, our growing range of RPG & wargaming PDF publications.

Grinning Skull Design Studios presents: 100 Fatal Blows (Bladed Edition) for all fantasy RPGs.

The latest in the “Grim’s Amazing D100 Tables” range of publications, this product is designed to be used by both GM’s and players for adding killing blow descriptors for any RPG combat system that may lack that aspect. Completely system agnostic and made with compatibility with any fantasy RPG system in mind, can be used time and time again to give visceral and gore soaked descriptions of finishing blow criticals delivered with swords and other bladed weapons.

Although intended for fantasy RPGs, can be easily used for other gaming genres where bladed combat is used.

Compatible with virtually every Fantasy RPG system! 

Digital PDF Download only $2.00

VISIT THE PRODUCT PAGE HERE

Crowdfunding Spotlight: Star Hat Miniatures: Heroic Scale Metal Figures Kickstarter

11 Aug

Well, how could I not feature this KS, given that the tagline for these minis is “Delvers Lost in the Dungeons of Doom!” it’s pretty much right up my alley! Star Hat miniatures are a company I haven’t come across before, but they have my attention now!

As you will gather, these are a set of generic adventurer types typical for dungeon exploration as per the usual RPG/wargaming fantasy fare. There is an old skool feeling to these, very similar to some ancient citadel sculpts and a few other older UK miniature firms work, which is a good thing, although some purists might disagree.

I like them, that’s for sure, and there are more than enough options for classes that’d fit many an RPG group needing some miniatures to fit their party for some dungeon bashing tomfoolery!

I feel that the only criticism I can aim at Star Hat Miniatures, is that the “Dungeons of Doom” moniker is used, and i should be at least getting a free set of them to pay for the favorable review and the royalty bonus for using that in the set title! But joking aside, they look fine to me and (hint, hint!) If you ever want me to review a set in person on here, please do!!!

No doubt this KS will be fully funded, as it’s already almost there, but do your bit and check them out if old skool D&D type figures is your thing. Check out the link to visit the project KS page for more info:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1262520792/star-hat-miniatures-heroic-scale-metal-figurines-f?ref=category

Compendium Update!

28 Jul

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Ok, first off, if you were hoping to see the next part in the Grim’s Dungeons of Doom article, then you’ll have to wait, as I’ve lost some photos somewhere, so I need to get a few new shots done to fill the gaps, but rest assured, it’ll be here soon!

Since I’ve been really busy beavering away with putting together the compendium, and school holiday duties (keeping my kids occupied is almost a full time job!) I thought I’d share some info with you about what’s coming up in the PDF.

As you can see from the above picture, here’s just five of the paper-kits that’ll be included in the book/zine, We have the shops/dwellings kit for an on the fly, easy way to create small villages for your games, then we have the Grinning Skull Studios meta-books sampler kit, for those of you who actually want to include some of our PDF publications on your models in 28mm scale!

We’ve also got some nice customisable ruined wall set that would suit almost every genre of game, and we have a tall wealthy quarter dwelling building too, all in 28mm.

Finally, we have a kit to expand on the dungeon builder series of models, such as our Arcane Library kit. Here we have the Grand stone temple expansion that will increase your options for building more varied and different complexes.

Not pictured, are the protest sign kit, ideal for modern gaming, The Fine furnishings sampler “the dinner party” kit and probably more kits I can’t remember, not to mention some great gaming and mini related articles to keep you entertained!

On a side note, we still have spaces left for any advertisers who might like some FREE advertising in the compendium, so please get in touch if you’d like to be included.

In the mean time, if you have any questions or need to know anything, get in touch, comment or discuss. I will be back soon with the next Dungeons of Doom article, and hopefully more.

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: Paint it grey; The Monotone Monologue

13 Jun

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Now, there must be some of you out there thinking to yourselves that I seem to favour the colour grey quite a bit. Maybe it may be a subliminal reflection upon myself and my psyche, but there is method in my madness.

Sure, I have to admit that a great deal of my terrain work features the colour, but I think it is reflective of the world around us. Grey surrounds us in the form of natural rocks, the cloudy skies, the urban tarmac below our feet, and of course, the endless municipal 20th century buildings and dwellings we seem to have in the western world. As depressing as it sounds, grey is everywhere.

St Georges Minster Doncaster: One of my towns local landmarks. For as much as it’s beautiful architecture, it’s pretty darn grey!

Ok, so where is the colour? Why should this real life dredge apply so much to terrain building and my stuff primarily when I have all the colours in the world to deal with in these imaginary worlds that I can create?

The grey monotony of the stark and austere dungeon terrain is broken by the colour of the individual figures and models.

As much as I like garish and bright colours, I believe that terrain should not just look pretty on the table, but should reflect the world imagined around them. More importantly, since I’m dealing with miniatures, as much as I want my terrain to shine, it’s them that are the primary accent of colour on the table, the battlefield and terrain are secondary. I feel that everything else should be muted, that way the focus is on the action and the models, and making sure that the figures are not lost in a blur of colour. Monochrome terrain helps the colourful figures pop and stand out from the scenics. Now I’m not saying that everything should be grey on the table, but my preference allows for highlights that draw the eye, not to bombard the eye with far too much busy colour that might not be needed unless it’s really called for, hence making the important figures and objectives the centre of attention.

Grey everywhere, yet the lone blue creature stands out from the scene.

Now this is just my own opinion, but I much prefer this to overtly busy and incorrectly used colour palettes. I would however like to know your thoughts. Do you think that I’m talking bull? or do you think there is some truth to this?

Whatever your opinions, let me know in the comments section and give your side!

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