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.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Alien Skull Mask

Brazen and Bold Productions brings us this nicely done skull mask, just in time for Halloween.

Friday, October 6, 2017

I'm Dreaming of a Dark Christmas

It's that time of the year again.  Studio WonderCabinet is back with their annual Lovecraftian Christmas cards.  This time around they're also offering up some custom printed gift wrap.

Previous editions featured Lovecraft himself and the King in Yellow.  This years set is dedicated to the Dreamlands, highlighting the strange creatures and denizens of the realm beyond the wall of sleep.  Once again they've managed to create a whimsical take on the Old Gent's work while showing an appreciation for the source material.  That sets them apart from the plethora of goofy Cute-thulhu geegaws that have sprung up as the Mythos went mainstream.

Beyond that, you really can't go wrong with this project.  Less than 24 hours after it went live the Kickstarter is already funded and Studio WonderCabinet has a flawless record for delivering on their promises.  You can pledge to the Kickstarter through November 2nd, and I highly recommend doing so.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Warrior of the Red

Photographer Nicolas Meunier captured this evocative shot. It features a crested helmet and Seraphita armor from the talented Howard Cartry at Atelier Fantastique.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Medallion of the Bear School

Mastenarium brings us this recreation of the Bear School medallion from the "Witcher" series.  It's cast in nickel silver with inset zirconia stones.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Twisted Homunculus

This misshapen homunculus comes to us from artist Julian Briones. 

Monday, October 2, 2017

Son of Chernobog

The gifted Alice Tochylovska returns to our pages with a captured Chort, one of the black fae of Eastern Europe.  It's not clear if this particular specimen is one of the mischievous bloodlines, or the far more dangerous demonic type.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

For the Emperor!

I love fully themed cosplay and LARP groups. There are a lot of folks who go all out to craft costumes of a favorite character. It takes a huge amount of effort to craft everything, from your clothes down to your shoes, weapons, and individual personal items.

Doing it was a group kicks it up a level. One person with a detailed orc costume is neat. A whole troupe of orcs with detailed costumes is amazing. When they go to the effort of putting together a campsite, complete with themed tents, banners, and equipment, the experience is amazingly immersive.

Beyond that there are...the Warhammer 40k people. They recreate entire battlefields. This gallery of shots from Elysian Trooper is just mind boggling. You'll not only find amazingly detailed costumes of Imperial troops, but field gear, full barricades...and two complete heavy weapons emplacements.