The recent release of Jugula from Studio Tomahawk has once again brought gladiator games into the gaming consciousness.
Whilst Gripping Beast provide a very nice vinyl playmat for this game, there is nothing like playing a gladiator game in a model arena. Up until now, one of the only ones available in 28mm scale (ignoring any toy conversions) is this resin arena from Steve Barber Models.
Whilst it’s a lovely building, at £160 it’s potentially a bit pricey.
However, you now have an alternative. Company Hurtlbat Limited are running a Kickstarter project to create a complete gladiator arena in MDF.
They have several different types available, which are built from modular pieces, so giving you anything from a small round arena to a large square or lozenge-shaped one.
What is more, each arena comes with a choice of etched playing surfaces, which you can simply drop in, so you can have surfaces with etched hexes, or a 8 x 8 square grid (ideal for Jugula) or a 3 x 3 grid (ideal for Red Sand, Blue Sky). You can extra surfaces if you wish, meaning that your arena becomes more versatile.
The arena start at a very affordable price – an unpainted, unassembled round arena is £60 plus shipping – but they are also available assembled and painted (painting & assembly adds £50 to the price)
The Kickstarter project is already funded, ends on the 29th May and is due for delivery in August of this year.