Sunday, May 11, 2014

The War Before Time

One of the problematic aspects of Lovecraft's "At the Mountains of Madness" is the info-dump of the history of the Elder Things and their war with the shoggoths.  Read as written, millions of years of the tale are conveyed by the bas-relief carvings that line the ancient buildings of the Elder Thing city.  The sheer detail conveyed is staggering and, frankly, unbelievable.  That is, unless, you assume that the strange technologies of the tentacled beings that called the city home allowed more than just visual information to be encoded into a sculpture.

Jason McKittrick has taken on the formidable task of recreating some of those sculpted images and I think he's outdone himself.  For the month of May he's offering up three artifacts collected by the Starkweather-Moore expedition.  Each is a short run project available for just one week, and he begins with the "Advent of the Shoggoth" plaque. 

It's available in a presentation shadowbox that does a handy job of re-creating the look of a museum display piece.

It's a fantastic sculpt, and a well thought out introduction to the two pieces that will be available later this month. Just click through for a preview of those works.

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