The army of the apes

I have slightly mixed feelings about MageKnight, the WizKids collectible miniatures game. On the one hand they had some terrible sculpts and spawned the “random figure” packs; but on the other they were the first really widely distributed, cheap, prepainted line of minis and they put a number of Ral Patha sculpts back in print. This army of apes is mostly based on a single Ral Partha gorillaman (which originally came in a set with a caged woman). Shortly before MageKnight completely crashed, you could get MageKnight figures for 25 cents or so at conventions and gaming stores, and I bought up tons of figures from a bin at Origins one year, including all these apes. The rest of the army is filled out with some metal figures, including some really old Minifigs flying apemen from their S&S line of the 1970s — scored at an auction at a BASHCon for $2, some fifteen years ago…

The last winged ape is a Champions villain (Manticore) made by Grenadier.

The other two are by Black Orc Games (a Centurion figure, they had some really nice gorillas in armed like Roman legionaries too) and a Reaper gorilla-man gladiator, respectively:

I love the partial victim in his hand.  This guy is apeshit crazy.

The rank and file apes had some conversion work to give them some variety — moving arms, replacing weapons:

In HOTT terms, the rank and file are Warbands or Beasts; the flying apes are Flyers, and the big gorillas are Heroes (the Manticore could be an Ariel Hero)

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