Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Grimoire of the Snakes

Artist Mille Cuirs returns with the Grimoire of the Snakes, hand bound in leather and brass.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Fetal Specimens

These disturbingly realistic fetal specimens come to us from artist Tayler B. The translucent coloration of the silicone is very impressive.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Cthulhu Rises

This massive Cthulhu sculpt comes to us from the Shifflet brothers, two of the most talented artists working today.  It's based on the artwork of Allen Williams.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Cthulhu Fhtagn! Ragosta Edition.

Artist Jason Ragosta brings us this unusual take on the traditional Cthulhu idol.  It's a bit too "Deep One"-ish for my tastes, but the quality of the sculpt is beyond reproach.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Giant, Flame Spewing Animatronic Dragon

Given their demonstrable rarity, what do you do when you need a dragon?  You build one.

German company Zollner Electronics was contracted to provide a massive animatronic dragon for a seasonal folk play.  The came up with a gigantic radio-controlled robot that can walk, interact with the audience, and shoot flames from it's mouth and nostrils.

Sweet fancy Moses, can you imagine what they'll be capable of in a few years?  

Friday, February 17, 2017

Lovecraftian Maps

We wrap up the week with a pair of handy Mythos maps.  The first is this very well done take on Arkham from cartographer Tullamareena
To compile this map, I worked with the original sketch of Arkham drawn by Lovecraft himself:…, and with another illustration that is an adaptation by a later author, Gahan Wilson: lovecraftzine.files.wordpress.…

I decided to go with a colored, basic, modern style illustration, as opposed to any thematic style. The hardest aspect of drawing this map was trying combine the two different scale styles used in the maps. I stuck with the scale of Lovecraft's original sketch, but I tried evaluating what would be an accurate value for the bar scale. The arrow indicating '1 and a half miles' on the bottom of the sketch seems ambiguous as to what length it refers to. It can't be the length of a single block; that is much too long. I ended up looking at some generic block dimensions of towns in Massachusetts and New Hampshire to determine the best scale distance. Minor things that I have added or changed myself, are adding a Town Hall in between Main Street and Church Street, shifting the Arkham station closer to the railway line, and adding a Christchurch Street by Christchurch Cemetery, as well as having two branching rail lines (left side of the map), where in many adaptations either one or the other route direction is depicted..

He was kind enough to link to this open source map of Lovecraft Country from artist Hoodinski. It's available through Wikimedia Commons as both a high resolution PNG (copied below) and the original SVG vector file.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

LARP Armor

Sander Propworx returns to our pages with this beautiful set of LARP armor crafted from leather, fabric, and fiberglass.