Saturday, August 19, 2017

Long Live the King

This intriguing take on The King in Yellow comes to us from the Fell and Fair cosplay group.  They  normally specialize in recreating Tolkien's Middle Earth, primarily the literary version.  You'll find some glorious costume shots in their Instagram feed.






Friday, August 18, 2017

Hylek Optimized Projectile Experiment

This recreation of the Hylek Optimized Projectile Experiment, or HOPE, from Guild Wars 2 comes to us from Finnish artist Kireanikin. It's a beautifully crafted piece that features "plasma pipes" lit by animated LEDs.






Thursday, August 17, 2017

Talisman Coins

These primitive talisman coins come to us from Ravn Cotino.  They were sculpted by Rosie Somerscales Horner and cast in resin weighted with iron powder.


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Grimoire of the Third Eye

The talented Mille Cuirs returns to our pages with the Grimoire of the Third Eye


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Wolfbrother Gear Set

This beautiful gear set comes to us from "The Beast Man".   It features a hand tooled and painted heavy leather belt with matching leather pouches, vambraces, and a scabbard for a beaked axe.


Monday, August 14, 2017

Mehrune's Razor

Sean Paul Garret brings us this work in progress shot of his recreation of Mehrune's Razor from "Oblivion".  He's primed and started sanding down the master to get rid of the characteristic ridging from 3D printing.


Sunday, August 13, 2017

The Art of Mad Science

Art student Taylor Atkinson created this gruesome art installation for an upcoming show.  It's a great display featuring a multitude of well done props.  That includes a selection of Cronenberg inspired specimens, ephemera, and lab accoutrements. 




Saturday, August 12, 2017

Stone of the Dark Fae

The talented Dayne Hodson returns to our pages with this fragment of a spell tome from the Dark Fae.  To no ones surprise, it's potentially lethal.
Scattered throughout the forests of the United kingdom, Ireland and Scotland are relics known only as “Dark Faerie Spell Tome Fragments” These relics contain a detailed description of a particular Dark Faeries most favoured spells and incantations.

As many Dark Faeries pride themselves on the complexity of their spells “so complex that one wrong word uttered during a casting would reduce the caster to ash” that they would leave them in places where they would eventually fall into the hands of human. Watching with amusement they would then observe as the person fumbles with the incantations that eventually lead to their demise.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Tooled Stone Cthulhu Idol

This faux stone Cthulhu idol comes to us from Hydra Props.  I really love the surface finish.  It does a great job of duplicating the look of pecked and grooved stone.


Thursday, August 10, 2017

Customized Cthulhu

The Ancient One Cthulhu idol is a great piece, but artist Richard "Darth" Vargas wanted something closer to Lovecraft's original sketch.  So he took matters into his own hands:
I disliked the human-like frontal eyes of the original sculpt and using H.P. Lovecraft original sketch of the statue I re-sculpted the forehead, eyes (six. 3 to each side of the bulbous head)and added 3 more palps to the front. It. Now it looks a lot more like the original concept and more... alien in his looks.


Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Rust Never Sleeps

Nuclear Snail Studios returns to our pages with a detailed tutorial on creating a realistic rust patina.  Not surprisingly, his emphasis is on post-apocalyptic props and costumes, but the technique is equally useful for items from any time period.  One piece of advice I would add is to take the printed warnings on the solutions involved seriously. 

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

From the Innsmouth Collection

This cool little tableaux featuring the Cthulhu tablet from Praskovia Vlasova comes to us from Hall Baltimore.  You can check out his full gallery over here.





Monday, August 7, 2017

Pirated T-Shirts

My thanks to everyone who gave me a heads up about this advertising campaign on Facebook.  "Cool Tee USA" is indeed ripping off my Miskatonic Antarctic expedition logo.  The ad buy seems to have popped up last Monday as a "Limited Time" offer, but since then the clock has been regularly resetting as the owners shift the offer through hoodies, posters, etc.


As of yet I haven't heard back from the company, but I'm sure I'll be hearing a variation of the "we got it from some guy" story.  If you'd like to purchase a legitimate t-shirt or hoodie you can get them through the Propnomicon store on Zazzle.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Into the Woods

This nicely done leather and antler mask comes to us from Dutch artist Lynfir Koopmans.


Friday, August 4, 2017

The Hand of Y'golonac

Swedish artist Karbunkl is the creator of the Sign of the Children of Y'Golonac.  The Headless God is one of the more disturbing post-Lovecraft figures in the Mythos.  Ramsey Campbell's creation had more than a little influence on the Chaos gods of the Warhammer universe.


Thursday, August 3, 2017

It Floats

The cheerful elves of the Wunderkammer Workshop bring us this nicely done two-headed fetus.  The only critique I would offer is that the specimen should be fully immersed, but I know how difficult it is to a get a gaff neutrally bouyant. 


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

From the Deeps

This interesting Deep One mask comes to us from artist and animator Price Blythe.


Tuesday, August 1, 2017

The Helm of Hjalmar

L'Atelier Fantastique returns to our pages with this leather Hjalmar helmet. I can only imagine how many hours went into crafting something like this.


Monday, July 31, 2017

Sunday, July 30, 2017

The Obscurus Wand

German artist Steve Gruner brings us the Obscurus wand, complete with presentation box.  The craftsmanship is quite impressive.



Saturday, July 29, 2017

Anomalous Species

The gifted Karen Main returns to our pages with this curious seaside specimen.  The first thing I thought of when I saw it was Elizabeth Bear's excellent Mythos story "Shoggoths in Bloom".


Friday, July 28, 2017

Cthulhu, Cultists, and Cards

Alberto Cano of the Cthulhu Project has a new Kickstarter that features some nifty swag. The core of the effort is a set of Mythos tarot cards from artist Sara Bardi. The basic set includes the 22 cards of the major arcana. Two limited editions featuring card bags dedicated to Cthulhu and the King in Yellow are also available.



The highlight of the project is a beautiful Cthulhu figure accompanied by four cultists. I really like that the statuette can serve as both a stand alone idol and the centerpiece of a miniature display.


The biggest reason I'm supporting this funding drive is that Mr. Cano has a proven track record on Kickstarter. Over the years he's managed multiple projects successfully, handily avoiding the curse that afflicts far too many Mythos efforts.  Most importantly, he keeps patrons updated on the progress of his projects.  Given that this one is already funded, and features a huge number of repeat supporters, I think it's worthy of your support as well.



Thursday, July 27, 2017

A Viking Life for Me

This wonderful tableaux of a Viking's every day carry comes to us from Swedish artist Gustav E. Eriksson. Surprisingly, it was done as part of his application to a propmaking program, which makes it even more impressive.





Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Cthulhu Fhtagn! Shima Edition.

Cthulhu tiki mugs aren't really my cup of tea, no pun intended, but I really like this piece from Chris Shima.  It's a great sculpt without the cheesiness of most offerings.


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

He Rises From the Sea

This past weekend was the annual Revere Beach Sand Sculpting contest in Boston.  One of the highlights was this tribute to H.P. Lovecraft from Russian artist Dmitry Klimenko, photographed by Grey213.  You'll be seeing sculptures like this on every beach once the stars are right.



Monday, July 24, 2017

The Good Shubin

Ukrainian artist Alice Tochylovska returns to our pages with this Shubin, a species of fae that protects miners.

This Kobold is kind and helpfull. This old man can smell the gas leaks and beware the miners,saving them from danger. He rings his bell to send the warning message. The legend says - if you hear the ring, quickly get out and save yourself. The shubin legend is popular around Donbas and inspired several bars to name their business after the infamous spirit. The creature even inspired its own brand of beer – Good Shubin.


Sunday, July 23, 2017

Wasteland Shaman

May the blessings of Atom be upon you!  This ornate wasteland shaman costume comes to us from Vulture Productions. 


Saturday, July 22, 2017

Protective Measures

Before you delve into things man was not meant to know, best to have some protection.  S.D. Williams returns to our pages with this Elder Sign tablet pendant.  I wish I could get a macro shot half as nice as this one.


Friday, July 21, 2017

The Box of Astaroth

Dan Baines returns to our pages with the Box of Astaroth, a seemingly innocuous mantle piece display that contains some very dark items.
The strange occult fetish is a fetus skull adorned with bells and bones. Spells and curses have been hammered into the head with coffin nails; reminiscent of rituals past. The dark history that surrounds this box and the evil it has witnessed are up to the client to fabricate but I think I've given him enough mileage for a convincingly disturbing tale.



Thursday, July 20, 2017

The Camping Uruk-Hai

This wonderfully unsavory band of blackhearts comes to us from Martin L N.  He's part of an orcish troupe in the Danish Valhalla LARP.  That includes not only detailed costumes, but a fully themed encampment.





Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Cthulhu Totem

This unique take on Cthulhu comes to us from professional sculptor David Igo.  I like how he's taken the basic features and pose of Lovecraft's sketch and turned it into something very different.  The sculpt has a very Giger-ish feel, and I mean that in the very best way.


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

A Clutch of Cthulhus

The talented Jason McKittrick returns to our pages with just a few of his excellent Cthulhu idols.  You'll find his extensive Mythos offerings, along with some very cool pop horror items, at the Cryptocurium website.



Monday, July 17, 2017

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Unidentified Specimen

And I really mean "unidentified".  This sketch of an Elder Thing is a beautiful piece of work.  It looks like a diary or notebook page from one of the scientists on the Miskatonic expedition to the Antarctic, including print-through from the opposite side of the paper.   Sadly, no one seems to identify who actually made it.  It pops up a few times on Pinterest, each ultimately pointing back to this address. I've run it through TinEye, Google reverse image search, etc., but can't find a match.  Would anyone happen to know who the original artist is?

Update:  Thanks to  Terror of Death 42 and gndn  for noticing the watermark pointing to the apparent artists website at robertsoo.com.



Saturday, July 15, 2017

Functional Ethereal Compass

By "functional" I don't mean you can actually navigate between dimensional realms with it, but "Nathanel's Fob" from artist James Ewing will do just about everything else.  It unfolds from a decorative watch fob into a fiendishly clever navigational device with all sorts of interactive fiddly bits.  This is easily one of the most creative and well engineered original props I've ever seen.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Dwarven Tome Fragment

Paper and parchment burns.  Stone?  Stone is forever.  Dayne Hodson returns to our pages with this wonderfully creative Dwarven tome fragment.


Thursday, July 13, 2017

The Face of Cthulhu

Basement FX has offered this mask for a while, but their latest iteration takes the basic sculpt to a whole new level.  This version is cast in translucent silicone.  The paint job really replicates the look of a deep sea creature that's never seen the sun.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Medusa

Professional sculptor Tom Kuebler brings us this amazingly detailed Medusa figure.  He's also the man behind the H.P. Lovecraft mannequin in Guillermo del Toro's personal collection.


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Tome of the Watching Eye

MilleCuirs returns with another outstanding example of tomecraft.  The book is bound in hand tooled leather adorned with brass hardware and an inset glass eye.