Maquette des Éléphants de Guerre des Carthaginois du 3ème Siècle av. J.-C.

Revue de Figurines de HaT Industrie au 1/72

Figurines des Éléphants de Guerre Carthaginois du 3ème Siècle av. J.-C., 1/72 Figurines HaT Industrie 8023

The African forest elephant produced by HäT is even shorter than the original, it measures only 2.1 m at the shoulder. Forest elephants were too small to carry a tower, they were just ridden like horses. Un mahout numide drove the animal et behind him sat an archer et a lance-armed infantryman. The tiny forest elephant shown here will be deployed in wargames without any infantry on the back, until a suitable archer ou infantryman is found. By comparison, the African plains elephant shown next to it is 3.2 m tall et capable of carrying a tower avec three soldiers. The model is a toy elephant purchased at a flea market. The tower was built from balsa, et the blanket was cut from an old T-shirt. The crew will eventually consist of four men, the mahout, officier, et infantryman shown above, plus an archer. The archer is missing, mais les trois autres hommes were taken from the HäT kit of the forest elephant. The infantryman’s lance is 5.5 m long, it was called a sarissa.


18 figurines en 4 poses – 23 mm correspondent à 166 cm hauteur de corps

  • Mahout Numide, conducteurs d’elephant (6)
  • Officier Carthaginois avec étandard (6)
  • Soldat Carthaginois avec lance (3)
  • Soldat Carthaginois avec lance (3)
  • Éléphant 29,5 mm correspondent à 210 cm hauteur de corps (3)
  • Éléphant 29,5 mm correspondent à 210 cm hauteur de corps (3)
  • Tourelle 14,5 mm wide, 13 mm deep, 21 mm tall (6)


  • Bon choix de sujet. African forest elephants were captured et tamed par les Numides, who used them in battle. However, these animals were too small to carry a tower, they were ridden like horses.
  • Satisfactory detail. Faces, hair, clothes, armour et weapons are in evidence.
  • Good poses, le conducteur d’elephant et the soldiers are sculpted correctly.
  • Satisfactory casting quality. Noticeable flash et thick mould lines need to be removed prior to painting.
  • The African forest elephant is not sculpted correctly.
    • The elephant’s ears should be much rounder, et they would stand straight out when the animal is agitated in a combat situation. This threatening posture is shown correctly on the box cover, even if the ears are not drawn correctly there either, but the model has its ears folded back against the shoulders. This mistake is difficult to fix. Separate ears would have been a much more realistic option.
    • The legs et feet are almost cylindrical, but that’s a feature of the Asian elephant. The African elephant has thin legs et large, saucer-shaped feet.
    • The front feet have only three hooves, but four would have been required. In addition, the hooves are out of scale et they protrude too far.
    • The tusks et trunk are sculpted in one piece, resulting in an unrealistic inward curvature of the tusks. Separate tusks would habe been a more realistic option.
  • The mahout ends up kneeling on the animal’s ears, because the neck is very narrow. Instead, the conducteur should straddle the elephant’s neck et ride the animal like a horse.
  • The rounded shields on the tower sides are shown correctly on the box cover, but the models are completely flat. Since the tower is too small to accomodate the typical three-man crew, Modélistes sérieux will want to build their own from balsa wood. The tower shown above is 22 mm tall et 17 mm square.
  • The infantryman should be armed avec a lance 5.5 m to 6 m long if he is to be used inside the tower of a larger plains elephant. Since the plastic lance is too thick anyway, replace it avec a "sarissa" cut from 0,5 mm pianowire. The tip of the sarissa may be scratchbuilt from paper, glued into place et hardened avec superglue.
  • There is no archer in the set. The African forest elephant typically carried an archer ou two who knelt on the back of the animal ou straddled it like a horse. The crew supplied in this set may be used for a larger plains elephant avec tower, suitably converted from a plastic toy, but an archer would be required in this case as well.

Déploiement Historique

  • DBA Army 31b, Carthaginois tardifs - 11e Element

The African forest elephant produced by HaT Industrie is unique in this scale. Other manufacturers have released models des éléphants de guerre based on the more impressive African plains elephant, which carried a tower. Even if HäT’s interpretation of the African forest elephant avec tower et crew is not entirely correct, the kit parts will be very useful for a number of interesting conversions.

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