Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Metal War Elephants

As well as planning a Mongol army for Kings of War I plan to create a Human Arab army to oppose them. Inspired by three ideas.

1. The KoW version 2 now includes a 'Beast of War' option for Human forces. Interpretation of that is up to players but it's a perfect slot for War Elephants to fit in.

2. I purchased the Gripping Beast plastic Arab box sets for possibly a Lion Rampant force but it can be expanded for KoW.

3. The Conqueror historical novel series at a certain point sees a Mongol army faced with Elephants among an Arab army. It was one of many incredible parts of those books.

It was a hefty purchase from Aventine Miniatures.
They have a few options to choose from and Crew are a separate purchase option. I will use Plastic Foot Arabs from Gripping beast to man the Howdahs and convert some Pilots for sitting behind the heads.
Are these the right looking style historically? No idea and I don't care really.

I was originally thinking to make one for my slow grow Early Imperial Roman army and leave the Arab force with 3. In the adventures of Macro and Cato one turned up in the invasion of Britannia. But I might just let the Arabs have four for maximum impact.

Lots of building taking place recently on the table but no painting continues.
Cheers from Brendon

14 comments:

  1. Whoa! Those are some epic models and I'm guessing they'll be a fun challenge to paint!

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    1. Agreed! The build to this point has been epic. ha! :)
      cheers Anne.

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  2. They look great and impressive!

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  3. Nellies! I've just got a Crusader Minis one for my Punic Wars Lion Rampant project, which will hopefully double for duty in Caesar's invasion of Britain! This KoW project sounds like it will be very very cool indeed.

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  4. They are going to look very cool!

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    1. My painting better do them justice.

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  5. They will look great. 1 quick question, how tall are they to the shoulder. I recently purchased some plastic ones from a poundshop and mine are 60mm to shoulder - making them about 12 feet tall which is big.

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    1. I have them on 50 x 100mm bases if that helps. I will get back to you on size.

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  6. Very intimidating platoon of pachyderms! Looking forward to seeing them completed with crews.

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    1. Might be a wait until they are completed. :)

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  7. Very cool, I love war elephants! Looking forward to seeing these guys painted up.

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  8. Elephants are cool models. I can't wait to see your finished work.

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