"There are many famous dwarf ales, and many renowned brewers, but the name of Josef Bugman stands as a paragon of quality. His family originally came from the Dragonback Mountains. The tale of Josef and his ancestors is one of hardship and loss, and from their story comes the ancient dwarf phrase “There’s no beer as bitter as its history."
—‘Dwarfs of the Empire, a Brief History’, by Rikard the Holy and Njel of the Stills[9a]
Josef Bugman 8th Edition Colour Illustration

Josef Bugman laying waste to the Goblins of the World's Edge

Josef Bugman is the most legendary Master Brewer of all time. This is really saying something, for Dwarfs take their ale seriously, and there are many famous brews and renowned brewers, yet still, the name of Bugman stands as a paragon of quality. A member of the Dragonback Clan, after the fall of Ekrund, Josef’s relatives set up a stout brewhouse in the foothills of the Grey Mountains. A moderate success, the brewery took off after Josef took over, with triumphs like Bugman’s XXXXX and the notorious Troll Brew. Set at the height of his ales growing popularity, disaster struck. While returning from a delivery, Bugman arrived at his brewery to find it a smoldering ruin.[1a]

Goblin raiders had wrecked the brewery, drank its ale and kidnapped Bugman’s living relatives. In those ruins, Bugman swore a mighty vengeance, resolving to hunt down the greenskins and rescue his kin. He and his companions went off into the wild and were not heard of again for many years. Rumours began to crop up around the Karaz Ankor of tattered and bloodstained Rangers who arrived before major battles, keeping to themselves around the campfire, a strange glint in their eyes and their hands clasped around tankards of precious ale.[1a]


"‘Though Josef Bugman’s ancestors moved into the lands that would later become the Empire, they lived for a few generations in the Grey Mountains. Dwarfs are reluctant to talk about such things to outsiders, but it is the understanding of these scholars that Josef’s ancestors were involved in some part with the founding of Karak Norn. While little can be gleaned from our libraries, Karak Norn is remarkable amongst the holds of the dwarfs for the fact that its first ruler is believed to have been a queen. History has, alas, forgotten her name.’"
—‘Dwarfs of the Empire, a Brief History’, by Rikard the Holy and Njel of the Stills[9b]

The brewery started out when Josef Bugman's father, Zamnil set up the family trade in the eastern forest of the Empire. He built a stout brewhouse beside the crystal clear waters of the River Sol where it cascades down from the foothills of the Grey Mountains. In order to sell his ale more readily in the Empire, Zamnil took the name of Samuel Bugman, and when his son was born he called him Josef. If Josef ever had a proper Khazalid name, it was never recorded. After his father's death, Josef expanded the business and acquired a considerable reputation for the fine quality and potency of his ale. It was easy for Bugman to ship his barrels on barges down the rivers to the great cities of the Empire, where it proved very popular. Soon Bugman's brewery had grown into a small Dwarf settlement and other families came from the Grey Mountains to join him.[2a]

Within a few years, Bugman became a prosperous brewing merchant and a reasonably content Dwarf. With triumphs like Bugman's XXXXXX and the notorious Troll Brew to his name, he was already famous throughout the Dwarfen realms. His small community lay well off the beaten track and was usually ignored by any armies or raiders rampaging through the region.[2a]

One day, Bugman went up river with a shipment of Bugman's Special Brew for the Emperor. As he returned home, he saw the smoke gently rising from his brewery among the trees and thought it was time that the great chimney was swept. When his barge rounded the bend of the river, Bugman saw the smouldering ruins of his settlement. A Goblin raiding party had found the brewery, with all the ale having been consumed in a drunken orgy of destruction. The vats were smashed, empty barrels floated on the river and there was no sign of any inhabitants. Every last one of them had been taken off by the Goblins to who knew what fate.[2a]

Bugman and his remaining companions swore vengeance on the Goblins for this foul deed and resolved to hunt them down and rescue their kinfolk if they could. The band trailed the Goblins across the World's Edge Mountain and into the wilderness beyond. Little was heard of them again except for rumors of the ravages of Bugman and his band, of cunning ambushes and night raids against Goblin camps. Sometimes, the band would suddenly emerge from the wilds, tattered and blood-stained, to join up with a Dwarf army before a great battle with the Goblins. They kept to themselves, huddled around their own campfire, with a strange glint in their eyes and their hands clasped around tankards of Bugman's ale. So has the legend of Josef Bugman persist to this day.[2a]

During the End Times, he appears and comforts High King Thorgrim. He tells the King "as long as there are mountains, there will always be dwarfs beneath them." Later, during the last stand of the Dawi, he, alongside Gotrek Gurnisson, acts as a shieldbearer for the fabled White Dwarf. It is assumed he perished during the final battle.


  • Ol' Trustworthy (Rune Axe) - Bugman bears a large rune-covered axe, obviously an ancient heirloom of great prestige. The old Ranger won’t reveal its true name, but refers to it as Ol' Trustworthy.[1a]
  • Bugman’s Tankard - A family treasure, any who quaff from the tankard are engulfed in remembrances of the glorious past. After a long haul upon its contents, the drinker feels refreshed and restored.[1a]


  • 3rd Edition.
  • Josef Bugman & Dwarf Rangers (3rd Edition)
  • 4th Edition.
  • 7th Edition.
  • In the End Times
  • Labels of Josef Bugman


  • 6th Edition.
  • 6th Edition. (Another Color)
  • 6th Edition. (Bugman's Rangers)
  • 6th Edition. (Bugman's Rangers)
  • Bugman's Rangers (3rd Edition, Regiments of Renown).
  • 3rd Edition.
  • Special Edition.
  • Warhammer World edition.
  • The White Dwarf on a shield born by Gotrek Gurnisson and Josef Bugman (special edition).
  • Limited edition.
  • Limited Edition (Another Color)


  • 1: Warhammer Armies: Dwarf (8th Edition)
    • 1a: pg. 57
  • 2: Warhammer Armies: Dwarf (7th Edition)
    • 2a: pg. 62
  • 3: Warhammer Armies: Dwarf (6th Edition)
    • 3a: pg. 62
    • 3b: pg. 63
  • 4: Warhammer Armies: Dwarf (4th Edition)
    • 4a: pg. 95
  • 5: Warhammer RPG 1st Edition: Dwarfs - Stone & Steel
    • 5a: pg. 99
  • 6: White Dwarf Magazine #300 (December 2004)
    • 6a: pgs. 38 - 49
  • 7: White Dwarf Magazine #302 (February 2005)
    • 7a: pgs. 50 - 60
  • 8: White Dwarf Magazine #330 (June 2007)
    • 8a: pg. 67
  • 9: Time of Legends: Doom of Dragonback (Novel) by Gav Thorpe
    • 9a: Prologue
    • 9b: Epilogue