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« Reply #350 on: December 29, 2015, 12:18:53 pm »

Good morning, ladies and gentlemen.
How well I understand you, mr West. I'm currently in a creative slump- working on so many last minute handmade, perfect Christmas prezzies seems to have drained me of any desire to do much more than watch a marathon of the entire series Sherlock.

Then I saw your marvellous entry here. New ideas, fresh techniques and artistry all in one post. Such a pleasure, sir.
Such a pleasure.

Now to work on something I've had in mind for some time.

I remain yours,
Prof. Cecily
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« Reply #351 on: December 29, 2015, 11:57:42 pm »

That is looking wonderfully gruesome - show me more! I'm really looking forwards to further pictures, and, I hope you don't mind, taking notes ready for next Halloween.

Yours,
Miranda.
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« Reply #352 on: January 02, 2016, 09:31:43 am »

  Thank you so much ladies for your kind words. The hand is fully fleshed and painted, and ready for wrapping, and several small funerary amulets created. I'll post update photos later today after a good nights sleep.

 I fear I'll need to search the net to find references on the correct way to wrap a mummy.
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« Reply #353 on: January 03, 2016, 12:31:50 pm »

Oops, forgot to upload a shot of the skinned arm. I'm currently in the process of wrapping it. Hopefully it will turn out well, as the internet is sorely lacking in How-to sites on binding mummies.  Undecided

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« Reply #354 on: January 03, 2016, 01:41:39 pm »

British Museum hand close up.

http://www.britishmuseum.org/research/collection_online/collection_object_details/collection_image_gallery.aspx?partid=1&assetid=131814001&objectid=129420
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« Reply #355 on: January 03, 2016, 03:52:33 pm »

 Shocked.............wow.....
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« Reply #356 on: January 04, 2016, 11:04:50 am »

Just the thing Mrs Stick. Thanks! Wink

It's ironic. I spent days skinning the arm, only to hide most of it with wrappings. I'm thinking I may have to remove some of the bindings.
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« Reply #357 on: January 04, 2016, 11:30:25 am »

Good morning, ladies and gentlemen.
Amulets.
We want to see the amulets.

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« Reply #358 on: January 04, 2016, 12:31:56 pm »

Nothing particularly fancy I'm afraid.


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« Reply #359 on: January 07, 2016, 10:11:30 am »

Good morning ladies and gentlemen.
Most unexpected but most pleasing.
They have an air of being objects from so far before the Pre-dynastic era that their discovery and later study shall change our ideas of the origins of the Nilotic civilisation.
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« Reply #360 on: January 07, 2016, 02:46:52 pm »

 Why thank you madam.  They're basically little throw  away items. Since they're part of a heretical cult, they couldn't look like standard Egyptian art. The black one is meant to represent Nyarlothotep in his cone faced form. I might redo it though, as the symbol on the forehead is rather Roman looking.

As for the arm it's all painted and weathered and nearly ready. All I need to do now is write up a back story.
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« Reply #361 on: January 07, 2016, 09:10:06 pm »

Dear Mr West,
I implore you, please take care with the runes you place on your amulets. If you stumble across one for re-animation as your limb looks ready to spring into life as it is...

On a more serious note, stunning work!

Yours,
Miranda.
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« Reply #362 on: January 07, 2016, 09:38:52 pm »

Dear Mr. West.

Glad the picture helped.  The British Museum has some very interesting stuff online.   

Yours Sincerely

The Lady With The Unusual Walking Stick
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« Reply #363 on: January 16, 2016, 09:57:28 am »

Two new pieces finished tonight.

The first, your basic mummy's hand.
In 1905 a team of Cambridge archaeologists stumble across the tomb of Nephren-Ka, the shunned Pharaoh who founded the cult of Nyarlothotep in 2600 BC.
Shortly after bring the body and grave goods home, they start to die off. Setting a trap, the scientists manage to destroy the killer, which turns out to be an animated female mummy. Unfortunately that's only one of many, and the harassment doesn't stop until they eventually return the body to the desert. All that's left are vague memories from a handful of elderly professors, a diary entry, a single obituary, and the arm.
That's the short version. The entire back typed out story is five pages, which I won't bore you with.









Looking at it now, I'm thinking I may take some glue and tighten down some of the loose wrappings. It's funny that I spent all that effort detailing the arm, only to hide it under tattered wrappings.
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« Reply #364 on: January 16, 2016, 10:04:38 am »

The second is a tribal mask from an actual Indian tribe who inhabited the Bayou country. If you've ever read The Call of Cthulhu, you'll know the sort of cult worship behind the mask, which involved sacrifices to winged corpse things from the depths of the swamp.


 





I have to confess this design was inspired by a Youtube video. The mask is made from a modded cardboard mask covered with toilet tissue and thinned white glue and many layers of paint. The teeth were simply cut from translucent Skulpey.
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« Reply #365 on: January 16, 2016, 10:07:16 am »

For some reason I have the strangest urge to make a Triceratops mask. Smiley
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« Reply #366 on: January 16, 2016, 10:42:11 am »

Skull alone or detailed head?
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« Reply #367 on: January 16, 2016, 01:51:22 pm »

Something like the one above but with a nose horn. Smiley
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« Reply #368 on: January 16, 2016, 02:16:13 pm »

Perhaps add stone age Cthulhu symbols.
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« Reply #369 on: January 16, 2016, 03:07:45 pm »

Nice work. Sometimes it's the details you can't see that really makes a piece special.
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« Reply #370 on: February 03, 2016, 06:11:59 pm »

Please "bore" us with the story Mr. West! Perhaps in another thread?
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« Reply #371 on: February 03, 2016, 06:29:12 pm »

For some reason I have the strangest urge to make a Triceratops mask. Smiley

Now you must!   Grin

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« Reply #372 on: February 05, 2016, 06:15:56 am »

Sorry I don't comment much on your awesome pieces.
I really enjoy this thread when it pops up.
Thanks for sharing.
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« Reply #373 on: February 07, 2016, 05:41:36 am »

I do appreciate comments when you guys can make them though. My self confidence really isn't that great to begin with.

 Here's the background letter that went with the arm. I fully admit that I'm not the best writer, so there are likely to be changes as time goes along.

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Dr. Cyrus Llanfer
c/o Miskatonic Univ. Library
Aylesbury St.
Arkham, Mass

                                                                                                                                                                         April 17, 1948





Dear Cyrus,



 And here is the artifact as promised for your Universities collection. Apart from some wear and tear during transit it should be in excellent condition after spending forty-odd years in my uncles attic. But then that not really saying much, seeing as how it's already spent 2000-plus years beneath the desert sands.

 With it being exam season, I've not had time to look into the arms background as much as I would have liked. Most of what I've uncovered has been through my uncles notes, and from speaking with some of my elder colleagues. It turns out there is an interesting, if little known story attached to this piece. Here it is in brief.


Egyptology was all the rage here in the UK at the turn of the century. In 1905 an eight man team from our own Archaeology department headed by one Professor James Bromley were, like most museums, scouring the desert sands of old Egypt. Following a lead, they recieved word of a twisted statue and a half buried tomb entrance far from the beaten path, and decided to check it out. There was the usual native gibberish about 'The Mad Pharaoh', the Hand of the Faceless God, and other stuff straight out of the old pulp magazines. Of course old Professor Bromley was having none of it, and set out to excavate the site.  
Sadly there were no mounds of gold and treasure to be found at the end of their journey. Just a heavy marble sarcophagus, a few peculiar stone idols of black stone, and an entire room covered in the strangest inscriptions. "Like rows of curved and swirling lines" one of the team members wrote. A far cry from your usual collection of hieroglyphics. A few were decipherable as part of a little know, and most shunned period of Egyptian history, the reign of the blasphemous Pharaoh Nephren-Ka.  The mummy itself was said to have been well preserved in the usual Egyptian manner, and was thought to date from around the 3rd Dynasty, in the early days of 2600 BC. Whether it was actually the infamous Pharaoh Nephren-Ka himself (I had to look that one up), or simply one of his priests or court officials, none could say. The care given to hiding his tomb certain indicated he was a ranking official of that unspeakable court.


 After spending over a week studying the describing, cataloging, and excavating the lot, the odd blank-faced statues, an assortment of carved gemstone amulets, and the sarcophagus were hauled back to Cairo, then off to Cambridge.


 Now this is the part of the story that's straight out of an old Universal horror movie. As it turns out, after much study it began to look as if the mummy  may actually have been old Nephren-Ka himself who was a worshiper of some ancient dark and evil god, and who was eventually deposed and driven into the desert due to the actions of his bloodthirsty cult, and the things they wished to summon.
 
  The entire archaeology department was downright giddy with at their findings. More studies were quickly ordered, and papers were prepared for publication.

  It was only a few weeks later that things took a dark turn with the death of one of the team members. He was found at home lying peacefully in bed, yet showing definate signs of hiving either been poisoned, or strangled. Two other members of the team quickly succumbed the same causes. Foul play was suspected, yet despite the vague cause of death, none of the men seeming to have put up any kind of struggle. They were just found resting peacefully in their beds.

By now, the first mutterings of a curse started making the rounds (a full two decades before Tutankhamen popularized such things).

The police were baffled (Aren't they always?) as to cause or motive, and there was some speculation that the tomb artifacts might be infected with some poison or disease.
 

With their numbers dwindling fast, the five remaining professors decided to set a trap of sorts. They chose the most senior of the remaining team members, a Professor Michaels I believe, and set up cots in a windowless room of the house, taking turns keeping watch from the gentleman's closet. On the night of the third day a creaking of a window was heard, and a smoky, shadowy figure appeared in the room.

As the figure moved towards the bed, the watcher raised the alarm, and the other three doctors burst through the door and laid into the dark figure with improvised weapons. I suppose fear can make lions of even the calmest sheep, because they quickly incapacitated their would-be assassin,  who to their horror, when the lights were switched on turned out to be the moldering remains of a female mummy. Now reduced to tattered and desiccated fragments of bone and wrappings.

Naturally being learned men, they knew no one in their right minds would believe their fantastic tale, so they proceeded to dump the remains into the fireplace and quickly burned the body to ashes. Save for this one arm apparently, and a pair of small stone funerary amulets that were found near the bed.

 Thinking the dnger over, the scientists returned to work. However restfulness lasted only a few days. Michaels opened his briefcase one morning to find a letter addressed to him from parties unknown. It calmly explained that the men had disturbed the rest of their sleeping king. One who must not be disturbed until the Lord of the Desert returned. And while the men had overcome one of the sleepers guards, many more waited for permission to strike,  or slept patiently beneath the desert sands. But there was still time to save their lives. If (you guessed it) they returned the blessed one and his grave goods to their resting place, the Dark One might be kind, and allow them to depart unpunished. The letter was simply signed "Those who serve the three-lobed eye".

They were skeptical at first, thinking they were the victims of a nasty hoax, or blackmail scheme. But after a week filled with sleepless nights, dusty footprints found outside bedroom doors, window latches and doorknobs rattled in the night, shadows moving past second floor windows, amulets was left on bedside tables in the morning, and even one doctor waking up to an eight pointed star drawn on his forehead in ashes, the men were forced to relent, and at their own expense, smuggled the artifacts from the university labs and onto the next boat to Egypt, where they were returned to their remote resting place in the Egyptian desert.

It was reported that there was one last death among the team as the men slept in their tents the next night. The gentleman was found, like the others, lying peacefully in his cot, yet his threat had been filled with dust and that same eight pointed star seen before was traced on his forehead in ashes.

 It is reported that the remaining four professors departed the university soon afterwards, and all records of the expedition were expunged from department records.

Now I'll leave this little ghost story here for experts such as yourself to judge whether there's any truth to the tale, or whether it's just a story to frighten freshmen Archaeology majors.

For now, all we have is the arm, a few pub tales from elderly professors, and the notes from my uncle Francis (from whom I got the majority of the stories details, the arm, and amulets). How he acquired them I cannot say, he was  just an administrator at the universities financial department, with no particular interest in Egyptology that I'm aware of. Strangely there's no record of the recovery of any artifacts from the 1905 Egypt expedition. The only real confirmation that any of it occurred is a simple obituary notice dated 1906 in the local paper, which I've enclosed.

Perhaps you'll be able to uncover more information on this story on your own by contacting the university. I'll leave it in your capable hands. Frankly I'd consider the whole thing a Cock and Bull story if it weren't for some of the things you've shown me in the past

And here I must leave you. As always, you simply must do me an honor of a visit here in Cambridge during one of your trips to the continent, either at my offices or at home. I'm always happy to make time for an old colleague, especially if there are dinner or drinks involved.


Yours always,

Prof. Franklin Dyer
Cambridge Univ Department of History
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« Reply #374 on: February 07, 2016, 05:44:04 am »

The final version with some of the loose bindings glued down.

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