Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Dagon Rises

This impressive Dagon statuette comes to us via Polish miniatures blogger Incubus.  Google's translation isn't entirely clear, but it's apparently a prestige casting from Black Thunder Studio.  Based on the pictures in the original post it measures around 7" in height. I suspect there are more gems like this in Eastern Europe, but the language barrier makes finding them difficult.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Case Nightmare Green

It's been far too long since the talented Florian Mellies graced our pages.  He returns with a cool modern Mythos tableau featuring a captured sacrificial dagger.  Get a look at the details of the sculpt, and the text of the computer display, by clicking through to the high resolution picture.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Cthulhu Comes Forth

Traditional animator Richard Svensson has an interesting writeup on crafting a stop motion Cthulhu puppet.  He includes a great technique for creating eyes that I want to try with a shoggoth figure.

 I am a frequent user of pearly plastic scrapbooking beads to simulate glowing eyes. The thing is, these half-beads reflect light shone at them right back into the camera at all angles, so you'll always get a sinisterly glowing red dot (or whatever colour you're using) staring back at you from the centre of the “Eye”, even if your puppet isn't lighted very well. Much simpler and cheaper than using small electric lights.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Atlantean Font

Disney's animated film "Atlantis" is a mixed bag, with some amazing imagery trumped by a weak third act.  While the House of Mouse might skimp on script development, they never fail to impress with the quality of their design work.  That extends to hiring the same linguist responsible for Klingon to create an entirely new language, both spoken and written, for the inhabitants of the sunken city.  The resulting font is obscure enough to be suitable for prop use, and  you always have the option of actually using the faux language.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Masks of Nyarlathotep Prop Set

It's a real pleasure to welcome our latest sponsor- The Masks of Nyarlathotep Prop Set.

Ben Patey has put together a complete re-imagining of the original prop handouts and documents from the classic "Masks of Nyarlathotep" campaign from Chaosium.  It's easily one of, if not the, greatest tabletop RPG adventure every produced.  At the time of it's initial publication the extensive use of props was revolutionary, but the presentation quality of those items isn't up to modern standards.  Mr. Patey's Kickstarter aims to change that.

High quality props will make "Masks" more immersive, taking an already great experience and turning the dial up to 11. And there's just so much stuff.  Maps.  Matchbooks.  Telegrams.  Newspaper clippings.  Handwritten notes.  Not to mention the very cool stretch and bonus material, like postcards, passports, and physical specimens.

This is the bread and butter of Propnomicon, and it's worthy of your support.

Friday, November 21, 2014

The Skin Trade

Grim Stitch Factory produces some incredibly creepy masks.  Most of their work is burlap scarecrows, but they also produce a line of real skin masks that I thought were interesting.  The skin in question is dried goatskin, the stuff normally used for drum heads. 

What's really impressive is that they openly share their materials and techniques.  That's something all too rare, and I'm happy there are so many artists that embrace that openness in our particular niche. 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Elder Scrolls Orc Helmet

Folkenstal recreated the orc helm from "Elder Scrolls Online" and brings us a detailed build log of the process.  It's a great introduction to using Worbla moldable sheets to create complex curved shapes.