Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Tramp's Lizardman

Man that dude is bad ass.  Back in the summer of '81, I meticulously copied this drawing from the Monster Manual for the character sketch of my second-ever AD&D character, a chaotic good Lizardman Ranger/Assassin named Krazgul or something along those lines. 

My older brother hated him and, as DM of Lizardman's first dungeon, quickly killed him off.  Krazgul dove into a pool of water only to find out it was acid.  RIP Badass Lizardman.  My brother was just jealous that I thought of making a character based on this dude first.

I especially like that Tramp drew this guy in defiance of the description of lizardmen in the MM, which basically says that they are uber-(neder?)-primitives, and only the most sophisticated amongst them will use a club as a weapon and yet here's this guy with a bad ass sword and a gleaming metal shield that's so awesome Captain America would've fellated Perseus to get his hands on it.

9 comments:

Jayson said...

Truly metal.

Wymarc said...

One of the defining pieces in the original MM for me as well. I think much of the art in that book is some of the most underrated or unappreciated material in gaming. I am not sure how many gamers played in part because of the art in that book and how it invoked imaginations.

Anonymous said...

It's still the best Lizardman art in the game. I've yet to see someone do a cooler Lizardman illustration in any of the books. Though they have imitated this same picture -you can always tell by the shield- many times over the years. None compare to Tramp's though. In fact, most of Tramp's monsters are pretty damn good and iconic.

Anonymous said...

I've always had this as my mental image of a lizardman, and the actual descriptions have always seemed wrong, never living up to it. Why must they be swamp primitives, when Tramp's is so... awesome? I want that one in my game, not the one the text describes.

Richard Cordell said...

tell brother to piss off and bring him back

Timrod said...

Word.

Leicester said...

Add Jeff Dee's "Phoebus" from the old AD&D Rogues Gallery book.

http://www.waynesbooks.net/files/RG%20pp%2044-45%20med.jpg

Timrod said...

Whoa. Phoebus. Totally forgot about that dude. Synapses which have not been called upon since the 80s are now firing up, this could take a few minutes...

Leicester said...

Totally. And I envision lizardmen as a degraded race, seeking past knowledge and 'magics' from the days before all those chattering monkeys showed up...