Friday, November 16, 2018

A Miniaturists Take on Decay

A House on a slope (Part 35)

Although this page explains how to age boards for your miniature projects, you really to spend some time on this site, there is simply so much inspiring work here.

What makes this site so unique are the many different techniques he presents to make his creations look dilapidated and in likely stages of decay.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Mine Train Through Nature's Wonderland

Disney at its best. This fifteen minute video features a few of the more memorial scenes from the Mine Train Through Nature's Wonderland exhibit.

The creator of a condensed Mine Train Through Nature's Wonderland On30 model railroad has been making posts about the progress he has made his model railroad since January 2014. Although his model railroad is "complete" he still maintains his layout and will be making posts when he makes any substantial changes. To get a feel of the process please start on the bottom of his archives and work your way up to the present.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

The Barman Continues

“Winnow with giant arms the slumbering green,
There hath he lain for age and will lie.
Battening upon huge sea worms in his sleep,
Until the latter fire shall heat the deep;
Then once by men and angels to be seen,
In roaring he shall rise.”

A line from Lord Tennyson’s The Kraken; Only the End of the World Again, Neil Gaiman. As found in Lovecraft’s Monsters, edited by Ellen Datlow.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

The Barmen Speaks

“Below the thunders of the upper deep;
Far, far beneath in the abysmal sea,
His ancient dreamless, uninvaded sleep
The Kraken sleepth…"

A line from Lord Tennyson’s The Kraken; Only the End of the World Again, Neil Gaiman. As found in Lovecraft’s Monsters, edited by Ellen Datlow.

Reaper Hordling Miniatures

As you can plainly see I haven’t opened the Reaper’s # 77335, Hordlings sprue package. Reaper’s Dark Haven Bones line and are cast from plastic. The hordling in the center reminds me Lovecraft’s Cthulhu character, albeit, a smaller version of this massive mystical creature. I don't know how tall these miniatures are exactly, but they look about an inch to a inch and half tall.

I have so many projects that I could be working on, however I find myself continuing to purchase more items that will have to be added to my projects list. If the truth be known I really don’t have an extensive projects list and typically forget about what I have purchased. The latest acquisition becomes the latest project and the new workbench is starting to become over crowed with half built or half-completed projects. It is all quite madding; just in time for the ghoulish season.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

How To Scratch Build Your Own Model Railway Buildings

I have made a couple of attempts using embossed paper for structures, but I haven't been impressed with the results. How To Scratch Build Your Own Model Railway Buildings is a complete tutorial, that is from start to finish, on how to create a small track layers shack out of brick embossed paper. Using the techniques I learned here I might have have another go at it.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Wonderfest 2018

It might be a little dated, but here are a couple of videos of this years WonderFest convention from Finescale Modeler. 

Part 1

Part 2

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Lovecraft’s Monsters #2

These are the monsters and personalities that are featured in Lovecraft’s Monsters. The link will transfer you to a page with pictures, quotes, and a description of each monsters and personality.

Great Cthulhu
Deep Ones
Elder Things
Hounds of Tindalos
The King in Yellow
Serpent People

11 Lovecraftian monsters that aren’t Cthulhu

Tuesday, October 16, 2018


Lunatique Screenshot: Looking out through a set of goggles.

"Lunatique" is short Sci-Fi Short Film presented by DUST that depicts a post-apocalyptic world. The story-line is quite abrupt, as you might expect a depiction of a post-apocalyptic world to be. However, that being said the cinematography in this short clip more than makes up the difference.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Lovecraft’s Monsters

Lovecraft’s Monsters from Amazon

Lovecraft’s Monsters is compilation of eighteen stories by eighteen different authors. Following in H. P. Lovecraft’s footsteps and the Cthulhu Mythos genera the authors introduce the reader to ten of Lovecraft’s monsters.

The authors represented here in this anthology are:

Neil Gaiman
Laird Barron
Nadia Bulkin
Brain Hodge
Kim Newman
William Browning Spencer
Elizabeth Bear
Fred Chappell
Caitlin R. Kiernan
Thomas Ligotti
Gemma Files
Howard Waldrop & Steven Utley
Steve Rasnic Tem
Karl Edward Wagner
Joe R. Lansdale
Nick Mamatas
John Langan

Thursday, October 4, 2018

The Tombs of the Thoroughgood’s

The worlds captains of crime were summoned to secret meeting. They met in the private tombs of the Thoroughgood’s. It was a Who’s Who of organized crime. Professor Moriarty had summoned them to discuss the changing times. The new era was quickly approaching where the public and law enforcement would no longer put up with such shenanigans. The world was becoming more respectable. This new era called for a new strategy. Business is business! The list of the distinguished guests is as follows:

  • "Lord of Strange Deaths
  • Daughter of the Dragon
  • Grand Vampire or Paris and Mademoiselle Irna Vep…
  • Doctor Nikola of Australia and Madame Sara of the Strand
  • Miss Margaret Frelwany and the Hovton Creeper
  • Doctor Mabuse of Berlin and Fraulein Alraune ten Brincken
  • Arthur Raffles of the Albony and his, ah friend, Mr. Manders
  • Theophraste Lupin and Josephine
  • Countess Cagliostro…
  • Doctor Jack Quartz of New York and Princess Zanoni…
  • Rupert, count of Hentzau and Miss Irene Adler"

Professor Moriarty, The Hound of the D’ Urbervilles, Kim Newman

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

The Bulstrode Archive

“The Bulstrode Archive of Smut perhaps rivals the legendary section of the Vatican library at the personal disposal of the college of cardinals." Some of the texts that can be found Bulstrode’s Archive of Smut are:

  • My Nine Nights in a Harem, Sebastian Moran
  • The Secret Life of Wackford Squeers
  • The Intimate Encounter of Fanny Hill and Moll Flanders

Professor Moriarty, The Hound of the D’ Urbervilles, Kim Newman

Monday, October 1, 2018

Allen's Disembodied Consciousness

"After this terrible things began to happen to me and I became aware that I was dying. A great wind seemed to catch me up and blow me to and fro, as a leaf is blown in the eddies of a winter gale. Enormous rushes of darkness flowed over me, to be succeeded by vivid bursts of brightness that dazzled like lightning. I fell off precipices and at the foot of them was caught by some fearful strength and tossed to the very skies.

From those skies I was hurled down again into a kind of whirlpool of inky night, round which I spun perpetually, as it seemed for hours and hours. But worst of all was the awful loneliness from which I suffered. It seemed to me as though there were no other living thing in all the Universe and never had been and never would be any other living thing. I felt as though I were the Universe rushing solitary through space for ages upon ages in a frantic search for fellowship, and finding none.

Then something seemed to grip my throat and I knew that I had died—for the world floated away from beneath me.

Now fear and every mortal sensation left me, to be replaced by a new and spiritual terror. I, or rather my disembodied consciousness, seemed to come up for judgment, and the horror of it was that I appeared to be my own judge. There, a very embodiment of cold justice, my Spirit, grown luminous, sat upon a throne and to it, with dread and merciless particularity I set out all my misdeeds. It was as if some part of me remained mortal, for I could see my two eyes, my mouth and my hands, but nothing else—and strange enough they looked. From the eyes came tears, from the mouth flowed words and the hands were joined, as though in prayer to that throned and adamant Spirit which was ME.

It was as though this Spirit were asking how my body had served its purposes and advanced its mighty ends, and in reply—oh! what a miserable tale I had to tell. Fault upon fault, weakness upon weakness, sin upon sin; never before did I understand how black was my record. I tried to relieve the picture with some incidents of attempted good, but that Spirit would not hearken. It seemed to say that it had gathered up the good and knew it all. It was of the evil that it would learn, not of the good that had bettered it, but of the evil by which it had been harmed."

Chapter XXI, The Lesson, She And Allen, H. Rider Haggard