Colonial Era / Pulp

Elephants Three

I recently purchased one each of the three 28mm elephant poses from Acheson Creations. One elephant is advancing, one is charging, and one is walking. The elephants are cast in a resin and require minor assembly – ears and tusks need to be attached. I really like the poses and they are a fraction of the cost of 28mm metal elephants. By the way Acheson Creations is closing its doors at the end of May.

Building the Bases

As with most figures, the elephants do not come with a base. While I have rectangular bases that would work, I’ve been slowly converting my collection over to round or oval bases, which I think look much better on the table. To make an oval base large enough, I used two 40mm round bases and some medium weight chipboard.

At the beginning – the elephant model, 2 40mm bases & a sheet of chipboard

The first step is to glue the two 40mm bases to the chipboard using a glue that has a low water content. I used E6000 glue, but hot glue or Aileen’s Tacky Glue would work as well. Make sure the two bases touch one another.

The two 40mm bases glued to the chipboard – after drying, use a ruler to draw the sides of the oval

Once the glue had dried, I used a ruler to draw the sides of the oval. I used scissors to cut the oval away from the chipboard and then a utility knife (or hobby knife) to trim the chipbard away from the base. Finally, I used a coarse/medium grit emery board to smooth the edges.

Base after trimming with utility knife & smoothed with emery board

Next, I used spackling compound to fill the gaps between the two circle bases to give the oval a level surface.

Use spackling compound to fill gaps & create a level surface

Basing the Elephants

Now that I have bases, it is time to attach the models to the bases and prepare them for painting.

Used Aileen’s Tacky Glue to attach the model to the base

With the model attached to its base, I finished assembling the model.

Finish assembling the miniature

Since the bottom of the base is made of chipboard, it’s a good idea to seal it with Mod Podge.

Seal the bottom of the base with Mod Podge

Next, I brush the base with PVA glue (Elmer’s Glue) and add some sand as the first layer of ground cover.

Added a layer of sand to the base

When the sand is dry, I then apply used tea leaves to represent forest ground cover.

Dried used tea leaves added for ground cover

And with that, the basing is done, and I can now paint the elephants.

Painting the Elephants

Of course, I begin by priming the elephants black.

Primed the elephants black
Added a Zenithal Highlight
Elephants are given a base coat of Vallejo Green Gray
Bases are painted with a 1:1 ratio of Reaper Master Series Muddy Ground, Golden High Flow Yellow Iron Oxide & water
Elephants were dry brushed with Vallejo Model Medium Sea Grey
Elephants were given a wash made from Reaper Grey Liner & tusks painted with Vallejo Model Ivory
Final touch up of Vallejo Model Medium Sea Grey, smoothed out the tusks with a thin coat of Vallejo Model Ivory & painted the eyes with Vallejo Model Flat Brown

Finishing the Models

With the painting done, it is time to add flock and tufts to the bases before sealing the entire model with matte varnish.

Finished Elephants

Final Thoughts

The elephants from Acheson Creations are affordable, easy to assemble & easy to paint. They will make a great addition to the tabletop.

One last painting note: Elephants on the savannah and around water holes often coat themselves with dirt & mud, but videos and pictures of elephants in the forest often show them without the generous coating of dirt. So, since most of my encounters take place in the dense forests of the Congo Basin, I’ve chose not to add any pigment powder to represent dirt on the skin of the elephants. If you decide to use pigment powders, a cheaper alternative is eye shadow – I know, that means some of you big manly men may be embarrassed spending some time in the makeup aisle.

Please let me know your thoughts on the elephants in the comments.

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