Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Glowing Crystals

Talkenia brings us this set of glowing crystals created for a fantasy LARP in the Netherlands.  The crystals themselves were hand formed from Worbla Crystal Art moldable thermoplastic.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

The Star Beast

"The Star Beast" was the working title of the script by Dan O'Bannon that would eventually become "Alien".  It went through a myriad of changes during development, particularly in the depiction of the xenomorph itself.  At one point Ron Cobb had a pseudo-quadruped concept for the adult form.

When H. R. Giger was brought on board his initial design for the chestburster drew on that depiction before his far more effective bipedal creature was finalized.

Sadly, the so-called "killer turkey" chestburster looked ridiculous due to the limitations of 70s puppetry technology, pushing the production to the iconic design we're all familiar with today.  Now, all these years later, Patrick Magee brings us this amazing recreation of the proto-chestburster based on Giger's artwork

Monday, April 23, 2018

The End of Immortality

Dale Bigford has wrapped up his Immortality Box project and in many ways he's saved the best for last.  That includes Herbert West's prototype reanimation serum and a fantastic set of extraterrestrial symbionts contained within a functional stasis device.

You really need to click on over and read through the whole thing.  It's not only one of the most impressive prop projects ever featured here, but an engaging example of item-based storytelling.  I'd happily pay for a book that expands on the narrative he's created.

Friday, April 20, 2018

After the Bomb

Dmitri Zaitsev of Nuclear Snail Studios has made a career out of creating post-apocalyptic costuming and showing others how to do the same. His latest is this phenomonal dystopian marine costume. Just click through for the full gallery, which features some detailed closeups.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Heart How-To

Madeyewlook Twice brings us this handy tutorial on crafting a realistic human heart using clay and off the shelf makeup products. This would make a great weekend project with the kids! Heh.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

That Which Shows the Way

This Vegvisir adorned tome comes to us from the talented Alex Libris.  Featuring a hand tooled leather cover and custom hardware.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Things That Go Boom

Chris at Chunk-A-Nuke props brings us this menacing selection of explosives from Fallout: New Vegas.  I particularly like the Plasma Mine and Red Glare ammo cylinder.

Monday, April 16, 2018

The Spear of Destiny

The unveiling of Dale Bigford's Immortality Box continues.  Some of the latest items include a very well done take on the Spear of Destiny and a Hittite Lich Phylactery.  As with the other artifacts their respective back stories are outstanding.

As an aside, my spellcheck tried to change Lich to Luchador.  The thought of a millennia old Hittite sorcerer competing in the squared circle of Lucha Libre wrestling is strangely compelling.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Friday, April 13, 2018

Ask Not for Whom the Bell Screams... screams for thee.  Warhammerlarp brings us this Skaven Screaming Bell from a Russian, uh, Warhammer LARP.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Idol of the Forgotten God

The latest installment of Dale Bigford's Immortality Box is this very cool Idol of the Forgotten God.  As with the other objects it has a killer backstory.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Dragon Teeth

It's turning into a dentally themed week around here.  Burned Raven Tales brings us this collection of dragon's teeth featuring some nicely detailed root canals.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Saturday, April 7, 2018

The Externsteine Serum

Dale Bigford has continued revealing the contents of the mysterious Immortality Box from last week.  The latest wave of items includes this horrific example of Nazi super-science from WW II.  Click through to read its gruesome history, and browse the rest of the collection over here.

Friday, April 6, 2018

The Tree of Life

This amazing piece of work comes to us from artist Oskars Pantelejevs. The Tree of Life is a conjectural occult item intended as the McGuffin in an Indiana Jones or Tomb Raider style movie. The design and craftsmanship is wonderful, but it's also mechanized- the tree actually unfolds to reveal the glowing gem contained by the filagreed branches.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

From the Blasted Heath

I'm sure readers here are familiar with the strange events west of Arkham in the infamous "Blasted Heath".   Corwin Ravencroft brings us a specimen of the strange vegetation found there before it was inundated.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Mask of the Shaman

This creeptastic Shaman's Mask comes to us from artist Edward Jekyll.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Dragon Eye Amulet

The talented Don Simpson returns to our pages with this amulet of the Dragon's Eye.  Carved from antler with an inset glass eye.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Warrior of the Clans

Shiniclaes brings us this well done set of Tolkien-inspired dwarven armor. The gallery features some great shots from photographer Anna Osintseva.

Sunday, April 1, 2018


Swedish artist Ann-Louise Svennson brings us this delightful take on the traditional Lovecraftian depiction of Cthulhu.  The warming cap really makes the piece.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Who Wants to Live Forever?

Dale Bigford has been revealing the contents of his Immortality Box on a daily basis over the past week.  Browse the gallery and you'll find items like the Chinese Peaches of Immortality and the European Tools of the Werewolf.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Grand Grimoire of Cthulhu

The latest from Mille Cuirs- The Grand Grimoire of Cthulhu, with a hand tooled leather cover featuring inset glass eyes.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Denizen of Y'ha-nthlei

This Deep One bust comes to us from artist Victor Marin of Invictus Designs, but quite a few people worked together to make it happen:

Concept: Victor Marin
Sculpt: Barbatos FX & Victor Marin
Paint: Victor Marin
Teeth: Ruben Rodriguez
Photo: Malvido

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

The Philosopher's Stone

Dale Bigford has started to reveal the contents of the mysterious case I mentioned earlier this week.  The first item is the infamous Philosopher's Stone.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

The Dragonstone

Marika Schirmacher returns to our pages with this Elder Scrolls inspired dragonstone. Sculpted from black polymer clay with a painted stone finish.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Immortality for Sale

“Now then, the inventory.” Grasping the two rings the Dealer swung the chest open. “20 items. Particularly collected in this chest and tailored to your spectrum of needs.”

The cabinet swung open to reveal two equal sections with a complex array of doors. All different sizes, all tagged with a number and in no discernable order.

“MY spectrum of needs…?”

“We research all our clients and match them with a Dealer who’s inventory best suits his persona. With items that meet some inherent “need” of the client’s mentality. Acquiring a means of immortality is QUITE personal.”

What price would you be willing to pay for immortality? The answer may well be in this intriguing box. Dale Bigford will be revealing the contents over the next week. I can't wait to see what's inside.

Friday, March 23, 2018

The Plague Rats

Ick.  These gruesome plague rats come to us from artist Patrick Magee. 

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Cthulhu Fhtagn! Reid Edition.

Carter Reid returns to our pages with this nicely done Cthulhu idol.  I wouldn't have thought it possible, but he pulls off a purple finish.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Layering for LARP

This demonstration of how a good costume takes advantage of layering comes to us from Balmore Leathercraft.  Building up multiple colors, textures, and forms adds a huge amount of visual interest.  You can also end up looking like a homeless person that wandered in off the street.  That's why experimenting is so important.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Grimoire of the Third Eye

Mille Cuirs brings us another wonderful tome.  This time it's the Grimoire of the Third Eye, featuring a hand tooled leather cover with inset glass eye.

Monday, March 19, 2018

The Innsmouth Fetus

This amazing Innsmouth hybrid fetus comes to us from the talented Casey Love. 

Friday, March 16, 2018

The Armor of Fenris

Atelier Fantastique returns to our pages with this beautiful Fenris LARP armor. The wolf-themed set is hand tooled from leather. I would think the existence of black powder guns would make something like this a bit pointless, but, hey, it's fantasy. You gotta go with the flow.