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Fine Furnishings Volume 1 Paper-kit, now available on Wargame Vault!

28 Jul


Yet another shameless PDF plug for the latest Grinning Skull studios publication, Grim’s Dungeons of Doom: Fine furnishings Volume 1 is now available from wargame vault and sister sites. This is yet another fine paper kit in the Dungeon Builder series and will add on more detail and use for your Arcane library set ups and complexes.

It’s 100% compatible with everything else in the Grinning Skull paper-kit range and contains all sorts of items, all scaled to 28mm miniatures. Tables, Chairs, Rugs and more are all included in this kit, as well as full instructions and pics of how to print out and assemble your very own interiors.

This is a Pay-what-you-want product, meaning that it’s basically free, but any donations/contributions are welcomed. So please help support the Grinning Skull by spreading the word about our products and share this to any of your friends who might be interested in it!!

Get your copy here at: Wargame Vault, Fine Furnishings Vol 1 

As ever let me know what you think, or have any comments or suggestions!!


Terrain: “BBQ’d Rolling Pin” Cobblestone Roads

21 Oct


As bloggers it’s great to share quality content with our readership, so it’s great when the opportunity comes along to take a step back from our own blogs and hand over to others for top notch advice and how to’s.
So with that in mind, here’s an excellent tutorial for terrain builders here, reblogged with permission from http://redoverblue.net.


Grim’s Dungeons of Doom: If you choose the basic door, go to part 5…

15 Aug


Hello everyone, I’m back with the next part of the Dungeons of doom, a series of articles dealing with the creation of easy and cheap to make 28mm scenic dungeons.

Still on the basic and integral parts of any dungeon are the doors that lead from room to room, encounter to encounter. I have all sorts of doors in my build, but I’m going to show you how I do my run of the mill homemade ones.

So, this time we’re going to deal with my version of a very basic modular door. I’ve seen tons of other versions all over the place,but what I had in mind originally was in keeping with the chunky wooden feel of the rest of the build, as I didn’t want them to get broken. Also bear in mind, I wanted to churn these out quick if needed, so that was a factor too.


So these are my basic chunky dungeon doors, they are nothing special, they don’t open (That one’s for next time..) but they are quick to make, robust and fit perfectly with the build so far. Lets set out what is needed for the construction of these chunky doors…


Your going to need the same pine wood battons like what were used in the walls tutorial, and in some respect is the same principle, so as well as a couple of popsicle sticks and maybe some thin barbeque squewers or matchsticks, you’ll need some thin cardstock like before, and a small plastic drink straw. (and PVA & superglue/cyanoacrylate type glues)


When you’ve cut your wood section and decided how tall you want the door ( I’ve chosen a piece 4cm x 1cm x 1cm, but you can adapt this around whatever you like) get the lolly sticks and cut 4 slightly smaller pieces than your block (in this case around 35mm in length)

Next, snap or cut them down the centre to create this kind of effect.


Glue these into position as these create the wooden door fascia. Do this on both sides with PVA and leave to dry (also make sure they line up on the other side too)


Next, use scrap wood from lollysticks or matchstick/toothpick etc to frame out the door shape as per the above pic, again on both sides, leave to dry.


Use cardstock to create strips at the top and bottom of each door, also cut out small shapes to detail the hinge fastening (you’ll need 4 of each) Also attach a small square to the opposite side for the door handle later.


After the card has stuck, add studs by using the tiny rhinestone nail art gems or the embossed circles (available on ebay for 99p) They are great things to have for rivets and bolts.


I usually give them a dab of liquid superglue after they set, just to make sure they bond properly (cheapo superglue is brilliant for that!) Next bit is tricky, but gives a nice effect.


Heat the end of the straw until it deforms into a circle, once it cools, chop it off and attach to the door plate with superglue. Then, take a small strip of card and form the ring that attaches the plastic circle, glue that down too (this is the tricky part (but I’ll go through this again with the next part as I have better pics) Do this on both sides. It should now look something like this:


Like the wall sections, clad the sides with the same process as before and leave to dry, before blackbombing it.


Once dried, paint up to match your dungeon scheme, as usual for me, the same grey for the brick sides and starting at burnt umber gradually fading up to a sand brown.



The studs and hinges and handle were given a quick lick of black, then painted a bronze and silver highlight to make them pop.

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Add a few cracks and faux wood graining and its all about done, seal it in and there you go. simple and quick chunky modular doors.


Ok, I know these doors aren’t going tow in prizes or impress any adventurer,but they keep well with the wooden modular feel and are really easy to make, anyone can replicate this simple technique.

Ahh, but you wanted opening doors eh? Maybe something like this?


Well, why didn’t you say, you’ll need to go to part 6 to find out how to do them….

See you next time Dungeoneers…

Crowdfunding Spotlight: Tabletop Taverns Kickstarter

7 Mar

While my rather poor internet connection allows and I’m on a roll, I want to tell you about the third installment of the successful Tabletop towns range of folding card scenery. I’m a huge fan of paper models for wargaming, so this new campaign is bound to be a big hit for those out there who need the advantage of being able to store their scenery for use on the go, or have limited space to store vast amounts of scenery needed for large scale battlefields and such.

I’m really liking the evolution of these great practical card buildings and with the addition of sloped roofs, it adds an extra element of realism to the previous sets. Like I have mentioned before, there’s loads of scope for future additions and themes that can be done based around the idea, and tabletop towns creator, Julian Hicks has not failed to disappoint with the newest creations. The latest additions add more options and build upon the previous, giving way to more layouts for your gaming set up, all in all it’s a very practical way for gamers to populate their tables with many more combinations of 28mm fantasy townscapes without the restrictions of storage and a huge dent to your finances!

I’m still hoping that eventually there will be some chance in the future for some scifi and modern stuff, not only for 28mm gamers, but for those of us who game in 15mm (hint, hint!!)

Seriously, if you haven’t heard of them before, go and check out the latest campaign!



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Crowdfunding Spotlight: Battle Systems™ Sci-fi Modular Terrain Kickstarter

30 Nov

So, with previous posts being concerned with that of clowns and other such tomfoolery, I thought that it was best if I brought things back to the usual wargaming themes that many come here for. Although I will add, this blog is not just about wargames and miniatures, but about other stuff that amuses and entertains me. It’s been a while since I featured any crowdfunding stuff I’ve seen or been told about, so I thought I’d highlight this nice looking set, Battle Systems (TM!) modular card terrain on KS.

With only a few days left to go, it comes as no surprise this lovely terrain set has prompted tons of you out there to part with your cash to help fund this project. As you can see, it’s ideal for a plethora of 28mm games (or 32mm if you prefer!) of a scifi nature. I’m a big fan of terrain, and you must admit its pretty neat for card scenery, perfect for those who don’t have the time to mess around making it from scratch! Imagine the games of Necromunda or Spacehulk you could play with this!!

If I had the cash to put in, I would, but since I’m perpetually skint, I’ll be giving it a miss (not by choice though!)

There’s still time to get involved and get yourself a set, go and take a look if you like the cut of it’s cloth (you know what I mean…)

Battle Systems™ Sci-fi Modular Terrain by Battle Systems Ltd — Kickstarter.

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