Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The Runes of Wintermark

The UK-based "Empire" LARP brings us their in-game "Wintermark" rune alphabet.  The 26 character font is downloadable from their website in both TTF and vector formats.  It's used for both magical rituals and items in live action events, and ideal for re-purposing.

The fact they have their own font gives you an idea how immersive "Empire" is.  Browse the rest of their website for some glorious LARP porn, including costumes and themed camps.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Zelian Runestones

Chimera Dragonfang (which I somehow suspect is a nom de plume) brings us this set of Zelian runestones.  The metallic blue inking really brings out the interesting glyph designs.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Cthulhu Fhtagn! Broers Edition.

This Piltdown Cthulhu from Joe Broers is an awesome piece of work.

Despite the hundreds of sculpts featured here on the blog only a handful try to recreate the look of a truly primitive Cthulhu idol.  To be honest, I didn't fully appreciate this one until I had it in my hands.   That's when you can see, and feel, the detail work that went into it.  The sculpt faithfully recreates the look of a stone idol scribed and pecked into shape with hand tools.  That's no small feat.  On top of that, the finish work is a perfect reproduction of the burial rime found on stone artifacts.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

The Innsmouth Look

Anthony Kosar brings us this beautiful Deep One bust.  His photo gallery includes detail shots of the original sculpt and the casting process.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Face Off

I don't throw around the word "disturbing" lightly, but these face masks from the Shoggoth Assembly definitely qualify.  It's the realistic skin tone that really cranks the creep factor up to "11".

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Cthulhu Fhtagn! Roberts Edition.

This unusual Cthulhu sculpt is brought to us by Richard "Rikk" Roberts.  To be honest, I didn't like this piece when I first saw it because of the oversized head, but it's grown on me. 

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Vintage Expedition Medicine Chest

The Science Museum of London brings us this Tabloid medicine chest from 1910.  It was provided to a failed Trans-Atlantic balloon attempt as a promotional item.  

It's interesting how sophisticated expedition gear was.  Even in the very early 20th century there's a move away from the wooden apothecary boxes I thought were typical of the period to more rugged metal and composite construction.

Another intriguing change is how bottle closures were handled.  I had a mental picture of glass bottles sealed with wax or pitch, but that's really more appropriate for 18th and early 19th century naval chests.  Before the switch to screw top bottles zinc oxide plasters like the ones pictured above were the sealant of choice for bottles.  In many ways they're comparable to modern duct tape- cloth backed up with zinc oxide impregnated adhesive.  The result was a strong, flexible waterproof seal that was somewhat re-usable.