Just finished the last of my bugbears and kobolds (I think!)
The more I look at the Grenadier bugbears, the more I think they are my favorite bugbears (although the Otherworld minis are a close second). Although these guys were originally sold in blister packs with two axe-wielders and one sword-wielder, somehow I have three swords and one axe! I think the issue is that the sword-wielder came in the “Action Art” boxed set too, so there are just more of them out there. The axe guy has an extra-large head, but the fact that he has an axe also helps tie him in with the plastic ‘bugbears’ from the Dragonstrike game that I have.
I figured the best way to make the sword guys distinguishable would be their shields, but then thought it might be cool if they were all the same…and finally settled on making one an ‘elder’ by adding some grey to his fur.
I went ahead and touched up a few WotC plastic figures I use as bugbears too — the one with a hammer was sold as a bugbear, but the other two were supposed to be orcs. 3e/4e orcs have a lot of hair, so painting them brown pretty much did the trick.
So here’s all 15 bugbears in my collection:
I’m not sure if I like the Heritage kobolds more than other manufacturer’s kobolds, but the Heritage figures have a lot of character, despite being in the same pose.
My kobolds represent just two of the four poses Heritage cast. I got them from a variety of sources second-hand so I’m not surprised; this may also be a case of the blister and boxes having different contents, so the clubs and axes are just more common than the sword and javelin variants I’ve seen online.
The Grenadier kobolds I have, which are from the mid-1980s I think, are similar but much slimmer and have no tails. I also filled in the ranks of my kobolds with some Games Workshop skinks. I can’t quite place why I started painting them all blue, but does help distinguish them from goblins.