Friday, April 19, 2024

Unholy Icon

The gifted Maarten Verhoeven returns to our pages with this fantastic piece, Corrupted.  The adornments and spiky halo really give it the feel of an evil religious icon.


Thursday, April 18, 2024

Kobold Kaboom

You kids today and your dragonkin kobolds don't know how good you have it.  I'm old enough to remember when D&D kobolds were canines.  Now get off my lawn!

No matter what kind of kobolds you favor, including the original Germanic fae, they'll be even more mischievous than normal with this nifty bronze kobold bomb, complete with charging powder, from Burned Raven Tales.


Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Macabre Mermaid

Umbrateca returns to our pages with this dead mermaid specimen.  I can only imagine how long it took to apply all those miniature scales.


Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Dem Bones

This horrible specimen of a deformed juvenile skull comes to us from the purveyor of all things osseous, Spooky Jack.  And by "horrible" I mean fantastic.



Monday, April 15, 2024

Bound in Flesh

I've been walking this earth for over sixty years, and I'm still stunned that making the binding of a book out of human beings isn't just a horror movie trope.  Luckily, this fleshy tome from Karen Main was clearly bound with the flesh of something definitely not human.


Friday, April 12, 2024

Tools of the Trade

This well done LARP healer's kit comes to us from Broken Wand.  All the instruments are cast in combat-safe foam, so you can go from patching up your companions to plunging a scalpel into an opponent.



Thursday, April 11, 2024

Back to the Wasteland

Almost ten years ago I fell in love with Fallout: New Vegas.  Since then there have been two more installments in the video game franchise, neither of which came come anywhere close to the immersiveness and storytelling of New Vegas.  That craftsmanship, and a still thriving mod community, mean I'm still diving back into the game every couple of months.

That's all a set-up to explain why I'm so excited about the new Fallout project.  No, not the long-awaited Fallout series that premiered early on Amazon Prime last night, although I'm jazzed for that as well.  I watched the first episode last night and absolutely loved it.

I'm actually talking about Fallout: Breaking, a direct sequel to the amazing Fallout: Nuka Break fan series.  Zack Finrock has been posting some previews of the project, including some cool prop work, over on his Twitter account.  Based on the previews, and my love of the original, I think there are a lot of reasons to throw a few dollars his way.


Wednesday, April 10, 2024

The Greater Evil

Evil is bad kids, but there's something to be said for the stylish, well dressed kind.  This luxurious LARP costume comes to us from Feral Workshop.



Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Art Deco Cthulhu

One of the great tragedies of our times is that Art Deco isn't the dominant design aesthetic of the world.  That's just one of the reasons I'm in love with this amazing Cthulhu idol from "Heyitsdan" over on the Replica Props Forum.  What's really cool about the sculpt is that the side and rear profiles are just as attractive as the front view. 

Monday, April 8, 2024

The Book of Oblivion

I've never seen this done before, but I really like it.  This new Elder Scroll themed tome from Alex Libris has a leather cover featuring the Oblivion symbol and a wildly evocative painting of the crisis itself.  The imagery is just perfect, as is the cracking effect for the painting.


Friday, April 5, 2024

Cthulhu Awakens

Artist Sergey Belov brings us his "Idol of Awakening Cthulhu", an interesting take on the traditional depiction of the Great Old One.




Thursday, April 4, 2024

The Tome

We've been featuring the work of MilleCuirs here on Propnomicon for years.  He's produced dozens of beautiful prop tomes and journals over that span of time, ranging from Mythos-themed grimoires to Elder Scrolls inspired books.  I think this impressive tome may be the first time he's created one that was heavily distressed and worn from the get go.  Absolutely beautiful work.


Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Making Cthulhu

It's pretty incredible that Propnomicon has featured hundreds of Cthulhu idols.  That said, I think this is the first time we've ever been able to see one being created.  Robert Cseh, a very talented miniature and diorama artist, has posted a video detailing the sculpting of a primitive-style idol for one of his projects.  It's not just an interesting look at the process, but a demonstration of how important the paint job is to an idol's final appearance.

Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Crown of Flesh

Karen Main has mastered a particularly icky, organic style of sculpting.  It's so gruesomely..meaty.  Her latest is this living crown of flesh, complete with a plethora of eyes and just as many teeth.


Monday, April 1, 2024

Great Cthulhu

There's so much to like about this Cthulhu idol from Russian creator Starmi Art.  It's not only an incredible take on the traditional depiction of the Great Old One, but it's also a planter!  How cool is that?


Friday, March 29, 2024

Idol of Hastur

 The incredible George Tsougkouzidis returns to our pages with this amazing idol of Hastur.


Thursday, March 28, 2024

Wooden Dragonpriest Mask

Artist Corroder666 brings us this recreation of the wooden dragonpriest mask from Skyrim.  The sculpt does an excellent job of reproducing the wood of aged wood in resin.




Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Polyhedron Astrolabe

Artist Tomas Barcelo brings us the "Polyhedron Astrolabe", an intriguing faux-artifact.



Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Great Cthulhu

 Van Helsing brings us his Cthulhu icon, available as-is or as a mounted trophy.


Monday, March 25, 2024

Orc Head

This grotesque battle trophy of an orc head on a pike comes to us from Dustin Drerup of the appropriately named Beastcraft Props.


Friday, March 22, 2024

Tuck and Seal Letter Lock

Another interesting demonstration of period correspondence from the Letterlocking Videos channel on YouTube.  This time it's a recreation of the traditional tuck and seal technique used by poet Phillis Wheatley in a 1772 letter to her friend Obour Tanner.  The seal is relatively simple, making it perfect for in-game prop letters.  On interesting tidbit I came across is that the use of wafers is only appropriate for missives to friends and those of equal or lower class.  Messages to those higher on the social scale required a wax seal.

Thursday, March 21, 2024

Cthulhu Tome

Another stunning example of tomecrafting from artist Alex Libris.  His "Cthulhu journal" features the sigil created for the Simon Necronomicon back in 1977.



Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Shaman's Necklaces

Ordacraft returns to our pages with this pair of shaman's necklaces, one bearing the neolithic spiral symbol and the other the Norse vegvisir.


Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Friday, March 15, 2024

The Amulet of Kings

The Amulet of Kings is one of the defining artifacts from The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, featuring in the entire main quest line from the first scene to the last.  This detailed reproduction comes to us Arsynal Props.


Thursday, March 14, 2024

The Mad God

Valara Atran returns to our pages with her amazing Dagoth Ur costume.  Considering the character's importance to Morrowind and the Elder Scrolls series as a whole I'm genuinely surprised this is the only costuming effort I'm aware of.


Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Mandalorian Monitor

This custom made Mandalorian-themed computer monitor comes to us from Fitzgerald Lewis.  Click through the link to see the full gallery of the monitor project and very impressive collection of home decor prop items.


Tuesday, March 12, 2024

Goblin Skull

Black Rider industries brings us this excellent goblin skull, sculpted by artist Michael Locascio.  The perfect paperweight for the mage in your life.


Monday, March 11, 2024

Fallen Fae

The talented Umbratheca returns to our pages with this mounted dead fairy specimen.



Friday, March 8, 2024

Elder Sign Box

 This enruned Elder Sign box comes to us from Juna Handmade.



Thursday, March 7, 2024

Vodou Object 66

 Alex Torvenius returns to our pages with this voodoo-inspired ritual skull.  


Wednesday, March 6, 2024

Lord of the Sacred Land

Ukrainian artist Slagovir returns to our pages with this hand carved wooden icon of the Egyptian god Anubis.  The level of detail is amazing.


Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Laboratory Specimen Bottles

Samhain Propworks returns to our pages with an excellent tutorial on creating prop laboratory specimen bottles.  It includes a link to a sheet of free printable labels sized for a variety of glass containers.

Monday, March 4, 2024

Great Cthulhu

This nicely done Cthulhu sculpt comes to us from artist Danny Burlingham.


Sunday, March 3, 2024

Triangular Letter

Why would someone send a triangular letter?  Because they're a Mason.

The Letterlocking Channel has an interesting look at the folding technique used for an invitation to a Masonic event in 1796.  Beyond the relevance for historical tabletop RPGs, this would be a neat quirk for the letters from an NPC.  It is, of course, needlessly complex, but that's one of the reasons it's cool.

Friday, March 1, 2024

The Directory

We've featured custom tomes from Mille Cuirs dozens of times, but this piece takes it to a whole new level.  The Directory features a fully illustrated interior in addition to their outstanding binding.  I'd love to find out more about the inspiration for the contents.

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Tome of the Skull

Sladjana Vukelic returns to our pages with this Tome of the Skull.  She's an absolute master of weathering and distressing.



Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Feed the Shoggoth

When a cultist invites you to play a round of "Feed the Shoggoth", run.  Abraham Marsh of El Primo De Innsmouth returns to our pages with this creepy display.


Monday, February 26, 2024

Nasty Knife

Wyrdcor returns to our pages with this nasty forged iron blade.  Definitely not the sort of thing used by the good guys.


Friday, February 23, 2024

Glowing Nirnroot

Nirnroot is one of the iconic alchemical ingredients in the Elder Scrolls games.  This glowing physical recreation comes to us from 3DSVS Store.  I know I'm not the only player that can hear that distinctive nirnroot chiming sound just looking at these pictures.