Nearing completion at this time is the second entry into the world of the "Crypto Legends". One of the most mysterious creatures on the shadowy list of legendary animals, the Abominable Snowman or Yeti, is said to have inhabited the high valleys, forests and lonely slopes of the Himalayan Mountains for centuries. Often described by local folk, yak-herders and climbers in the more desolate regions of Nepal and Tibet as a large and hairy, man-like beast that occasionally cross their path in search of food.
Strange footprints left in the snow along some routes thru open country have added to the legends. Questions arise as to what kind of an animal may have left these tracks and there have been several suggested candidates such as a bear, a snow leopard or a monkey. Many researchers feel that any track left in the melting snow and wind can take on distorted shape leaving an oversized unrecognizable print which then becomes suspect and thereby adds fuel to the Yeti legend. This certainly could explain some of the discovered prints but perhaps not all of them. Too often has science dismissed the unusual as folklore and superstition only to be proven wrong in their quick disregard. Not everything that exists in our world is known and catalogued so there is always room for new discoveries.
Interestingly enough, in this region of the world during the prehistoric past there lived an enormous primate labeled Gigantopithecus, a great ape which is estimated to have stood over nine feet in height. Presumed extinct for over 100,000 years, this creature or an offshoot of it's bloodline may well be a likely candidate to the enigma of the Abominable Snowman...if it does exist.
Taking into consideration the long history of these creatures it is hard to ignore the possibility of it being a true living species. Without doubt the Yeti has earned it's place as a mystery beast and so was always planned to be an addition to the "Crypto Legends" line of model kits. As far as the look of the sculpture, much of my interpretation is based on documented local lore and the recurring descriptions found in dozens of eyewitness accounts over the past hundred years with an added element of modified Gigantopithecus to make it seem within the realm of possibility.
As soon as the sculpture is completed I will post images here and also announce the release date of the model kit.
Please come back to visit for the latest details on the continuing line of the "Crypto Legends".
Posted by John Dennett in In the works
After all too many years of planning, the very first in a series of cryptozoological wonders has been completed and is now available as an 8 piece, all resin model kit. I bring you: The Loch Ness Monster, Scotland's most famous mystery animal and perhaps the most well known of all cryptids.
This is the first in a series that I call "Crypto Legends" which will grow to a proposed line of twelve different sculptures spotlighting some of the most elusive and unusual creatures that have been witnessed around the globe.
Each animal in this series has been researched by me for decades utilizing all means of printed, audio and film reference including dozens of books, magazines, newspaper articles, video documentaries, radio reports and interviews and in some cases personal interviews with actual eyewitnesses. I have in all cases attempted to weigh the information from every source and extract only the most reputable accounts and descriptions in order to conceptualize my final designs for the beasts. What remains vague still after piecing trustworthy details together, I have attempted to fill in with my imagination. In any event the majority of what I am presenting is not a splash of pure whimsy but rather a sincere attempt to present an accurate portrayal of creatures often encountered but not yet accepted as real by the scientific community.
The kits are presented in a "desk top" size so that they are not overpowering and yet not insignificant for display. Not all the creatures will have a continuity of scale thru out the line as very small or large beasts I feel would force some depictions to extreme dimensions and price ranges. I am rather offering a line that will feel consistent in overall mass and price them accordingly.
This series will not find completion overnight but my intent is to work on one creature at a time and release it as a model kit when it is ready. These creations are not intended to be churned out at break neck speed but perhaps one every few months with as much attention to detail and design as the subject demands.
As with the Loch Ness Monster, each new creature will be presented in a location specific environment with base terrain and scattered elements to establish a sense of the animal's true scale.
Additionally the sub-base beneath the terrain will act as the introduction of not only the most common name given the beast, but also it's nickname and several other less common, local or traditional names.
Welcome to the world of the "Crypto Legends"!
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Its happening again and looks to be even bigger and more exciting than last time.
On the weekend of March 22, 23 & 24, 2013 Resintopia 2 returns to the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Fairfield, New Jersey.
I'll be there and will be premiering a few brand new model kits, one of which is: The Loch Ness Monster. This is the first in a series of mystery animals I am releasing under the banner "Crypto Legends".
At this moment I am franticly casting up a batch of these shy Scottish lake denizens along with a couple other surprises which I'll unveil at the show.
If you plan on attending, please stop by the Moondevil Studio table and say hello.