Sunday, February 22, 2015

28mm Retiarii Gladiators (Retiarius) armed with Trident and Net


Here are a couple more gladiators to add to my existing Ludus.  This time it is two Retiarii ('net-men') which were gladiators whose fighting style focused on the use of the trident and throwing net.  From historical evidence it seems these fellows were often set against two Secutors ('chasers'), with the Retiarius placed on an elevated platform, sometimes over water, and the Secutorii set to assault him.  Sounds like pretty harrowing stuff - it would seem that gladiators didn't have a very good Workplace Health & Safety policy...


These two 28mm figures are from Brigade Games (It would seem that I'm on a bit of a tear with Brigade's stuff lately). Great sculpts and very easy to work with. Similar to my previous gladiators, I’ve done the groundwork with a gratuitous amount of gore so it better blends with the ‘Spartacus’ game-board.


The last shot is of the Ludus as it stands now, with all seven gladiators arrayed for the arena.

‘Ave, Imperator, morituri te salutant.’

10 comments:

  1. Great work - love them! I've teetered over gladiatorial gaming, but never took the plunge; this is very tempting - nice one.

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    1. Thanks Monty. I can highly recommend the 'Spartacus' game as it has a wonderfully simple and elegant set of rules for gladiatorial combat.

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  2. Looks like I actually missed this one over on the challenge blog.
    Excellent painting on these two fellows. The turquoise tunic turned out fantastic. What colours did you use?

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    1. No worries Nick, thanks for the kind words. The turquoise is Formula P3's 'Meredius Blue' highlighted up with Vallejo's 'Blue Green'.

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  3. Very nice figures and painting. Those retiarii have excellent poses.

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    1. Thanks Dean, yeah, these are probably some of the best poses of the series (though many are quite good).

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  4. Superb work. They look great- I thought the gore would not look so good on the bases but it really fits.

    Cheers,

    Pete.

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    1. Thanks Pete. Yeah, it's a bit over the top but when they're on the game board it all seems to work.

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  5. I'd never heard of Brigade Games before but you are doing a great job of selling them :)

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    1. Thanks Mike! Yes, their website is not especially easy to navigate but they have some really nice stuff on offer. Much of this recent stuff I've been doing is from Paul Hicks (one of my favourite sculptors).

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