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

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


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.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Big Fish

Brazen and Bold Productions brings us a work in progress shot of their recreation of the Angler from Fallout 4.  Everything except the mouth tendrils is formed from EVA foam.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

The Obelisk

This impressive bit of propmaking was the centerpiece of the Event Horizon science fiction LARP earlier this year.  The event's Facebook page has a closer look at how it was made.
Behind the scenes at Event Horizon 1. We can finally unveil our major prop for the larp: the Ancient Machine, or the team's misnomer, the Obelisk.

Angelo Taylor built the obelisk, with design by Sadia Bies. It was a massive undertaking -- laser-cut panels, a control panel that opened the doors, lights, and a rotating chair. A HUGE thank you to the amazing Angelo for making this happen, and to Maya Ziv for doing last minute trouble shooting on site.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

The King in Yellow

The talented Gage Prentiss returns to our pages with the King in Yellow. It's a great extrapolation from the original cover illustration by Robert W. Chambers.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Mythos Artifact

This intriguing piece of pottery was excavated by Russian artist Zelnik Hand Made. Those familiar with certain occult tomes, including the infamous Necronomicon and Unaussprechlichen Kulten, will notice parallels with particular mythic figures from those pages.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Mayan Cthulhu Idol

This nicely done Mayan Cthulhu idol comes to us from artist WestwoodFM.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Cthulhu Fhtagn! Yton Edition.

Artist Yton brings us this digitally sculpted Cthulhu idol.  It's just a matter of time until most props are created digitally and then 3D printed.  The only thing holding back the technology is the resolution of existing printers.  As the price of high detail resin printers drops they'll replace the low resolution filament units that currently dominate the field.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Awake the Golem!

This faux cuneiform tablet from Jeff Scarisbrick-Wright was a prop for a tabletop RPG. Players had to assemble the broken pieces and translate the inscription to activate a golem.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Smaug's Gold

Continuing with our dwarven theme, artist Victor Marin brings us a collection of gold and silver coins from Smaug's hoard.  These were modeled after the designs from Weta Workshop for the Hobbit films, cast in lead, and then gilded with silver and gold leaf.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Dwarven Trade Stone

When you order your custom forged sword from a dwarven smith does he write up a receipt from his handy accounts book? Of course not. Paper crumbles and burns. Stone? Stone lasts. Dayne Hodson brings us proof of that precept with this rare dwarven trade stone.

Found primarily in parts of Europe, Dwarven Trade Stones are used for proving that one has placed an order with a Dwarf.

Due to the time it takes for a Dwarf to forge an item, they would give one of these stones to the one requesting the forged item, than tell them to return at a later date with the same stone. The stone would then be examined to identify which item they had requested and proof of the trade.

Because many races seek out to purchase a Dwarfs forging skills, be it man, beast, fae or otherwise, many of these stones are lost before they can be traded back to the Dwarves.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Diadem of Dagon

Swedish artist Hanna Hedvig brings us this hand forged be-tentacled tiara dedicated to Dagon

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Delta Green: The Movie

Oats Studios is an experimental project from director Neill Blomkamp, the man behind "District 9" and the aborted live action "Halo" movie. It's an independent production house specializing in short genre films that wouldn't make the cut in the traditional studio environment. Instead, they rely on crowdfunding and literally selling off digital props and assets. "Firebase" is their latest short, and it's essentially a Vietnam-era "Delta Green" scenario brought to life.

It's not without flaws, including some stiff acting and dodgy dialogue, but it's one of the very few films to really dip into the realm of cosmic horror. It also offers up an interesting twist on one of the major plot points of "Watchmen", both the graphic novel and film incarnations. I suspect that's not accidental.

Dragon Fossil

Photographer Sabrina Raymond brings us this well preserved dragon fossil recovered by the staff of Iron Antler Forge.  How long can mainstream science continue to deny the existence of dragons with evidence like this?

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

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The Lay of the Land

Erinus20 brings us this hand inked map of Cyrodil from the Elder Scrolls games. 

Monday, June 19, 2017

The Witch's Table

This look at a witch's accoutrements comes to us from Dark Moon.  It's a nice collection of props, but the photography really makes the tableaux.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

The Mark of Cthulhu, Alvarez Edition.

Photographer Stephen Alvarez brings us this petroglyph in the Barrier Canyon Style from Utah.  The conventional description of what you're seeing is that the large figure on the left is a "bird".   That you're actually looking at a painting of humanity cowering before huge, tentacled creatures is too outre for conventional science.

The Mythos has been active in North America for a very, very long time.

Friday, June 16, 2017

The Un-Wailing Mandrake

Alice Tochylovska brings us this rather creepy specimen of an immature mandrake.  Even at this stage of development its wail is potentially lethal.  To prevent unfortunate incidents the creature is cleverly restrained within a bath of calming potion.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Qvasi Fantasy Fonts

Norwegian artist Stein Strindhaug brings us a collection of fonts based on his self-created Qvasi language. He originally designed the glyphs for a conlang project that didn't pan out. Boutique fonts like this are a great resource for paper props because they're totally unrecognizable. That helpfully avoids what I call the "Curse of Futhark", where the immersiveness of a prop falls apart because the font is wildly overused.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The Hand

Decayed Decor brings us this horrible severed hand cast in silicone.  And by "horrible" I mean awesome. 

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Stalhrim Dagger

This recreation of the Stalhrim Dagger from Skyrim comes to us from the talented folks at Arsynal Props.  I was a little disappointed Bethesda didn't announce another installment in the Elder Scrolls saga during their E3 presentation.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Journey to Innsmouth

It appears you'll have a chance to travel to shadow haunted Innsmouth this October.  The Haunted Rose Halloween Haunt has posted some work in progress pictures of their upcoming show inspired by Lovecraft's classic "The Shadow Over Innsmouth".  I'm looking forward to see how it shapes up.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Of Unknown Origin

Mr. Zarono returns to our pages with this occult artifact of unknown purpose and origin.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Casting the Bones

This creepy little set of casting runes comes to us from Andrea Falaschi.  The grimy finish gives them a wonderfully aged and icky appearance.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Exposed Bone Makeup Tutorial

Katrina Leanne Foley brings us this tutorial on creating a rather gruesome hand wound. Most of the materials (cotton, latex, acrylic craft paint) are readily available off the shelf.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

The Book of the Dragonborn

This massive leather and brass tome bearing the sigil of the Dragonborn from Skyrim comes to us from Alex Libris.  As always, his craftsmanship is impeccable.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Cthulhu Fhtagn! Sizemore Edition.

This well done Cthulhu idol, complete with it's own stone altar, comes to us from artist James Sizemore.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Just Another Bug Hunt

This squad of Colonial Marines comes to us courtesy of Basemental Props.  It's telling that fans are still recreating props and costumes from the first two films in the franchise while generally ignoring any of the follow ups.