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Waugh, that's a scary looking critter. I love that he's got that goofy old-school owlbear pose, but is also the creepiest, most terrifying owlbear I've ever seen, despite all those "realistic" versions out there. Great work!

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I also just noticed he has a long, slender tail. Since when do owls, or bears, have long tails? I think that adds to the somethings-not-right-here overall creepiness of the mini. (In a good way ::):)

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I also just noticed he has a long, slender tail. Since when do owls, or bears, have long tails? I think that adds to the somethings-not-right-here overall creepiness of the mini. (In a good way ::):)

I just googled some images of Owlbear miniatures trying to remember if I had the old Chainmail sculpt.  I ran across this blog, which is the blog of the OP, Finch.  You should read his thoughts on the tail in his blog.

 

funny coincidence.

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So, turns out I'd never seen the original MM illustration. I guess the tail and non-owl-like beak are canon.

 

Also, thanks for the Finch blog plug, joshuaslater. The mini looks even more amazing in the close-up shots on the blog. Kudos, Finch!

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So, turns out I'd never seen the original MM illustration. I guess the tail and non-owl-like beak are canon.

 

Also, thanks for the Finch blog plug, joshuaslater. The mini looks even more amazing in the close-up shots on the blog. Kudos, Finch!

To be fair, it's based on a weird little rubber "dinosaur" that GG bought at a dollar store. So it wasn't originally supposed to be an owlbear until he decided it looked kind of like a bear with a beak. Subsequent interpretations have been varying levels of faithful to that original toy.

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Thanks, all.

 

 

 

I also just noticed he has a long, slender tail. Since when do owls, or bears, have long tails? I think that adds to the somethings-not-right-here overall creepiness of the mini. (In a good way ::):)

I just googled some images of Owlbear miniatures trying to remember if I had the old Chainmail sculpt.  I ran across this blog, which is the blog of the OP, Finch.  You should read his thoughts on the tail in his blog.

 

funny coincidence.

 

 

The tail and non-owl-like head were prominent features of the owlbear when it first appeared. I wasn't a fan of the tail initially but Mr Muller has a way of turning slightly goofy concepts (someone once described the original MM artwork as looking like a rejected muppet design) into first rate minis.

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