Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Dwarven Helms

These gorgeous dwarven helmets come to us from Gold Mountain's Dwarves, a European LARP group that specializes in roleplaying Tolkien-inspired dwarves.


 

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

Demonic

Madness FX brings us this creepy ensemble, featuring their demonic "Deceiver" mask and costuming by Chris Austin.


 

Friday, October 15, 2021

Fungal

This is horrific.  And by "horrific", I mean "awesome".  Alexie Andreev returns to our pages with this fungally infected corpse.   




Thursday, October 14, 2021

Lich-Priest of Vecna

 This incredible Lich-Priest of Vecna costume comes to us from Mark Meer.  


 

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

The Old Gods

The talented George Tsougkouzidis returns to our pages with his latest piece, a plaque dedicated to the Old Gods.  As usual with his sculpts, the texture work is incredible.

 


Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Draco Inviolatus Fossil

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

Leather Tome

Alex Libris returns to our pages with another beautiful bit of tomecraft.  Featuring a hand-tooled leather cover with custom brass hardware and embossment.


 

Friday, October 8, 2021

Idol of the Great Old One

Concept Designer Michael Pedro created this faux-wooden "Great Old One" idol for the Lovecraftian short film "Breaking Lights".  Click through to check out some high resolution pictures of the piece.

 

 


Thursday, October 7, 2021

Wee Old One

I'm always humbled to see what a genuinely skilled sculptor is capable of.  This work-in-progress Cthulhu idol from artist Alberto Camargo Márquez is about three inches high.  Click through and check out his gallery for a short video of him sculpting the piece.


 

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

The Pumpkin King

It's the most wonderful time of the year.  Dustin Drerup of Beastcraft Props celebrates the season with this gigantic pumpkin creature.


 

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Mysterious Egg

 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

Hail Slaanesh!

The Arthammer LARP Workshop brings us this ridiculously photogenic player wearing their Slaanesh armor set


 

Friday, October 1, 2021

Triple Play

 McCormick Wands returns to our pages with this beautiful trio of hand-carved wands.  


 

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Orb of Safekeeping

Props & Beyond produces 3D models of tabletop RPG props.  They have a cool selection of items, including this Cryptex-style "Orb of Safekeeping".

 


 

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Something Wicked This Way Comes

This fantastic creature costume is how Stephen Canfield is teasing a Halloween Mythos-themed LARP event.


 

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Cthulhu Fhtagn! Sebs Edition

 This custom Cthulhu idol comes to us from Sebs Customs.  



 

Monday, September 27, 2021

Skyrim Daggers

 Arsynal Props returns to our pages with this cool collection of daggers from Skyrim.


 

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Red Lyrium

 Ammnra brings us these recreations of the red lyrium crystals from the Dragon Age videogame series.


 

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Scarab Amulet

This scarab amulet from Burned Raven Tales is great, but the presentation really kicks it up a notch.



 

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Miskatonic University Abyssinian Expedition

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

Witcher Trophy

Sander Propworx took a break from their excellent LARP weapons to create this monstrous trophy head inspired by the Witcher series.  Crafted from foam, epoxy, and faux fur.



 

Thursday, September 16, 2021

A Tall Ship, and a Star to Steer Her By

  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. 

 

Cthulhu Altar

George Tsougkouzidis is no stranger to these pages.  His latest is this colorful take on his Cthulhu altar sculpt, demonstrating that he's as good with a paintbrush as he is with clay.



 

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Mummified Fairy

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

Servants of the Empire

 I've said it before, but it bears repeating.  Russian Warhammer LARPs are insane.  This amazingly costumed unit of Imperial forces comes to us from the appropriately named Russian LARP.


 

Monday, September 13, 2021

Lich's Phylactery

Jeff Devine of The Museum of Intrigue was kind enough to send over these shots of a lich's phylactery that featured prominently in an event over the weekend.

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

Mandrake

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

Assassin's Creed Valhalla Axes

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

Crow Spirit

The Fey are by nature capricious, but they can be downright vicious when they're defending their young.  Alice Tochylovska returns to our pages with this crow spirit and its offspring.


 

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Great Grimoire

 Alex Libris returns to our pages with this wonderful hand-crafted tome.  Featuring a tooled leather cover, custom embossment, and brass hardware.


 

Monday, September 6, 2021

At the Mountains of Madness Diorama

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.




Friday, September 3, 2021

Great Cthulhu

Artist Evan Tortorelli brings us this massive Cthulhu figure.  The original was sculpted digitally and then 3D printed on a high resolution resin printer.