Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Melee Microgame Counters: Bell-Bottoms Spectacular

Melee has a copyright date of 1977. Coincidentally, that is also the year that the movie, Saturday Night Fever, is released. Quite a few of the characters depicted on the Melee microgame counters seem to be sporting bell-bottoms, but I will let you be the ultimate judge.


Here's a counter for the two-headed giant. Giants in Melee take up three hexes, which allows you to surround him with a greater number of figures. That's a good thing, because a single hit from a Melee giant is enough to kill most single-hex characters. He may be a brute, but this giant has excellent 70's fashion sense. Not only is he wearing some snazzy bell-bottoms, but his belt-buckle is the envy of the disco-hall. My only fear is that he will trip on those bell-bottoms and crush one of my characters.


And here we have four figures, representing an archer, a crossbowman, a pikeman with shield, and a greatswordswoman. For most guys in the Melee universe, going topless seems to be very chic. The ladies are generally wearing pants, but weren't pant-suits cutting edge in the 1970's? I'll have to do a little Mary Tyler Moore research to confirm that for myself.

22 comments:

Aplus said...

I'm definitely going to have to place some magical bell-bottom pants in the next adventure I run!

steelcaress said...

(To the tune of "Bell Bottom Blues" by Derek & the Dominoes):

Bell bottom blues, you made me cry.
I don’t want to lose this combat.
And if I could choose a place to die
Wouldn't be in this dungeon...

Seriously, I never really looked at the counters with a critical eye before. I will certainly never look at them the same way again LOL

ze bulette said...

Hmm, that could almost be a disco ball above that ettin..

Trey said...

Discos & Dragons?

Roger the GS said...

God, I totally forgot about the Melee bellbottoms. Those were simpler days - the fashion inspiration for 3rd ed D&D art was apparently those over-the-top fantasy weapons and armor you can buy in a mall shop.

Gratuitous Saxon Violence said...

Maybe the artist just sucked at drawing feet.

Jeff Rients said...

I think I'm going to have to have a bell-bottom wearing ettin in my next Encounter Critical game.

BigFella said...

Bellbottoms!

HeeYEAH!

Sean Robson said...

God, I love that two-headed disco giant!

Matt said...

"two-headed disco giant" is the single best thing I've read today. Thanks to everyone involved in bringing that phrase to my attention.

A Paladin In Citadel said...

Aplus said...
I'm definitely going to have to place some magical bell-bottom pants in the next adventure I run!

Make sure that only the ladies can wear them though.

A Paladin In Citadel said...

steelcaress said...
Seriously, I never really looked at the counters with a critical eye before. I will certainly never look at them the same way again LOL

Its interesting what certain people in the OSR are fixated on, isn't it?

:D

A Paladin In Citadel said...

ze bulette said...
Hmm, that could almost be a disco ball above that ettin..

A gothic disco ball.

A Paladin In Citadel said...

Trey said...
Discos & Dragons?

Thank you for theming my next mega-dungeon sub-level!

A Paladin In Citadel said...

Roger the GS said...
God, I totally forgot about the Melee bellbottoms. Those were simpler days.

We were less uptight back then!

A Paladin In Citadel said...

Gratuitous Saxon Violence said...
Maybe the artist just sucked at drawing feet.

That's good! No, if anything it might have been simple laziness, though I think it was more likely the style of the time that inspired the funky bell-bottom trousers.

A Paladin In Citadel said...

Sean Robson said...
God, I love that two-headed disco giant!

If you like this giant, what til I post the "oops, I crapped my pants" giant.

A Paladin In Citadel said...

Matt said...
"two-headed disco giant" is the single best thing I've read today. Thanks to everyone involved in bringing that phrase to my attention.

That, and Trey's "Discos & Dragons" were chuckle-worthy!

A Paladin In Citadel said...

Jeff Rients said...
I think I'm going to have to have a bell-bottom wearing ettin in my next Encounter Critical game.

Awesome!

A Paladin In Citadel said...

BigFella said...
HeeYEAH!

Great video, thanks for the link!

Liz said...

ROFLMAO! Speaking as the artist who did those now-so-silly bell bottoms, I agree with you all that this is a hoot. Even Steve (Jackson) remarked on it at the time.

I did kinda suck at drawing feet back then, but also it gave a smoothness to the "look" that felt natural (back then) because EVERYONE wore them (sorry guys, it was both genders wearin' em). As was noted on the previous post here, making a clean simple icon for the tiny chits was a challenge.

Two-headed disco giant and "Discos and Dragons" are soooo going into my resume. Who else could possibly make such a claim??? Thanks for the look back.

Aaron E. Steele said...

Appreciate you filling in the details for us. I figured it was most likely simply the style at the time that inspired the bell-bottoms.

This is one of my favorite games of my youth. Thanks for making the art so memorable!