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Review Carthaginian Elephant from RP Models

Discussion in 'Reviews , Video Reviews and Open Book' started by Nap, Sep 28, 2018.

  1. Nap A Fixture

    Hi everybody

    Euro Miniature Expo at Folkestone is always a showcase for new releases and one which was eagerly awaited was one from RP models ,the subject of the review ...a War Elephant.


    2018 was an extremely challenging one for the owner of RP Models , Sr Hugo Pereira so its all credit to him and the RP team for getting not one but three releases out ( the others being a Boudicca War Chariot in 75mm and a Boudicca bust in 1/12th ).

    Lets have a bit of history

    Elephants were the ancient armies "tank" and used to great effect by possibly the greatest commander Hannibal , most famously he took them across the Alps in a bold attempt to take the war directly to Rome, the Carthaginian general Hannibal marched an army across the Alps and into northern Italy.

    There is no real certainty of the size of force that Hannibal took with him, though estimates range from 20-40,000 infantry, 6-12,000 cavalry and 40 elephants. As Carthage was in North Africa, elephants were commonly used in war. They were a deadly weapon designed to charge, trample and generally create a sense of panic in the enemy, but from a Roman perspective, their use was a bizarre novelty.


    Although Hannibal did successfully negotiate the Alpine passes, his losses were considerable. Over half his army died in the severe, cold conditions, Hannibal himself was blinded in one eye, and it is recorded that only one of his elephants survived the trek.

    Time for some reference pictures :

    The African elephant:

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    And now the figure:

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    The release:

    Continued in next post

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  2. Nap A Fixture

    Let us move forward

    Firstly here are some good books you might like to take a look at , of course in addition to paper we have the resources of the internet.

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    Details of the release:

    Title: Carthago War Elephant (Ancient World )

    Reference: HRP-B-01-003

    Scale: 1/12th

    Material: Gray Resin

    No of parts: 22 plus information insert

    Sculptor: 3D

    Casting YS Castings ( Yiannis )

    Box Art: N/A

    General Comments
    • Its a big box!!!
    • Resin weighs in at just under 900 grams
    • Limited edition of 300
    • Packing is very good indeed ..lots of bubble wrap
    • The engineering of the pieces are cleverly thought out
    • 1/12th will be all of RP bust releases except in the cockpit series ( Douglas Bader etc) which will be 1/10th
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    When RP say its sold out this means to their partners for example SK Miniature, El Greco Miniatures in UK so contact them , of course Hugo will be only happy to help as well.

    Pieces are many a total of 22 , for the elephant we have the main head , trunk , 2 ears , 2 tusks 2 tassels , and a circular "badge" , the rider consists of upper body , lower legs , right arm, left upper and lower arm , head, bandanna ends , right hand with spear , spear and goad upper and lower pieces, sword and knife , shield.

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    For such a lot of resin I was expecting a lot ...I was happy to find very little to deal with consisting of small casting remnants and fine casting lines to cut and sand away , and obviously add the pieces in placeto build the kit
    You will need to carefully consider how this is being mounted to allow for the weight , a brass rod will be my choice on a suitable sized base .

    Continued in next post
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  3. Nap A Fixture

    Onto the resin

    First the elephant!!!

    As you would expect its a very powerful piece packed full of skin textures throughout , the main piece being the head which is cut downward behind the ears finishing it nicely .

    The elephant has his mouth wide open exposing both tongue and teeth , the truck raised upwards eyes wide

    There are cutouts for the ears , tusks and the trunk in addition to the tassels ....no filler needed when fitting any of these

    Details on the eyes are very sharp giving a good opportunity for detail painting the same comment applies to the mouth area , the teeth in particular.

    On top of the head we have armoured piece shaped to the head , dented with wear , at the end of the under coth there are tassels to place in position

    Without a doubt this is a painters piece with all the textures of the skin

    Lets look at the pictures:

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    The Ears

    As expected these are impressive both in size and the continued work on the textures on both sides , fit is easy and accurate with a tiny bit of filler needed , when in position they certainly add a new dimension to the model/

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    Packed full of the textures folds of skin , its raised up high adding height to the piece and very imposing as well , fit is excellent as it sits nicely under the sculpted metal band on the head

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    Again fitment is spot on , these are a fully grown male and again we see textures , painting will bring these out even more , plenty of reference above and on the internet.

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    Well worked long and swinging with the movement of the elephant , good details on the strands with fitting being simple

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    A large circular addition and naturally it depicts an elephant's head sitting centrally at the lower edge at the front , fit again good , detail on the elephant si nicely shown .

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    Continued in next post

  4. Nap A Fixture

    On now to the figure

    I will just look at the main torso and head here due to the number of pictures I have , following on with the remainder of the pieces in the next part

    Main Torso

    The torso is again full of action the upper body turned to the right , the lower part consist of the upper thighs cut underneath to fit accurately onto the elephant .

    Those that know me know I don't normally do legs but...Hugo has added the figures legs so he has done something I thought would never happen...LOL !!...more on the legs later!!

    The body is clothed and again as with all of RP's releases textures are very much in place ...great for painting , the clothing has good folds in conjunction with the movement .

    The rider is Hindu , these were considered the best , he is well armoured both front and back and sides, shoulders .... and this is an area that has been wonderfully sculpted and even more cast ...the armour is packed full of intricate details ..let the pictures show you

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    There is a belt over his shoulder again finely textured and detailed , leading down to a cutout for the sword to fit to .

    Must admit I am really looking forward to painting my version ...even though he has legs..LOL

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    The head is again well sculpted with his mouth wide open showing teeth and tongue , bearded , long flowing hair , detail on the facial features are well cast , very cleanly , and again we have textures this time on the hair .

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    He wears a head band which has a cut out to fit the ends

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  5. Nap A Fixture

    Onto the remainder of the pieces


    Your might not be aware Hugo's main job is as a doctor so his knowledge of anatomy and muscle make up is very good and in all of RP releases something that he really works at in all.

    Our driver is well muscled on the arms , tight and well defined forms with both arms having arm bands , well detailed , fit again ...no issues , the left has a 2 part make up the lower fitting securely , the hand is gripping the goad and spear sections.

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    The right one is raised high with the hand being cast onto the spear .

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    Again a well muscled area the sculpting is clever in the way its cut on the inside upper thighs , fitting well both into the elephant and the upper torso ( fit to torso first!!)

    I do like the way they are bare , particularly like the detail ion the feet , well sculpted and well cast

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    Weapons/remaining parts

    Our warrior has a sword in a scabbard , nicely textured again with stitching , he also has a small dagger again in its sheath

    Fit offers no problem with very good cutouts in position

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    Goad and Spear

    The goad was used to despatch the elephant if they went wild !!! ...and as a weapon , these pieces consist of tasin picture with the upper spear part and goad cast together ..I definately suggest pinning it in postion

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    Lower parts of spear and Goad/Bandanna ends

    The lower parts are separate , a little delicate to position , certainly pin these , the scarf ends present no problem adding more movement to the whole piece.

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    Right hand and spear

    The Spear is cast within the grasping hand , well sculpted and again I suggest pin it , the hand shows good work on the fingers and the straining veins

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    This has been based on the reference in this review , very well detailed on the outer surface as we can see , this is a good addition very well cast , fit to the left arm is good .

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    Final Thoughts

    To say its impressive is an understatement , excellent idea and concept well sculpted , it really only remains to me to say I am looking forward to painting this ...I suggest you all get a copy from RP's partners

    Again RP would like to say a BIG THANK YOU to all PF members and so many others on their valuable input ...so much appreciated .

    For more details contact:

    www.rpmodels.pt (website currently undergoing maintenance)


    Facebook: www.facebook.com/RPmodels

    E mail: hpereira@rpmodels.pt

    or you can contact Hugo via this site

    Thank you for looking in on this little review hope you found it of use and interest...off for a large coffee!!!

  6. Babelfish A Fixture

    Great review Kev.

    I'm hoping that Hugo was just getting "warmed up" with this one, and that a full elephant is in the pipe!!! Now THAT would be awesome!!! :eek::eek:

    - Steve
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  7. DaddyO A Fixture

    Not a big fan of busts as you know Kev, but this is a bit special and might even tempt a confirmed 'Leg man' over to the dark side. It is quite frankly superb :cool:

    Thanks for the in-depth look and references as ever
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  8. Nap A Fixture


    He is Steve !!

    A full elephant is coming but not in 1/12th ! ...due I am led to believe December this year ...75mm , Same rider with a "castle " on top and occupants !

    Even I might be tempted with that

  9. Babelfish A Fixture

    I'm in!!!

    I always rather liked the Verlinden 1/16 war elephant. I think that one came with 3 figures IIRC.

    I never got one though, and it does look a bit dated now. But at the time it was released (late '90s) it was a bit special.

    - Steve
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  10. Viking Bob PlanetFigure Supporter

    Excellent in depth review Nap, looking forward to you slapping some paint on it too.
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  11. MCPWilk A Fixture

    I saw this at Euro - very impressive.

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  12. kilsh Well-Known Member

    Great review and background research Kev, going to save me some time!


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  13. Nap A Fixture

    Indeed it was Mike ..the painted version was awarded a bronze ....see pics

    If my version gets a Commended in May I will be happy ...lol


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  14. Wayneb A Fixture

    Excellent review Nap.....I can't deny I like this piece; but for me, at it's main focal point and somewhat larger would make a great wall mount....Sorry, that's just me.....Well done Hugo....

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  15. Nap A Fixture


    Cheers for comment Wayne ...that's a good option for the piece as well , the flat rear makes it ideal as well

    ........I also think it would look good bronzed up

  16. Paulo A Fixture

    Hi Kevin , Nice review.
    As I said EUROMODELISMO is going to launch in the next issue a SBS upon how I made this work.
    And if you guys want a quick view of it, is:

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    Face/skin painting, Oils over acrylics
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    How I made the elephant - airbrush - acrylics - oils

    How to make metals with a sponge - good for big surfaces
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    How to draw the colar
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    My metals techniques with acrylics

    And some more tecnhiques ...
    Paulo Carrelo
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  17. Nap A Fixture

    Hi Paulo

    Thanks for the comment and details of the forthcoming aticle

  18. Zastrow.cuirassier A Fixture

    And another great review by :
  19. Dolf Well-Known Member

    Great review Kevin! :)

    Thanks a lot for such detailed posts and all the pics! (y)

    "The African elephant:"

    IMO the real King of the Animal Kingdom!


  20. Alex A Fixture

    I will buy the full elephant in 75 mm but this bust is a little too big for my taste. I have also preordered the charriot from El Greco and I can't wait to receive it.
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