Friday, April 29, 2016

Cthulhu Fhtagn! Scarecrow Edition

This Cthulhu idol is a change of pace from what we usually feature here.  Scarecrow Studios kitbashed it from pieces taken from a variety of action figures.   I was heavily into action figure customizing in the 90s, primarily in 1/6th scale.  Sadly, that hobby is a lot tougher to get into these days.  A change in toy safety laws clouded the lead liability issues around reselling old action figures.  A lot of thrift stores, a prime source of raw material for kitbashes, avoided the whole issue by simply tossing any that get donated.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Mark of the Wolf

The talented Don Simpson returns to our pages with this wolf pendant carved from elk antler.  Just the thing for Lycanphiles.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The Face of Cthulhu

Immortal Masks brings us this demo video for their silicone Cthulhu mask. I'm not sure if there's much room for masks to improve. The idea that you can buy an off the shelf mask that clings so tightly to your face you can actually act with it on would have been unthinkable just a few years ago.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

A Perfect Organism

Fox has declared today to be "Alien Day".  4/26, LV-426, get it?  I'm normally loathe to embrace such a nakedly transparent corporate marketing gimmick, but man do I love "Alien".  It's second only to "The Godfather" on my personal list of greatest movies.  It's also the best Lovecraftian film ever released.  Writer Dan O'Bannon was always open about his love of the Mythos, and there's a strong case to be made that "Alien" adapts the broad strokes of "At the Mountains of Madness" for a modern audience.

In honor of the occasion Jason McKittrick has a special limited edition "Alien" plaque featuring H.R. Giger's Xenomorph design.  And by "limited edition" he means "only available today"

Monday, April 25, 2016

Getting Hammered

This beautiful LARP-safe warhammer comes to us from Sander Propworx.  The metallic skin of the weapon is cast in latex and then filled with foam.  As you can see, the result is amazingly realistic.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Cthulhu Fhtagn! Temir7 Edition.

Temir7 brings us this Mesoamerican-style Cthulhu idol in fired ceramic.  From a scholarly standpoint I think it's interesting for being blue-green instead of the iron oxide palette of red-black-brown found in the majority of surviving South American ceramics.

Update:  Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.  Credit goes to bea in the comments for recognizing how similar Temir7's piece is to the excellent work of Fox Henderson. This surely isn't coincidental. I sincerely hope it's merely a case of forgetting to include a mention of what inspired this version.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

The Miskatonic Curse

First, the good news.  The keychains are on the way a month ahead of schedule.  What was advertised as a 4-6 week production window turned out to be two weeks.  Hail Cthulhu!

Now the bad news.  I'm still having difficulties getting the patch and pin order straightened out.  The ones with the Miskatonic logo are already in production, but after two weeks I still haven't received a production proof for the varsity-style patch.  Keep in mind I sent what I thought was production ready artwork- a vector Illustrator file.  It's literally exactly this, but with the black replaced by empty space. 

Here's the first artwork proof I received.

Wait...what?  What was supposed to be a varsity letter inspired design...isn't.  To my chagrin, I clarified that it should be "The letter "M" surmounted by the bar with the "Miskatonic" name inside.  Like the original image".  This was the result.

You can't write comedy like this.  In their defense, the bar is surmounting the "M", but not in the way I meant.  Hopefully everything will be straightened out on Monday.  The irony is that I thought the keychain production was where the biggest risk for screw ups resided.  Instead, that part of the project appears to have gone off swimmingly. 

In other news, I discovered that the USPS has raised their Priority Mail package prices from $5.50 to $6.80.  It's not a huge change, but it means I have to bank a bit more to make sure everything gets mailed quickly. 

I'm once again developing a profound respect for business people that do this kind of thing full time.  None of these production issues is a project killer on its own, but the minor delays and complications add up over time.  It's the death of a thousand cuts.  Now that I've plunged into it again I find myself gaining new sympathy for the poor schmucks who have their Kickstarter projects go off the rails.  A goodly number of them are scam artists, to be sure, but I'm getting reminded how even someone with good intentions can get in over their head.