Saturday, July 3, 2010
Aventine Seleucid Elephant Project
The animal's hide and armor have been painted.There is very little hide actually showing - most of it is covered by the armor plates, and the blanket. It's probably not evident in the photos, but several shades of bronze was used for different parts of the armor. The trunk and leg armor was painted with Vallejo Bronze. The head armor and scaled body armor was painted with a mixture of Vallejo Bronze and Vallejo Copper. I like this combination for a reddish-bronze. These were given a wash and then dry-brushed with the basic colors and a little Vallejo Gold. The "rivets" were painted silver; mostly for contrast.
The blanket is very large and I'm wondering exactly how it should be painted. Edging will surely be applied, but the main area itself may require some type of design. I'm no good at free-hand painting (especially if the design needs to be duplicated on each side). Little Big Men Studios doesn't have any specific elephant blanket transfers - yet. Some folks have used the Sassanid banner transfers, but the big ones only come one to a sheet - and they wouldn't be mirror imaged for the opposite side. I think a gryphon or hydra may look cool, but I know I couldn't paint it by hand. This image was found on the internet, and may be able to be printed out and applied to the blanket - maybe.