Friday, June 15, 2018

From the Sinking City

Makeup artist Kelton Ching created these denizens of "The Sinking City", the upcoming Lovecraft-inspired open world game from Frogwares.  To absolutely no one's surprise the titular city seems to have an awful lot in common with Innsmouth.  You can find more information about the game over here.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Grand Grimoire

The gifted Alex Libris returns to our pages with this fantastic alchemy grimoire.  Featuring a hand tooled leather cover with oak inset and custom brass hardware.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Magma Drake Specimen Box

This nicely done "Magma Drake Specimen Box", featuring a plaster claw casting, tooth, horn, and egg, comes to us from Burned Raven Tales. 

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Demogorgon Embryo

Victor Marin of Invictus Designs brings us this beautifully done demogorgon embryo from "Stranger Things".

Monday, June 11, 2018

The Best of Times, the Worst of Times

Bethesda debuted Fallout 76 last night at E3.  The good news is that they're going to be doing another prop-centric special edition, this time with a really fantastic T-51b power armor helmet, West-Tek gear bag, and some other cool goodies.  It's a great follow up to the Fallout 4 Pip-Boy Edition from 2015.  Hopefully we won't see the quality control issues that plagued that effort.

The bad news is the game is an online only survival sim without any traditional quests or storyline.  Oh, and it includes mandatory PvP.  Bleh.

Update:  This.  This so much.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Ghoul of My Dreams

Ivan Naumenko of Masks Mastery reveals his ghoulification in preparation for Sunday's reveal of "Fallout 76" at E3.  He nails the peeling skin and exposed nasal cavity of the FO4 incarnation.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Goatman Warrior

Paulo T. brings us an outstanding Goatman LARP costume.  This is the kind of thing that could easily be ridiculous, but the excellent theming and craftsmanship really pulls it off.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Cthulhu Idol

This 3D printed Cthulhu idol comes to us from Spellcaster29.  I like the design, but the characteristic printing striations really detract from the overall effect.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

The Teeth

This is so...wrong.  Artist Taylor Haze Keller brings us this creeptastic makeup effect, crafted from scar wax and acrylic teeth. 

Monday, June 4, 2018

Hat of Holding

Andy Fyfe of Savage Punk Studio brings us this Portamancer's Hat.  Just the thing for the wizard on the go.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Dark Young of Shub-Niggurath

It's notoriously difficult to find one of the Dark Young of Shub-Niggurath when you need one, so Richard Svensson made his own. This detailed build log shows the creation of an articulated stop-motion puppet from the initial sculpt to finished figure. His technique for creating flexible tentacles is something I'm going to shamelessly steal.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Grand Grimoire of Cthulhu

MilleCuirs brings us his latest custom tome- the Grand Grimoire of Cthulhu.  Featuring a hand tooled leather cover with inset glass eyes.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Squid Thing

The talented Karen Main returns to our pages with this be-tentacled horror.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

T-45 Power Armor

Brazen and Bold brings us this excellent set of T-45 power armor in honor of Bethesda teasing an upcoming Fallout announcement.  If they roll out remastered versions of Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas I'll be a very happy man.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Cthulhu Amulet

This nicely done Cthulhu amulet comes to us from artist Jim Phillips. 

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Imperial Engineer

Russian Warhammer LARPs are insane.  BorsBors brings us this incredibly detailed Imperial Engineer costume.  The Renaissance-style posing is just perfect.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Vizier's Vial

This cool glowing vial comes to us from the appropriately named Lumen Emporium.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Obelisk of Cthulhu

This paint-up of the "Obelisk of C'thulhu" from Reaper Miniatures comes to us from Othikent. It's been years since I was into miniature gaming, so I didn't even know this existed. The original sculpt is by Kevin Williams.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Great Cthulhu

Greek artist George Tsougkouzidis brings us this impressive Cthulhu plaque.  Click through to take a look at the full gallery.  The high resolution shots show just how well done the texture work is.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Armor of the Flame Dragon

Samuel Lee of Prince Armory returns to our pages with this ornate Flame Dragon armor set.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Monday, May 21, 2018

The Blades

This selection of foam LARP weapons comes to us from Lady Gleam.  It's amazing how realistic they've become.  I can remember when boffers were the state of the art.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Glass Dagger

Arsynal Props returns to our pages with this absolutely perfect glass dagger from Skyrim.  Check out their gallery for an ironmongery of weapons from the game.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Cthulhu Idol, Reid Edition

Carter Reid returns to our pages with his take on the traditional Cthulhu idol.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Chaos Amulet

This nicely done engraved metal chaos amulet comes to us from artist Timforshade.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

It Bites

The gifted Karen Main returns to our pages with this gruesome leech specimen

Monday, May 14, 2018

Buccaneers of the Damned

Nothing too unusual here.  Just a pirate and his trained attack dinosaur.

Ross Mitchell brings us a little slice of insanity from this past weekend's "Buccaneers of the Damned" LARP event in the UK.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Altar of Cthulhu

I love this grungy take on Cthulhu from artist Shane Garner.  It has that crazed, kludged together aesthetic of something put together by someone on the far side of sanity.  Very reminiscent of the creepy "King in Yellow" altar from "True Detective".

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

The Innsmouth Look

Artist Richard Redlefsen created this Innsmouth hybrid makeup for the season finale of the "Face/Off" reality show.  Click through to see some additional shots that demonstrate just how disturbingly well done it is.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Elven Warrior

I'm admittedly biased towards the dwarven and orcish factions, but this elven warrior costume from Eloriel Elenril is quite impressive.  I'm not sure how effective those sleeves would be in combat, but after a few centuries of practice you probably get used to it.

Friday, May 4, 2018

The Music of Erich Zann

If you can read music I'd advise you to make sure your memetic defenses are up to par before going any further.

Astanael recovered this copy of the sheet music of Erich Zann from the Miskatonic archives.  If his account is true it may be the piece that triggered the infamous Woodstock "incident".

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Armor of the Dwarf Lords

This set of dwarven armor, crafted from real blackened steel, comes to us from the artisans at IronWoods Shop.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Star Spawn of Cthulhu

This impressive Star Spawn of Cthulhu comes to us from Victor Marin of Invictus Designs.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Cthulhu Rising

I would normally give a pass to anything featuring a chibi Cthulhu, but this is a pretty amazing exception.  Othikent brings us a diorama of what will happen when the stars are finally right and Cthulhu rises from his watery home.  Notice the quarter providing scale.  Click through on the link for a much better look at just how detailed this micro-diorama is.

Monday, April 30, 2018

The Morag Tong

This ornate recreation of a Morag Tong assassin from the Elder Scrolls series comes to us from Russian artist Valara Atran.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Mummified Minion

This mummified minion, complete with nose hair(!), comes to us from the talented Tom Kuebler.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Elven Helmet

Sander Propworx returns to our pages with this beautiful Warhammer-style Elven helmet

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.