Ave Imperator, morituri te salutant!
For no particular reason, combat in the arena under the Roman Republic or Empire is an interest of mine. It isn't the gore or the excess, but the idea piqued my interest. Over the last few months of this pandemic, I've taken the time to do a bit of research (very little, I'm sure), purchase some figures, paint them up, and prepare them for actual play. I had done up about a half dozen figures from the Canadian company, RAFM, but I need a few more to cover some of the other types of gladiators. CP Models from the UK filled the bill and even had a set of rules for sale. (CP provides what I'd consider fine service and really rather quick considering the trans-Atlantic nature of the commerce.)
Of course, I've taken some pictures:
|The rules available through CP Models|
I'll admit I have yet to try them out and I'm looking forward to it.
They appear to me to have a particular way of deciding hits,
one that takes into account the experience of the gladiator.
|A heavy Secutor (usually paired against the Retiarius) and a lightly armed Veles|
The white stripe shows the direction of the figure's facing - important for the rules.
|A heavy Murmillo and the double-sworded Dimachaereus|
|An example of the Parmularius with a small shield and another Veles|
|Two examples of the Retiarius (Retiarii? Armed with net and trident)|
CP version on the left and RAFM on the right.
The height of the figures is close enough and the CP models are a bit heftier,
but not so much as to ruin things.
|A Thraex ("Thracian") and a Gladiatrix (female gladiator) - both CP|
The Thracian usually carried shield and Thracian knife or Falx.
Female gladiators are not often mentioned, but CP makes one so...
|Two RAFM models - a Dimachaereus and a bare-headed Scutarius ("big shield")|
|RAFM's version of the heavy Murmillo and the very light, spear-armed Veles|
|A Provocator in almost legionary armour and a Hoplomachus|
mimicking a hoplite's arms and armour. - CP Models
|The very unique Laquearius armed with sword and lasso(!)|
and the bow-armed Sagittarius who should be mounted...
but what can you do?
|More CP Models|
A Dimachaereus and a true Thraex with the true Thracian knife.
|Old Ral Partha Legionaries - just to keep order in the arena|
I have other projects to share and I'll get to them soon. I'll also be sharing some photos from one of the few reenactment of the War of 1812 in Canada this year.