Sunday, 12 January 2014

Elephant Towing Carriage





Having only just extolled the virtues of 'Mutineer Miniatures' in the previous post it may seem a tad unsporting that this post, regarding their elephant towing carriage, sees a quite moan from your truly.  This powerful pachyderm was certainly quite a chunk of metal, but was not as well sculpted as the resin version I had previously done, with the two halves of the body needing a fair bit of filling with the ubiquitous green stuff.


That said once I had finally completed the preparation stage it proved to be an enjoyable project, combined with an additional 18/24lb siege gun to give the forces an additional punch.   


The return to work after the festivities has been incredibly busy and as a result I seem to have struggled in keeping up to date with the many erstwhile weblogs that I enjoy following. In fact today has been nearly entirely spent furiously painting artillerymen in readiness for another entry to count towards my tally in the '4th Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge'.

Hopefully normal service will return shortly! 



62 comments:

  1. Splendid work as always Michael, I always find the very large metal sculpts require more preparation, however you have certainly dealt with any issue very well this is a wonderful piece

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    1. Thank you Andrew, it was certainly worth spending a bit of time as ultimately I'm pleased with the result.

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  2. Outstanding work mate! This elephant looks amazing.

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    1. That is really kind of you to say so.

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  3. Fantastic work, it's not helping me resist the Indian Mutiny project which I am try to avoid.
    Cheers
    Stu

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  4. Splendid nellie Michael. The nellies I painted before Christmas needed a lot of filing to get the howdahs to fit properly, so I know what you feel about this one.

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    1. Thank you Tamsin, certainly worth doing as they make quite an impact once done.

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  5. Great work on this unusual piece and very nice piece Michael!

    Christopher

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    1. Thank you Christopher, it must have been an incredible sight - a massive siege train pulled by elephants.

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  6. really good, an impressive piece!
    bye

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  7. Although it was a lot of work, that nellie was worth it!

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    1. Thank you Anne, she is a darling really.

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  8. Very well done! In a pinch, maybe the ellie can charge the enemy after the cannon is delivered and set up!

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    1. Now there is a scenario waiting to be written!

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  9. I'm really enjoying your return to 'pukkah' historical figures, Michael!

    Lovely heffalump.

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    1. Two in row, practically unheard of! Thank you. ;)

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  10. Stunning stuff as always mate. You did a sterling job on the GS and you'd never know it was there under the paint.

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    1. Thank you Millsy, not a fan of the green stuff normally as I usually end up with fingerprints everywhere!

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  11. Great job, Michael. I'm in the dark regarding this period of military history so the Pachyderm/24 pounder combo surprised me.

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    1. I just love the idea of elephants pulling big guns - great fun all round!

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  12. You'd never know the assembly trouble you had from the finished product. Splendid as ever Sir Michael.

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    1. You are very kind Robert, certainly pleased with how it all came together in the end.

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  13. That looks amazing. Superb job Michael.

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  14. Great work with that "limber". I don´t like white metal models of this size; they have a lot of problems, usually.

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    1. This one was certainly a case in point, but worth sticking with.

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  15. Fantastic work here Michael! Very impressive!

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  16. Fantastic brush work Michael, the tone of the elephant skin looks amazing! (not something you say everyday)

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    1. That made me chuckle, but thank you nonetheless!

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  17. I was impressed when I saw these in the challenge and now I know the amount of filling as well I am more impressed. Top Notch.

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    1. Thank you Clint, ultimately I was pleased with how he came out, especially when I see him with the group as it were.

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  18. It may have been a pain, but it came out great in the end. When does he go off into battle?

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    1. Thank you Sean, as for a battle who knows at present - such a mixed bag on the table at the moment.

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  19. Hola
    Bonita figuras
    Y me gusta lo que as echo de ponerlo con el cañon al ellefante
    un saludo

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    1. Thank you J.D. apparently this was not unusual at the time.

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  20. Great colors on the elephant - wonderful piece all-together. Best, Dean

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    1. Thank you Dean, lots of washes over lots of grey!

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  21. It's a testament to your skill that if you hadn't said about the join problem no-one would have been any the wiser.

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    1. Thant's very generous of you, thank you.

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    1. I assume you are talking about the elephant! ;)

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  23. What a wonderfu looking nellie, splendid paintjob!

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  24. Very nicely done Michael, the greenstuff stage can be frustrating & I have not done much of it myself likely due to that reason. Just need to ensure there is a mouse in the opposing force.

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    1. Thank you Terry, the blasted stuff can be a curse, I just don't have the patience with it.

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  25. That's an excellent model Sir M....more eye candy please!!

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    1. Thank you Ray, I shall do my best Sir!

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  26. Awesome work, Michael!
    It's an excellent conversion and the paintjob is as good as usual.

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  27. Very nice looking Nellie - I would never have guessed they were used to haul limbers but of course it make perfect sense.

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  28. That elephant is fantastic painted! And I'm pleased to hear that I'm not the only one who was very busy at work this new year! :-D

    Greetings
    Peter

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