Friday, July 15, 2016

Seeing the Elephant

Work on this project has virtually ground to a halt after having painted sufficient forces to field two armies for Impetvs.  Project hiatus has not dampened my longing to field an elephant or two for my 28mm Punic Wars project.  If you plan a Punic Wars project, elephants must be included, right?  Well, I finally took advantage of a weakening British Pound and placed an order with Aventine Miniatures for two elephants and crew.
The Aventine ellie is a magnificent beast.  The crew must be ordered separately, however.  Aventine offers two poses for the elephants and several combinations of crew.  When assembled, the model is a visual treat.
Accompanying the Aventine elephant and crew are three runners wielding javelin.  The javelin men are Libyans from Renegade Miniatures.  Having a handful of the Libyan skirmishers left over, I figured they would make good companions to the elephant and crew. 
The composition as a whole works well with Impetvs basing on a frontage of 120mm and depth of 80mm.  A second model remains in The Lead Pile to be added at a later date.  I look forward to fielding this model on the field of battle.

31 comments:

  1. That's a fantastic looking elephant Jonathan! I have an Aventine elephant waiting for me to get to it.

    Christopher

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    1. Thank you, Christopher! I am sure yours will be a work of art.

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  2. Wow! What a gorgeous model. I really love the look of Impetvs element bases and the almost diorama-ish look to them. I've tried to do similar with my deeper DBA bases, but it doesn't quite come off as nicely as the wider Impetvs bases.

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    1. Thank you, Tim for your very kind comment! I am partial to Impetvs style basing myself. Each stand having the potential as a mini-diorama is spot on.

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  3. Yes, lovely work - may you merrily stomp many Romans!

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  4. Spectacular and most impressive, excellent job!

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  5. Wonderful - that's a remarkable piece of work.

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  6. That is one fantastic looking nellie Jonathan!

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  7. Great work Jonathan, the Aventine ellies are the best!

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    1. Mike, the Aventine elephants ARE the best! Appreciate your support!

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  8. Beautiful Jonathan. I really like the 'diorama' effects that those Impetus bases allow.

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    1. Thank you, James! Impetvs basing does allow for a bit of creativity with interesting results.

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  9. That looks great. I like it a lot!

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    1. Thanks, Rod! I like the way it turned out too.

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  10. Magnificent, Jonathan! This here is why I want to do ancients in 28mm one day. Until I do, I'll just look on to your Punic Project!

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    1. Thanks, Monty! I would enjoy seeing you tackle ancients in 28mm. Would be fabulous!

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    2. I wish I lived on the West coast. We'd have a blast gaming together and with your deep bench, we could play most anything!

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  11. Fantastic looking elephant and very nice with the skirmishers alongside
    Best Iain

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  12. Great motivation to paint my Aventine Elephants. Great work. cheers

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    1. Thank you! It is a great model, no doubt. I look forward to seeing yours when completed.

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