I went looking around Amazon to see if there were any cheaper toys and found a pack of 12 plastic crocodiles for the princely sum of £2.20! Worth a risk on the size fitting 28mm, I thought, OK, the colours were a bit odd, so would probably need repainting, but I only needed 3 or 4, so that wouldn't be too much of a chore. Then I glanced down the screen at the "people who bought this also bought" section, which can be fatal. Oh, I thought, they look good!
The next thing you know I've ordered 12 lizards (£1.57), 12 frogs (£1.81) and 12 chimpanzees (£3.99, expensive these last ones!). All post free.
They have now all turned up and look very usable for 28mm. So that was 48 monsters/beasties I will use for Darkest Africa/Pulp/Fantasy, all painted for under a tenner! I will use the lizards and giant frogs as they are, I might just try a drybrush on the apes and see hoe they look.
Here they all are with some Reaper Bones skeletons alongside them for scale.
The whole cast.
And some close ups.
The crocodiles, I will be repainting some of these.
The chimpanzees, although I think they look more like lowland gorillas.
And the frogs.