Thursday, May 25, 2017

Cthulhu Fhtagn! Civan Edition.

Turkish artist Seda Civan brings us this intriguing Cthulhu idol. The fired clay finish is just outstanding. This really looks like something uncovered during an excavation.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Cthulhu Fhtagn! Dürum & Bass Edition.

We've featured an increasing number of Cthulhu idols that were sculpted digitally and then 3D printed. Unfortunately, many of them take a serious quality hit because of the layering effect produced as the molten filament builds up the physical model. This very nice design from Dürum & Bass handily dodges that problem.  I really like how the facial tentacles taper down to fine, curving tendrils.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The Cryptex

It's always a pleasure to stumble across a well made prop, but it's even better when the item in question is for a "Call of Cthulhu" game.  Swedish artist Karbunkl brings us this cryptex cylinder hand carved from fir.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Denizen of the Witch House

"All the objects—organic and inorganic alike—were totally beyond description or even comprehension. Gilman sometimes compared the inorganic masses to prisms, labyrinths, clusters of cubes and planes, and Cyclopean buildings; and the organic things struck him variously as groups of bubbles, octopi, centipedes, living Hindoo idols, and intricate Arabesques roused into a kind of ophidian animation."

-H.P. Lovecraft, Dreams In the Witch-House

This octopoidal horror comes to us from Swedish artist Richard Svensson.  It's based on an original concept sketch from KingOvRats, itself inspired by the multi-dimensional denizens in Lovecraft's "Dreams in the Witch House".

Friday, May 19, 2017

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

How Does Your Garden Grow?

It's just not fair. I double dig my beds, apply compost heavily, and fortify the soil with terra preta. Despite that, I never get the kind of vigorous growth Karen Main is seeing in her own garden.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The Unliving

Patrick Magee returns to our pages with this nasty little creature.  I really like the translucence of the clingy, fleshy bits.  And I can pretty much guarantee this is the only place you'll read a sentence like that. Heh.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Cthulhu Fhtagn! Wodewose Edition.

This nicely done Cthulhu idol comes to us from artist A.J. Wodewose.  I like the globular eyes.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Specimen, In Progress

This work in progress video of an upcoming bottled creature comes to us from artist Brogan Paul Johnson. I can't wait to see the finished piece floating in liquid.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

From the Mountains of Madness

Artist Chris Williams brings us this impressive Elder Thing figure.  The one minor quibble I have is the lack of the webbed feet that figure so prominently in "At the Mountains of Madness", but..well, look at it.  It's gorgeous.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Cthulhu Grimoire

Mille Cuirs is back, and his latest is a wonderful Cthulhu themed grimoire.  I love the accoutrements included in his display tableaux.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Demon Lord of the Winds

This massive statue of the demon Pazuzu from "The Exorcist" comes to us from effects artist Patrick Magee.  It was a collaboration with Casey Wong for a haunted house attraction themed on the movie.   In a stroke of genius, the final room of the maze featured an actor wearing a costume identical to the statue prop.  One can imagine the impact on the unfortunate patrons.  

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Daedric Dagger

Arsynal Props brings us this beautiful recreation of a Daedric Dagger from the Elder Scrolls video game series. It's actually cast in transparent red resin and then painted with a metallic finish.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

The Borgerding Vampire Hunting Kit

Rich Penn Auctions is offering up this Vampire Hunting Kit from the collection of the late Dick Borgerding.  Bidding is currently up to $1600, sans buyers premium.

Vampire kit, wood & leather case w/ornate brass hardware, wolf's head & crossbow, interior sections hold wood arrows, prayer book dated 1914, crucifix, rosary, candle stands, double-barrel percussion pistol, lead balls, bullet mold, powder horn, skull bottle, bone pocket knife, silver match holder, hypodermic needle, holy water bottle, coffin nails & much more, probably early 1900's, all VG cond, case 10"H x 12.5"W x 10"D; top crossbow 18"L x 15"W.
On the bright side, they aren't claiming it's an authentic kit or offering up a definitive date of manufacture.  Given that many of the individual pieces probably do date back to the late 1800s or early 1900s the bid price isn't too out of line, but does seem a bit high.  If the after-market hinges hadn't been attached over the decorative scrollwork I'd be a bit more enthusiastic about its quality.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Trophy Troll

The talented Alice Tochylovska brings us this Jotun troll head. Before you think of adding it to your trophy wall let me warn you how incredibly dangerous something like this is. As anyone who's played old school Dungeons and Dragons could tell you, trolls regenerate. The only way to kill them for sure is fire.

On the other hand, as long as you don't lose track of time something like this is really helpful when you're questing. Once you get used to the fishy taste and chewy texture it's really handy to have a meat supply that constantly renews itself.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

The Power of Gold

Brazen and Bold productions brings us this tutorial on painting a realistic gold finish.  Not to be "that guy", but I think it's better described as painting an aged metal finish.  As many a buyer of discount jewelry has learned real gold doesn't tarnish and darken.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Amulet of Dagon

The gifted Copper Centipede returns to our pages with this Amulet of Dagon hand carved from real ebony.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Lord of Nightmares

This disturbing piece, "Nightmare: Bide", comes to us from artist Josh Hardie.  It features some wonderful texture work and is available in both finished and raw castings.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

For the Emperor!

David Kirkby is no stranger to these pages. He's produced a number of excellent Cthulhu sculptures, one of which I'm very proud to own. He returns with this nicely done Imperial Inquisitor rosette from the Warhammer 40k universe. It's available in a variety of finishes.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Battle Axe

The PropCorn prop house brings us this foam LARP axe.  The level of detail is incredible for something cast from soft, combat safe foam.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Making Monsters

 The very talented Josh Hardie serves up a detailed look at sculpting a mutant fetus specimen.  One of the biggest takeaways from the video is how amazingly useful ball stylus tools are for producing flowing organic shapes.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017


I'm a sucker for goo and glowing props, so this piece from Astanael is a real treat.  I don't want to spoil it, but he created it for a run of Chaosium's classic "No Man's Land" WWI scenario.  The "gem" itself is made from an airsoft gel target.  Click through the link, or even hover over it, to find out exactly how it fits into the adventure.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Master of the Craft

This massive medieval style tome comes to us from the immensely talented Alex Libris.  Hand bound in leather and brass with an outstanding antiqued finish.

Monday, April 24, 2017

The Box

Mr. Zarono returns to our pages with this curious occult artifact and scroll.  The box has a great paint job.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Burnt Offerings

This is why you need to use a thermometer every time you bake Sculpey.

Last night I finished this specimen off and put it in my dedicated polymer clay toaster oven for a final baking.  Unfortunately, I relied on my previous temperature readings and didn't check if there was a hot spot inside the oven.  There was, and this is the result.

The translucent clay teeth actually scorched, not only disfiguring the piece but producing some nasty toxic compounds in the process.  The high heat index also darkened the previously baked main body, making the join between it and the newer upper body painfully obvious.

It's not a totally disaster, but I wanted to finish this off with some color washes to bring out the details.  Now it's going to need a full paint job. 

Update:  Thanks for the kind words.  One thing I did want to mention is that the bubblegum pink "gums" would be considerably toned down once they were washed and drybrushed.  Heh.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Licensed to Curse

James Pocklington has created an entire suite of props based on the Harry Potter off-shoot "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them". It includes a nicely done set of Agent/Auror credentials, spell components, and magical supplies

Friday, April 21, 2017

Mayan Cthulhu Stelae

Hard Waz didn't take any shortcuts creating this Mayan-themed Cthulhu stelae.   After creating the design he transferred it to a pair of stone slabs and then went at it with a hammer and chisel.  Now that's authenticity.  Browse through the linked gallery and you can see the entire process.

Update:  My apologies for the broken link.  All fixed now.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

The Sapphire Knight

Artist Samuel Lee brings us the armor of the Sapphire Knight.  I've seen a lot of cool LARP armor sets, but he's at a totally different level. 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

It's Coming for You

There aren't many props capable of scaring someone to death, but this may well qualify.  Deiter Barry Creations brings us this insectile head inspired by "The Thing".   It's a nice sculpt, but what makes it absolutely terrifying is the fact it can chase you- the prop is actually a remote controlled vehicle.  Imagine this thing scuttling across the floor at you in the dark. Just click on the embed to play the video clip.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Portable Smoke

A few years ago I was browsing a magic shop and came across a nifty little portable smoke machine.  It was about the size of a pack of cigarettes and strapped to the inside of your forearm.  A rubber tube lead from the smoke emitter to the base of your palm.  With a flick of your wrist you could trigger the unit and produce a puff of smoke from your hand.  It was a cool effect, but at $125 it was something only a professional magician could justify buying. 

Now you can get the same basic technology for $10 thanks to the explosion in vaping and e-cigarettes.  High temperature coils and powerful lithium batteries are cheap and readily available, cranked out by the millions in Chinese factories.  Wayne's Workship has posted a detailed tutorial on turning a cheap vape pen into a full blown micro smoke machine for about $25.   Browse his other videos to see how he uses a similar unit to produce exhaust plumes and weapons effects in his amazing Iron Man costume.

Via Eric Hart's Prop Agenda.

Monday, April 17, 2017

The Purge

My apologies for the lack of updates over the weekend. 

The good news is I've found a quick and effective way to lose weight.

The bad news is that it involves food poisoning.  Heh.

To put it delicately, I woke up late Friday night with the classic symptoms of contaminated food and spent the next 48 hours suffering.  I was on the road last week and eating out for every meal, so there are plenty of potential suspects.  That said, despite some dehydration everything seems to be back to normal now. 

Scales of the Dragon

Artist Diego Rodriguez brings us this collection of scales collected from various species of dragon

Friday, April 14, 2017

Engraving Runestones

Our interests rarely cross over with mainstream crafting sites, but it does happen occasionally.  This tutorial from Colorful Crafts on engraving runestones using a rotary tool is a good example.  With a diamond tipped bit you can turn a pile of glass gems, shells, stones, or wooden chips into some nifty props.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Smoking Smaug

Sweet fancy Moses, this Smaug pipe from SV Pipe Designs is amazing.  The carving and themed accessories are cool on their own, but check out the linked video of smoke streaming from the pipe.  Browse through the rest of the Instagram stream for some interesting work in progress shots.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

The Mask of Cthulhu

Oipollooi1010 brings us this well done Cthulhu mask.  It really looks like something that was dug up at an archeological excavation.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The Mark of Cthulhu

Despite all the evidence to the contrary many so-called "experts" insist that Cthulhu and his worldwide cult are fictional.  They deny well documented evidence like this Cthulhu petroglyph inscribed in the stone of Little Petroglyph Canyon in Ridgecrest, California. Luckily, investigators like Byron Craft are willing to throw off the shackles of conventional "science".

Monday, April 10, 2017

Pages from the Necronomicon

Madun Two Swords brings us this selection of pages from the Necronomicon, based on the imagery from the "Evil Dead" version of the infamous tome.  Instead of doing a simple tea staining he gave each sheet multiple ink washes.  The results are quite impressive.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Fallout 4 Pipe Pistol

Kamui Cosplay has an interesting buildup of a pipe pistol from Fallout 4.   At first glance you would think this is a relatively straightforward project.  After all, the pistol is constructed from very basic shapes- cylinders, blocks, hexagons, etc..  The kind of stuff that's tailor-made for hand fabrication from simple, readily available materials like MDF and PVC pipe.

Instead, they print out all the parts on a high-resolution 3D printer.  I don't even want to imagine how much that cost in filament.

Don't get me wrong.  The end product looks great.  It just seems like the project is using 3D printing  for the sake of using it when more traditional modeling techniques would be both faster and cheaper.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

The Goddess

Masks Mastery returns to our pages with this pagan goddess idol.

Friday, April 7, 2017

The Tome of Azathoth

Mille Cuirs returns to our pages with the Tome of Azathoth.  Bound in hand tooled black leather with an inset glass stone.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Tkon Font

Over the years "Star Trek" has spawned dozens of alien languages that only appear for a few seconds.  It's a credit to the show's designers that they go to the trouble of cranking out alphabets for all of those scenes, and to the fans that they painstakingly fontify every one.

Tkon is a golden oldie from the TNG days.  The font appears on relic computer monitors from the  "Tkon Empire" in the first season episode "The Last Outpost".  The character set has a nice visual weight and would make convincing lettering for all sorts of fantasy scrolls and grimoires.

Update:  There appears to be a potential exploit on the original hosting page.  I've uploaded a copy for download over here- Tkon Font from Omega Designs.  Just click the download arrow in the upper right hand corner.