Monday, 19 December 2016

JDMG MC1 Perps - Ape Gang Chimps

Not all of the gangs who infest the streets of Mega City One are human. Experiments in the past vastly increased the intelligence of apes, with the intentions of using them as advanced slave labour. However, while such science has been outlawed for many years, its legacy remains, in the form of sentient apes. Often corralled into the less desirable parts of the city, it is not unusual for apes to form their own criminal gangs. Most sentient apes are either chimpanzees, gorillas or orang-utans. I'm looking at my chimps in this post. The gorillas and orang-utans will appear in my next post. Chimps form good all-rounders within in an ape gang, able to take on most tasks with success. I haven't yet created any stats for my apes to use in my JDMG campaign but I have given all of my apes names. Most of them will use the stats provided on p.56 of the JDMG rulebook.
The three chimps at the left of the two photos directly above and below were produced by Mongoose Publishing for their Gangs of Mega City One game and sold as part of an ape gang boxed set. At the far left is Chalo, who is armed with a Stump Gun Rifle. Next to him is Milo, who is armed with a Club. Pee-Gee completes this trio and he is armed with a Spit Pistol. These are all really well sculpted and quite small in stature. I love the expressions on their faces.
The female chimp is called Kim Kong. She is a really old figure, and I can't remember who made her but she was sold as a mutant civilian. I should point out that she does not have red eyes. She is wearing a pair of John Lennon style rose-tinted glasses. Oh, and that's a wig she's wearing as well. Most likely she is the girlfriend of one of the other apes. She could be a gang member or she could be an innocent civilian.
At the far right is Jocko, who is armed with a Spit Gun Rifle. This is another really old figure. He was made by Citadel Miniatures for the sci-fi role-playing game of Rogue Trader, which was first published in October 1987. The game was sub-titled Warhammer 40,000 to distinguish it from 2000AD's Rogue Trooper series. The gameplay of Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Trader differed from its main modern-day descendant, Warhammer 40,000, in that it was heavily role-play-oriented, with great detail placed on weaponry and vehicles and the inclusion of a third player (the Games Master) in battles, a role not too different from the Dungeon Master of Dungeons and Dragons. Jocko was sold as a Rogue Trader mutant ganger but his ape-like features make him a perfect addition to my small collection of chimps.
Arguably the most famous ape gang in the Judge Dredd series was the one led by Don Uggie Apelino. Don Uggie encountered Judge Dredd several times - first during a gang war, and later after a foiled attempt to have Dredd assassinated. After the Apocalypse War, radiation regressed his intelligence to that of a normal ape, whereupon he led a group of insane and brutal apes in the Cursed Earth.  Dredd followed a regressed Fast Eeek, and executed the gang - including Apelino - as a danger to Mega City One residents. Don Uggie saw himself as a modern day Al Capone and he styled himself and his followers on 1920's style gangsters. These three figures, with Don Uggie at the far left, were produced by Citadel Miniatures for the old Games Workshop Judge Dredd Role Playing Game. Don Uggie is armed with a Handgun Pistol.
Don Uggie was often accompanied by his two most trusted lieutenants, Joe Bananas (in the centre) and Fast Eeek (at far right). They are armed with the equivalent of Spit Gun Rifles. These are three of my favourite figures from this range but I do have one criticism to make of them - they are way over-scale. Scale was a common problem with the Citadel Judge Dredd range of figures. Some were too small and some were too big. Given that these are just chimps, they are as tall as my ape gang gorillas. It is a shame because other than being too big their sculpts are perfect.

20 comments:

  1. Love the chimps, they're brilliant! Great sculpts, lovely painting (particularly the pin stripes!) what a great post Bryan

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    1. I knew you'd love these, Andy. Thanks, mate.

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  2. Love the apes/chimps best of all... dunno why but the idea of intelligent monkeys just tickles my fancy somehow. Love the pinstripes. In fact I love how all of them are painted and the sculpts are so cool.

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    1. I have to agree, Steve. Intelligent apes are cool and these are all great figures.

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  3. Pinstripes are a bugg*r to do so kudos to you Bryan for an excellent result.

    Cheers Roger.

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    1. I won't argue with you on that point, Roger. Pinstripes are not easy to paint.

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  4. I don't know what I'm more envious of Bryan, your eye-sight with which to paint those excellent-looking pinstripes, or the fact you own Don Uggie Apelino and his gang; something I consistently stalk Ebay to find for a reasonable price.

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    1. Thanks, Simon. The Don Uggie apes were recently repainted. My first effort at painting them was below my current standards. I'm delighted at how they came out, especially with the pinstripes.

      If you (or anyone else) wants Don Uggie, Joe Bananas and Fast Eeek, check out this ebay auction - http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/3x-don-uggie-gang-perps-muties-judge-dredd-2000-A-D-metal-citadel-GW-i-p-c-/122042328139?hash=item1c6a4a244b:g:a-4AAOSwv0tU8hGi
      £24.99 for all three and the seller has the "buy now" option. That's probably as good a deal as you'll get with these rare figures. Another seller has them listed for £35.00.

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    2. Yep. I keep looking at that one, Bryan, but its still a good £10 more than I'm willing to pay sadly.

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    3. There is always that dilemma when you see something you want but it costs more than you want to buy. Do you wait and hope a cheaper version comes along, or do you just bite the bullet and go for it anyway? It's a tough choice, Simon.

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  5. Really great ape's Bryan, they all look fantastic and capture the character of each sculpt brilliantly

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    1. Many thanks, Dave. I do like the ape figures and hopefully it won't be too long before I get your ape bikers painted.

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    2. Look forward to seeing your rendition Bryan

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    3. I'm going to painting and showcasing a lot of your figures in 2017, Dave. The "special" Christmas present you sent me is finished. I just don't know whether I can or should show it on my blog. If you prefer I keep it private I'm okay with that.

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    4. You can show it Bryan, as I'm dying to see what you've done with it

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    5. Excellent! Look out for it soon.

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  6. Who doesn't love heavily armed apes? I think the three correctly sized chimps are my favourite. I'm still looking for a suitable gorilla miniature to turn into U.S.Ape ( and you won't of heard of him, as i made him up. I mean, they're not going to test a super-soldier serum on humans first, are they? Against the Geneva convention or something...)

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    1. U.S. Ape sounds like one cool dude. I can't wait to see what you come up with for him. Oh, and many thanks for the Chrimbo card. Much appreciated!

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