I have never really felt the inclination to play games of the arena, but after reading these rules, I'm keen to roll the dice and see who wins in the arena of blood and sand. The rules look quick and easy to play and the book itself is a quality hardback production with plenty of scope. There are 144 full colour pages including a good painting guide. All the main gladiator types are covered and also all the scenarios you could imagine are catered for, ranging from wild animal fights, to chariot races, to naumachia (or mock sea battles) and of course battles with elephants!
Crusader miniatures make a great range of gladiator figures of which I have begun painting. My thoughts are turning to the construction of an arena in which these brave souls can find glory or death!
|The Imperial Thracian- with his curved sword, a formidable opponent|
|Mymillo- The 'fish man', traditional opponent of the Retiarius, trying to evade the net.|
|Retiarius- The 'net man'- A successful gladiator type and the only one that was allowed to run away from an opponent.|
|Hoplomachus- Similar to the Thracian but armed with a spear and small sheild or hoplon.|
|Hoplomachi vs Cruppellarius|