Bugbears for breakfast

Or, why was Trampier only allowed to draw bugbears from the waist up?

So here are my Bugbear minis. Not pictured: several WotC plastics, including a few “orcs” with lion manes that I consider shortish bugbears.

The leader is an old Grenadier AD&D Bugbear chieftain. You can tell he’s the leader because he’s got better arms & armor, and a much bigger head than his minions.

I just noticed he has pigeon feet, poor guy.

<update! The Zenopus Archives found the original design for the Bugbear chief … by Jeff Dee, of all people!  Pigeon toes included!>

The minions are plastic figures from TSR’s ill-fated DragonStrike! game. They actually look more like deformed Wookies than bugbears, but I got several sprues of the these figures one year at Origins for super cheap (like $1 a sprue?)

Now, the Grenadier figure looks a lot like the Monster Manual illustration by Dave C. Sutherland:

But Otherworld’s new Bugbears, of which I don’t yet own any, are even closer, with one extra feature:

Some day (probably around next Halloween) I hope to find some small pumpkin beads to replace the heads of some figures to make some seriously old-school Bugbears ala the 1973 Little Brown Books:

Anyway the Otherworld bugbears just reminded me what this post was going to be about. Apparently the official newsletter of DDAPA, the D&D And Porn Association*, included a link that was LITERALLY booby-trapped (I believe the link said “Free unicorn pony rides for toddlers” and actually led to shocking footage of beardless female gamers, or something like that, check your local OSR blog for info). Some people even took their dice and went home. This post was a reminder that we should get back to talking about bugbears (pants optional).

Seriously. I can foresee more fracture lines in the OSR along political, religious, and other noncontroversial lines certain bloggers feel the need to post about. So… in the interest of preserving the OSR, start a political blog if you want, OK?  Back to bugbears.  If you have a D&D-related blog, please, bugbears only this week.

*This joke no longer makes sense since much of the discussion I’m mocking was taken down…entire blogs were taken down.

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  1. That’s clearly a tomato on his head.

  2. I could mix it up a bit. Squash-head here, tomato-head there, potato head, some jack-o-lanterns, and the ever popular baby’s arm holding an apple.

  3. […] Bugbears for breakfast?! Can I get bacon with that? […]

  4. I remember those pictures. The first one of the guy getting hit in the head with a mace was my favorite bugbear picture when it came out. I remember when I was about fourteen I went through a bugbear phase that also (unfortunately perhaps) coincided with my reading Anne of Green Gables. I thought at the time it was the height of cleverness and roleplaying to make up a bugbear ranger-type character who ran around helping people, even though they initially misunderstood her, and was a lot like Anne Shirley from the book. This was when the ranger first came out in AD&D. (Strategic Review wasn’t my thing at the time.)

    I’ve since put aside Anne of Green Gables, but I do have to say I’ll always have a spot in my heart for bugbears.

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