Monday, 20 May 2013

Ptolemaic Elephant Corp


Last night I completed basing the Ptolemaic Elephant Corp, for Raphia.  Ptolemy deployed 73 of these African elephants in an attempt to counter the rather larger number of rather larger Seleucid Indians.  Unfortunately he failed to put them through the elephant equivalent of assertiveness training, and most of them subsequently routed back, through his own forces.  As usual, all photos are clickable.


The magnificent beasts and crews are from Aventine's range.  I painted the elephants, and my good friend Nick Speller, the crews (beautifully).


Nick also painted the escorting Cretan and NeoCretan archers, who are a mixture of Foundry and Gorgon miniatures.  You may be able to see that they are in several different shades of red.  In the game these will form 5 units, each of one elephant and two stands of escorts.

13 comments:

Lee Hadley said...

An impressive phalanx of Pachyderms. Untrained or not I wouldn't want to be an infantryman facing that lot!

Very nice work, btw.

TamsinP said...

very nice work indeed

and who could possibly resist glamorous nellies in their army?
(OK, me so far, but that's only because the armies I've done didn't historically have any hephalumps)

BigRedBat said...

Thanks Lee!

Tamsin, ditch those armies! Go Indian, or Burmese, instead...

DeanM said...

Absolutely fabulous painting an basing on these troops. Best, Dean

Phil said...

Very impressive!
Phil.

adeptgamer said...

Wow, what an excellent collection! I'm so jealous, so many elephants!!!

fireymonkeyboy said...


Heffalumps! The sheer amount of material you've produced for this is astonishing.

FMB

BigRedBat said...

I love it when a plan comes together... :-)

Handgrenadealien said...

Very cool! Welcome to the Elephantarchs club.
Regards HGA.

Hetairoi Wargames said...

Absolutely AWESOME!

John Lambshead said...

Very impressive paint job. Bases particularly good.

Cyrus said...

Fantastic Ptolemaic elephants and Cretan escorts Simon! You can never enough elephants...

BigRedBat said...

Many thanks all!

Cyrus, at a quick count I now have 13 live elephants, and 11 dead ones. In the autumn, I'll paint the Indians...