Posts Tagged ‘Fantasy’

The Summoning – Chapter 2

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

WATERS DEEP AND RED WITH BLOOD. Joined by a Ranger, one of the Duke’s trusted men, the party pursues the raiders into the Westholm Wilds. The trail is clear and soon it brings the Adventurers to a swift, unnamed river, deep in the forest. Nearby stands one of the province’s many Border Towers, usually manned … Continue reading The Summoning – Chapter 2

New Release: 100 Last Will & Testament Inheritances for all fantasy RPGs

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

Back with another of this month’s releases, 100 Last Will & Testament Inheritances for all fantasy RPGs Get your copy by clicking here to go to the product page:–Testament-Inheritances-for-all-fantasy-RPGs Don’t forget to check out our first scenario release too, “The Witch’s Daughter” out now! I’ll be back later with another Skulltaliser update!!

Magical businesses that should be in your RPG

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

There are a number of reasons that magical businesses may not be present in your roleplaying game. Perhaps magic is particularly rare or difficult to manage, perhaps magic is regarded with distrust by the majority of the population or perhaps … Continue reading

Grinning Skull Design Studios: New Release: The Witch’s Daughter, a system agnostic generic fantasy adventure for all fantasy RPGs

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

So, I’m back with the next of this months new releases, this time it’s our very first adventure module from Grinning Skull: The Witch’s Daughter. Written by Allen Farr, this adventure is suited to low-mid level characters, and is a tale of religion, witchcraft, murder and mystery. This 68 page module is system agnostic, just […]

Haul Report 82: mostly about books

Posted on May 21st, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

Welcome to another Haul Report, and what a week it has been as my library pile was extended by no less then 28 new additions.But that isn`t everything I obtained, so bear with me…The main haul this week came of course from the Boekenfestijn event pas…

Coming Soon: Grinning Skull’s first adventure module, The Witch’s Daughter!

Posted on May 19th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Well, almost ready for release is the first Grinning Skull Adventure module, “The Witch’s Daughter”, Other than these few images, I’m not telling you too much, other than a little tease of a few pages. It’ll be on sale in a few days, and I’ll tell you more then!

Sneaky Sam: Halfling Assassin (and LOOT!)

Posted on May 19th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Just a quick update – I happened to finish up this little guy along with my Lead Adventure Forum’s Lead Painter’s League entry for Round Eight, so I thought I’d share him – because I CAN!

Sneaky Sam: Halfling Assassin – figure from Hasslefree Miniatures.

A pair of Treasure Tokens from Lead Adventure Miniatures– which I got as part of my Dwarven Gold Fever Kickstarter Rewards.

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

Tomorrow, as Round Seven of the Lead Painter’s League finishes up,  I should be posting the second batch of Super Dungeon Explore: Forgotten King miniatures. After that… Probably Round Eight’s entry – some DWARVES from the Dwarven Gold Fever Kickstarter – and the unit of Dwarven Rangers they’ll be a part of in my Dwarf Dragon Rampant warband! 

New Rules for Kings of War Edge of the Abyss Summer Campaign

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

The Edge of the Abyss summer campaign may seem like a long way off at the moment but now is actually the time to start […]

Showcase: Slambo, Chaos Warrior by FruitBear

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

Hi there everyone! Hope you’ve all been well. Recently I’ve completed my very first resin miniature (well what ever resin GW is using now instead of finecast). What better way to start my first resin miniature then doing Slambo! There’s more photos and details after the jump!
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End Of The Week – Miniature Painting Update

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

It’s actually been a better week for painting than I was expecting. It started with having to finish off 5 Ratling/Hobbit snipers. My urge is to say that they are finished but I am guessing this is not really the case. There is stuff that I can do on them but the truth is that I am never really going to be happy with them. For the time being I am going to keep them on the table and play about with them until I am happy with the final result.

This should really screw up my timetable. Last week I was supposed to finish them and move on and I set myself a goal of finishing them and do another five figures. At the beginning of the week I thought that there was going to be no chance of that happening. Then I started the dryads. I have a dozen of these and I was expecting to finish six of them so that I could be caught up with my goals. Instead I managed to get all twelve of them done, based, varnished and even managed to get some extra bits on the bases.

The week’s work didn’t end there. I have based and primed a load of figures including seven gnolls and another figure that I thought was a gnoll for a while. It turns out it’s actually a beast crafter and to be honest, although I like the figure, it’s probably of no use to me at all. There are a few other figures primed and based. There are a couple of earth golems and a genie ready to go too. These should be easy to get done.

I was a little unhappy with the way the bases on The Walking Dead Miniatures bases had turned out. As well as varnishing them, I put a few tufts on the bases to hide the worst of it. I’ll put these back in the box now, it seems like a good place to put them. I was looking at the new releases for the game. There are another 24 figures due out. Whilst very nice they work out at around £4 per figure. Now I know you get some other bits with them but they are not much use to me. Whilst I like them I am not sure I like them that much.

Super Dungeon Explorers! (and Ready Player One)

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

Over the last two weeks I painted up a bunch of miniatures for The Girl’s Super Dungeon Explore game. She was planning to play it at her birthday party (which was this past Friday) and I thought I’d help her out with getting a few more miniatures painted for it. I also submitted them as my entires for the last two rounds of the Lead Adventure Forum’s Lead Painter’s League (so I can only show you half of them right now – the ones that were posted last week – the rest are currently posted for this week’s LPL.
Actually the game she was playing with her friends was Super Dungeon Explore: The Forgotten King – but most of these characters I painted this week are from the original set. The Girl allowed me to paint these ones as she already had copies of them that she’d painted (metal ones she’d picked up a few years back before she had either of the SDE games)

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

The whole group.

Unfortunately In the LPL I was matched up with Curt, so, I totally lost…

A wider shot I’d originally considered submitting that showed some of the cards they are based one – but then decided to focus just on the figures.


Royal Paladin

Ember Mage

Deeproot Druid and his Angry Bear Form

Glimerdusk Ranger

One of the Spawning points from The Forgotten King (I think they’re called Bramble Knights…?)

The other spawning points from The Forgotten King. I forget what they’re called.

The game at her birthday party. They played the classic version where The Girl played all the baddies (there’s an “Arcade Version” which is totally co-op and the baddies are controlled by and AI). With both versions you’re supposed to have a one board – each with a spawning point  – for each Hero being played. I convinced her to, despite what it says in the rules, to use only three as it would take a REALLY LOOOOOONG TIME to play through FIVE boards and I figured the kids would have more fun if they were actually able to FINISH the game. They did finish – but one had to leave partway through and two other parents had so sit and wait for some time for them to finish…

In other news I finished Ready Player One this past week – for most of it I listened to the audiobook (Read by Wil Wheaton!) while painting all these SDE minis over the last couple weeks. A number of people recommended I read it – starting with William Bailie, who actually GAVE me a copy of the book. Others have since offered me copies or simply told me I should really get to reading the one I had.

I was quite reluctant to do so because the very title suggests it’s all about video games. I was never much of a video/computer game player. The last time I seriously played a computer game is was, I think Ultima IV – on my dad’s green screen Appolo (an “apple clone”). I did try to sit down and start the book and, as I suspected, the book is really is essentially about a computer game! I lost interest.

Then I heard Wil Wheaton had done the audiobook and I though, well that might be fun to listen to while painting – so I requested it from the library and waited… and waited… and waited… and eventually it showed up and I started listening to it over the last couple weeks.

Wheaton totally did it for me – he WAS Wade Watts. I would never have gotten through the book just reading it on my own. When Wade (the narrator) was explaining something that he was totally excited about you could hear it in Wheaton’s voice – the excitement was totally genuine – because, of course, it was probably something Mr. Wheaton himself is totally excited about.

Overall I thought the book was… Okay… by the end though I was getting into it enough that when I had to stop painting and take The Girl out to dance class, I took the paperback and finished off the last two chapters that way… 

I would definitely recommend the book to anyone really interested in 1980’s popular culture – TV, movies, music, RPGs and especially video games. I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with the 80’s they were, the saying goes, both the best of times and the WORST of times – and often that worst bit kind of overshadows the rest.

I did laugh out loud at a few of the things – the “time to make the donuts” comment when he was describing his daily routine and having to work at a tech support representative. Now, I don’t remember the commercial it’s from myself, but my partner Amanda, for as long as I’ve known her has said that in the morning whenever she was super tired and had to go off to work. And the names he gave a couple of accounts when he hacked… well, I won’t mention where (SPOILERS!)… Sam Lowrey and Harry Tuttle. Yeah. It was a 16 hour/372 page 80s nostalgia trip – which at sometimes felt like the author was trying to cram a mention of every movie, tv show, song/band, and game produced from the late 70s to the end of the 80s. A lot of it is explained – so if you aren’t familiar with the referred to material it won’t matter – but then there are the offhand, unexplained references (like the couple mentioned above) that only those who spent WAY TOO MUCH TIME watching tv and movies, playing games and listening to music in the 80s will appreciate (guilty as charged!).

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

The other batch of Super Dungeon Explore figures I did were some of the Forgotten Kings Billmen – anthropomorphic platypuses with halberds. I’ll be posting those in a week. 

I think I’m going to try and get back to some Irish for Montrose’s forces, or perhaps some Highlanders, for the next couple of rounds of the LPL.

After that I really will focus on finishing Ricks robot, then its onto some more JET BIKES!

Of course the Psi-Paladins and Lead Adventure Dwarves kickstarter rewards have shipped and should be here soon-ish… so that might provide some serious distractions… Reaper Bones III might also be shipping soon – but the kids are getting most of those…

Painting On Saturday

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

Having a few other things to keep me busy this afternoon, I did a good bit of painting today but not as much as I would like. Having seen how far I got yesterday I am fairly confident on finishing the dryads this weekend. So I decided that there was a …

Spriggans Or Ents Or Dryads 2

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

I painted some very old metal GW dryads about three years ago when the world seemed a lot more in focus. It does seem a very long time ago etc etc. I got some of the plastic ones last year that fall into the “well there were cheap” category. The game I…

Shahrazad Review

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

In our Shahrazad review, we take a look a solo and cooperative pattern building game in which you are trying to please a king by telling him great stories.
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Work Begins, Well At Least There Is A Paintbrush In My Hand

Posted on May 9th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

I have spent a couple of hours painting the hobbits/ratlings this evening. My overall level of progress has not been too bad but I would still like to have done a bit more. The plan for the week is to paint ten figures. Whilst I am ahead of my painting…

Frostgrave – A new (and old) adventure

Posted on May 8th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

When I was at Salute I bought several sets of rules including the popular Frostgrave by Joseph A. McCullough (published by Osprey). I bought it because I’m trying to settle the young Padawan down on a set of rules that are easy to play but will al…

One Deck Dungeon Review

Posted on May 8th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

In our One Deck Dungeon review, we take a look at a dungeon crawl from Asmadi Games that can be played as either a solo or two-player cooperative game.
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Dark Elves Witch Elves batch 1

Posted on May 8th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

A bit of painting I did last week, these are the first of the stack of Witch Elves (Aelves??) I`ll be painting for the Daughters of Khaine.In total I`ll need 30 of them, divided over 2 units.  The main one, counting 20, will all be assembled from …

9th Age – Empire vs Orcs

Posted on May 8th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Last weeks club game and another outing for the Empire using 9th Age rules, this time against Ian’s Orc Army. (I wasn’t about to waste my time against his Ogre’s again :-) ).Initial DeploymentStandard 4,500pt game with standard deployment a a secondary…

Ad Arma Con 2017

Posted on May 7th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Yesterday on May 6th was the 2017 Ad Arma Con in Speyer. This was the second time for the new event under the new name, and the fourth time in total. So after 400 km I’m back home and want to share my impression. Speyer is in the south of Rhineland Palatina, in the region […]

Age of Sigmar rulebook

Posted on May 6th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

The first of the rulebooks I`ve read through since restarting the hobby, this massive tome gets you playing in the “new style” of Warhammer.The lore has completely evolved past the Old World I always knew and loved, into a set of realms based on the Wi…

New Release: 100 Strange Magical Items for all fantasy RPGs!

Posted on May 6th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Yet more PDF goodness from us here at Grinning Skull Design Studios, with the second of today’s releases, 100 Strange Magical Items for all fantasy RPGs, a collection of 100 unusual and sometimes downright bizarre items to throw at your players! Check out this new title by clicking this link or visit our publisher page for […]

New Release: 100 City Encounters & Adventure Hooks for all fantasy RPGs!

Posted on May 6th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

It’s shameless plug time, otherwise known as release day, so I wanted to let you know about the latest Grinning Skull Design Studios PDF to our ever growing range of RPG supplements. 100 City Encounters & Adventure Hooks is a great new title in the series, and is perfect for GM’s who want to add […]

Start Of A New Week Of Figure Painting Cruelty And A Day To Remember

Posted on May 1st, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

Not a day for much progress but there has been some miniature painting done as well as prepping for the week ahead. There are still too many projects to list but I thought I would show you the edited highlights. As The New Cruelty is keeping me on my t…

Mordheim Season 3 – The Gate Keeper

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

The penultimate game of the Mordheim Season 3 campaign rolled around earlier last week, and with all the antagonists ready for a difficult dust up, it promised to be a good one.The set up was similar the the penultimate game last season with the approa…