Thursday, August 9, 2012

More Cthulhu Chess Madness: Copper and Silver

Back in the long-ago time when I originally cast up my chess set, I did two sets and then ran pretty low on resin. The first set I detailed here, painted in faux marble and basalt.

The second set I did in corroded copper and tarnished silver.

 And some shots of the individual pieces:

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The Cthulhu Army Grows

I've been doing some experimenting lately with various designs of Cthulhu idols, seeing how different I could make them while still staying true to the pulpy, tentacle-y description.

In addition to the six-eyed Cthulhu I made for my chess set (somewhat of a friendlier, smaller version of Big Squishy Cthulhu) I've been playing with designs based on various cephalopods or other critters. Six-eye Cthulhu is based somewhat on the Portuguese Man-o-war jellyfish.

I also have a Squid-thulhu:

An Ammonite-headed Cthulhu:

And a "classic" squishy octopus-head Cthulhu:

Stay tuned for more Cthulhu madness...

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Chronicles of Cthulhu

Greetings, Internet! It's been awhile since I honked at you from the Land of Many Goldfish And Also Cockroaches And Now Some Hermit Crabs.

I have, in fact, been both incredibly busy and without internet (relocated temporarily out to Buttwhiff, Nowhere, with neither cell phone signal or internet) but am now back among the land of the wired, with a growing army of Cthulhus. It has taken entirely longer than it should, but I've now got some painted examples of my Lovecraft minis/chess set.

The first one I painted is basalt and white marble:

And some detail shots:

Monday, April 2, 2012

I have a love-hate relationship with superglue. I use the hell out of it and can go through several tubes in a week when I'm on a good creative clip, but somehow I manage to glue myself to everything in existence in the process. And I do so every single time I open a tube of the stuff. Sometimes I don't even get the lid off before I'm glued to the glue tube, or the table, or a sculpting tool, or just the good old-fashioned glue-your-fingers-together.

However, due to this I have become a champ at being able to remove the stuff without peeling off my skin.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Allergy Season!!

Every spring, I get wonderful allergies. The past few years spring has been cool and wet, so there hasn't been an overabundance of pollen floating around to make me miserable. This spring, however, has been unseasonably warm and sunny, and EVERYTHING has burst into bloom all at once. Which means burning itchy eyes, nonstop sneezing fits, and a massive amount of head goo. I woke up the other day to a sneezing fit, and when I looked in the mirror my eyes were red. Not just bloodshot--full on RED. Fortunately it rained all day yesterday which knocked some of that stuff out of the air and made things a bit less miserable.

Apparently, around here average pollen counts for this time of year are 400-600 parts per million, with "extreme" being around 1500. There's been a "high pollen alert" the past couple days, and it turns out pollen count has been over 9000ppm.

I couldn't resist.

On an aside, has anyone ever stopped to think that all that pollen floating around and making people sneeze and sniffle is actually a massive, massive amount of plant spooge?
I don't know what a fish is doing in a field of grass and flowers though. I suppose the underwater equivalent of pollen would be coral breeding season and plankton.