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Cthulhu Wars - The Raid on Innsmouth

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A new series of illustrated plates from a recently released book, "Cthulhu Wars" by Osprey Publishing. I worked on these a couple years back but because release of the book was severely delayed for some reason unknown to me I am only able to show post them up here now. Not a fan of Lovecraft's work but I honestly had a lot of fun working on these and learned some things about the Cthulhu Mythos. I hope you guys like them.

Innsmouth, Massachusetts (February 3, 1928)
U.S Marines raid a temple of the Esoteric Order of Dagon and fight off its cult members made up of Deep Ones and their hybrids. One of them, a high priest attempts to escape through a secret doorway.

You can check the book out here>> ospreypublishing.com/the-cthul…

Copyright of Osprey/Bloomsbury Publishing
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lstrohsahlHobbyist Artist

I love it! Classic Lovecraftian scene.

MasteroMonsters's avatar

It's beginning to look a lot like fishmen.

Glorious stuff btw

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GildsoulProfessional Digital Artist
Played Call of Cthulhu in college a lot.

Getting a kick out of this great illustration!
OurGuild's avatar
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This Cthulhu stuff you made looks pretty rad.
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gacorman70Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh man this is amazing. I am a huge fan of HPL and you did a amazing job bringing it to life here.
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zacharyknox222Hobbyist Artist
i love it!
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zacharyknox222Hobbyist Artist
i like it!
BornOnTheNinth's avatar
This is a great image. 
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EggmungusProfessional General Artist
amazing work
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DarkArtistKaiserHobbyist Digital Artist
Very nicely, but I must confess, that relief on the roof is simply beautiful. A lovely reference to Dagons real world origin.
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Trueblade70Professional Filmographer
I bet J.Edgar Hoover led this raid...

Reminds me of that one level from Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth. Except that here, the soldiers are at least competently fending off Dagon's minions.
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DlyanBlake1666Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice, I like what You did with the Hybrids.
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VoxelMan437Hobbyist Digital Artist
One of the only good pieces of legit art on "what's hot" bravo wraithdt this is a fine work.
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Hey, I have seen your work just today, and its amazing! I understand why a lot of people would want to comission your work, and I think you have explained very well the cause you cannot accept those.

About this piece, I love it. I vaguely remember to have read at "The shadow over Innsmouth" that the american navy launched deep bombs into the ocean, so this scene could have happened in the Lovecraft universe.

I like the ancient paint int the walls, something about Babylonian civilization and how the three warrior's armor seem like a fish.  The Babylonian guy at the left certainly seems like a triton.

But the point that really sells this picture for me is the expressions of the fish people: They are not attacking, they are surprised by the soldiers, and the giant guy who is fighting does not have any weapon.  It seems that they are going to be massacred by an human army, they don't seem malicious at all.

I don't know if this was your intention, but your piece seems to me to confirm the old adage "Human are the real monsters"

Great work, congratulations!
WilsenIrre's avatar
I especially love the statue.
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SpiritOnTheWaterStudent Digital Artist
great composition!!
makogirl's avatar
Somehow.....I can imagine Helloween4545's 'Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners Of The Earth' commentary while all of this is going on.....( seriously...his "let's play" of that game is freaking hilarious )
jssabotta's avatar
Wow! This is SO GOOD!
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morion87Hobbyist Writer
Just to see inside Innsmouth, and what the Deep Ones look like, is cool. Still haven't read Shadow Over Innsmouth, but it is on my reading list.

Hopefully my sanity survives.
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No spoilers, but it's a great read. Definitely one of Lovecraft's best.
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