Showcase: Gladiators

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!

Gladiator book cover

Just before Warhammer Historical got closed down,ย I managed to get my hands on their rulesbook for gladiatorial combat.ย A beautifull book, crammed full with background and pictures.ย I will soon put up a review ๐Ÿ˜‰

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 .


mock battle legionairesSo 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 thatย day.ย I found the simple paint scheme for the shields in a book about gladiatorial armaments

Celtic Noxii


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 forwardย to begin painting them ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

Do any of you play a gladiator game? If so, which one? I am curious to know which game is most popular ๐Ÿ˜‰

4 thoughts on “Showcase: Gladiators

  1. Hey Jelle,
    Als je echt van de gladiatoren bent moet je Arena Rex eens bekijken. Het is een kickstartergame die van de zomer gefund is en de verwachting is dat ze Q2 2014 de game officieel gaan releasen. Ik krijg als het goed is wat review modellen dus ik laat wel even weten wanneer ik die meuk binnen heb ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. I know, they are already on my list for quite a while ๐Ÿ™‚ When the game releases I’ll definitely gonna grab me a starter. But If I can take a look at the miniatures beforehand, that’ll be just awesome ๐Ÿ™‚ Thnx!

  2. I’m looking to use those Celts in my arena as well, for basic one-to-one fights.

    You asked what rules people used. My friend Victor and I have a set available for free, which uses a hex-grid and gives a quick, reasonably entertaining fight in 10-15 minutes (allowing for campaign play or lots of games). You can find ‘Munera Sine Missione’ on my Free Stuff page. It’s currently at v2.4, but we are working on v3.0 at the moment.

    1. At first glance the rules are a bit intimidating, with a lot of tables and additional rules. However I can certainly see the tactical aspects of the game, like dropping equipment in order to spend more actions.

      Might I suggest to add a sample description of a turn or whole game? Personally I understand the rules better when I see them put in “action”

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