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Rhingyll Supporting Member of TMP08 Feb 2017 2:02 p.m. PST

It has taken me a year to get to this point in modelling an elephant drawn limber for a 40 pound breech loader for the 2nd Afghan War. Thanks to a fellow board member, Eclaireur, for producing the all elusive heavy gun. Hopefully I will have a completed, painted and assembled version finished sometime this year if all goes well.


Rhingyll Supporting Member of TMP08 Feb 2017 2:05 p.m. PST


Andrew Preziosi Supporting Member of TMP08 Feb 2017 3:07 p.m. PST


45thdiv08 Feb 2017 6:13 p.m. PST

Nicely done. And correct sized Asian elephants, not massive beasts, and no tusks, making them female. Love the work done on the rigging. A very cool set up.


SgtGuinness08 Feb 2017 6:42 p.m. PST

Outstanding!!!!! What Mfgr are the elephants? Great looking 40LBR. Will the gun be available commercially?


Mad Guru Supporting Member of TMP08 Feb 2017 8:59 p.m. PST

All good questions for you, Bob, my friend!!! Great work, it's so cool to see a project come together, even when it still has a bit further to go until completion!

Rhingyll Supporting Member of TMP08 Feb 2017 10:02 p.m. PST

Thanks for the positive reinforcement.
Sgt Guinness – The 40 pound gun was produced by a Eclaireur who is a member of the Miniatures Page.There was only a limited production and I am not sure if he has any still available. I had the elephant body and head sculpted by Robi Baker from the UK. Robi sculpted the mahouts (riders) as well. I then had a friend of mine take the original sculpt and make some conversions. I am just going to cobble the limber together from an Ironduke Indian Mutiny bullock limber, spare parts and pieces of wood and see what I can come up with. I cut off the hook on the rear of the limber and replaced it with a stronger bent wire as the white metal hooks tend to break off with repeated coupling and uncoupling of the gun.I am also planning on using a chain in there somewhere. I have ordered one that has 14 links to the inch to see what it looks like. This is taking an unbelievably long time to complete but it has been an on again, off again effort.

Marianas Gamer09 Feb 2017 12:37 p.m. PST

Excellent work! Please post when you finish this great project.

Rhingyll Supporting Member of TMP23 Jul 2017 3:55 p.m. PST

Making more progress. Just need to get the beams cast to connect the rear elephant to the limber and somehow add chains.


Rhingyll Supporting Member of TMP23 Jul 2017 3:56 p.m. PST


Henry Martini23 Jul 2017 7:09 p.m. PST

Those pachiderms are visibly straining at their imaginary chains.

The only other version of this combination I've seen is in the Heroics and Ros 6mm NWF range.

Mad Guru Supporting Member of TMP24 Jul 2017 1:34 a.m. PST

Wow, Bob, the elephants with their tackle look pretty dang spectacular!

You are getting really close now. I think you left the beasties singly based in order for them to be more practically useful moving over tabletop terrain in a Second Afghan War game, which is great, since they are not meant to serve only as models or diorama pieces.

Looking forward to seeing pics after you add the connecting beams and chains -- which sounds like the last step before you're done.

Have to say, the Iron Duke bulock limber looks like a perfect match for both the elephants and the 40-pound gun.

Well done, and thanks for remembering to keep us all in the loop after your long wait!

Eclaireur24 Jul 2017 1:58 p.m. PST

Yes, lovely job. So good to see you've got the elephants' heads sorted too!

Lion in the Stars24 Jul 2017 6:59 p.m. PST


SgtGuinness25 Jul 2017 5:54 p.m. PST

Bob, those look absolutely amazing. Great sculps, great paint jobs, and yes, the limber works perfectly with your elephants and Eclaireur's gun. I love how the elephant closest to the limber is leaning forward apparently struggling against the load. Every colonial gamer and especially every NWF gamer is going to need this limber set! I know I do!!!!

Rhingyll Supporting Member of TMP29 Jul 2017 10:29 p.m. PST

Not sure of the mahout uniforms so did a set with blue coats instead of the khaki.


SgtGuinness30 Jul 2017 6:21 a.m. PST

Bob, those are beautiful!!!!

Mad Guru Supporting Member of TMP03 Aug 2017 1:50 a.m. PST

I can only echo my friend Sgt Guiness's comment: positively beautiful!!!

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