Here's some new eye candy for you.
At the York show in February, I convinced myself that painting this would be an interesting, if tangential, addition to my Islamic Persian project.
It is a 15 mm model from Donnington and the elephant goes together well but fitting the howdah to the elephant and the crew in the howdah is fiddly to say the least.
As you can gather painting free hand complex patterns is not my strongest technique. As a result the howdah took two attempts. The final attempt was quicker because I found abstracting really complex patterns produces something you can paint but also conveys the right impression.
I know this isn't the best photograph but I couldn't resist a shot from the business end.
The next step is the armoured Timurid elephant that I bought at the same time. I must be nuts.