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Monday, May 4, 2015

An Elephantine Drop

aka "Eureka, I finished the Punic Wars project!"

Carthaginian Elephants: I painted 5 with Carthaginian motifs and 5 without so they could port to a Pyrrhic army.  The ellies didn't have much in the way of skin folds so I used a triad of greys to paint wrinkles in.  Elephants are the natural centerpiece of the Carthaginian army and I think these can shoulder that burden.


Carthaginian 4 horse chariots:  The chariots are for the option of running an Early Carthaginian army.
Carthaginian Armored African Veterans: A close look shows them kitted out in Roman gear. I painted the black shields with white palm trees, making them the original Afrika Korps.






Carthaginian Heavy Cavalry: They'll lock up the Roman Cavalry to the front while their Numidian allies ride around to the flanks and rear.

Libyan Javelinmen & Balearic Slingers: Few though they are, they'll tie up the enemy skirmishers.

Up next is the Spanish arm of Hannibal's army.  The Spanish are my favorite War & Empire sculpts. As is traditional with the ancient Spanish, you can have a bit of fun with bright colors.

Round Shield Cavalry: The Spanish lights are a colorful bunch.  Even if they don't win in skirmish, they'll look marvelous riding around on dressed up ponies.

Long Shield Cavalry: The heavies are ready to rumble!


Heavy Scutarii: They'll challenge the Roman Legions in the open ground and on a good day,  maybe even push them back.

Spanish Slingers: Because you can never have too many skirmishers.

Medium Scutarii:  The nice thing about basing 3 figures per base to represent medium foot is the lads get to have a bit of elbow room.



I can check "paint a lot of figures in a short period of time" off my bucket list. If you're looking to paint up ancients in 15mm, take a look at the Forged in Battle collection. We lost Covus Belli's ancients months ago so its a relief to see West Wind step into the breach.  Along with a deep bench of armies, they have great color items up on the builds accessories page.  Things like engineers, villages, villagers, temples, ramps, siege towers battering rams and more!  

I'll  be on the road shortly. A little rest for the eyes and then, back to it with SAGA and Bolt Action projects.    

41 comments:

  1. My word, you HAVE been busy...

    Great work as always, Monty; you certainly have a way with those 15s!

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    1. Thanks Evan! I need just a bit of a break before I come back to 15s.

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  2. Crikey that a load of ellies. What's the collective term I wonder? A trumpet? A thunder?

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    1. Good one, I bet there is a proper term. And thanks Millsy!

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  3. My Sarmatian cavalry have been told of a possible battle-winning tactic to use against nellies - let loose swarms of mice. Apparently hephalumps are terrified of the wee timorous beasties and will run amok in their own battle lines. They plan to try it out the next time they encounter pachyderms ;)

    Lovely work as always Monty :)

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    1. Thanks and I love your Sarmatians, Tamsin! An Indian army with lots of ellies would be tough on your poor fellows.

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  4. Glorious, Monty! You make me want to paint elephants - sadly, mine are likely to be of the white variety! Lovely work and in impressive quantities. Cheers!

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    1. Aaron, thanks! And wow, your project has come along nicely. Now I'm left trying to remember the name of armored Thureophoroi. Nope, I can't remember it.

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  5. Great work, Monty. The elephants turned out nicely. Good brushwork, painting on shadows and highlights. I look forward to seeing your next projects!
    Brent

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    1. Brent, thanks. I do have a super secret SAGA warband I hope to unveil this summer. One day I have to see your Sassanid ellies. They're tough in ADLG!

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    2. We'll have to play ADLG soon. I'd like to see how the Sassanids do also.
      And super secrets? I''ll attempt to hold my breath . . .

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  6. Thats is alot of work... great job!

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    1. Thanks Hobby! The next time I paint ancients, I'm hoping it'll be 28mm like you!

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  7. Wow! That would take me the better part of six months! Outstanding work. Must be very satisfying to see a project through in such quick time and with such a nice result.

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    1. Paul, thanks! That was definitely a big project. Anything else will seem quite small and manageable by comparison.

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  8. High quality at a fast pace, the proper skills of a commission painter. The elephants are wonderful and I do so like the bright colours!

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    1. Anne, you are the best! I follow a talented painter who paints for Reaper events and I think about you and your painting whenever she posts up.

      I hope all is well! Thank goodness we're well past winter.

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  9. Impressive work, both in quality and quantity - my favorite will have to be "The Palm Squadron" of elephants! Nice job breathing life info the grey skin with the color triad.

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    1. Thanks and they were my favorites too!

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  10. A superb army - if I ever want to expand my 6mm Ancients (I was just thinking about elephants by the way), it will be a great source of inspiration.

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    1. Adras, thanks! Now I need to go look up your 6mm collection. Its hard to be the massed look in that scale!

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  11. Lovely work, Monty, and loads of it!

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    1. Thanks sir, and I'm loving your ancients painting as always!

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  12. That's very impressive Monty, so many beautiful units and beautiful colors...excellent job!

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    1. Phil, I appreciate that. Your stories cannot be beat.

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  13. Hi Monty,

    Congartulations! you are the speedy gonzalez of the painting my friend.
    what a great mass of figures! ( is it a trailer for the new tarantino movie ?"Monty chained at the painting table;-))
    a fabulous Elephant parade! Moogli will be happy to see it too;-)
    you will need a huge circus tent to welcome all this beasts and the Carthaginian crowd ;-)

    Have fun.

    Gilles " slowpoke rodriguez of the paint brush "

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    1. Gilles! I think you should take the nickname "Slowhand" after Clapton.

      You make me laugh every time you post up with all of your pop culture references. THANKS for that, every time!

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  14. Wow! That is a very impressive amount of work with a quick turn-around.
    I have forgotten, is this army you plan to keep or a commission?

    You DO like color and boy, do they pop!

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    1. Jonathan, that is what I was aiming for so THANKS! When I moved from Warhammer into historical and ancients, bright saturated colors followed me. ;-)

      This one was a commission and I'm quite grateful for it. I was able to make some nice hobby splurges with it. Now onto the next thing!

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  15. Very, very impressive, Monty! All of the figures look great, but the elies certainly are fabulous.

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    1. Thanks Dean and I'm loving your new "old" army! Rebasing is a pain but you do it well.

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  16. Your output is staggering Monty and at such a great standard! All looks great, but in particular I really enjoy the ellies, but that's hardly surprising!:-)

    Christopher

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    1. You are much too kind, Christopher. THANKS!

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  17. That's a very impressive looking army Monty!

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    1. Ray, thanks and congrats on the big milestone on your blog!

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  18. Very impressive indeed! I'm always impressed by your mix of quality and quantity and this is certainly no exception.

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    1. Thanks Jonas, I hope all is well and family life is treating you well!

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    1. Thanks Michal, you've been on quite a painting tear yourself lately!

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  20. Monty I think I'm not the first one pointing out the obvious but... well, you're truly insane! In a positive way but still insane...
    As with your other stuff I'm truly impressed by your speed and quality.

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    1. LOL! I needed a laugh and got one. Thanks Moiterei. Now that I'm done, I'm reading Figopedia to learn some of the higher end techniques fellows like you use.

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