Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Orc Warrior

This orc outfit from Sesa Madcap is an awesome example of how layering and multiple textures can really bring a LARP costume to life. 

Monday, September 18, 2017

The Hand of Fate

Elorhan brings us this set of Futhark casting runes inscribed on human hand bones.  The aging treatment does a great job of disguising they're resin.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Friday, September 15, 2017

The Royal Wand

This well done magic wand comes to us from Riverwolf8.  Hand carved from rosewood with faceted alexandrite adornments.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Forgotten Gods

This wonderful tableaux of pagan idols is brought to us by Russian artist Ivan Naumenko.  They're part of his extensive line of LARP props.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The Armory

Sander Propworx returns to our pages with this collection of post-apocalyptic weapons for an upcoming LARP.  It's amazing that these are combat-safe foam.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Hand of Glory

FatherofMonstersFX brings us this nicely done Hand of Glory prop. At first glance I didn't like the fleshiness of the digits and the rounded finger tips.  It turns out I was judging it on the basis of how a purely dessicated hand looks.  It's actually a good representation of a body part that was pickled in alcohol and then dried. 

Monday, September 11, 2017

The Innsmouth Taint

This Deep One hybrid mask comes to us from the gifted Casey Love.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Alamosa Tramp Steamer Plans

The always useful Shipscribe site brings us the plans for the 5075 ton cargo steamer Alamosa- Side, Full Deckplan.  It's just one of the dozens of period ships you'll find in the section devoted to the vessels of the United States Shipping Board, circa 1920.

Friday, September 8, 2017

A Motley Band

Brutal Forge returns to our pages with a selection of wonderfully well crafted costumes from a Russian Warhammer LARP. 

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Helm of Mor'Amroth

Mordor Legion brings us the Helm of Mor'Amroth, a LARP-safe helmet cast in kevlar reinforced plastic.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Journal of the Black Hand

This beautifully crafted tome, featuring hand tooled leather covers, comes to us from artist Alex Libris.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Redcap Goblin

Jacob Petersson returns to our pages with the mummified remains of a particularly horrific species of fae.
"The Redcap goblins are evil creatures, they reside in ancient castle ruins along the Scottish border, ecpecially those places with a bloody or dark history.  The Redcap traditionally dyes it's cap in the blood of it's victims, should the cap be dry for too long the goblin itself will shrivel up to a dry husk.  This one- ”Iron-nosed Fulk” was found by locals between the foundation stones of the Easter Happrew peel tower after a thunderous storm blew it over in the year 1798."

Monday, September 4, 2017

Sunday, September 3, 2017

It Bites

Riptides, toxic algae blooms, carnivorous beach dwellers....Karen Main brings us this curious creature erupting from the rocks above the tideline.  Yet another demonstration that Lovecraft had good reason to loathe the sea.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Head in a Box

I tried to think of an appropriate pun for this, but, alas, good taste prevailed.  Karbunkl brings us this...head in a box.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Cthulhu Cultist

When the stars are finally right this will be the height of fashion. Sebastian Myte brings us his nicely done Cthulhu cultist costume.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Averlanders on the March

This photogenic company of Averland state troops comes to us from Russian artist Wastort.  They took the field during this year's "Forest of Gloom" Warhammer LARP.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

The Chained Necronomicon

Mille Cuirs returns to our pages with this very nice take on the infamous Necronomicon

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Vesperian Font

Cherry Chain brings us the Vesperian font, based on the characters used in the "Tales of Vesperia" computer RPG.  As with most of the fonts featured here it's ideal for being repurposed for paper props. Just click through the link above and then click on the "Download" button in the upper right hand corner to download the zipped font in TTF format.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Priest of Khorne

This impressive set of Warhammer-inspired LARP armor comes to us from Russian artists Brutal Forge. 

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Talisman of the Yellow Sign

Benn Robinson leaves no doubt about where his allegiance lies, for he bears the Yellow Sign.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Carved Stone Cthulhu

This work in progress shot of Cthulhu being carved from stone comes to us from Italian artist Mario Milia.  I believe he's working from a pumice blank.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Aztec LARP Gear

This set of Aztec war gear from Sander Propworx is notable not only for it's novelty, but for the amazing detail of the foam weapons and shield.  On the left is a traditional tepoztopilli, an obsidian edged lance. The massive blade on the right is a macuahuitl. If you're curious about how they're used Wikipedia has a great article on the odd quirks of Aztec warfare.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Viking Armor

Atelier Fantastique returns to our pages with this wonderfully well crafted set of Viking Hjalmer armor.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Viking Trail Food

We've featured a number of fantasy inspired trail meals that offered up interesting takes on the dining habits of DnD adventurers. It's a subject I find fascinating, since primitive camping and bushcraft is one of my other hobbies. This video from Marobud is a nice look at preparing a conjectural meal on the trail during the Viking era.  Period supplies probably weren't so fresh most of the time, but as the old saying goes, "Hunger is the best sauce."

Monday, August 21, 2017

The Necronomicon, van der Horst Edition.

Bernhard van der Horst brings us his take on the infamous Necronomicon.  His gallery features multiple views of the book, which appears as a prop in an upcoming game. 

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.