Friday, October 20, 2017

It Lives!

Half-tarantula, half-monkey!  It's the tarantulonkey!  This bizarre specimen comes to us from professional gaff and figural sculptor Tom Kuebler.  He's the artist responsible for the scarily realistic H.P. Lovecraft figure in Guillermo del Toro's personal collection.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Dwarven Paragon

This cast brass dwarven paragon statuette comes to us from Estonian artist Kaarel-Kaspar Säre. It's inspired by the artwork of the Dragon Age games.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The Silver Key

"An old servant forced the carven lid, shaking as he did so at the hideous faces leering from the blackened wood, and at some unplaced familiarity. Inside, wrapped in a discoloured parchment, was a huge key of tarnished silver covered with cryptical arabesques; but of any legible explanation there was none."
-H.P. Lovecraft, The Silver Key

The talented Gage Prentiss returns to our pages with this recreation of the titular Silver Key from Lovecraft's story.


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Boar Warrior

The Cult of Chrome brings us this post-apocalyptic tribal boar warrior.  As much as I love the layers upon layers of detailing I can't help thinking anyone wearing this outfit in the typical sweltering wasteland is going to keel over from heat stroke.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Trinimac Blades

It's frankly amazing that these were carved these from wood.  Valara Atran brings us a paired set of Trinimac Blades from The Elder Scrolls Online.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Glowing Spellbook

Moha Jewelry brings us this nifty spellbook adorned with glowing runes.  It's a very cool effect.  Sadly, I don't believe any companies are offering octarine LEDs or glow in the dark pigments.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

High Priestess of the Undead Flesh

This darkly beautiful depiction of the High Priestess, or "Episcorpa", of the Undead Flesh comes to use from German LARPer L0u1sa. It was featured in last year's Conquest of Mythodea event.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Book of Shadows

Lyra Ceoltoir Foxglove brings us this nicely done Book of Shadows and witchy accoutrements. 

Thursday, October 12, 2017

If I Had a Hammer

One of these hammers is real.  The other two are soft, combat safe props.  Propmaker Gregory Wellman brings us this concrete example of how effective a good paint job can be in selling a fake weapon.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The Black Book

Mille Cuirs returns to our pages with his take on the infamous Necronomicon.  The beautifully hand tooled cover features inset glass eyes.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

World War One LARP

Wyvern LARP has a great gallery of pictures from the "Raging Empires"  WW 1 LARP event.  It's a cool period take on the all too common modern-era airsoft games.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Bronze Cthulhu

This very well done bronze Cthulhu bust comes to us from artists Joseph Díaz and Guillem H.Pongiluppi. It was featured in a gallery show at the Fantastic Film Festival in Sitges, Spain.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Alien Skull Mask

Brazen and Bold Productions brings us this nicely done skull mask, just in time for Halloween.

Friday, October 6, 2017

I'm Dreaming of a Dark Christmas

It's that time of the year again.  Studio WonderCabinet is back with their annual Lovecraftian Christmas cards.  This time around they're also offering up some custom printed gift wrap.

Previous editions featured Lovecraft himself and the King in Yellow.  This years set is dedicated to the Dreamlands, highlighting the strange creatures and denizens of the realm beyond the wall of sleep.  Once again they've managed to create a whimsical take on the Old Gent's work while showing an appreciation for the source material.  That sets them apart from the plethora of goofy Cute-thulhu geegaws that have sprung up as the Mythos went mainstream.

Beyond that, you really can't go wrong with this project.  Less than 24 hours after it went live the Kickstarter is already funded and Studio WonderCabinet has a flawless record for delivering on their promises.  You can pledge to the Kickstarter through November 2nd, and I highly recommend doing so.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Warrior of the Red

Photographer Nicolas Meunier captured this evocative shot. It features a crested helmet and Seraphita armor from the talented Howard Cartry at Atelier Fantastique.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Medallion of the Bear School

Mastenarium brings us this recreation of the Bear School medallion from the "Witcher" series.  It's cast in nickel silver with inset zirconia stones.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Monday, October 2, 2017

Son of Chernobog

The gifted Alice Tochylovska returns to our pages with a captured Chort, one of the black fae of Eastern Europe.  It's not clear if this particular specimen is one of the mischievous bloodlines, or the far more dangerous demonic type.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

For the Emperor!

I love fully themed cosplay and LARP groups. There are a lot of folks who go all out to craft costumes of a favorite character. It takes a huge amount of effort to craft everything, from your clothes down to your shoes, weapons, and individual personal items.

Doing it was a group kicks it up a level. One person with a detailed orc costume is neat. A whole troupe of orcs with detailed costumes is amazing. When they go to the effort of putting together a campsite, complete with themed tents, banners, and equipment, the experience is amazingly immersive.

Beyond that there are...the Warhammer 40k people. They recreate entire battlefields. This gallery of shots from Elysian Trooper is just mind boggling. You'll not only find amazingly detailed costumes of Imperial troops, but field gear, full barricades...and two complete heavy weapons emplacements.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Orc Archer

Photographer Andreas eosAndy brings us this glorious shot of an orc archer.  Based on the notes on his Facebook page I believe player Motte Naska created this costume for a German LARP event in 2015.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Gearing Up

Please join me in welcoming Stefano Meo of Meo Leathercraft as Propnomicon's latest sponsor.

He's no stranger to these pages.  I featured his LARP alchemist's kit last year after being thoroughly impressed by both his craftsmanship and attention to detail.  Kits like that are a regular feature here, but his work stood out because of its comprehensiveness.  The included items featured a unified color and design theme, something rare in most assembled projects.  More importantly, it was functional.  The accoutrements were all strapped in or nestled in purpose-built containers.  It wasn't just a display piece, despite the stunning good looks, but something that was actually intended to be used.

His Etsy storefront features more of the kits that first caught my attention, along with a variety of bags, pouches, custom drinking horns, and other items.  Many are intended for LARP use, but you'll also find contemporary items like smartphone covers, journals, and notepads.  As you can see from the reviews they all have the same high level of quality.

As a customer myself I can heartily endorse his work and personally recommend his products.  To further entice your patronage you can get 10% off any order by using code "PROPNOMICON". 

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Papers, Please

This beautiful collection of props and documents comes to us from Dr. Christian Lehmann.  They're part of a LARP set in occupied France during WW II.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

A Magical Miscellany

This collection of LARP props comes to us from Russian artist Lina Groza.  It's a good example of using off the shelf bits to assemble a good basic kit.  Heads up- there are some NSFW shots in Ms. Groza's gallery.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Saturday, September 23, 2017

The Book of Burning Stone

Mille Cuirs returns to our pages with another impressive tome.  This time it's the "Grimoire of the Lord of Magma".   As always, the craftsmanship is amazing.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Servant of the Pharaoh

The upcoming "Assassin's Creed: Origins" video game is set in ancient Egypt.  The main character is a proto-assassin, one of the Medjay that served the Pharaoh as a personal guard and police force.  Blink has already put together an impressive costume and selection of props, all crafted from EVA foam.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

The Vessel of Anubis

Tom Ellis brings us "The Great Canopic Vessel of Anubis", complete with the dismembered digit of the jackal god himself.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Orc Warrior

This orc outfit from Sesa Madcap is an awesome example of how layering and multiple textures can really bring a LARP costume to life. 

Monday, September 18, 2017

The Hand of Fate

Elorhan brings us this set of Futhark casting runes inscribed on human hand bones.  The aging treatment does a great job of disguising they're resin.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Friday, September 15, 2017

The Royal Wand

This well done magic wand comes to us from Riverwolf8.  Hand carved from rosewood with faceted alexandrite adornments.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Forgotten Gods

This wonderful tableaux of pagan idols is brought to us by Russian artist Ivan Naumenko.  They're part of his extensive line of LARP props.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The Armory

Sander Propworx returns to our pages with this collection of post-apocalyptic weapons for an upcoming LARP.  It's amazing that these are combat-safe foam.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Hand of Glory

FatherofMonstersFX brings us this nicely done Hand of Glory prop. At first glance I didn't like the fleshiness of the digits and the rounded finger tips.  It turns out I was judging it on the basis of how a purely dessicated hand looks.  It's actually a good representation of a body part that was pickled in alcohol and then dried. 

Monday, September 11, 2017

The Innsmouth Taint

This Deep One hybrid mask comes to us from the gifted Casey Love.