Posts Tagged ‘Fantasy’

100 Summoned Demons, for all Fantasy, Horror & Modern RPGs

Posted on March 28th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Back once again with yet another (yes, really another one!) release from Grinning Skull, with 100 Summoned Demons for all fantasy, horror & modern RPGs. Get your copy by clicking this link now! Or visit our publisher page link below. 

Spiders Are Done

Posted on March 27th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Anyway I have finished off the Reaper Bones Spider Swarms for Savage Worlds and Dungeon and Dragons. It’s good to have something else finished. All the time consuming drying has been done already so it was a fairly quick process.

Maybe I am getting work done because I am naffed off that I am finding the urge to do something. The house is generally never cleaner that when I am naffed off and it is pretty clean today not to mention getting a load of jobs done around the house. The truth is probably that I am a bit naffed off with myself because of what I am doing or not doing. Decisions to be made I think.

I went with brown as the main colour with a little bit of a wash and a highlight. Perhaps it’s not as menacing as black but I have just done the beetle swarm in black, blue wash and grey and I didn’t want the two  bases turning out like carbon copies of each other (I am not sure that I like the phrase carbon copy any more, it makes me sound older than I feel). When I think back this model this is actually quite a pricey model. £7 of figures and a £1 of bases plus a few bits and pieces. It’s certainly the biggest base I have ever used. Now I just need to figure out a way to transport them.

I have also done a bit more written work on some post apocalyptic stuff I have been working on. I have been working on it for a good long time now, you would hope it would be finished by now.

Still, I am tired now.

Dormur finished

Posted on March 27th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

Hi All,I finished the Reaper 25th Anniversary figure from February, 01601 sculpted by Julie Guthrie. The photos are more quick snaps with my cellphone. The lighting was not great. I need to tidy me hobby area so that I can set up for more studio qualit…

Grinning Skull Treasure Items 1, Bundle, Out Now.

Posted on March 26th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Just to let you know, there is now a new bundle collection of PDFs available from our publisher pages. All themed to treasure and loot! To get your bundle now, click here, or visit our publisher page for our other publications.  

Grinning Skull Design Studios PDF Release, 100 Very dangerous, Trapped & Cursed Treasure Items, for all fantasy RPGs.

Posted on March 25th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Well, yet another new release from Grinning Skull, this time 100 Very Dangerous, Trapped & Cursed Treasure Items, for all fantasy RPGs. A collection of troublesome and downright toxic items to throw at your players! To get your copy, click the link below 100 Very dangerous, Trapped & Cursed Treasure Items, for all fantasy RPGs […]

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

Posted on March 23rd, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

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 […]

End Of The Swarm

Posted on March 23rd, 2017 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

I think this is just about finished. Add some more highlighting, a little more texturing and a bit of flock later and this is about it. It looks okay to me. Looking back at the process I think I got things pretty much right. Maybe I could have built th…

Swarms Again

Posted on March 22nd, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

Today has been hard work but at the eleventh hour (well the tenth hour to be accurate) I decided that I had to do something. This is probably down to the power of the blog. If I am going to post every day then I should have something to post especially…

Swarm Bases For Savage Worlds And D&D

Posted on March 20th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

Swarm bases have been on my mind for a while, mainly for Savage Worlds and although I don’t really play D&D it would be nice to cover as many possibilities as possible. Swarms are one monster types that you don’t see a lot as models. It’s not that …

Insomnia , In Your Face And Some Work In Progress

Posted on March 18th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Insomnia no, miniatures and stuff yes. Swarm bases are going to be the next project.  I got to spend last night in an actual bed and a bed big enough for me to fit in. I had a great nights sleep and have been full of beans all day. I have hardly s…

Eight Epics Review

Posted on March 18th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

In our Eight Epics review, we’ll take a look at a cooperative dice rolling game where players have to use their heroes to take care of threats around the world.
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Clockwork Dragon Wings

Posted on March 16th, 2017 under , , , , , , . Posted by

A few weeks ago, I started to put together my Reaper Bones Clockwork Dragon. I had to do some boiling water reshaping of the legs to get them all level, but I am getting quite good at that with plastic models. I was not happy with the position of the wings as they stuck straight … Continue reading Clockwork Dragon Wings

Mordheim Season 3 – The Coven

Posted on March 13th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

The latest in the ongoing saga that is our Third Season Mordheim Campaign rolled around earlier last week, with all the antagonists lined up to have a bash at the Witch’s Coven who had been tracked down to their lair at the head of a wooded valley some…

Warhammer Empire Reiksguard Mounted Knights

Posted on March 12th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Just time for a quick post tonight before I toddle off to bed…This week saw me finish another unit for my Warhammer Fantasy Empire army – a unit of 10mounted Reiksguard Knights. Here’s some pictures for your viewing pleasure :-)There’s a unit of 12 A…

Dungeons & Dragons

Posted on March 10th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Role-playing has now become a regular thing for us. Apart from running the occasional game for the nephew, the group that started out almost exactly a year ago still meets. However, we recently changed from Dungeonslayers to the latest edition of Dungeons…

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Titansgrave Saurians/ FantasyLizardmen And Demi Human Character Miniatures

Posted on March 5th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

I got hold of a few GW plastic saurus (I mean they are lizardmen, GW and their love of changing things so they are slightly different) last year. I haven’t got any lizardmen for bad guys in my fantasy games. The main focus of my fantasy figure painting…

N1. Reptile god. Session 5

Posted on March 4th, 2017 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

After the battle in the first level of the implausible dungeon beneath the swamp, the elvish boys had a good …

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Still here, honestly I am!

Posted on March 4th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

Things have been pretty quiet on the blog of late for a number of reasons. A few technical hitches at work have meant a fair few extra hours for starters [sigh!].On top of that (and MUCH more fun!) I’ve been finishing off another layout and design…

German Minenwerfer, Canadian Infantry, and Distractions

Posted on February 27th, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

A few more things over the last week. Not nearly as much as I’d hoped… but, there it is…

(Remember: click on the pictures for a bigger version):

A German Minenwerfer team from Brigade Gamesthat Jonathan Freitag of Palouse Wargaming Journal generously donated to the cause.

A battalion of my own Canadian miniatures (though the lewis gunner and officer are from Renegade Miniatures and were painted previously). Originally I’d intended these to be one of the British battalions attached to the Canadian Corps. But then realized I hadn’t done the 85th Battalion – a labour battalion that was thrown into the attack when the advance on the 4th Division’s front ground to a halt. So I’ll probably use this unit as those. I may replace the lewis gunner with a regular rifleman (not sure if a labour battalion would have been fully kitted out with an infantry battalions compliment of light machine-guns!)

In addition to the Post-Apocalyptic Soviets I finished last week, there were a few other distractions I finished up while waiting for paint to dry, etc…

Post apocalyptic KGB (to go along with the Post-Apocalyptic Soviets) – also from Lead Adventure Miniatures

A pair of Medieval-ish/fantasy warrior women. On the left of the picture is the “Warrior Woman” from Wargames Illustrated – Giants In Miniature and on the right is the Frostgrave Assassin from North Star Figures. They kind of look like they could be sisters… I think I shall make them so!

The painted version of the Frostgrave assassin was all it black, which I thought was a bit odd for Frostgrave. Being all stone and ice, I’d think black would rather stand out – so I’d originally planned to do her cloak in white or a really light grey and all her clothes and armour in light greys.

The greys turned out a little darker than I originally intended and once I got painting the cloak I ended up trying to do a mottled look of light greys and blues and then tried to make it look a bit dirty stained from draggin in the dirt and mud as the ancient city slowly melts… I was totally happy with how it turned out… I actuall think it looks a lot better in this photo somehow? Not about to strip and repaint it. It starting to grow on me…

Copplestone Castings Road Warrior.

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

Vimy Update and then MORE GREAT WAR CANADIANS! 

Age of Sigmar – Khorne Bloodbound – whole army

Posted on February 26th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Blood for the Blood God – welcome on my blog after a long break. I noticed that my folder with pictures of painted minis is way too big. It`s time for changes. I have a plan to write minimum two posts per week ;] So what`s the main theme today? I decided to show you one[…]

Reaper Clockwork Dragon

Posted on February 24th, 2017 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

One of the models I picked up on my visit to the USA last year was a Reaper Bones Clockwork Dragon. I had spotted online that a few people had added extra cogs which looked rather cool. So not wanting to let a good idea go uncopied, I decided to unashamedly rip it off. The … Continue reading Reaper Clockwork Dragon

Fart the Jester

Posted on February 24th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

This was painted purely as a light hearted distraction from my other projects and as such its no more than a bit of whimsy. This particular model was a freebie handed out by Wargames Foundry at a show I attended a couple of years ago. I didn’t pay it m…

Frostgrave Barbarians

Posted on February 23rd, 2017 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

The latest supplement for Frostgrave was once again financed by Nickstarter, Northstar’s own crowdfunding solution, and brought along with the “Forgotten Pacts” expansion a brand new box of plastic miniatures. This set of multi-part barbarians will be covered in this review. Inside the kit, that is offered at a price of 20 GBP, you’ll find […]

ArcWorlde Ogre Trooper – Showcase

Posted on February 18th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Last week I shared my Deathwatch Blackstar, something that to me was more of a battle of attrition than actual fun. To counter this, I built and painted one of the models I picked up at Vapnartak a couple of weeks ago – the Albionnican Ogre Trooper from Warploque Miniatures.

Alex Huntley hand sculpts all of the miniatures for Warploque and in doing so gives them their signature character, particularly the faces. After painting a mostly flat panelled plane for a month or so, it was a delight to be able to work on something with odd angles and folds.

This particular chap is fairly large – he’s standing on a 50mm base – and would set people back £12 for the resin model.

I didn’t really want to have straight up silver metallics for the armour but didn’t want to add any rust or wear either, with him being a soldier in service of the Albionnican Empire, the main human faction in ArcWorlde, so I decided to play with the Scale Color Alchemy paints, adding Amethyst Alchemy into the recessed and lower portions of the silver, while I added some Emerald and Cobalt to the mixes on the raised sections. This is my first real play with adding them to other metallics rather than using them on their own and while it’ll probably take me a while to get used to it, I can seen the potential in using them, perhaps for light and shade or reflections.

The red with silver is the studio colour scheme for the Albionnicans and one that I quite like – it’s quite regal without being overly gaudy – I kept the gold trim to a minimum. I started with P3 Sanguine Base before moving to mid tones of Scale Color Mayhem Red and highlights of SC Berehit Red and Tiamat Orange (those three SC colours are from the Creatures from Hell box)

As I said above, the faces that Alex gifts these miniatures with are full of character – plenty of canvas for creating large amounts of depth and contrast. I didn’t want to highlight it too high, so instead took the shadows down to SC Sunset Purple over the Sanguine Base initial layer before moving back up with a couple of GW skin tones I’ve completely forgotten the name of. The hand on show allows for similar levels of shading and also has some finger nails to pick out, which I did with some GW Pallid Wych Flesh.

He was based simply with a couple of pieces of large gravel and a mix of S75 Rough Paste and Vallejo Sandy Paste and painted to match my other ArcWorlde bases.

Off the back of the slog that was the Blackstar, this guy flew by, getting finished in a few days. I think the size of him helped – there are details there, but he’s a big enough model (at maybe the same size as a 54mm scale human) that they aren’t obscured and so tiny as to require multiple attempts to get them right. The size of him also opened up the opportunity to try the different metalwork as there was more space to transition and move from dark to colour to light.

For a fairly speedy paint job I’m quite happy with how he came out and I’m looking forward to tackling more of the larger ArcWorlde monsters in the future.

Small Wars: Vikings and Frostgrave

Posted on February 14th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Since I’ve been somewhat hampered in my hobby pursuits by having my house almost destroyed, all my study packed up and the walls demolished, I haven’t had ready access to things that I traditionally spend the Winter on, like painting … Continue reading