I'm very frustrated that I have picked up no less than 6 elephants in the last few months, and don't have the time to paint any of them because of my preparations to the Zama game! To ease the pain, I've treated myself to a couple of nights off Zama to at least stick a few together, even though I know I won't be able to paint them until May.
First (above) is the excellent Aventine Pyrrhic Indian elephant. This is a fine beast; very expressive with his raised trunk. It went together very cleanly, with just a little greenstuff at the seams. As with other Aventine minis, there was no flash or mould lines. I was very impressed with the two part Howdah; so impressed in fact...
...that I used a spare Aventine howdah on the female Indian elephant from TimeLine, shown above . I will be using Aventine crewmen, too. Aventine sell howdahs and crewmen seperately, which is a valuable facility. I still need to add some ropes in greenstuff to this model. I wanted at least one female elephant in my elephant "brigade".
Finally, above I have a most unusual beast (above). Mario of Empire Models very kindly sent me one of his African elephants. I felt it was rather too large a model for an African beast, but couldn't resist the magnificently sculpted armour and so have given it an Indian head donated by Barry at Timeline. I should say Keith of Aventine also very kindly sent me a spare head (thanks!), but the Timeline head was slightly larger and more closely fitted the large, broader frame of the Empire torso. I've had to trim the neck of the torso to get the head to look OK; in due course I'll add a crest so that it matches the other Empire elephants I own. I damaged the crenellations on the howdah, and took them off. Again, it'll probably have Aventine crewmen.
Other elephants I have not shown here include one each Aventine Sassanind Royal, Pyrrhic and Seleucid. I'll try to put the Seleucid together next week.
Finally here are the three together; they match surprisingly well in size. The Empire in the centre is larger, but not unbearably so.
Roll on May...