|Two Lynx before the bases were done.|
I converted them to represent lynx by docking their tails and nipping their ears into the characteristic tufted, pointed ears of many of the different lynx species.
I gave them extra height on their bases was originally done to match up with my gladiators, which in hindsight looks awful now imo., but I won't be altering them.
|Their bark is...., no , wait....|
|All four, blurry, thanks to the rubbish cameraman|
|"these don't look that bad"|
As these were made way back in January or February this year, this week's contribution to the project has been to finish painting the bases on all my menagerie (and the base of the single luckless gladiator shown)
|I don't fancy his chances|
Here's a couple gratuitous photo graphs pf the whole lot, just sixteen in all but they do seem to fill the arena.
|Arena spectator's point of view (ish)|
First off, this elephant, which as you can see, I did start to do some work on. I'm a bit hesitant to use it, it has a peculiar physiognomy, with its short legs and general size, but anything larger and It probably wouldn't fit on just two hexes, so it's on the back burner for the moment.
|"Two to one, hmm"|
There is scant evidence of Zebra appearing in the arena (along with many other 'exotic' animals) and I have no hesitation considering including these.
Whilst they're not generally associated with being a naturally aggressive creature they can
|"If I can catch it, I can kill it...probably"|
Unlike this poor creature, the giraffe, which I reckon would turn to flight immediately on entry having no other apparent defence, though maybe it could give you an "evil glare".
I won't be condemning this animal; the model itself is a bit on the small side when compared to the other 'larger than life' animals I'm currently taken too appearing more like a baby alongside the gladiator.
Secondly I can't find any evidence of them in the arena, which is hardly surprising, considering that they come from the mountains of the Congo)
If they had appeared I'm guessing the Romans would have though them some form of wild Barbarian! - (just me fantasising)
|"They're vegetarians ....right?"|
Unlike the larger version below,
which I'd love to use in a combat, when I work out how to flood my arena.
|"Look at the size of his gaping maw"|
|"Aww, just the one then?"|
The rather daunting model below is the large version of the same model and is a far more imposing opponent and one of the few that you could give a decent armour value to for the thickness and toughness of its skin.
|The legendary Mokele-mbembe maybe ?|