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Cthulhu Chess Set by Eclectixx Cthulhu Chess Set by Eclectixx
Custom chess set, hand sculpted in wax, molds made and then cast in hydrostone, custom finish applied. Based on H. P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu mythos.

Copyright K.L. Turner. All work is the original creation of the artist (K.L. Turner) unless otherwise noted.
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josephknightcom Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
I'm buying some hydrostone for some pieces for a custom game idea of my own, what finish did you use? How did you get the black ones to look so iron-ish and the white ones to seem like ivory? Your post is already a great inspiration, any advice on finishes will be like gold. Great work, I look forward to seeing your future work.
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Eclectixx Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Professional General Artist
For the black ones, I added black cement pigment to the hydrostone before casting, then I dry-brushed opalescent silver pigment on top of that. A high-gloss varnish was applied on the very top layer. The result looks almost exactly like hematite.

For the ivory ones, I added no color to the cement before casting. After casting I used a tan-colored cement pigment mixed into a very thin mixture of varnish and water. I dunked the pieces quickly into this, let them drain and dry, and then finished them with the same high-gloss varnish as the black ones.
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Eclectixx Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Professional General Artist
For the black ones, I added black cement pigment to the hydrostone before casting, then I dry-brushed opalescent silver pigment on top of that. A high-gloss varnish was applied on the very top layer. The result looks almost exactly like hematite.

For the ivory ones, I added no color to the cement before casting. After casting I used a tan-colored cement pigment mixed into a very thin mixture of varnish and water. I dunked the pieces quickly into this, let them drain and dry, and then finished them with the same high-gloss varnish as the black ones.
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aintn0body Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012
What Mythos entities correspond to the different pieces?
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Eclectixx Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
King; Cthulhu
Queen; Nyarlethotep
Priest; Dagon/Hydra
Knight; Tindalos hound
Rook; shoggoth
Pawn; deep one
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StormRavenmist Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Student General Artist
if these are still available for purchase in say 5 to 10 years, they shall be mine
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dwod7 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
unfortunately my current monetary status does not allow for such an amazing set...
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dwod7 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
oh my god I WANT IT!!!
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NobleFiveJorge Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011
Nifty.... Do you still have the molds?
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Eclectixx Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011  Professional General Artist
Yes, I still have them, but they are starting to get worn so I don't use them any more for fear of wearing them out. When I was casting them the set was selling for around $900 - $1200 per set. I may create a second run some day by cleaning up castings made from the old molds in order to create new 2nd generation molds.
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