Monday, July 14, 2014

The Sedefkar Simulacrum

French artist Delphes Desvoivres has launched a fundraiser to produce the Sedefkar Simulacrum from Chaosium's epic "Horror on the Orient Express" adventure. It's an ambitious project featuring a prop of the figure, a recreation of the Sedefkar Scrolls, and an option to order a full-sized version of the figure that measures 5' in height.  I believe this is the first third-party prop to be approved by Chaosium.

More information about the Simulacrum and it's importance to the story is available over here.  Spoilers ahoy.


CoastConFan said...

It’s an ambitious prop project for an ambitious game. I really like the fact that they have a Persian miniaturist doing the scroll. Toward the lower end of the scale, the package is a nice value and the 37mm version sounds like a good prop. I just hope for 35K Euros, you don’t end up with something that is just a big heavy mannequin covered in Interference paint.

The RPG game, Horror on the Orient Express is an ambitious assemblage itself with some impressive atmospherics, but I couldn’t see it holding a candle to the venerable Masks of Nyarlathotep for playability. Mind you both these campaigns consume investigators like popcorn at a dollar day showing of the 1972 film, Horror Express, which has some interesting elements for scenario makers, past and present. It’s worth a view for that.

As for acquiring a copy of Horror on the Orient Express game itself, the true horror is seeing what a vintage copy is selling for on Amazon. Yeow!

Propnomicon said...

@ CoastConFan

There's an attention to detail in the project that I really like. You can tell all of the participants have a real passion for it.

The Sedefkar Simulacrum said...

Thank you for these comments ! For the life size sculpture as for the 37cm ones i use a traditional technique which uses successive layers of fine pigments. It allows to increase the effects of colors in a way that the patina is at the same time rich but subtle - thus, the material looks at the same time as metal and copper and wood and ceramic (…) because the Simulacrum is suppose to be made with an unknown material.
If i am lucky enough to get a command of the life size model, i intend to follow the description of the book concerning the texture of each members « examined closely, perhaps through a magnifying glass or other optical aid, small repeating forms of the segment can be seen to make up a surface design on each segment, as though etched. Thus the head is shaped of tiny heads, the right arm of tiny repeated right arms and so on.. » i will use tiny casts to print the tiny forms on the surface. The french term for this is « estampage » but i don’t know the specific word of english.
So it will be a rare and strange sculpture tinged delicately from the opalescence to the more lively colors, casted in a strong material but also light because each shapes will be hollow.

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Thank you for sharing !