Things are moving along with the ATMOM prop project, but most of what I'm working on is mind-numbingly boring.
The biggest issue I'm having problems with is, of all things, paper stock. I originally commissioned the talented Danny Cruz to do the Dyer sketches from the exploration of the Elder Thing city (1,2,3,4) back in 2009. I want to include the sketches in the prop set, but finding a printer that can do the run on textured art paper at a reasonable cost is turning into a nightmare. Unfortunately, I'm close to exhausting my options and may be forced to run them off manually with a laser printer. That would be a less than optimal solution.
A similar problem comes up with the expedition photographs. Every single developing house I've contacted, and I've gone through dozens by now, uses branded photo paper. I know I'm being picayune, but I absolutely hate having modern logos plastered all over the back of photographs that are supposed to be from the 1930's.
I'm also working on finding good crates for the deluxe sets. I need something made from unfinished wood with interior measurements around 9" by 13" by 5". So far all the models I've sampled in that size class haven't been quite right, being either too flimsy or too heavy. Ideally I want something constructed like a lightweight shipping crate that doesn't look too modern or overly finished. That rules out a lot of the commercially available gift boxes and media cases.
I may be acting a bit too anal retentive about this stuff, but I'd much rather take my time and make the final project truly memorable than rush to get it finished. The deluxe sets in particular are something I really want to get right.
As always, your thoughts and suggestions are appreciated.