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

The [REDACTED] Gem

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.