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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

Rise of the Tomb Raider – Discover the Legend Within – Thoughts & Screenshots

Crystal Dynamics and Xbox have kicked off what will surely be an exciting month for Tomb Raider fans by releasing a new teaser trailer for Lara’s next adventure, Rise of the Tomb Raider. The CGI teaser trailer, dubbed “Discover the Legend Within” sees our heroine relying on her wits, quick reflexes, and trusty climbing axes to traverse and survive the treacherous peaks of Siberia and gives us a sneak preview of what we can expect to see at the Xbox E3 Briefing in 2 ... [Continue Reading]

June 1, 2015 // 6 Comments

Lara’s Travels: Strahov District, Prague

One of the things I’ve always enjoyed about the Tomb Raider series is the inclusion of real-life artefacts and locations in the games, even if the level designers and artists employed a heavy dose of artistic license in their efforts. During a family trip to Prague this Easter, I made a point of exploring the city’s Strahov district with my husband in tow (my mum declined the invitation in favour of some retail therapy) and we soon discovered that, shock horror, the real Strahov ... [Continue Reading]

May 12, 2015 // 3 Comments

Photo Gallery: Lara Croft & the Temple of Osiris Demo Screencaps

Things have been a little quiet on the blogging front lately due to my upcoming wedding. It’s tough to sit down and write a full article while juggling a full-time job and wedding planning (seriously, I don’t recommend it). So, instead, I thought I’d share some screencaps I made of PlayStation Blog’s Lara Croft & the Temple of Osiris demo gameplay video, which aired on their Twitch channel a couple of days ago. For those not familiar with this upcoming spin-off ... [Continue Reading]

August 10, 2014 // 10 Comments

Jean Michel Thery’s “Well of Tears” Model

** Update ** To celebrate the 2nd anniversary of the release of Tomb Raider (2013), Jean Michel Thery is putting his “Well of Tears” model up for sale. The complete model (including the Lara figurine) is being sold for 250 euros, though you can buy the model sans figurine for 200 euros.  Please note that since Jean Michel lives in Belgium, there may be some issues regarding the sale and delivery of the model to buyers outside mainland Europe. I am unable to answer any questions ... [Continue Reading]

June 14, 2014 // 11 Comments

Photo Gallery: The Colosseum, Rome

Last year, I visited Rome and spent a few days following in Lara’s footsteps, exploring some of the “Eternal City’s” ancient wonders and archaeological ruins. Readers may recall I posted a gallery of photos of Trajan’s Market, one of the places Ms Croft vists in Tomb Raider Chronicles. This time, I thought I’d share some photos I took at one of Rome’s most popular tourist attractions, the Colosseum. The Colosseum, also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre, ... [Continue Reading]

March 16, 2014 // 8 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 // 5 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 // 8 Comments

Photo Gallery: Trajan’s Market, Rome

Some of you may recall that I visited Rome, “The Eternal City”, in mid November. I’ve finally gotten round to sorting out my holiday photos so I thought I’d share some of the photos I took at Trajan’s Market. Tomb Raider fans will probably recognize the name as it was one of the places Lara Croft visits in the 2000 game Tomb Raider Chronicles. I plan to write about Trajan’s Market at greater length in an upcoming edition of Lara’s Travels so keep an ... [Continue Reading]

December 8, 2013 // 6 Comments

The 10 Coldest Places in Tomb Raider

Winter is coming (at least here in the northern hemisphere). The days are getting shorter, there’s an icy chill in the air, and Christmas is just around the corner… So wrap up warm, grab a cup of your favourite hot beverage and check out this list of the 10 coldest places Lara Croft has visited over the years! Here they are in no particular order: 1) The Peruvian Andes (Tomb Raider 1 & Anniversary) One of my earliest memories of Tomb Raider is of our beloved protagonist and her ... [Continue Reading]

December 6, 2013 // 9 Comments

The 10 Scariest Tomb Raider Enemies: The Best of the Rest

Ready for yet another list of the scariest Tomb Raider enemies of all time? The other two lists, The 10 Scariest Tomb Raider Enemies: The Core Design Years and The 10 Scariest Tomb Raider Enemies: The Crystal Dynamics Years, turned out to be spectacularly popular with fans and were even featured on the official Tomb Raider Facebook page as part of their Halloween festivities. Needless to say, the blog stats shot through the roof that day. 🙂 When I created the Core Design list, I felt like ... [Continue Reading]

November 3, 2013 // 5 Comments

The 10 Scariest Tomb Raider Enemies: The Crystal Dynamics Years

A couple of weeks ago, we looked at 10 of the scariest enemies from the Core Design Tomb Raider games. With Halloween only a week away, let’s continue our scare-fest and look at the 10 scariest enemies from the Crystal Dynamics games! So, here are the 10 scariest Tomb Raider enemies from the Crystal Dynamics games in no particular order!   *** Note: You’ll need to click on the images to read the captions I hope the sight of these creepy critters hasn’t scared you away. Have a ... [Continue Reading]

October 24, 2013 // 9 Comments

Photo Gallery: Tutankhamun: His Tomb and Treasures

Taking some time out from writing about the Tomb Raider series to share some of the photos I took at the Tutankhamun: His Tomb and Treasures exhibition in Brussels back in June 2011. All of the items shown below are replicas of the grave goods and coffins that Howard Carter and his team found in tomb KV62 in November 1922. Over 1,000 replicas were crafted by some of Egypt’s finest craftsmen who used traditional techniques to recreate many of the young king’s treasures to stunning ... [Continue Reading]

September 23, 2013 // 4 Comments

Photo: The Great Wall of China

This photo was taken along the Badaling (八达岭) section of the Great Wall during my third visit to the Wall in September 2010. Many choose to avoid this section of the Great Wall, deriding it as too touristy and overdeveloped, but if you’re short on time, Badaling is perhaps one of the easiest sections to get to, especially if you don’t have your own transportation. The Badaling section of the Great Wall was built in 1505 and has been restored on several occasions over the ... [Continue Reading]

July 1, 2013 // 4 Comments