Sunday, November 19, 2017

The Great Grimoire of Cthulhu

MilleCuirs returns to our pages with another wonderful bit of tomecraft, the Great Grimoire of Cthulhu.  The tooling is phenomenally well done.

As an aside, my sloppy typing revealed Google now knows the correct spelling of Cthulhu.  Truly, the stars are right!

Saturday, November 18, 2017

The Legend of the "Black Knight"

Head over to GNDN to check out their write up on creating a backstory for the Black Knight.  No, not the mounted heavy cavalry, clanking armor kind.  This Black Knight is an alien spacecraft that has been orbiting the Earth for thousands of years, or so a certain sub-sect of conspiracy theorists would have you believe.
For “fun,” I’ve been poking at the Google Newspaper Archive and Wikipedia, and trying to dig up some more articles / background info. Inspired by Ken Hite’s “The Dracula Dossier,” I briefly thought I might phony up a whole, physical mock dossier, but that would be a lot of work, so I’m just going to post my copy-pasted bullet points.
The idea is that you can use this ‘raw material’ to flesh out some RPG thing you’re writing background for. Periodic alien visitation, ancient alien satellite left in orbit, prehistoric human space-faring evidence, etc. Maybe change the names / dates / locations if you need to. I’ve got most of the Black Knight Satellite ‘events’ on my list, and I’ve added some more arguably ‘relevant’ material.

What follows is a great example of Yog-Sothery, brewing up an entire mythology based on a few hard facts and a whole lot of creative conjecture. It's an incredibly effective narrative technique that I'm surprised isn't used more often. Most of the modern Alternate Reality Games do it using faux websites to build up the game world. It's far more effective when you can take our world and make it part of the game, so to speak, by putting a believable spin on actual events.

The Spawn of Propnomicon

I have a post about a nifty bit of Yog-Sothery in the pipeline.  Unfortunately, a small project I was peripherally involved with is taking up a large amount of my time- my grandson, who arrived early this morning.   And so the accursed bloodline carries on!  Heh.

Update:  Thank you all for the very kind words.  My wonderful daughter in law is doing fine, and my son is ecstatic.  I'm looking forward to changing diapers once again.  More importantly, I'll be able to share more stories of changing my son's diapers back when he was a tiny little monkey boy and not the 6' 8" security manager he is now.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Cthulhu in the Wild

This Cthulhu idol in the wild comes to us from Abraham Cruz of InsaneGames Mexico.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

The Fakest of Fake Vampire Killing Kits Sells. Or Does It?

The long saga of the worlds fakest vampire killing kit entered a new era yesterday. Earlier this month I pointed out that it was once again up for sale. Yesterday it hit the auction block and sold...maybe.

The item listing on Ebay is very strange. According to the bid history a single person bid twelve times and ended up winning with a final bid of $1,100.

What makes that even more unusual is that Sterling Associates had another vampire killing kit up for bid at exactly the same time. This one is pretty nice, in contrast to the sloppy work on the other one. Surprisingly enough, the exact same bidder made exactly the same number of bids and won with exactly the same high bid of $1,100.

The weird bid pattern may be a normal part of auctions taking bids from Ebay and a live venue at the same time. That said, I suspect we'll be seeing both of these kits again.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Mask of the Leviathan

The talented Jason Soles is back with this wonderfully creepy Leviathan Cross mask, cast in bronze.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Burial Goods

Mr. Zarono returns to our pages with this Lovecraftian prop tableaux.  One can only imagine what strange ritual the skull, knife, and parchment are part of.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

LARP Healer's Kit

This handy LARP healer's kit comes to us from PropCorn Design Studio.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

The Cats of Ulthar

It is said that in Ulthar, which lies beyond the river Skai, no man may kill a cat; and this I can verily believe as I gaze upon him who sitteth purring before the fire. For the cat is cryptic, and close to strange things which men cannot see. He is the soul of antique Aegyptus, and bearer of tales from forgotten cities in Meroë and Ophir. He is the kin of the jungle’s lords, and heir to the secrets of hoary and sinister Africa. The Sphinx is his cousin, and he speaks her language; but he is more ancient than the Sphinx, and remembers that which she hath forgotten.

- H. P. Lovecraft, "The Cats of Ulthar"

I suspect Joe Broers does not wear a horned head-dress with a curious disk detwixt the horns, but one can never be sure.  He brings us this nicely done resin figure paying homage to the titular felines of Lovecraft's story.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Bottled Horrors

The gifted Karen Main returns to our pages with this creeptacular pair of leech specimens.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

A Touch of Innsmouth

Even the denizens of Innsmouth celebrate Halloween.  This stylish Deep One hybrid couple comes to us from Literally Mechanical.  The gills were cast in silicone, while the scale makeup was applied using eyeshadow brushed on through a pair of fishnet stockings. 

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Crystal Cthulhu

Alex White brings us this Cthulhu figure cast in clear colored resin.  The flawless, bubble free appearance is thanks to the use of a pressure pot to draw off any air trapped during the initial resin pour.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Paper Props of the Great War

This collection of WW I era banknotes and ephemera comes to us from artist Michael R. Maranda.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Elder Sign Coin

"WMN-109" brings us this nicely done Elder Sign coin.  Based on the striations around the sign itself I think it was 3D printed, molded, and then cast in metal.

Update:  As he points out in the comments, this piece is actually based on Zero Mostel's work.  Everything other than the Elder Sign star is copied from his Summon Azathoth circle on DeviantArt.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

The Fakiest of Fake Vampire Hunting Kits is Back!

Three years ago I ragged on Sterling Associates for fronting one of the fakest vampire hunting kits ever committed to auction.

Now it's back.  Clearly, the original buyer wasn't happy after getting physical possession of their prize.  Were they upset about chair legs being passed off as "hand carved stakes"?  The apparent flame-thrower that scorched the entire interior of the box without leaving a mark on the exterior?  The obvious letter opener blade being used as a dagger?  The upholstery tacks nailed into everything?

Who can say?

What we can see is that the sponsor of this auction is, quite intentionally, making sure there aren't any detailed pictures of the interior.  Their disclaimer has also expanded considerably:

There is absolutely nothing wrong with trying to sell a vampire hunting kit. They are, quite literally, works of art. What's dishonest and unethical is trying to pass them off as actual period artifacts instead of evocative assemblage pieces.  Leaving yourself wiggle room to fleece the unsuspecting and gullible is equally odious.

Friday, November 3, 2017

After the Bomb

Sweet fancy Moses, Sander Propworx really knocked it out of the park with this chainsaw and barbed-wire bat.  Both weapons are LARP-safe foam with simply amazing paint finishes. 

Thursday, November 2, 2017

The Crimson Journal

Alex Libris is back with another gloriously hand-crafted leather tome.  This time it's an 800 page journal featuring a tooled leather cover in crimson, brass hardware, and fitted leather bindings.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Trophy Fish

Record lake salmon or barracudas mounted on the wall are a dime a dozen, but this?  This delightful sea creature is a real trophy.  It comes to us from master fisherman Andy.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

The Guardian of R'lyeh

The talented Joe Broers returns to our pages with the "Guardian of R'lyeh" Cthulhu idol.  I can't quite put my finger on why, but it reminds me of religious figures from India.

Monday, October 30, 2017

ComStar Adept

Here's a blast from the past.  Tim Cooper brings us his BattleTech ComStar Adept costume, complete with a brochure covering the history and services of the company/religion.  I can remember buying the first edition of the game before ComStar even existed.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Eddie the 'Bot

Visual effects artist Paul Braddock is the proud father of Eddie the robot. He began life as a digital file, was printed out on a reactive resin printer, and then finished off with a multi-layer paint job. Click through and scroll down to see Mr. Braddock's detailed build video.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Averland Imperial

This fantastic Averland Imperial costume comes to us from Russian Warhammer LARPer Evgeny Kozochkin.  One can only imagine the amount of work that went into the layers and layers of detail on both the armor and sword.  That includes the touching tribute, no pun intended, to the notorious Averlander love for livestock.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Stanley Harrington, Adventurer

Allan from Type40 decided his "Call of Cthulhu" character deserved a life beyond the tabletop.  Say hello to Stanley Harrington, pilot, drinker, and adventurer.  This is the kind of thing I love to see around Halloween.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

The Oracle's Grimoire

Mille Cuirs returns to our pages with the Oracle's Grimoire.  The hand tooled leather cover features some wonderful texture work and his trademark, an inset glass eye.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Dragon Fang

Dayne Hodson, pliers in hand, brings us this specimen of an adult dragon tooth

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

The Book of Baphomet

This Book of Baphomet faux-tome comes to us from Serbian artist Ivana Vuksanovic.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Great Cthulhu Rises

This beautifully done Cthulhu figure comes to us from sculptor Michael Norman.  The only feature I'm not crazy about is the legs.  They're a bit too buff and anthropomorphic for my taste.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

The Purity Sample

William Rushing breaks quarantine to bring us this "black oil" specimen, codenamed "Purity". Collected May 13, 1994 in Ardis, Maryland.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Cthulhu Fhtagn! Soles Edition.

The talented Jason Soles returns to our pages with this excellent Cthulhu idol cast in solid bronze.

Friday, October 20, 2017

It Lives!

Half-tarantula, half-monkey!  It's the tarantulonkey!  This bizarre specimen comes to us from professional gaff and figural sculptor Tom Kuebler.  He's the artist responsible for the scarily realistic H.P. Lovecraft figure in Guillermo del Toro's personal collection.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Dwarven Paragon

This cast brass dwarven paragon statuette comes to us from Estonian artist Kaarel-Kaspar Säre. It's inspired by the artwork of the Dragon Age games.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The Silver Key

"An old servant forced the carven lid, shaking as he did so at the hideous faces leering from the blackened wood, and at some unplaced familiarity. Inside, wrapped in a discoloured parchment, was a huge key of tarnished silver covered with cryptical arabesques; but of any legible explanation there was none."
-H.P. Lovecraft, The Silver Key

The talented Gage Prentiss returns to our pages with this recreation of the titular Silver Key from Lovecraft's story.


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Boar Warrior

The Cult of Chrome brings us this post-apocalyptic tribal boar warrior.  As much as I love the layers upon layers of detailing I can't help thinking anyone wearing this outfit in the typical sweltering wasteland is going to keel over from heat stroke.

Update:  This beautiful shot was taken by Thomas Kilian.  You'll find more of his work at his website, Soulcatcher Photography.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Trinimac Blades

It's frankly amazing that these were carved these from wood.  Valara Atran brings us a paired set of Trinimac Blades from The Elder Scrolls Online.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Glowing Spellbook

Moha Jewelry brings us this nifty spellbook adorned with glowing runes.  It's a very cool effect.  Sadly, I don't believe any companies are offering octarine LEDs or glow in the dark pigments.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

High Priestess of the Undead Flesh

This darkly beautiful depiction of the High Priestess, or "Episcorpa", of the Undead Flesh comes to use from German LARPer L0u1sa. It was featured in last year's Conquest of Mythodea event.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Book of Shadows

Lyra Ceoltoir Foxglove brings us this nicely done Book of Shadows and witchy accoutrements. 

Thursday, October 12, 2017

If I Had a Hammer

One of these hammers is real.  The other two are soft, combat safe props.  Propmaker Gregory Wellman brings us this concrete example of how effective a good paint job can be in selling a fake weapon.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The Black Book

Mille Cuirs returns to our pages with his take on the infamous Necronomicon.  The beautifully hand tooled cover features inset glass eyes.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

World War One LARP

Wyvern LARP has a great gallery of pictures from the "Raging Empires"  WW 1 LARP event.  It's a cool period take on the all too common modern-era airsoft games.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Bronze Cthulhu

This very well done bronze Cthulhu bust comes to us from artists Joseph Díaz and Guillem H.Pongiluppi. It was featured in a gallery show at the Fantastic Film Festival in Sitges, Spain.