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Set ANI02

Camels (Dromedaries, N. Africa)

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All figures are supplied unpainted    (Numbers of each pose in brackets)
Stats
Date Released 2003
Contents 4 camels
Poses 4 camel poses
Material Resin
Colours Black

Review

The dromedary, or Arabian camel, is a remarkable beast. Its ability to cope with desert conditions and to go without water for long periods is legendary, and it is no surprise that it has been used by Man in North Africa and the Middle East for millennia, which naturally includes war. However they make far from perfect war machines, and are difficult to control, yet they can be seen throughout Man’s history in the area, and while such camels have been modelled before in this hobby, these are the first to show the animal without saddles or cloths (only a bridle is worn).

Here we find two walking animals, one standing and one on the ground. They measure about 30mm (2.16 metres) to the top of the hump, which is a reasonable size and much the same as those in the Airfix Arabs set, but a little larger than those found in the Italeri Saracen Warriors set.

From comparing them with photos they all look well sculpted, with natural gaits and good proportions. There is no surface texture as these are short-haired animals, but the hairy part on top of the hump is realistically done. The flexible mould for these resin models means they have a more natural stance than the aforementioned plastic models, with legs side-by-side, and the two toes are clearly discernible. The legs are beautifully slender and, as ever, these models are little works of art in their own right. The one thing we have added for our photographs is the bases, which was done to facilitate painting them. However they stand perfectly well without them.

These excellent models have innumerable uses for all periods on history, and of course can simply be enjoyed by themselves. An extremely useful and very attractive set of animals.

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