These gorgeous dwarven helmets come to us from Gold Mountain's Dwarves, a European LARP group that specializes in roleplaying Tolkien-inspired dwarves.
Wednesday, October 20, 2021
Tuesday, October 19, 2021
Italian artist Stefano Trevisan brings us this nicely done Cthulhu idol. What makes it unusual is that this is a *bad* print. The last picture below shows a relatively minor flaw in the deck of the pedestal. It gives me faith that some artists still take craftsmanship seriously and won't accept sub-standard 3D work.
I'm looking at you, peddlers of crappy, striation covered prints.
Monday, October 18, 2021
Friday, October 15, 2021
Thursday, October 14, 2021
Wednesday, October 13, 2021
Tuesday, October 12, 2021
This nifty little dragon fossil turned up in a twitter post while I was Googling for a halloween prop. Unfortunately, the post didn't include any information on who actually created it. Following up on the information in the specimen tag lead me to The Sorcerer's Library site. They helpfully identified James Brierly as the original sculptor. It was just one of an entire series of collectibles, but it appears the line died out just after the turn of the century.
Monday, October 11, 2021
Friday, October 8, 2021
Thursday, October 7, 2021
Wednesday, October 6, 2021
Tuesday, October 5, 2021
Dungeons and Curmudgeons has hatched a cunning plan:
#Egg for dinner? Nope. It’s going to be a little mystery the players find while searching the #dungeon. At some point they will hear sloppy eating noises emanating from a small room off a corridor they’re in.
When they look inside, they’ll find a couple of #goblins tucking into some weird looking eggs, eating them raw, yolks running down their greedy faces and smashed shells on the ground. The goblins (taken by surprise) will immediately drop the remains of their gooey snacks and grab for their weapons to attack the party.
After disposing of the goblins the party will see that the #eggs were taken from a small (now ruined) nest in one alcove of the dungeon wall and that one of the eggs remains intact! But nobody knows who or what kind of creature laid it. At this point I’ll hand one of the players the prop egg. Maybe they’ll keep it, maybe they’ll put it back. But what’s inside?
The finished prop egg is pretty cool. Hopefully we'll get an update on how his players handle it.
Monday, October 4, 2021
Friday, October 1, 2021
Thursday, September 30, 2021
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Monday, September 27, 2021
Thursday, September 23, 2021
Wednesday, September 22, 2021
Tuesday, September 21, 2021
While the missions to Antarctica and Australia get most of the attention, Miskatonic University mounted dozens of expeditions to locations around the world. Andrea Bonazzi brings us this photograph of two intriguing figures discovered during the 1926 Abyssinian project.
Monday, September 20, 2021
Thursday, September 16, 2021
For gamers of a certain age, the Imperial Type-S Scout/Courier is iconic. It was one of the go-to player ships in Traveller, the first major science fiction role-playing game. I spent many a weekend roaming around the Spinward Marches in a Type-S in the 70s and 80s, and it's been a part of every single edition of the game since then.
That's one of the reasons I was intrigued by 2nd Dynasty's Kickstarter to produce a tabletop scale miniature of the ship. They've made a specialty of producing digital spacecraft models designed for 3D printing and sized for the gaming table. How cool is that?
Now Seth Skorkowski has provided an in-depth review of the model. He's one of my favorite YouTubers, thanks in large part to his focus on scenarios for the Call of Cthulhu RPG. His review embraces the inherent awesomeness of the Type-S miniature, but it's tempered with some caveats. That includes the sheer amount of effort, including 450 hours (!) of 3D printing time, needed to create the model. In response, 2nd Dynasty posted a video addressing those concerns. Both videos are worth a watch.
I love the possibilities of a project like this, but I'm not sure if the technology is quite there yet. In the video you can see the filament printed parts have the distinctive striations produced as the hot plastic is deposited on the master, something that bugs me to no end. Those artifacts make me think conventional resin casting would be a better approach for at least some of the parts in a model like this.
Wednesday, September 15, 2021
Elsie Wright is the amateur photographer who captured the infamous photos of the Cottingley Fairies. Dan Baines of Lebanon Circle has uncovered some convincing evidence she captured far more than some intriguing pictures. This mummified fairy was reportedly discovered in a sewing box once owned by Ms. Wright.
Tuesday, September 14, 2021
Monday, September 13, 2021
I work for the Museum of Intrigue (an innovative hybrid "excaperoom") in Syracuse, NY, and we have just started doing a new special after hours spookie game, The Haunt.The game is limited to just 10 players and is played with the lights out in our 9,000 sqft Museum. The players need to identify and dispel an unknown entity from the Museum. Since we are only running the game a few times a month, we can change the type of entity (and the way to dispel it) for each game.This Sunday yours truly gets to be the monster, a Litch in this case, and I decided to spend a little time and cobble together a phylactery.It is made from the thigh bone of a Whitetailed Deer, banded in hand forged copper, and doodled upon with a Sharpie.
Friday, September 10, 2021
Note: The earlier post from today contained a spoiler for an event taking place this weekend. To maintain the mystery I've rescheduled it for Monday morning.
Russian artist Max Ovanesyants brings us this well-preserved mandrake specimen.
Thursday, September 9, 2021
Artist Victoria Hofferson crafted these recreations of the axes from Assassin's Creed Valhalla for an upcoming fan project. They were digitally sculpted, 3D printed, molded in silicone, and then cast in foam. Foam!
Wednesday, September 8, 2021
Tuesday, September 7, 2021
Monday, September 6, 2021
This is insanely cool. "Billn53" at the BritModeller forums created this diorama of the Miskatonic University expedition to Antarctica, featuring the fateful flight to the Elder Thing city. I could quibble with the use of a Ford Trimotor instead of the canon Dornier Wal, but that would be picayune. To the average person the Trimotor is far more familiar, having played a vital part in Byrd's 1929 expedition.
There's so much to like here. You really have to click through and check out the full gallery. The diorama is filled with amazing details and easter eggs, including the story's giant albino penguins, the all-too-descriptive wall carvings, and a hungry shoggoth.