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1 - Checking Out the Corps

Javelin Corps (2)
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Before sending these figures off to Ira of Bwana Art Studio, I ripped open one of the packs to take a few photos.

But first - what is a Javelin Corps?

Javelin units take flanking positions beside large phalanx's of infantry. When the enemy formation grows near, the javelin throwers will launch their attack, often slowing down enemy movement or creating disruptions in their line. Simian javelin troops are lightly armed compared to their infantry counterpart, but when engaged their physical prowess often even the odds. Still, the javelin unit's main duty is to prepare the enemy for a charge from the Simian infantry.

Each pack contains two of the large Gorlas - one poised in the act of throwing a javelin, and another standing "at attention" (as if in the rear ranks of the unit).

The throwing Gorla comes in two parts - figure and javelin

The "throwing" Gorla comes in two parts: the figure itself, and a separate javelin.

Throwing Gorla (front view)

He's wearing scaled armor breast and back plates and an armored belt, tied over a short-sleeved, knee-length tunic. He also wears a Roman-style "reversed ball cap"-type armored cap (with side plates).

Throwing Gorla (rear view)

The spear fits nicely inside the open right hand, though you may need to do some file work if you want it to sit all the way down in the groove. There are some very slight seams visible at a few places on the tunic - probably not worth worrying about, and no problem seams over the "fur" portions of the figure.

Face of rage

The sculptor has tried to make this a very "active" figure, with an action pose and an expressive face. (This is probably the figure you'll want in the front rank of your unit.)

Standing Gorla (front view)

The other Gorla must have been intended for the back rank, as he has an "at ease" pose with hand on his side and javelin pointing skyward. He looks taller than the other figure, but that's chiefly because he's not crouching with bent legs as the other figure is. Both figures are equipped identically.

Standing Gorla (rear view)

Our sample has a slight seam running across the top and down one side - very minor, about two minutes to clean up with a little file work (if you want to).

The Throwing Gorla is 38mm tall (to eye height) and 41mm (to top of cap), and 65mm from arm to arm. The Standing Gorla is 42mm tall (to eye height) and 47mm (to top of cap).