This will be my last review of my werewolf figures for the time being. I do have a lot more to show but they need re-basing. This time round I'm looking at a selection of Ral Partha 28mm scale Crinos form werewolves. These were all part of the official White Wolf Werewolf: the Apocalypse range of figures and they all stand approximately 40mm tall.
In keeping with Vampire: the Masquerade, where vampires belong to an assortment of clans, so too, do werewolves, or Garou as they prefer to be known, belong to any one of a variety of tribes. There are currently 13 known tribes working for the forces of good. According to Garou oral history, it was always their duty to keep the
balance in nature on behalf of Gaia. They did so by culling overgrown
populaces, hunting too powerful predators that otherwise would rampage
unchecked and fending off otherworldly spirits that overstepped their
stance. In addition they believe in the existence of the Triat, a trio
of deities that define how the world works: the Weaver is the deity of
order and scientific advancement, the Wyld is the deity of creation,
entropy, and chaos, while the Wyrm was the deity of balance between
order and chaos who destroyed that which ended the harmony. At some
point, the Weaver went mad by trying to bring the entirety of the Wyld's
chaos into order and trapped the Wyrm in her Pattern Web, injuring it
while also driving it to madness and making it seek out the destruction
of the world of Gaia's creation.
The Garou themselves are a self-acknowledged dying race; the largest
Gaian tribes number 750 to 1,250 Garou worldwide, with the smaller tribes
numbering less than 500. The Wyrm-serving Black Spiral Dancers comprise
fully one-tenth of the total Garou population and are the largest single
tribe. The Black Spiral Dancers are not part of the 13 Gaian tribes. The White Howlers were a tribe of Garou of who were descended from the Picts
in Scotland. They attempted to battle the Wyrm directly by seeking it
out in its lair known as the Black Spiral. They were driven mad
by the Wyrm and only survive to modern times as the antagonistic Black
Spiral Dancer tribe who actively foster the Apocalypse and are heavily
deformed due to their devotion to the Wyrm instead of Gaia. They are evil, corrupt and often mutated. Many of them work for the infamous Pentex corporation, a global company of immense power and influence, very similar to the Umbrella Corporation from the Resident Evil books and films.
Next up is a member of the Black Fury tribe. The Black Furies are a tribe of solely female Garou who are most in tune
with the Wyld and claim to be descended from the mythical Amazons. The black furred body with white face is typical colouration of the Black Furies. To be honest, as shown in this form there is little difference between her and any of the male Crinos form werewolves. Her body is slightly slimmer but hardly that noticeable.
In the centre of the group is another Black Spiral Dancer. This Crinos form Garou has been severely mutated. Note his large bat-like ears, thin membranes between his arms and body and unnatural looking tail. To emphasise his mutation even further I gave his black fur a dry-brushing of metallic green paint. He holds aloft a trophy he has just acquired - the severed head of a Garou.
I managed to buy over half of this range of figures. The reason I didn't buy all of them was that I never did play Werewolf: the Apocalypse. I primarily bought the game and figures to use as adversaries for my player character group in Vampire: the Masquerade. In hindsight, I wish I had bought more of this range. I always loved Ral Partha's figures as they were exquisitely sculpted. This range of figures has been out of production for many years now and it seems unlikely that they will ever return.