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Grim’s Dungeons of Doom: Realm of the dead; Cemetery Gateway

11 Jun

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Hello everyone, it’s me Grim. In my absence, I at least have been amassing a fair bit of material here to continue on with both this series and the blog. I hope you’ll forgive my leave, but shit happens.

So, it’s been a while since posting the last dungeons of doom article. With that in mind, I present to you a series of new load of themed tutorials that deal with the realm of the dead. Over time we’ll be concentrating on a different theme at a time, focusing first with the graveyard/cemetery starting with this creepy skull encrusted cemetery gateway… Continue reading

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Terrain: “BBQ’d Rolling Pin” Cobblestone Roads

21 Oct

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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.

 

Crowdfunding Spotlight: Table Top Blocks Kickstarter

20 Oct

Compared to the Encounter elements set from the previous crowdfunding spotlight, this terrain block system looks like something you’d find in a primary school (very similar to the counting block type learning toy you do still find, trust me, I have two under 7’s!) Again some of you will be calling me the Simon Cowell of the gaming crowdfunder reviewers and coming across negatively, but fate will conspire to put a spanner in the works, especially when you consider the untimely nature of the starting of both similar gaming block systems at the same time period. All I can think is that it’s got to hurt either one or both. Personally I think the Encounter elements set is the clear winner here in look and style.

Although this set wins out on colour choices to represent different terrain, it does so with absence of any real visual appeal, this is even more basic than the last, but at least the previous had more to it. Also I think what scores against it for me, is the blue ones look very similar to the cold packs you get inside cooler bags and boxes!

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I told you! Look, its not my intention to pull down an active project in case it effects its cause, but I’m just being honest, anyway thats how this whole thing works, simply by putting this up for the world to see and hopefully fund, indeed we are possibly setting one self up for a fall (Trust me, I tried and made an epic fail, so I know it aint easy)

Check out the vid and visit the link for the whole pitch for your cash, and as ever, let me know what you think in the comments below.

 

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/933179479/table-top-blocks

Crowdfunding Spotlight: The Encounter Brick Construction System from Encounter Elements on Kickstarter

20 Oct

So again with more Crowdfunders for us freaks and geeks, this time in the form of two similar projects on kickstarter. First of being the Encounter Elements encounter bricks construction system.

These are geared towards the GM/DM who just hasn’t got time to create some terrain for the various enounters one might need to show during game on the tabletop (which is a good thing if you actually need that on the fly) Now, I’m not that invested in the RPG aspect of stuff anymore, although it played a significant role in my past, you know the Grinning skull is primarily a wargaming site (well, minis anyway) but seeing as though this is for miniatures, I wanted to put them here for that purpose.

As you can probably see, these are used for the quick creation of terrain and in that respect, you can use the system for wargaming if your terrain expectations aren’t clouded by things looking a little basic.

So what we have here is basically a type of lego/megablocks set-up specifically for us gamers, which is ok I suppose, if you like the asthetic, but lets not dress this up. RPG/Wargamer lego it is.

I mean look at it. Dress it up as much as you want with trinkets and miniatures, it looks like flat topped lego. Look, I may sound rather negative about it, I just want to say that it doesn’t really solve any problems that using lego wouldn’t sort (Ok, so lego isn’t flat on the top, and the lego studs probably arent the best thing to balance your prized minis on, but apart from that no real difference) What I’m saying is, it’s not the most groundbreaking gaming product that’s going to change the way that you play your games.

For serious RPGers/wargamers, No not really. For loose and easy beginner play, yes that would be much better, I’d say better suited for the young uns. Don’t get me wrong, theres nothing wrong with the design and manufacture, and I could definitely put them to use in some limited form, I’d just want to add more dimension to them, convert and paint etc, but I could probably come up with something better for my needs myself, from scratch, but then again I don’t think I’m the demographic for this product.

For what it’s worth, if I were after something like this, I think lego type blocks would be a better and easier off the shelf buy. It’s all very swish and well produced, but I’m afraid its all fur coat and no knickers. Sorry Encounter Elements.

Check out the vid & page link to the project and make your own mind up about it.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/encounterelements/the-encounter-brick-construction-system-for-tablet

Let me know your thoughts on it by commenting below, do you like? Not like?

More building block Crowdfunding Spotlight next…

Terrain Workshop: WIP 15mm Industrial Zone

13 Jul

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So, back to the grind. With events of late, I’ve been having a hard time motivating myself to complete various jobs that I’m supposed to be doing, stuff like this tends to lack importance compared to when life deals out shitty hands. Still, time dredges on, stuff needs doing and thus, whether you like it or not, everyone should kick themselves up the ass from time to time, so thats what I’m in the process of doing!

Anyway, heres a bit of a WIP of one of the latest terrain bits I’m working on at the moment. Its a 15mm Industrial zone (as if you haven’t worked it out!)

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