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Jason Chester’s ‘Tomb Raider II’ Low-Poly Blender Models

Earlier this year, I interviewed Tomb Raider fan and Blender model designer Jason Chester to learn more about his incredible series of low-polygon models based on the groundbreaking 1996 game. And, as promised, he went on to create a series of models based on the 1997 sequel, completing this mammoth task in late May 2020. The attention to detail is mind-blowing and keen-eyed fans will be able to spot a secret or two hidden away in some of his creations. Some of my personal favourites have been ... [Continue Reading]

May 25, 2020 // 0 Comments

Jason Chester’s Low-Poly ‘Tomb Raider’ Blender Models

Tomb Raider fans never cease to find creative new ways to celebrate their fandom and pay tribute to the games that inspire them and Jason Chester is no exception. For the past few months, Jason has designed and created low-poly models of each of Tomb Raider I’s levels, all which can be found in his ArtStation portfolio and on his DeviantArt site. From the ruins of the City of Vilcabamba to the Cistern, from Croft Manor to The Great Pyramid, Jason has poured his heart and soul into ... [Continue Reading]

January 24, 2020 // 3 Comments

Lara Croft Fan Builds Model of ‘Tomb Raider 2013’ Mountain Shrine

Long-time visitors to this site will probably be familiar with Tomb Raider fan Jean Michel Thery’s stunning hand-made dioramas. Over the years, he’s made models of Egyptian tombs and Mesoamerican pyramids, created an amazingly detailed diorama of an Angkorian temple similar to those seen in The Last Revelation and the first Tomb Raider film, and won an award for his replica of the “Well of Tears” challenge tomb from Tomb Raider 2013. And now Jean Michel has been kind ... [Continue Reading]

August 29, 2016 // 0 Comments

Level Up Your Cosplay With ‘Rise of the Tomb Raider’ Gear Up Guides

Back in December 2015, Crystal Dynamics launched a series of “Gear Up Guides” aimed at cosplayers, fan artists, and other creative types. The guides consist of several high-res shots of Lara’s outfits and gear and include notes from Rise of the Tomb Raider’s Art Director, Brenoch Adams. For the benefit of aspiring cosplayers, I’ve added links to cosplay tutorials and videos where possible. Don’t forget that a wealth of information, reference pictures, ... [Continue Reading]

January 7, 2016 // 1 Comment

15 Things to Look Forward to in 2015

As I mentioned in an earlier blog post, 2014 was a fairly epic year for Tomb Raider fans and I have no doubt that 2015 will try its best to top the successes of the past year. As a fan community, what should we get excited about and what can we expect to see in 2015? Well, here are 15 things we Tomb Raider fans can look forward to next year: 1) The Rise of the Tomb Raider – This one’s a no-brainer. The highly anticipated sequel to 2013’s reboot will be coming to the Xbox One ... [Continue Reading]

December 31, 2014 // 6 Comments

Jean Michel Thery’s “Well of Tears” Model

Regular visitors to this blog will probably be familiar with Jean Michel Thery’s stunning Tomb Raider models, such as this Egyptian tomb model inspired by Last Revelation or this model of an Angkorian temple. For this beautiful work of art, Jean Michel drew inspiration from Tomb Raider 2013 and created a model based on the “Well of Tears”, one of the tombs hidden away in the island’s shantytown. If you look at the fine attention to detail on each of the relics in the ... [Continue Reading]

June 14, 2014 // 12 Comments

Photo Gallery: Jean Michel Thery’s Angkor Temple Model

In December, I posted a gallery of photos of Jean Michel Thery’s Tomb Raider-inspired models to help showcase his talent and share his work with other Tomb Raider fans. This time around, he’s kindly allowed me to share photos of another of his creations, a model of an Angkor temple. This model was inspired by Angkor Wat and the other Angkorian temples seen in Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation and in the film Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and Jean Michel’s attention to detail is ... [Continue Reading]

February 1, 2014 // 7 Comments

Photo Gallery: Jean Michel Thery’s Tomb Raider Models

If you’ve been visiting the Archaeology of Tomb Raider Facebook page recently, you may have seen some photos of an Ancient Egyptian-themed Tomb Raider model. This beautiful work of art was created by Jean Michel Thery and since he doesn’t have his own blog or website, I offered to share his photos on this blog. Jean Michel was born and raised in Lille, France, and now lives in Belgium. He retired a few years ago and devotes most of his free time to DIY, archery, playing video games, ... [Continue Reading]

December 13, 2013 // 10 Comments