I have finished my fourth and last Garrison 25mm Carthaginian elephant. I am very pleased with the look of them all together. I expect to use them as two units in Sword and Spear games,. If we ever feel the need for more elephant units I'm thinking of placing one elephant per unit, flanked by 4 light infantry. This might make the elephant line look a bit thin but I doubt I'll get my hands on any more of this model and anyway, I can find more productive uses for my wargaming pennies.
Fate is really pushing me towards a new 25mm Carthaginian army. No sooner did I pick up these elephants than Wargames, Soldiers and Strategy and their sister publication, Ancient Warfare, both did special features on the First Punic War. This is an ideal way in as it lets me use lots of my existing Hoplite and light infantry units, so we can start gaming after only a little more painting. Has the time come, I wonder, to sell off my 15mm Carthaginians? Only to fund the bigger scale of course. But I'm not sure I can stand the wrench as we've been together a long time, as far back as 1982 in some cases. I probably haven't played a game with the 15s since the Millennium, though...
For light relief in the middle of the elephant project, I painted a 6mm regiment of French Napoleonic cuirassiers to add to a small collection we use for playing Lasalle. In two lines the unit base measures 60x30mm, which seems to be the new standard for playing Blucher in 6mm. I'm pleased with the look of these figures and glad that Heroics are properly back in business. They are still my favourite sculpts for this scale.