Friday, October 24, 2014

The Silver Key

Jason McKittrick opens the doors of Nyarlathotep's Bazaar to bring us another intriguing item.  This time it's the Silver Key and dream parchment once owned by Randolph Carter.  The limited edition item is only available for the next seven days.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Deep One Dave

Lovecraftian comedy is pretty hit or miss.  Like comedy as a whole, the vast majority of projects are more amusing than funny.  That's why I had such low expectations when someone sent over a link to this video.  It is, hands down, the funniest piece I've seen in years.  "Ephemeral Rift" has a surprising depth of Mythos knowledge and a biting sense of self-awareness when it comes to the tropes of ASMR videos.

Dawnguard Axe

A.J. Wodewose brings us this beautiful recreation of the Dawnguard axe from Skyrim.  The metal finish of the cast resin is very well done.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Deep One Death Mask

Joe Broers brings us this Roman-era death mask from a Deep One hybrid.  It's cool how many historically inspired Mythos items we've been seeing over the last few months.

On a related note, a weekend spent gorging on the "Vikings" television series was one of the reasons I started fiddling around with the Viking Mythos Project.  This past weekend I started doing the same for the first season of HBO's "Rome" on Amazon Prime.  One of the pivotal episodes features a wall of illuminated death masks that I thought was impressively spooky.  Two days later, this shows up.  Synchronicity!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Scarification Blade

This is a test run for the Viking Mythos Project.   Conceptually, it's a shamanistic blade for applying ritual scars.  The handle is antler and the gar scale blade is mounted with real pitch.  For a first attempt it's not a bad effort, but there's obviously a lot of room for improvement.

The biggest issue with carving antler is it's variable density.  The outer layer is incredibly hard, but the core is considerably softer.  It requires a very firm hand to keep the engraving head from skittering across the surface.  That's something that will come with practice.  It is a bit humbling to realize that even with the benefit of a power engraver I'm a long way from duplicating the delicate work done in-period with simple hand tools.