The rules I'm going to use are the rather marvellous Blood on the Sands by LAF's very own Furt. I did some playtesting for it early on but taking part went on hold at the same time as work on the arena stopped. The arena's construction so far is detailed here, a post that also contains the picture below which I'm using as inspiration for my own group of gladiators:
|Picture from the prolific and talented Carmen's Painty Fun Time|
Aren't they pretty? They're 54mm Alpha Forge miniatures that are sold by Black Cat Miniatures in the States. Postage was reasonable, but then it was a eighteen months ago. I got six of them for variety (retiarius, thraex, murmillo, secutor, provocator and hoplomachus) but, if this goes well, may get another murmillo and bits suitable for making a dimachaerius, and even a couple of noxii, or some venationes.... No. Stop. Must. Focus.
The goals I set myself are:
- Complete construction and painting of the arena
- Paint at least four gladiators to form matched pairs to allow variety
- Create tokens for dropped weapons etc. from spare bits and paint them up too
The shields, weapon arms and heads were separate, except for the retiarius who was a single piece except for his trident arm. They're really nice figures, with good posture, proportions and detail on their kit, without being fiddly. The only downside is that must have been a slight pressure problem on some of the casts as there is a little bit of filling required on the loincloths, like with the retiarius below. Shouldn't take more than a couple of minutes to get that nice and smooth again, ready for priming. I'm going to try a trick I saw of using watered down milliput, which I guess is a bit like how GW's liquid greenstuff works.