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 1:20 Iberian Mongoose (Herpestes ichneumon widdringtonii)

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PostSubject: 1:20 Iberian Mongoose (Herpestes ichneumon widdringtonii)   Thu Jun 30, 2016 10:20 am

Iberian Mongoose or Andalusian ichneumon (Herpestes ichneumon widdringtonii) is a subspecies of the Egyptian mongoose which is the only mongoose that lives in Europe, particularly in the south of the Iberian Peninsula.

It is called “Meloncillo” in Spanish and " Sacarrabos " in Portuguese.

In this video you can see an Andalusian Ichneumon, what is not so easy in the field…



Meloncillo would have been introduced in the Iberian peninsula during the Arab occupation, which started  in 711 AD, more than one thousand years ago. The Moors may have imported this mongoose, and probably also the genet (Genetta genetta), to hunt rats. Some individuals, escaping captivity, would have become feral and developed to a singular subspecies.

Meloncillo differs from the other Egyptian Mongoose subspecies in its larger size and  its significantly stronger dentition.

So, these are the sketches that I have prepared for two different versions of Meloncillo 1:20 scale







…and another reason that makes Meloncillo noticeable is that Meloncillo hair brushes are one of the most appreciated by the artist. I would be fine to paint my models with their own hair…


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PostSubject: Re: 1:20 Iberian Mongoose (Herpestes ichneumon widdringtonii)   Thu Jun 30, 2016 12:33 pm

Wonderful to see sacarrabos getting shape, although I've never seen it around, I always found it a very interesting creature. I love to listen to older people talking about animals that they don't know the name and that a certain point crossed their ways, I suspect some of these descriptions are about the Iberian mongoose, no other Iberian creatures can cause confusion with this one. I'd love to see one of these being mass produced but it is also great to know that you considered it for your Iberian fauna artworks. They're looking extraordinary, two poses, two wonders. Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: 1:20 Iberian Mongoose (Herpestes ichneumon widdringtonii)   Thu Jun 30, 2016 3:46 pm

So nice to see yet another Iberian species Smile They already look lovely, have fun sculpting/painting them!

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PostSubject: Re: 1:20 Iberian Mongoose (Herpestes ichneumon widdringtonii)   Thu Jun 30, 2016 7:55 pm

@Tarunyada wrote:
So nice to see yet another Iberian species Smile ....

YESSSS ! I had no idea that there were mongoose in the Iberian area Shocked

What a fantastic, beautyful creature, - it moves almost like if it was liquid Very Happy

And you captured exacly that elegance in these two magic models cheers

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PostSubject: Re: 1:20 Iberian Mongoose (Herpestes ichneumon widdringtonii)   Sun Jul 03, 2016 11:39 pm

I have a herd of Meloncillos waiting to be painted....


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PostSubject: Re: 1:20 Iberian Mongoose (Herpestes ichneumon widdringtonii)   Mon Jul 04, 2016 9:02 am

Thay rae fantastic cheers

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PostSubject: Re: 1:20 Iberian Mongoose (Herpestes ichneumon widdringtonii)   Mon Jul 04, 2016 1:43 pm

Haha they look so funny together cheers Wonderful work!

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PostSubject: Re: 1:20 Iberian Mongoose (Herpestes ichneumon widdringtonii)   Tue Jul 05, 2016 12:39 pm

Another little iberian gem in your collection. Very delicate and cute figures ! Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: 1:20 Iberian Mongoose (Herpestes ichneumon widdringtonii)   Wed Jul 06, 2016 11:56 am

Thanks Susanne, Julie and Miguel

...and Here they are!!!














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PostSubject: Re: 1:20 Iberian Mongoose (Herpestes ichneumon widdringtonii)   Wed Jul 06, 2016 3:59 pm

Ah, the elusive Iberian mongoose! Although I live near an area where they are known to inhabit, I never saw one in person, not even when I went there to see the local wildlife at night. I saw frogs, owls, bats, scorpions and a praying mantis, alongside moths, but not one of them. Same goes for the foxes, there is a healthy population of them yet they are rarely seen by humans.

These are indeed excellent figures! I really like their positions, it captures the sneaky but also cautious nature of a mongoose percectly! Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: 1:20 Iberian Mongoose (Herpestes ichneumon widdringtonii)   Sat Jul 09, 2016 2:08 am

Wonderful, I am already curious to see which is next Iberian species! bounce

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PostSubject: Re: 1:20 Iberian Mongoose (Herpestes ichneumon widdringtonii)   Sat Jul 09, 2016 11:27 am

Thanks Iuri and Rogério, my Iberian friends!!!...

@Roger wrote:
Wonderful, I am already curious to see which is next Iberian species! bounce

I really don´t know....Any suggestion?...but remember that I make them in 1:20 scale...

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PostSubject: Re: 1:20 Iberian Mongoose (Herpestes ichneumon widdringtonii)   Sat Jul 09, 2016 1:35 pm

@Mgarat wrote:
Thanks Iuri and Rogério, my Iberian friends!!!...

@Roger wrote:
Wonderful, I am already curious to see which is next Iberian species! bounce

I really don´t know....Any suggestion?...but remember that I make them in 1:20 scale...

So it won't be an Iberian mouse, I suppose ? Shocked Laughing

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PostSubject: Re: 1:20 Iberian Mongoose (Herpestes ichneumon widdringtonii)   Sun Jul 10, 2016 1:00 am

Laughing Not a mouse for sure Susanne, although we have some interesting around. Wink
Sorry for being predictable but I suggest Vulpes vulpes silacea, the Iberian red fox. It is similar in shape to other red fox species but coloring is less bright and tail is grey. It has the same white markings than other red fox subspecies.
You can see a picture here cat

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PostSubject: Re: 1:20 Iberian Mongoose (Herpestes ichneumon widdringtonii)   Sun Jul 10, 2016 12:57 pm

Ummhh!!!...I think Iberian Fox is a would be a good option:






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