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Cthulhu Wars - The Raid on Innsmouth

By wraithdt
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>>…

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MistaBobobo's avatar

Very cool job! I’ve been trying to remember what the name of the book was and I recognized your art from it. Very stellar job dude ✨

wiciwiciwictor's avatar
Love their panicked expressions . This really feels like a movie scene happening right before your eyes. It’s definitely Lovecraft with the ominous lighting and the intimidating statue of Cthulhu watching events unfold.
EmmetEarwax's avatar

One of the few triumphs against mythos monsters Lovecraft depicted. This plus torpedo blitzing of Y'ha-thlei.

lstrohsahl's avatar

I love it! Classic Lovecraftian scene.

MasteroMonsters's avatar

It's beginning to look a lot like fishmen.

Glorious stuff btw

Fail-Seeker's avatar
Gildsoul's avatar
Played Call of Cthulhu in college a lot.

Getting a kick out of this great illustration!
OurGuild's avatar
This Cthulhu stuff you made looks pretty rad.
gacorman70's avatar
Oh man this is amazing. I am a huge fan of HPL and you did a amazing job bringing it to life here.
This is a great image. 
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DarkArtistKaiser's avatar
Very nicely, but I must confess, that relief on the roof is simply beautiful. A lovely reference to Dagons real world origin.
Trueblade70's avatar
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.
DlyanBlake1666's avatar
Very nice, I like what You did with the Hybrids.
VoxelMan437's avatar
One of the only good pieces of legit art on "what's hot" bravo wraithdt this is a fine work.
Narutaki2000's avatar
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!
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WilsenIrre's avatar
I especially love the statue.
SpiritOnTheWater's avatar
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 )
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