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.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Vintage Family Trees

One of the quirks of Lovecraft's work is how often genealogy comes up. Stories like "The Shadow Over Innsmouth" and "The Dunwich Horror" feature the frequently repeated theme of bloodlines tainted by Mythos influence, and "The Thing at the Doorstep" is a particularly icky take. That's why I was happy to discover some excellent vintage family tree certificates at the "Oh So Nifty Vintage Graphics" crafting site. This one is available over here...

...or try this calligraphic example

They're an ideal way to introduce clues involving family relationships into a tabletop or live action game.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Anatomia Humani Corporis

I like to think I'm a connoisseur of bookbinding.  I love the craftsmanship of the process, and have just enough experience doing it myself to appreciate some of the finer details.  Just take a look at this magnificent tome from AlexLibris- the Anatomia Humani Corporis.  There's a lot to like here, but it's the tooling of the leather cover that really stands out.  Click through and take a look at the high resolution image to get a closer look.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Back in Action

My apologies for the lack of updates over the weekend.  My home computer wouldn't boot when I turned it on Saturday morning, so I was out of action until I arrived at work this morning.  Everything should be back to normal now.

Belt of the Shapeshifter

Oskar Hejll brings us a this curious occult artifact from Scandinavia- a magical belt used to transform between animal and human form.   An absolutely beautiful piece of work crafted from brass, leather, and silver.