Small World Productions has a blog entry on building a coastal fort for your miniature wargames. It would be perfect for your pirate skirmish games. The result is a very nice looking piece of terrain.
The Ultrawerke Blog has a good tutorial on resin casting. That’s a useful skill to have when you want to make multiples of some part you’ve produced.
Remember. Casting some else’s work is stealing.
Although it was essentially a rip-off of Aliens, as a game, Space Hulk was one of GW’s best game efforts. Here’s a tutorial on building your own 3-D Modular Hulks.
The Ultrawerke Blog has a post on making your own punch and die set — useful for making scale model rivets, bolts and nuts. Just the thing to dress up your miniature wargames vehicles and armor.
Here’s a nice photo tutorial on making fire and smoke effects for your wargames miniatures. The author has done a nice job on this one.