Friday, May 24, 2019

Bloody Blades

It's hard to believe these Blood Obsidian Katanas from Dragon Armory are made from LARP safe foam. 

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Great Cthulhu

The talented SueZ QQ returns to our pages with this nicely done Cthulhu bust.  Click through for a full gallery and details on how to order a resin casting.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Pentagram Grimoire

This wonderful hand bound leather grimoire comes to us from El Artesano del Rey.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Blade of the Hunter

This incredible hand forged Dwarven Hunter knife comes to us from Romanian artist Csizmar Szilard.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Ashes to Ashes

I'm appalled that Burned Raven Tales would make this vial of vampire ashes available to the general public.  One drop of blood, just one, and you have a full blown outbreak of vampirism on your hands. 

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Mother Hydra

Jason McKittrick's latest piece is this beautiful idol of Mother Hydra

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

The Great Grimoire

Alex Libris brings us this massive magical tome, yet another example of his amazing craftsmanship.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Cthulhu Cultist Assassin Daggers

It's always nice to see new work from Joe Broers.  His latest is a trio of Cthulhu cultist assassin daggers, complete with embossed sheaths and faux woodblock print.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Cthulhu Fhtagn! Marin Edition.

The talented Victor Marin returns to our pages with this excellent shot of his primitive-style Cthulhu idol.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Dwarven Shield

PropCorn returns to our pages with this well done dwarven shield, crafted from LARP safe foam.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

I Did Nazi This Coming...

Over ten years ago I posted a video to YouTube entitled "Nazi Reanimation Propaganda Film".  It was a recut of the faux propaganda film from the 2008 movie "Outpost", one of the better entries in the Nazi Zombie sub-genre of walking dead pictures.  This is what you'll see if you go to see that video today:

Here's the email I received explaining why:
Hi Prop Nomicon,

Your video Nazi Reanimation Propaganda Film was flagged to us by the YouTube community. Upon review, we have placed restrictions on how the video will be shown. Please note that your video will continue to be available on YouTube.

Video content restrictions

We believe in the principles of free speech, even when that speech is unpopular or potentially offensive to some viewers. However, YouTube doesn't allow hate speech or content that promotes or incites violence. In some cases, flagged videos that do not clearly breach the Community Guidelines but whose content is potentially controversial or offensive may remain up, but with some features disabled.

Your video will be shown after a warning message. In addition, certain features such as comments, sharing, thumbs up, and suggested videos have been disabled. Your video is also ineligible for monetization.

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Sweet fancy Moses.  Welcome to 2019.

Update:  It just gets better.  YouTube says the video was the target of a legal complaint and is now banned in dozens of countries.
Regarding your account: Prop Nomicon

We have received a legal complaint regarding your video. After review, the following video: Nazi Reanimation Propaganda Film has been blocked from view on the following YouTube country site(s):

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Switzerland, Cyprus, Czechia, Germany, Denmark, Estonia, Spain, Finland, France, United Kingdom, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Greece, Croatia, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Latvia, Martinique, Malta, New Caledonia, Netherlands, French Polynesia, Poland, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Portugal, Reunion, Romania, Sweden, Slovenia, Slovakia, French Southern Territories, Wallis and Futuna, Mayotte

YouTube blocks content where necessary to comply with local laws. Please review our help center article on legal complaints //

The YouTube Team
The only rationale I can think of is that the video shows a Nazi flag and troops in SS uniforms.  I understand that those are troubling images, but that's all they are.  Images.  I can authoritatively state that reanimated Nazi soldiers from WW II are not about to rise up and establish the Eternal Fourth Reich.  On the other hand, I would pay good money to see a big-budget miniseries based on that exact premise.

From the Mountains of Madness

Jennifer brings us this look at the excellent Elder Thing artifact from artist Nat Wiland.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

The Miskatonic Papers

What really happened to the Miskatonic University Tunguska expedition?  We'll find out when Todd Thyberg releases "The Miskatonic Papers".  He's been posting a steady stream of prop documents and artifacts from the project.  I'm looking forward to the final product.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Necro Skull

Sweet Jebus, this Necro Skull would make an amazing game artifact.  Derek Rosengrant is the artist responsible for the beautiful patinated brass finish, while the talented Dom Qwek sculpted the original piece. 

Monday, May 6, 2019

Grimoire of Fire

This hand bound Grimoire of Fire comes to us from artist Sirius Liao. 

Friday, May 3, 2019

Protective Vials

Burned Raven Tales return to our pages with this collection of protective warding vials found in an abandoned monastery.  Click through to see their complete gallery of shots.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

The Disk of R'lyeh

Type 40 is behind this mysterious Disk of R'lyeh, a premium prop that will be available from an upcoming Kickstarter drive.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

A Bundle of Blades

Arsynal Props brings us this collection of daggers from the Elder Scrolls video game series.  The sheer attention to detail is impressive.

Monday, April 29, 2019

Artifact of the Elder Sign

Bill Henar brings us this intriguing artifact bearing the Elder Sign.  Amazingly, it's actually a high-end fidget spinner.  I thankfully avoided getting caught up in that fad, but the coolness of this design is enough to make me reconsider.

Friday, April 26, 2019

Carved Cthulhu

This beautiful icon of Cthulhu comes to us from Ukrainian artist Андрей Каукин.  Hand-carved from a beech slab.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Great Cthulhu

The arrival of spring has apparently triggered a record crop of Cthulhu sculpts.  The latest one comes to us from artist Cyprian Chorociej.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Primitive Cthulhu Idol

Tom Fournier brings us this intriguing primitive Cthulhu idol.  Despite artifacts like this, "science" continues to deny that the cult of the Great Old One has been active for millennia.

Update: Things that make you go "Hmmmm....".

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Monday, April 22, 2019

Stone Cthulhu Idol

When it comes to realism you can't beat real stone.  Curionomicon brings us this primitive Cthulhu idol hand carved from soapstone.

Friday, April 19, 2019

Cthulhu Fhtagn! Sainz Edition.

I really like this take on the traditional Cthulhu idol from Artist David R. Sainz.  It does a good job of capturing the basics of Lovecraft's original sketch without too slavishly reproducing the clumsier details.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Nocturnal Polyp

Martin Quarz brings us this intriguing specimen of a nocturnal polyp.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Adventurer's Pack

I'm a sucker for cool tableaux shots like this.  It features a wonderful leather adventurer's knapsack crafted by Czech artist Jan Feit.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Dagger of Cthulhu

This beautiful Cthulhu-themed sacrificial blade comes to us from propmaker Johan Waxin and digital sculptor Sanna Öhlund.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Alchemical Tomes

Alex Libris returns to our pages with this pair of masterfully done alchemical tomes.  Beyond the obvious craftsmanship it's a good example of how alternate finishes impact the appearance of essentially identical items.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Great Cthulhu

At first blush, you wouldn't expect a fantastic piece of Mythos art from an artist using the moniker SueZ Q.  Yet here we are.  She brings us this commissioned Cthulhu sculpt, currently available as a resin casting.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Tome of the Old Gods

This beautiful hand bound tome comes to us from Russian artist Olga Kovaleva. The custom embossments are the symbols of Veles and Mokosh, two of the old Slavic pagan gods.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Relic of the Elder Things

Nat Wiland returns to our pages with this Elder Thing relic recovered during the Miskatonic University expedition to Antarctica. 

Monday, April 8, 2019

Ancient Power Core

Burned Raven Tales brings us this nifty ancient quartz power core.  The faux rust finish is outstanding.

Friday, April 5, 2019

Necromantic Familiar

This Bone Minion, a familiar popular with necromancers, comes to use from Arend Smith.  The creepy little creature is designed to comfortably sit on your shoulder.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Disk of the Hyades

Andrea Bonazzi returns to our pages with the Disk of the Hyades, a curious artifact of unknown origin.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Sculpted Wand

Coven of the Moon gets the credit for this nicely done prop wand.  Most polymer clay wands look cheesy, but she's really captured the look of real wood.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Fly, My Pretties!

The gifted Tom Kuebler returns to our pages with this amazing flying monkey gaff.  It's a nearly dead-on reproduction of the original illustrations for The Wizard of Oz.

Monday, April 1, 2019

Adorable Cthulhu

One of the biggest issues with the works of H.P. Lovecraft, and the genre of cosmic horror as a whole, is how difficult it is to draw in new fans.  People don't want to be reminded that they're insignificant before the might and power of cosmic forces beyond their understanding.  It's just depressing!

That's why I love seeing things like this gaggle of adorable Cthulhu figures from Mystic Reflections.  It makes the Mythos so much more accessible to the mainstream, and isn't that what we really need?

Friday, March 29, 2019

The Master Sword

The appropriately named Fable Blades brings us Link's Master Sword from The Legend of Zelda.  What makes it particularly notable is that it's a real sword, with everything from the tip of the blade to the pommel cap hand forged from steel.

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Blood for the Blood God! Skulls for the Skull Throne!

This wonderfully over the top set of Chaos LARP armor comes to us from Arthammer Workshop.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Alchemist's Tome

This masterfully crafted Alchemist's tome comes to us from Alex Libris.  Hand tooled leather with custom brass hardware and embossment.

Monday, March 25, 2019

It Bites

The talented Karen Main returns to our pages with this toothsome specimen.

Friday, March 22, 2019

For the Empire!

The Larping Photographer brings us this ridiculously photogenic Imperial Captain from a Russian Warhammer LARP.  The armor set is by Krechet Workshop.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Elder Sign Amulet

Don't wait until the stars are right to get one of these.  This nicely done elder sign amulet comes to us from artist Sergey Gore.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Ms. Brooks, of Innsmouth

Troll Suitcase brings us this stylish lady of Innsmouth.  The gruesome eye tentacles are a three dimensional makeup appliance. 

Monday, March 18, 2019

Up From the Depths

This nicely done collection of nautical artifacts comes to us from Burned Raven Tales.  The collection includes kraken dust along with vials of siren eggs, tears, and teeth.

Friday, March 15, 2019

The Fey

This be-winged fey comes to us from artist Nadia Zhubreva.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Ley of the Land

In a world with Fey it's never a good idea to stand inside a ring of stones.  Let's hope this LARP adventurer garbed by Outcast Props is aware of the risks. 

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Great Cthulhu

This impressive Cthulhu sculpt comes to us from Brazilian artist Rafael Drogo.  I'd love to see this in a faux stone finish.