Howdah you like these?

11 Sep

There comes a time in everyone’s life when they develop a longing to game the Battle of Pelennor Fields- in my case I have wanted to ever since reading a Warhammer scenario for it in White Dwarf in the mid-1980s.

With that in mind, we decided to have a go at creating some Oliphaunts / Mumakil.

DSCF4102The smallest of ours are much larger than real elephants but nowhere near as big as the ones in the Lord of the Rings films or the nice-but-jolly-expensive Games Workshop models.

Our elephants are a mixture of Britains (as recommended in the aforementioned WD article), Early Learning Centre and cheap ‘made in China’ toys.

We made two varieties- heavy and light. The former are armoured- they have PVA glue soaked hessian fabric draped over them which has then been painted silver (when dry!)
The towers on top are made from paper coffee cupsDSCF4103

The light variety have small platforms made from chopped up wooden coffee stirrers mounted on a base of some kind of modelling putty. We used Fimo (don’t put the elephant in the oven when hardening it- for obvious reasons) but Milliput or green stuff would work fine..

The spiky sticky-up bits are the plastic sticks from a game of Ker-Plunk. If you can’t get Ker-Plunk, try Tumbling Monkeys instead (and you can use the monkeys themselves in a variety of ways!)DSCF4104

Now, the Haradrim types a-shootin’ and a-spearin’ from the top of the heffalumps are mostly 28mm El Cid range from Hat Industrie.

They are nice figures and were dirt cheap- £4.75 for a box of 32 and being sold off in our local (now defunct) toyshop on a buy one, get one half-price deal.


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