Monday, November 30, 2015

The Innsmouth Look

This outstanding Deep One hybrid mask comes to us from professional makeup effects artist Anthony Kosar.  The finish work, including those incredible eyes, just knocks it out of the park.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

He Watches from the Wall

Scott Conner at Evil Grin FX brings us this work in progress Cthulhu sculpt.  The piece was apparently a wall hanging that never went into production.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Cthulhu Fhtagn! Stein Edition.

Lance Stein brings us this very nice primitive-style Cthulhu idol.  I believe this was carved from real stone, but it may be plaster.  His gallery has close to a dozen other idols  you should take a look at.

Friday, November 27, 2015

A Hint of Things to Come

The perk magazines in "Fallout 4" feature some covers of interest to Lovecraft fans.  I suspect that the "Astoundingly Awesome" pulps foreshadow the DLC content that will be released next year.  Based on these two I think it's safe to say at least one will feature an underwater adventure touching on the Mythos.   A few others hint at a potential trip to the moon.

You can find a full gallery of all the magazines over here.  The resolution is a bit low for prop versions, but weathering can cover up a multitude of sins.

If you're really into potential Fallout/Mythos crossovers, this thread over at Reddit has me geeking out on the lore of the "Cabot House" quest in FO4.  Beware, it's filled with some very big spoilers.

Tools of the Trade

Ethis Crea brings us this very nice set of prop medical tools.  It's part of a costume, pictured below, for the "Birdy,Birdy" project.  That crow mask is terrifying.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

The Seafaring Life

One of the great things about Mythos gaming is that resources for better understanding the period are so readily available.  I've gushed before that the single best supplement I've ever purchased was a 1922 edition of of "Winston's Cumulative Loose-Leaf Encyclopedia".  For the price of a few game books a period encyclopedia isn't just an invaluable resource of information, but an incredibly immersive prop that players can consult as needed.

I've also taken to trolling through the Internet Archive for public domain books covering subjects of interest.  I still dearly love physical books, but since I picked up a Kindle reader I find myself reading even more than before.  The sheer variety of contemporary works from the 20s and 30s is stunning, all of it absolutely free and just a click away.

If you're at all interested in period exploration and seafaring I'd strongly recommend downloading "The Log of Bob Bartlett".  He's most famous for being the Captain of Peary's ships during multiple attempts at reaching the north pole, but his autobiography also touches on his early experiences as a fisherman and merchant mariner.  It's filled with interesting details, including the reasons so many sailors hated bananas and the dangerous flammability of pemmican.  The later chapters involving the pole attempts and the wreck of the Karluk, trapped by polar ice as shown in the picture below, are absolutely riveting.

One issue I should mention is the casual racism and sexism of the text.  By contemporary standards Capt. Bartlett is a monster, filled with disdain for women and the Inuit.  "Problematic" doesn't come close to describing some of the passages he's penned.   But just a few paragraphs after describing the north's native population as "barbarous savages" you'll find him expressing an obvious affection and respect for their abilities.  It's a very weird dichotomy that pops up again and again in period accounts of expeditions under grueling conditions.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Ika Tane Amulet

Gage Prentiss brings us this Maori amulet of protection from the "fish men".  Sadly, it wasn't enough to protect the sanity of it's unfortunate owner.
The Jade talisman was confiscated from a young deckhand named Jameson at his admission to the Sussex Lunatic Asylum in 1848. He had been commissioned on the Clipper ship, Cricket, during its trade circuit to New Zealand and Australia. Jameson had purchased the amulet from a Maori merchant who traded in jade. The Merchant had said it would protect him from the Ika Tane, or Fish Men, that lived in cities off the coast. Jameson was found a week later aboard the Cricket, near death from exposure, hiding in a large coil of rope. All other hands had vanished. Jameson had claimed that the Ika Tane had "calmed the sea with frog song" and "taken everyone on board under the waves." He claimed that the amulet had saved his life, and was loath to be separated from it. Investigators were at a lost to piece together what happened on the Cricket. There was no sign of violence, or theft from the valuable cargo. The mysterious amulet passed hands many times, and over the years, others like it have surfaced all over the world.