Ever since a little boy, I have been interested in gladiators and battles from the arena. So when I found out that there are miniature games based on gladiators, I couldn’t wait to get started. But as is often the case, I kept postponing buying gladaitor miniatures in favor of buying other miniatures. But since Crisis 2013 I am finally starting with my own ludus!
Just before Warhammer Historical got closed down, I managed to get my hands on their rulesbook for gladiatorial combat. A beautifull book, crammed full with background and pictures. I will soon put up a review 😉
But in this book there are rules for mock battles and thats were I first started with my collection since I already had a lot of spare Warlord Games Roman Legionaires .
So I stuck a couple of Veteran Legionaires on round bases and painted them in a simple clourscheme. The bandaged heads and broken shields really show that they’ve been fighting for some time that day. I found the simple paint scheme for the shields in a book about gladiatorial armaments
I used a blister of Warlords Celtic Linebreakers as trained Noxii (slaves) with their traditional weapons, as to entertain and educate the roman people about barbarian culture. With some cuts and bruises painted on them, they look like a couple of fearsome opponents on the sand.
Next up are the 3 Retriarii and a Laquerarius (noose man) which I picked up at Crisis 2013. These sculpts from Crusader Miniatures look very nice and I am looking forward to begin painting them 🙂
After that I want some Secutors and some animals like lions, dogs and an elephant.
And finally, Thomahawk Studios (creators of Saga) are putting the final touches on their newest rulessystem Jugula, a skirmish gladiator game on a hexagonboard. Stay tuned for more 😉
Do any of you play a gladiator game? If so, which one? I am curious to know which game is most popular 😉