Sunday, April 23, 2017

Burnt Offerings

This is why you need to use a thermometer every time you bake Sculpey.

Last night I finished this specimen off and put it in my dedicated polymer clay toaster oven for a final baking.  Unfortunately, I relied on my previous temperature readings and didn't check if there was a hot spot inside the oven.  There was, and this is the result.

The translucent clay teeth actually scorched, not only disfiguring the piece but producing some nasty toxic compounds in the process.  The high heat index also darkened the previously baked main body, making the join between it and the newer upper body painfully obvious. 

It's not a totally disaster, but I wanted to finish this off with some color washes to bring out the details.  Now it's going to need a full paint job. 





Saturday, April 22, 2017

Licensed to Curse

James Pocklington has created an entire suite of props based on the Harry Potter off-shoot "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them". It includes a nicely done set of Agent/Auror credentials, spell components, and magical supplies



Friday, April 21, 2017

Mayan Cthulhu Stelae


Hard Waz didn't take any shortcuts creating this Mayan-themed Cthulhu stelae.   After creating the design he transferred it to a pair of stone slabs and then went at it with a hammer and chisel.  Now that's authenticity.  Browse through the linked gallery and you can see the entire process.

Update:  My apologies for the broken link.  All fixed now.








Thursday, April 20, 2017

The Sapphire Knight

Artist Samuel Lee brings us the armor of the Sapphire Knight.  I've seen a lot of cool LARP armor sets, but he's at a totally different level. 


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

It's Coming for You

There aren't many props capable of scaring someone to death, but this may well qualify.  Deiter Barry Creations brings us this insectile head inspired by "The Thing".   It's a nice sculpt, but what makes it absolutely terrifying is the fact it can chase you- the prop is actually a remote controlled vehicle.  Imagine this thing scuttling across the floor at you in the dark. Just click on the embed to play the video clip.



Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Portable Smoke

A few years ago I was browsing a magic shop and came across a nifty little portable smoke machine.  It was about the size of a pack of cigarettes and strapped to the inside of your forearm.  A rubber tube lead from the smoke emitter to the base of your palm.  With a flick of your wrist you could trigger the unit and produce a puff of smoke from your hand.  It was a cool effect, but at $125 it was something only a professional magician could justify buying. 

Now you can get the same basic technology for $10 thanks to the explosion in vaping and e-cigarettes.  High temperature coils and powerful lithium batteries are cheap and readily available, cranked out by the millions in Chinese factories.  Wayne's Workship has posted a detailed tutorial on turning a cheap vape pen into a full blown micro smoke machine for about $25.   Browse his other videos to see how he uses a similar unit to produce exhaust plumes and weapons effects in his amazing Iron Man costume.

Via Eric Hart's Prop Agenda.

Monday, April 17, 2017

The Purge

My apologies for the lack of updates over the weekend. 

The good news is I've found a quick and effective way to lose weight.

The bad news is that it involves food poisoning.  Heh.

To put it delicately, I woke up late Friday night with the classic symptoms of contaminated food and spent the next 48 hours suffering.  I was on the road last week and eating out for every meal, so there are plenty of potential suspects.  That said, despite some dehydration everything seems to be back to normal now. 

Scales of the Dragon

Artist Diego Rodriguez brings us this collection of scales collected from various species of dragon



Friday, April 14, 2017

Engraving Runestones

Our interests rarely cross over with mainstream crafting sites, but it does happen occasionally.  This tutorial from Colorful Crafts on engraving runestones using a rotary tool is a good example.  With a diamond tipped bit you can turn a pile of glass gems, shells, stones, or wooden chips into some nifty props.


Thursday, April 13, 2017

Smoking Smaug

Sweet fancy Moses, this Smaug pipe from SV Pipe Designs is amazing.  The carving and themed accessories are cool on their own, but check out the linked video of smoke streaming from the pipe.  Browse through the rest of the Instagram stream for some interesting work in progress shots.


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

The Mask of Cthulhu

Oipollooi1010 brings us this well done Cthulhu mask.  It really looks like something that was dug up at an archeological excavation.


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The Mark of Cthulhu

Despite all the evidence to the contrary many so-called "experts" insist that Cthulhu and his worldwide cult are fictional.  They deny well documented evidence like this Cthulhu petroglyph inscribed in the stone of Little Petroglyph Canyon in Ridgecrest, California. Luckily, investigators like Byron Craft are willing to throw off the shackles of conventional "science".


Monday, April 10, 2017

Pages from the Necronomicon

Madun Two Swords brings us this selection of pages from the Necronomicon, based on the imagery from the "Evil Dead" version of the infamous tome.  Instead of doing a simple tea staining he gave each sheet multiple ink washes.  The results are quite impressive.


Sunday, April 9, 2017

Fallout 4 Pipe Pistol

Kamui Cosplay has an interesting buildup of a pipe pistol from Fallout 4.   At first glance you would think this is a relatively straightforward project.  After all, the pistol is constructed from very basic shapes- cylinders, blocks, hexagons, etc..  The kind of stuff that's tailor-made for hand fabrication from simple, readily available materials like MDF and PVC pipe.

Instead, they print out all the parts on a high-resolution 3D printer.  I don't even want to imagine how much that cost in filament.

Don't get me wrong.  The end product looks great.  It just seems like the project is using 3D printing  for the sake of using it when more traditional modeling techniques would be both faster and cheaper.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

The Goddess

Masks Mastery returns to our pages with this pagan goddess idol.


Friday, April 7, 2017

The Tome of Azathoth

Mille Cuirs returns to our pages with the Tome of Azathoth.  Bound in hand tooled black leather with an inset glass stone.



Thursday, April 6, 2017

Tkon Font

Over the years "Star Trek" has spawned dozens of alien languages that only appear for a few seconds.  It's a credit to the show's designers that they go to the trouble of cranking out alphabets for all of those scenes, and to the fans that they painstakingly fontify every one.

Tkon is a golden oldie from the TNG days.  The font appears on relic computer monitors from the  "Tkon Empire" in the first season episode "The Last Outpost".  The character set has a nice visual weight and would make convincing lettering for all sorts of fantasy scrolls and grimoires.

Update:  There appears to be a potential exploit on the original hosting page.  I've uploaded a copy for download over here- Tkon Font from Omega Designs.  Just click the download arrow in the upper right hand corner.


Wednesday, April 5, 2017

John Carter Gate Medallion

Disney's "John Carter" had a multitude of issues, but bad design wasn't one of them.  This recreation of the gate medallion comes to us from BlackGoblet. 


Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Shrunken Head

Artist Patrick Magee brings us this very well done shrunken head.  I really like the translucent skin.  Traditional tsanta gaffs have a matte finish that replicates the look of the originals, which were smoked over a fire as part of the preservation process. 


Sunday, April 2, 2017

Cthulhu Plaque

Long before the current explosion in Lovecraftiana Stephen Hickman sculpted an amazing Cthulhu idol that was available from Bowen Designs.  It's now become a highly sought after piece and remains one of the best depictions.

That's what makes this piece so unusual.  It's flagged on Pinterest as a Cthulhu plaque sculpted by Hickman.  Oddly enough, this is the only mention of the plaque I can find.  Google doesn't come up with anything else, at least in the first hundred listings, and Mr. Hickman's own site doesn't have any information on it either.  I suspect it's been mis-attributed, but would welcome correction from anyone with more information.


Saturday, April 1, 2017

Cthulhu Fhtagn! Andorina Edition.

We've had many a Cthulhu,
here on display,
but one of the best,
pops up today.

Victoria Andorina,
is the artist's name,
and it's definitely not,
more of the same.

No cosmic horror,
to blast away your wits,
no foetid flesh,
no cruel spiky bits.

Just a furry Cthulhu,
with polka dot skin,
big yellow eyes,
and a be-tentacled chin.

It's a terrible fate,
I thought I'd never see,
the feared Elder God,
is totally kawaii.



Friday, March 31, 2017

Iokharic Font

Before his death the late Neale Davidson of Pixel Sagas created dozens of fonts based on games and media properties.  Many, if not most, are perfect for occult and fantasy prop documents.  His Iokharic font is a good example of how useful his work is.

Iokharic is a Mandarin-stylized runic typeface based on the language described in Wizards of the Coast’s Dungeons and Dragons: Chromatic Dragons book. The glyphs in this face are extremely similar to those found in the Chinese language. Includes canon characters. Includes bold, italic, and bold-italic weights.





Thursday, March 30, 2017

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Deep One Mask

Back in the olden days the only way to transform into a Deep One was having your bloodline darkened by the Innsmouth taint.  Now you just have to slip on this high end silicone mask from Composite Effects. 






Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Warrior of the Steppes

This beautiful set of Mongol-inspired LARP armor comes to us from Les Artisans d'Azure. The level of craftsmanship is just stunning. I'm also amused by how much the model looks like a young Paul Giamatti.


Monday, March 27, 2017

Cthulhu Fhtagn! Scarecrow Edition.

Scarecrow Studios returns to our pages with this Buddha-style Cthulhu idol.  The piece includes a nifty lighted base.






Saturday, March 25, 2017

Working With Transparent Worbla

Worbla thermoplastic has become one of the go-to materials for cosplayers and armor makers.  The company also has a transparent version of their product with some pretty interesting capabilities.  I believe this is a slightly reformulated PET-G plastic, the same kind used to make beverage bottles.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Merrow Mermaid Specimen

The Merrow, or freshwater mermaid, is one of the rarer species of fae thanks to the side effects of acid rain. This mounted specimen of the aquatic species comes to us from the gifted Alice Tochylovska


Thursday, March 23, 2017

Cthulhu Fhtagn! Kubold Edition.

This patinated Cthulhu idol is brought to us by Kubold.  It's another example of a digital sculpt brought into the real world as a 3D printed object.


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Cthulhu Cultist Dagger

This nicely done Cthulhu cultist dagger and display stand comes to us from Swedish artist Johan Waxin.


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The Mirror of Cthulhu

SD Toys posted this picture of a massive Cthulhu-themed mirror.  It's either a nifty one-off for display purposes or a production prototype for an upcoming product.  Their Mythos action figures aren't really my cup of tea, but the mirror is pretty cool.


Monday, March 20, 2017

Idol of the Dragon

Copper Centipede brings us this wonderfully textured dragon idol.


Sunday, March 19, 2017

Cthulhu Carafes and Mythos Metal

The talented Andrea Falaschi returns to our pages with this wonderful tableaux featuring both his prop work and music.  In addition to his signature Lovecraftian bottles he's also a member of the Italian horror-metal band Deathless Legacy.



Saturday, March 18, 2017

The Mask of Cthulhu

This formed leather Cthulhu mask comes to us from Canadian artist Ashley Brown.  Just the thing for the next cultist get-together.


Friday, March 17, 2017

Cthulhu Fhtagn! Samize Edition.

Samize brings us his interpretation of the classic Cthulhu idol.  I'm always surprised at just how many different takes there are of Lovecraft's basic sketch.





Thursday, March 16, 2017

Fear the Mechanist!

Deadbeard Props gets the credit for these recreations of the Mechanist helmets from both Fallout 3 and 4.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Glowing Crystal

Brazen and Bold Productions brings us this colorful glowing crystal specimen.  The light could use more diffusion, but it's still a cool little prop.


Sunday, March 12, 2017

Memento Mori

The gifted Alex Libris returns to our pages with this wonderfully hand bound Memento Mori tome.




Saturday, March 11, 2017

The Continental Op

I love stumbling across obscure literary props. 

This collection of items based on Dashiell Hammet's "Continental Op" stories come to us from CaldwellB734.  His gallery features multiple shots of the collection, including the Op's distinctive Colt 1903, personal effects, and ephemera.




Thursday, March 9, 2017

Adventure Time

Adventure Depot has posted a wide ranging selection of Mythos items, including multiple Cthulhu idols and artifacts.  Most of them include very well done accessories and ephemera.