Tuesday, April 24, 2018

The Star Beast

"The Star Beast" was the working title of the script by Dan O'Bannon that would eventually become "Alien".  It went through a myriad of changes during development, particularly in the depiction of the xenomorph itself.  At one point Ron Cobb had a pseudo-quadruped concept for the adult form.
 

When H. R. Giger was brought on board his initial design for the chestburster drew on that depiction before his far more effective bipedal creature was finalized.



Sadly, the so-called "killer turkey" chestburster looked ridiculous due to the limitations of 70s puppetry technology, pushing the production to the iconic design we're all familiar with today.  Now, all these years later, Patrick Magee brings us this amazing recreation of the proto-chestburster based on Giger's artwork


Monday, April 23, 2018

The End of Immortality

Dale Bigford has wrapped up his Immortality Box project and in many ways he's saved the best for last.  That includes Herbert West's prototype reanimation serum and a fantastic set of extraterrestrial symbionts contained within a functional stasis device.

You really need to click on over and read through the whole thing.  It's not only one of the most impressive prop projects ever featured here, but an engaging example of item-based storytelling.  I'd happily pay for a book that expands on the narrative he's created.








Friday, April 20, 2018

After the Bomb

Dmitri Zaitsev of Nuclear Snail Studios has made a career out of creating post-apocalyptic costuming and showing others how to do the same. His latest is this phenomonal dystopian marine costume. Just click through for the full gallery, which features some detailed closeups.





Thursday, April 19, 2018

Heart How-To

Madeyewlook Twice brings us this handy tutorial on crafting a realistic human heart using clay and off the shelf makeup products. This would make a great weekend project with the kids! Heh.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

That Which Shows the Way

This Vegvisir adorned tome comes to us from the talented Alex Libris.  Featuring a hand tooled leather cover and custom hardware.


Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Things That Go Boom

Chris at Chunk-A-Nuke props brings us this menacing selection of explosives from Fallout: New Vegas.  I particularly like the Plasma Mine and Red Glare ammo cylinder.


Monday, April 16, 2018

The Spear of Destiny

The unveiling of Dale Bigford's Immortality Box continues.  Some of the latest items include a very well done take on the Spear of Destiny and a Hittite Lich Phylactery.  As with the other artifacts their respective back stories are outstanding.

As an aside, my spellcheck tried to change Lich to Luchador.  The thought of a millennia old Hittite sorcerer competing in the squared circle of Lucha Libre wrestling is strangely compelling.