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New Patreon Tier Levels added!!

Hello there again, it’s me with another Patreon update, yes, yes, still early days, plus with the fact that I’m not entirely sure on how to run the bloody thing, but yes, I digress! We’ve just added two new Perks/Tier Levels, that being with companies and advertisers in mind. First is the Order of the […]

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Warhammer Blogging Tips

I’ve been doing this for over five years and I thought I would share some Warhammer Blogging Tips. It was a blog like my own that inspired me to start. Sadly it’s now inactive. Never miss an article? Subscribe! But I’d bet some Imperial Credits that somewhere out there, a reader of this blog is starting or thinking of starting a blog of their own. Hopefully, it’ll be about a righteous arm of the Imperium and not about an enemy of mankind! Chaos and Xenos support may exit now. Overview The topics I’ll cover can be split into some broad […] The post Warhammer Blogging Tips appeared first on Warhammer 40K Blog.

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We are back,The Grinning Skull is back online!!

Well folks, after a lot of messing around, creating a archive/new site, much hair pulling out and other guff. We are back. I could sit here and type to you, what the hell has gone on, but suffice to say I’m not going to bore you with an entire catalogue of problems, I’m just happy […]

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Kickstarter Incoming: MyMiniReport

Well, this just came to my attention via Reddit’s /tabletop subreddit.  A French company is fielding an app on IOS and Android that will (they say) capture the salient points of a tabletop gaming experience, allow you to add notes and comments on the fly, and share to social media outlets . The project is called “My Mini Report” and I can see the need for it, because I do a lot of blogging and usually take pictures with an Ipad or an Iphone. With that said, it reminds me strongly of an earlier product called COMIC LIFE, which essentially does the exact same thing in a less structured format. From what I can glean from the video and description, they MyMiniReport people are adding value to the idea because the app generates the reports on the fly, while Comic Life required you to be at your desktop to really use it effectively. Also, PDF is a decent format for sharing, and would be really useful for, say, a gaming club newsletter that needed some quick content. My issue is that the PDF is gr

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11 years Anniversary of the Blog - Confessions of a Serial Flasher

Today is the 11th anniversary of this Blog and as a very special treat I am reproducing an article that was written by me for Ragnarok - the in-house publication of The Society of Fantasy and Science Fiction Wargaming or SFSFW.Issue 60 of Ragnarok was never distributed (although there are rumours that it was indeed printed) you can buy a PDF copy from Wargames Vault, for details see this link.Confessions of a Serial Flasherby Tony Harwood(Birdwatchers are called Twitchers – Flashers are a much rarer breed - gamers who collect Flash Gordon miniatures).As I browsed ebay, looking for some large resin Dwarves to convert into statues, I came across a mint, in-blister pack of (CH001) Flash and Ming from Graven Images a pair of 40mm sculpts by Jim Bowen that I believe to be some of the very best miniatures ever cast-up.A bid was placed and very soon I was the proud owner of yet another set of 40mm Flash Gordon and Emperor Ming figures.A similar pair of character miniatures were the first Graven Images or 4

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Blogger Drafts

A quick sneak peek at some of the blog posts I'm currently drafting in preparation for the blog.I've managed to post each day since after Warmachine Weekend, and I'd like to see that trend continue. However, I don't think it's sustainable for me to hit a word count daily.I'm not made of Spider Jerusalem, people.Anyway, in Blogger you can narrow the visible posts just down to the drafts and I've started creating drafts with just an image from my camera phone on it. From there I try to see if there's any way I can use the material in a blog post.This screenshot features some of the posts I have lined up in the future. A little light on Battle reports, and still trying to finish sharing pictures of the various faction collections.

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Is SJG banking on nostalgia…?

So, who am I to judge about nostalgia, I backed Melee and Wizard on a Kickstarter, right?  Yet.. in the recent kickstarter update for the Fantasy Trip kickstarter, I noticed this at the very end of the post: More Pocket Box Games With most of The Fantasy Trip under control (Ben and I are still working on the Companion; I have a stack of magazines I’m taking to the office today), we’re directing some of our energy to the upcoming Pocket Box project. For those of you who have missed out on the news, we’ve been working closely with the factory to test scan classic Pocket Box games and determine the viability of reproducing those classic games. The Old Pocket Boxes for OGRE and GEV from the early 80s.. fun, durable (except for the hinged box close tab) and you could put it in your pocket, more or less. All of the tests have gone better than expected, and with the new Pocket Box tooling almost complete, we’re starting to design a Pocket Box project that will launch on Kick

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Little Wars TV at Fall IN!

Once again, as I mentioned at HISTORICON 2018, Little Wars TV did a bang up job covering a HMGS convention.  I like these guys– they are tongue in cheek and very funny, as well as good visual stylists.  Since I could safely say I’m part of the a small wave of negative reports about the Host and its many deficiencies in responding to customer needs for Fall IN!, I think I’m going to earn a little karmic credit and present these guys to adjust the cosmic balance a little.   Enjoy!  I know I did.  Advertisements __ATA.cmd.push(function() { __ATA.initSlot('atatags-26942-5bee66c6e2106', { collapseEmpty: 'before', sectionId: '26942', width: 300, height: 250 }); }); __ATA.cmd.push(function() { __ATA.initSlot('atatags-114160-5bee66c6e2108', { collapseEmpty: 'before', sectionId: '114160', width: 300, height: 250 }); });

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Icons of Pulp Fantasy Kickstarter

I have been remiss.  Joe Procopio, host of the Second Saturday Scrum Club, has started a small company for the production of (I presume mostly) fantasy pulp miniatures, inspired by the pulp fantasy he clearly enjoys reading (and playing).  The company is ABOVE THE FRAY MINIATURES, and they have just produced their first line of pulp fantasy figures, here. Here is the first set, followed by Joe’s blurb: The Barbarian, The Hyrcanian, The Thief, The Wizard, The Harbinger of Doom, High Priest of Set, Grimhammer, and The Cannibal. Bygone Days of High Adventure  Icons of Pulp Fantasy Kickstarter, Above the Fray Miniatures Above the Fray Miniatures produces small-batch casts of pulp-era inspired sword & sorcery miniatures as homages to the types of heroes and villains found in the works of writers such as Edgar Rice Burroughs, Fritz Leiber, H.P. Lovecraft, R.E. Howard, Clark Ashton Smith, and others.  We’re commissioning the types of miniatures we want to see on our own gaming tables and are lau

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Far Beyond Driven – The Lonely, Secluded, and Ambitious Blogger

Every now and then I'll jump on to Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc., and feel like I'm being left out. It's not that I don't have friends on social networks, or that nobody follows the blog on any of them either, but that I just don't have the time to invest in them. To make social networking really work for you as a creator, entrepreneur, blogger, etc., you have to constantly feed the beast of social media. If you aren't posting often, and posting interesting content, then you fall to the bottom of the pile and nobody sees what you post...continue reading

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Chronicles of Thor – What Was Old Is Now New

I've spent a lot of time lately making this site, and my others, very search engine optimized (SEO). It works too. I have no complaints about my traffic from search engines. I've got this site running like a well-oiled machine now. When I started Creative Twilight, it was a place to post my thoughts and musings on Warhammer 40K. Eventually I posted miniatures I was working on, then later battle reports, etc. In short, I wrote a lot of stuff. However, time went on and free time dwindled, interests changed, etc. That's when I really focused on SEO, to drive...continue reading

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