Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Idol of Sheogorath

"Sheogorath, Daedric Prince of Madness. At your service."

Pushels Craft returns to our pages with this excellent idol of Sheogorath from the Elder Scrolls game series.



Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Great Cthulhu

 Elisabetta Visentini brings us nicely done traditional-style Cthulhu idol.


 

Monday, June 17, 2024

The Three Lobed Burning Eye

“I see it—coming here—hell-wind—titan blur—black wings—Yog-Sothoth save me—the three-lobed burning eye. . . .”

- H.P. Lovecraft, 'The Haunter of the Dark"

   The talented Morgan Loebel returns to our pages with this horrifically well done three-lobed eye.  My first thought was of the final image poor Robert Blake saw before his unfortunate disappearance in Providence.




Friday, June 14, 2024

Morrowind Ash Statue

Valara Atran returns to our pages with one of the more obscure items from the Elder Scrolls video game series- an Ash Statue from Morrowind

 


 

Thursday, June 13, 2024

Tome of Stone

Mille Cuirs returns to our pages with another masterful example of tomecraft.  This time it features a hand-tooled leather cover reproducing the look of mossy stone.

 


 

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Tabletop Cube Puzzle

MattsWithTatts has posted a fun little DIY for creating a cube puzzle for players in his Dungeons and Dragons game.  The only caveat I would offer is that buying or producing 27 individual foam cubes, and then assembling them, probably isn't the easiest way to bring this particular style of puzzle to your tabletop.  Commercial cube assembly puzzles are cheap and widely available.  If you want to be particularly fiendish you can always use a Soma cube.

 

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

The Old Gods

Slagovir continues to keep the Old Gods alive, this time bringing us an idol of Kolyada carved from aged oak.

"The god Kolyada, also known as Kolyadnik, is a figure of Slavic paganism associated with the festivals and rituals of the winter solstice. In Slavic mythology, Kolyada is associated with the return of the sun and the beginning of a new cycle of nature. His cult was widespread among various Slavic tribes. The holiday of Kolyada was usually celebrated in late December or early January, and this time was accompanied by various rites and rituals aimed at ensuring fertility and prosperity in the new year. In some beliefs, Kolyada represented a young god with whom hopes of renewal and rebirth were associated."

 


 

Monday, June 10, 2024

Ukrainian House Demon

Alisa Tochylovska returns to our pages with another example of the Ukrainian Khovanets, a house demon that brings good fortune to it's master by stealing it from the neighbors.  Click through for a full gallery of pictures.


 

Friday, June 7, 2024

Up From the Depths

Italian artist Valentina Curto brings us this sideshow-style Fiji Mermaid gaff.  


 

Thursday, June 6, 2024

The Crossover Grimoire

I've never seen either show, but there was apparently a crossover episode between the serial killer procedural "Bones" and the supernatural show "Sleepy Hollow" several years ago.  The only reason I'm aware of it is the fantastic prop grimoire that appears in the show.

"The scripted prop was a Grimoire-esque, ancient tome.  Referred to as both the Book of Shadows and the Book of Immortality, replete with ancient runes, latin, freemason symbols, ancient greek and sanskrit, the challenge, as usual, was to come up with this antiquity in 7 to 10 days.  Ideally made out of heavy leather and vellum, there was only one problem... our lead actor was vegan so we could use neither."

Propmaster Ian Scheibel has posted a complete gallery of the book, which was created by master craftsman Ross MacDonald.  You can check out more of Mr. MacDonald's incredible work in our archives.

 


 

Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Fae Under Glass

This nicely done mummified fairy specimen under glass comes to us from French curiousity shop Insectes-Fossiles-Curiosites.

 


 

Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Graboid Trophy Mount

This full-sized recreation of the graboid trophy mount from the Tremors franchise comes to us from Bigbore 729 on Reddit.  The entire thing was 3-D printed, a process that took months to complete.

 


 

Monday, June 3, 2024

Witchfinder Armor

Luca of Arte sul Cuoio returns with this Warhammer LARP Witchfinder armor, complete with purity seals,

 


 



Friday, May 31, 2024

Artifacts of Innsmouth

The talented Jason McKittrick brings us this collection of items from the infamous raid on Innsmouth.  The complete "Artifacts of Innsmouth" collection includes the Oracle of Dagon plaque, the Mother Hydra emblem, the Innsmouth Cthulhu idol, a Shoggoth Totem, and some nifty paper props.  The entire package, and each individual item, goes on sale at 6 PM Eastern tonight. 


 

Thursday, May 30, 2024

Elder Scrolls Dwemer Armor

It appears the Dwemer aren't gone after all.  Amando of Geonhdrio Crafts brings us this complete Dwemer heavy armor set, shield, and sword from the Elder Scrolls video game series.  


 



Wednesday, May 29, 2024

The Blythburgh Whistle

We've featured quite a few of James Ewing's outstanding occult artifacts over the years here on Propnomicon.  His latest work is the mysterious Blythburgh Whistle, and example of both craftsmanship and incredibly creative worldbuilding. 

"Nobody knows who summoned the beast or why. However, we are confident that we know how.

The Blythburgh Whistle, like any other dog whistle, makes no sound audible to the human ear. This makes playing it incredibly difficult, and also, incredibly dangerous. The whistle may summon the black dog, but only playing the right tune will allow you to control it. Woe betide the person who picks up the whistle without knowing its song, as Black Shuck is sure to drag them back to the world of nightmares whence it came."

 Click through to see a complete gallery and the artifact's full backstory.


 

Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Aurean Sword

I'm old enough to remember when bopper weapons were the cutting edge of LARP combat technology.  Now players get to wield arms like this Aurean sword from Broken Wand.  The level of detail on the pommel and ricasso is insane.


 



Friday, May 24, 2024

Regalia of the Raven Lord

Valerie Plouffe of the Feral Workshop brings us the ornate Regalia of the Raven Lord.


 



Thursday, May 23, 2024

A Man of the Cloth

Abraham Marsh has brought us some impressive Innsmouth-themed costumes in the past, but this one is on a whole different level.  He brings us a high priest from the Esoteric Order of Dagon, complete with full vestments and an incredible mask featuring the infamous Deep One gills.  Click through to see the full gallery.


 

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Grimoire of the Crow

 The talented Sladjana Vukelic returns to our pages with this wonderful crow-themed custom grimoire.

 


 

Monday, May 20, 2024

Wizarding Wands

McCormick Wands returns to our pages with these beautifully hand-carved spiral wands in wenge and shedua wood.


 

Friday, May 17, 2024

Mask of the Ferryman

This creepy "Charon" mask comes to us from Creadores a Sueldo.



Thursday, May 16, 2024

Making a Stone of Barenziah

Much like Mr. Hanna, I've never completed the search for every Stone of Barenziah in Skyrim.  While the reward is considerable, it's an incredibly frustrating side quest for a couple of reasons.  The biggest being the fact money ceases to be an issue long before you're able to track down all 24 stones.

That said, the stones themselves are really cool.  Luckily, that motivated Mr. Hanna to create his own and share this detailed tutorial on making your own.

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Lord of Mischief

This hand-forged totem of Loki, the Norse god of mischief, comes to us from the talented Wyrdcor.

 


 

Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Owl Shaman

I love how Ordacraft uses texture in their work.  This owl shaman mask is a good example, with the scales and fabric of the actual mask serving as a foundation for the rough natural textures of the horns, primitive beading, and the braided dreads. 




Monday, May 13, 2024

Trophy Mount

The Real Schlitzie returns to our pages with this fantasy trophy mount of a dog-bird-lizard-goblin shark..thing.  Click through for a gallery of WIP shots.

 


 

Friday, May 10, 2024

Great Cthulhu

Our latest Cthulhu idol comes to us from artist Camilo Aldana.  I like how they reproduce the faceted look of chipped stone figure.  


 

Thursday, May 9, 2024

Bronze Skull

Jason Soles of Gods Below returns to our pages with this fetal skull cast in bronze.  The perfect macabre paperweight.

 


 

Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Fallout: New Vegas Transportalponder

After a too long absence, Chris from ChunkaNuke Props returns to our pages with his recreation of the transportalponder from the "Old World Blues" DLC for Fallout: New Vegas.  I really appreciate his old school, trash-bashing approach to prop creation.  Nothing wrong with 3D printing, of course, but there's something to be said for hand-crafting an item from found objects.

 


 


Tuesday, May 7, 2024

Barbarian Shark Armor

This barbarian shark armor from Arte sul Cuoio is just amazing.  There's so much to like here.  The layered elements, leather textured like real shark skin, shark's teeth adornments...the theming is perfect.

 


 

Monday, May 6, 2024

Flesh

 Artist and propmaker Alexei Andreev brings us...uh...this fleshy thing.  It looks like something that should be floating in a jar of formaldehyde.

 


 

Friday, May 3, 2024

The Zen of Aging

No, not the necessary acceptance that you're getting older and will eventually die, but the thought process behind aging and distressing a prop.

Professional designer George Ledo brings us this insightful discussion about antiquing props. He's speaking to an audience of stage magicians, but his thoughts on developing an aging treatment hand in hand with the item's backstory are equally applicable to Lovecraftian artifacts.

Antiquing isn’t a formula; it’s a concept. That’s a phrase I learned a few years ago when Donna and I attended a class on how to make paella, which is a Spanish seafood dish. One of the first things the instructor said was that there’s no “classical authentic recipe” for paella. Paella is not a recipe: it’s a concept--a traditional way to use rice, and chicken, and chorizo, and locally available seafood, to make a one-course meal for several people.

An effective technique is to think of the object as having a history, and of each part of its history as being a “layer” that can be addressed separately. Although it’s impossible to create a “how to” list about antiquing props, I’m going to show a couple of hypothetical examples of how I would go about doing this, using standard theatrical techniques. This will of course delve into the actual design of the prop, but I’ll focus on the antiquing.

Thursday, May 2, 2024

Feet First Into Hell

Vulture Productions showing off an amazing Halo ODST armor set, complete with a full load out of weapons.