Tuesday, June 27, 2017

War Helm

Sander Propworx returns to our pages with this gorgeous LARP helmet

Monday, June 26, 2017

Duergar Trail Ration

Wats6831 returns with another fantasy RPG inspired meal. This time it's the food of the dread Duergar, the Grey Dwarves of the Underdark.  The Reddit discussion is over here.

The Duergar (gray dwarves) are the hated subterranean cousins of the surface dwelling shield dwarves. Vast Duergar kingdoms exist beneath the Surface in the Underdark. Duergar are known for their foul tempers, penchant for cruelty, grim and bitter dispositions. Their food is as coarse and uncouth as they are. Clockwise from top left: Sour Deep rothé pepper cheese (Limburger), boiled Deep rothé kidney (whole beef kidney), foraged roots and tubers; skirret and Fellroot (ginger and turmeric roots), contorted strangler fungus (Enoki mushrooms), onion & mushroom gravy hand pies.

I really liked these projects when they started. They were interesting thought experiments about the diets of stereotypical fantasy races and how that could be adapted as player snacks during a game. Now it feels more like "What gross food can I get my wife to vomit in the sink?"

I understand not everyone has an adventurous palate. That's what makes the lack of effort to actually create something genuinely tasty all the more puzzling. Why just plop a fresh beef kidney into boiling water, the absolute worst way to possibly cook it? If you're going to posit the Duergar have access to fresh kidneys, mushrooms, onions, and root vegetables, why not try one of the dozens of real world recipes using those ingredients?  Why pair un-prepped kidney and its ammoniac tang with Limburger, of all the cheeses?

Maybe I'm over reacting.  I just assumed a project focusing on bringing fantasy foods to life would feature a bit more craft.


This nicely done demonic mask comes to us from artist Morgan Hughes.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Cthulhu Fhtagn! Cruz Edition.

This stone-finish Cthulhu idol comes to us from artist Abraham Cruz.  He's working on a Lovecraft inspired chess set and this is the first piece.

Friday, June 23, 2017

False Idol

Josh Hardie returns to our pages with another wonderfully alien idol.  He has a real gift for creating creepy icons.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

From the Vaults of the B.P.R.D.

This tableaux of props from Mike Mignola's "Hellboy" comes to us from the folks at Skelton Crew.   Their line of props from the comics is currently on hold, but I'm hoping it will be revived with the reboot of the series.  

Wednesday, June 21, 2017