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Question about painting elephants

Discussion in 'Painting Techniques' started by jknaus, Mar 14, 2019.

  1. jknaus Active Member

    Country:
    Canada
    Hi everyone. I have been trying to search the web and did a search of this forum regarding painting an elephant. I'm not having much luck. Does anyone have any thoughts on colours or mixtures and generally any hints on how best to paint an elephant? I just got the RP War Elephant and would like to do it properly. I've printed out a few pictures of various elephants, eyes, etc but am still fuzzy on the proper colours to use. I think a mousy grey but again, I am not sure. Any help would be appreciated and any links would be especially welcome. Thanks in advance.
    James
  2. arj A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
  3. Hugo Pereira A Fixture

    Country:
    Portugal
    Hello Mr. James

    Thank you so much for believe in RPmodels... And I happy you bought a very good piece...

    Ive receive some messages and emails asking me references... I can send some photos that we used to develop the figure... Send me your email by PM and I will send you everything Ive...

    Thank you so much.
    With best regards
    Hugo Pereira
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  4. John Bowery A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    James,
    Your gonna need a lot of Vallejo paint to paint an elephant :ROFLMAO:
    Cheers
    John
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  5. jknaus Active Member

    Country:
    Canada
    Thanks everyone. Arj, good ref on the bust but colours are not discussed much. It does give me some ideas though, thank you. John, I know, and wife is not too pleased with jumbo taking up the living room either :)
    James
  6. jknaus Active Member

    Country:
    Canada
    From my research though I have found some conflicting information. I just got the Osprey book on War Elephants and it says there were 2 types of elephants used, either Indian or African and the Forrest Elephant is grouped in with African. From other sources I am led to believe the elephants used were Syrian (a type of Asiatic elephant) or North African Elephants, both of which are extinct. The North African elephant is about the same size as the African Forrest Elephant which are smaller than the African Bush Elephant of more southern areas. The Asian Elephants of which Indian Elephants are a type also have a different shaped head. I think I'll go with a mousy grey colour as I believe the browner coloured elephants are more the bush type. I'm interested inn seeing the ref material from RP to help cement the colour I will do. I dont know if any of the above is of any help to anyone, but that is what I have found so far.
    James
  7. John Bowery A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    James here is a website and scroll down almost to the bottom and there is an Elephant by Jeremie Bonamant Teboul. This might help you a little. I have his book and two DVD's He is a great painter.

    http://jeremiebt.com/en/miniatures/best-of/

    Cheers
    John
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  8. jknaus Active Member

    Country:
    Canada
    Thanks John. Amazing work there.
    James
  9. grasshopper Guest

    Country:
    Canada
    Check kagamushas posts..it’s the business...

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