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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.


Chariots on the cheap

11 Sep

This is a lovely metal Warrior Miniatures Celt chariot. They are around a fiver- mine was a birthday present, my precious. Nice figures and nice horses too.


I like chariots so decided to make a few more.

Here they are.


The early ones have solid wheels (round headed plastic map pins) but they look better with spoked wheels.


I know Irregular Miniatures do a suitable, and suitably cheap, pack of wheels but I opted for a different method. I bought a Prince August 25mm Napoleonic cannon mould and used the wheels produced from that (they need a fair bit of trimming and filing and the mould itself needed a little cutting to ensure all the spokes were cast.)

The base of the chariots are card squares with coffee stirrer planks. And for the sides we opted for a bit of variety using plastic coffee stirrers of different kinds (including one with a nice wicker affect) the rounded ends of wooden lolly sticks (two side by side) or the round ends of medical tongue depressors- double fatness lolly sticks.

The bit that joins to the horses was made using bits of wire bent to the right shape and then covered in Green Stuff.

For horses, I went back to Prince August and cast some from the 25mm Fantasy Horse and Rider mould.

Bitten by the chariot bug, I also made a Narnian White Witch version pulled by plastic polar bears- made of coffee cup corrugated card and spiky ends of cocktail sticks.
And an OZ version. Princess Ozma’s royal chariot is a plastic bottle top pulled by a Hungry Tiger and a Cowardly Lion.



Continuing the Oz theme, here are Dorothy and the Wizard in a horse drawn buggy which started like as the sort of plastic clip you get on a printer ink cartridge.