AGEMA31 - CARTHAGINIAN WAR ELEPHANT
The Carthaginians seem to have adopted the use of Elephants as instruments of war following exposure to Pyrrhus and his beasts in the 3rd Century BC. The Carthaginians seem to have phased out war chariots, and developed an Elephant corp to replace them (with mixed success!) However, Pyrrhus used Indian elephants, and with limited access to such beasts, it seems the Carthaginians used the smaller (and now extinct) North African Forest Elephant, with its distinctive ‘saddle back’.
If they did indeed adopt Elephants following Pyrrhus’ invasion of Sicily then they would in all probability have been equipped with towers and a crew. However, coins from the period show Elephants with only a mahout (the driver) and untrained or inexperienced elephants may well have been used without the encumbrance of towers and crew. There are historians who believe the North African Forest Elephant was too small to carry a tower and crew.
This model represents just such a ‘naked’ war elephant, stomping his way through Legionaries with his mahout hurling down javelins on his foes.
1 x Metal multi-part elephant model and 1 x multi-part mahout – supplied un-assembled and unpainted. Base not included. 28mm sized.
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