Year 2019


Grinning Skull New Release: Adventurer’s Post Volume #1.

Well, it’s been a while since I last posted on here, and while it’s true that of recent times I have just used the site as a way of promoting Grinning Skull Products (Which I can say, keep me very busy creating I may add) I’m here again to tell you about more of the same. […]

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[EN/PL] Stirland. Part III. Inhabitants / Mieszkańcy (Marksmen #1)

Hello everyone in the night of magic, spells and communing with the dead!        At the beginning I will inform you my Dears about my discovery that my daughter is a hidden follower of Nurgle, god of plagues.A few days ago she brought such a virus from the nursery that we are (with wife) try to stand from the floor to this day.It's better but evil doesn't sleep...       That's why today's post was supposed to be a bit different, but I didn't have enough time / power for painting  (I recommend listening to Lovecraft's stories in fever. New, disturbing experiences guaranteed ;-)). Luckily, however, I had two more archers ready and repainted for my Stirland band, which I just present ...I. Stirland. Part I. HistoryII. Stirland. Part II. Inhabitants / Mieszkańcy #1---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Inhabitants #2As most communities are based about arable farmlands,

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Halloween Special - Elizabethan Witch Wars.

With the Crowz fresh off the paint table perfect timing for a Halloween outing and the Elizabethan Witch Wars. Strange things were happening in England's green and pleasant land since the Spanish had launched their invasion, the plague pits were full and the earth had started to spit back the dead forcing the living to band together.With the dead on the march and Witches in the air the Spanish abandoned the town looking to regroup before heading to the coast, but over night candle lights were seen in the windows of the town. There were people still alive in the town.A rescue party was organised to free the townsfolk.On seeing the human foe entering the field, the Witches summoned their dark forces, Zombies, Werewolves and Crowz…. Scary stuff....The Buckler men supported by the heavy cavalry advanced on the left flank they had to secure two out of three houses to win the game. As they moved forward the forces of evil rushed to meet them, they only had one mission... Kill.The Crowz swarmed towards the huma

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Zeon paint test vehicles

Today, I have some test case models for my 6mm "Gundam" force in Future War Commander (using the CAV Open Market list for the rules).And those are some vehicles to try out the colours I want them to be fielded in.Now, going by the Origins anime, the Zeon forces where all a rather dull grey, which works well on large scale models as you have the markings to add detail to them, but at this tiny scale they wouldn't have to much effect.So to that order, I added some Olive to the light grey colourscheme the vehicles tend to be painted in according to the anime.  This breaks up the pattern a bit and makes it more pleasing to the eye.The "lucky candidates" for the test where an (incomplete, I lost the roof gun over the years) Bison support tank from the Neo Soviet range of Brigade Models, as well as two ww2 armoured cars which will now serve as recce units for the force.I'm rather fine with how the colour test turned out, and it is not to intricate to prevent mass painting of the forces once I have moved and go

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Politicopoly - it's a Brexit nightmare!

Well, we all know I don't do politics but sometimes you have to nudge the boat... Bob Olly sculpts for the Politicos range from The Little Soldier Companyhttps://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1896378744/politicopoly-its-a-brexit-nightmareIt has already hit its low funding goal so if it does keep going I may commission a stretch goal or two...thoughts? John Bercow? Nelson Mandela? George Bush?Any shares or promotion appreciated folks!enquiries@deartonyblair.com

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Back to the Bench

I've just got back from a few days in North Cornwall, which was wet and windy but very enjoyable, so I'm now making up for lost time. These are the sprues for three Eduard / Smer Fokker Dr.1 triplanes, which I've now undercoated in Halfords primer, ready for assembly to begin tomorrow. The pilots are ex-Matchbox kit WW2 Luftwaffe figures, which are perfect for WW1 pilots as they don't have Mae Wests or other obviously anachronistic features.The decals are also not from the original kits but pinched from Revell Fokker Dr1's, although I'll be fiddling around with the insignia to make each aircraft distinctly different, albeit with a common and typical streaked green camouflage finish. I just hope they go together with less hassle than the Junkers J.1 but I expect they'll be a lot less fiddly, despite having three wings to align and some very small pieces to ping off into the carpet.

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Corpse World: Road to Nowhere

The Zombie Horror campaign continues in Amorset, somewhere in the Northwestern U.S.A. This time around, three new recruits join the fray. It has been a single day since all hell broke loose within the city limits of Amorsetville and those that are able have fled, spreading out into the suburbs and surrounding rural county. The radio and television have been broadcasting a general emergency signal stressing all citizens to remain where they are at as the army deploys from the Amorsetville base in a rescue capacity.­ Street Walkin’ Three figures trudged, loping with exhaustion through a sea of boiling air dancing over the hot pavement of the Old County Highway in the midday sun. All three puzzled by the complete lack of traffic along the road. It was terribly quiet, even the sounds of nature that should be abundant out here were non-existent. They could feel the alien silence pressing on their eardrums save for the soft scraping of their feet over the rough road. A couple of hours previously, the mot

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Necromunda Re-Basing Project

Never say "Never!"I have learned this all too well, so many times over.I've never really been overly fond of plastic slotta bases - at least with metal figures. They were too light and I felt they made the over all model top heavy. I also thought they were a bit plinth-like - making scale creeping models even TALLER than older smaller models I had based on... well... other, thinner materials I've used throughout the years.I've absolutely HATED black sides on bases. I especially hated them on plastic bases. Why, when one spent so much time making the top surface of the base so beautiful with a grassy scene or desert with scrub, would you paint the sides of a plastic base BLACK (instead of green or brown - to match the top of the base or your table terrain)!? As most plastic bases are black, it just looked to me like you forgot or couldn't be bothered to paint them. It looked unfinished and lazy. I also found the contrast jarring when looking at them on a finely manicured tabletop - especially in close-up photo

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Uncle Midnight's Pumpkin House on Orcs in the Webbe

It has become something of a tradition for me to produce either a short story or a scenario for All Hallow's Eve over on Orcs in the Webbe and in 2019 I have produced this model of a Pumpkin House, in particular Uncle Midnight's Pumpkin House; for full details see this link.Orcs in the Webbe is run by that rather clever bloke Craig Andrews and is well worth checking out (it is especially good around Christmas when the Advent Calendar is produced). You can see earlier Halloween Specials by clicking on this link.Happy All Hallow's Eve.....Tony

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Bosworth and Toy Soldiers

Bosworth is the subject of the Society of Ancients Battle Day game next spring. It has therefore become my next wargaming project. I already have a reasonable WoR collection thanks to the excellent 28mm Perry plastics which tempted me at Salute several years ago. They have since been augmented by Perry and Front Rank metals. I am now in the process of painting up the appropriate command groups for Bosworth — more on that later.My interest in the Wars of the Roses goes back much further. I was inspired as a mere 8 year old by the excellent Britains WoR Swoppets and fought many a boyhood battle between the red and white roses on my bedroom floor. My original Swoppets Knights collection is still in fairly good condition. Taking a break from painting some 28mm French pikemen for Henry Tudor, I wondered if the Swoppets could see action again. I quickly wrote up some simple rules and called up a friend for a Toy Soldier game very loosely based on Bosworth. I divided the men up into eight contingents: Henry Tu

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