Friday, 8 June 2012

Victorian vampire-slaying kit up for auction in Yorkshire

Though not about Gaming, I thought that this new piece from BBC News was Blogworthy!

The 19th Century box contains a crucifix, pistol, wooden stakes and mallet, as well as glass bottles containing holy water, holy earth and garlic paste.

The box was left to a Yorkshire woman in her uncle's will.

Oonagh Drage of Tennants Auctioneers in Leyburn, North Yorkshire, said she had not seen anything like it before.

Ms Drage said the kit was probably made in the late 1800s and was possibly inspired by the popularity of Bram Stoker's 1897 novel Dracula.

"It's probably a novelty thing. It's playing to people's superstitions."

As well as the weaponry, the box holds a copy of the Book of Common Prayer from 1851 and a handwritten extract from the Bible which quotes Luke 19:27.

It reads: "But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me."

The box goes on auction later this month.

The box contains a prayer book and vampire-slaying equipment
I wish I was silly rich with 2k spare!

Empire of the Dead Facebook Page

Being as there isn't an official Facebook page for Empire of the Dead, I thought I would start an unofficial one!

Not much there as of yet, but if people join - start posting pics etc, hopefully we can help raise the profile of the game!

If there seems to be a demand, I may start a Facebook Group as well!

The Game is Afoot!

Well, Holmes is finished (out of sequence for the painting I'm trying to do) jumping the que down to my enthusiasm LoL!

Why green on the Deerstalker and the Inverness Coat? Simple, I'm using a lot of browns/beiges/greys on other models - I wanted Holmes to stand out - I remembered a promo picture for Peter Cushing as Sherlock Holmes, so I based it on that.

As Holmes is brandishing a revolver - something "uncommon" for the character, so I painted his eyes looking to the corner - showing a little caution (I hope) on his part.

I'm hoping to finish Watson tonight, and then carry on with the rest of the society regulars.