15mm Gladiators Arena Rex warriors Rebel Minis Museum Miniatures

Those About to Die: 15mm Gladiators

This is one of those pipe-dream-projects that has actually taken a step forward! I’ve always been interested in the ‘Gladiator’ thing and quite interested in playing games based around the arena.

I picked up some rules a while back from 2 Hour Wargames – Red Sand Black Moon – Fantasy Gladiatorial Combat then the historical (original?) version Red Sand Blue Sky. Skimmed through but never played – typical scenario.

Anyway, nothing was ever going to happen without some little men so I picked up a set from Rebel Minis and followed them up with a host from Museum Miniatures when I deemed ‘4’ did not offer enough choice. 15mm of course.

15mm Gladiators Arena Rex warriors Rebel Minis Museum Miniatures
15mm Gladiators from Rebel Minis

Now these Gladiators are not comparable to the likes seen with the new Arena Rex which are very impressive. But, not wanting to sound tight (I’m not, really), this gives you nearly thirty Gladiators for less than the price of 1 Arena Rex miniature. I like the Rebel Minis ones quite a lot. The Museum Miniatures are a bit of a mixed bag – some okay, some meh, some bleh. But then, if you don’t love your mini, you don’t mind when they die in the arena!

Various ‘arena’ ideas and stalled terrain projects have yet to produce a definitive playing area for the games themselves. But that will come.

Here are the Museum Gladiators – pack of 24 with 12 sculpts for £7.50 (duplicates not painted and not included).

15mm Gladiators Arena Rex warriors Rebel Minis Museum Miniatures
15mm Gladiators from Museum Miniatures
15mm Gladiators Arena Rex warriors Rebel Minis Museum Miniatures
15mm Gladiators from Museum Miniatures
15mm Gladiators Arena Rex warriors Rebel Minis Museum Miniatures
15mm Gladiators from Museum Miniatures

And here is one of the many Fantasy Gladiators  from Splintered Light Miniatures.

Splintered Light 15mm Reptilian Gladiator Splintered Light 15mm Reptilian Gladiator

4 thoughts on “Those About to Die: 15mm Gladiators”

  1. Nice collection.

    RSBS also sits in my un-played pile. I did have a solo campaign running withthe first edition but when the 2nd ed came out it knocked me off kilter and I never managed to get back on. One day though…

    Have thought and the Fantasy Version a couple of times but never taken the plunge.

    1. You’ve both clocked the review copy I shared. Certainly a game that would be good for a campaign, fantasy version or not. Obviously, despite the diminutive ‘size’ of these particular models there is not reason something like Arena Rex or any other system that struck a cord could be used.

  2. I’m happy to give the rules a try if you’re looking for an opponent. I do like the idea of trying some ‘gladiatorial’ style rules, but have never got round to it so far. Even in fif’…fifteen millimetre. There, I said it!

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