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Title: Scratchbuilt Gladiator Arena
Post by: Furt on July 04, 2022, 12:12:19 PM
I made a late decision to go to a local convention and then thought that it would be a great opportunity to get some play testing in for Blood on the Sands. To make matters worse I thought it was time I did that arena build I've been planning for months, with only a week and a half to go. I opted for an open half-arena, for playability and this was the process.

Blood on the Sands is played on a hex-grid so I started there, by simply scribing out a printed arena onto some foam. A heavy coat of PVA within the grids and then applied some light grit, avoiding any pieces that were too large and would displace models.

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A good solid base for the arena walls and bleachers out of proper blue XPS foam. The green stuff is the horrid crap that our local hardware chain, Bunnings, is passing off as XPS. The Editor's box is made of foamcore and will house the doors.

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The bleachers (cavea) were made out of white packing foam as they will not be played on and will likely be covered in as many spectators as I can manage. Stairs (vomitoria) were cut into the bleachers to make the stands look the part. The arena wall itself was covered in thick card not only to help hide all the sins but to give a nice smooth finish.

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The walls of the arena are edged with wooden railings, kindly laser cut by a friend. The "cut-off" ends were finished as if to show the interior structure. For the editor's box I used modelling clay with a texture roller to make a stone patterned floor. This worked surprisingly well.

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I affixed all the railings and posts in place and after a lick of paint to the arena proper, started planning the portico of the editor's box.

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The pantile roofing was made from shelf liner - which is already detailed https://leadadventureforum.com/index.php?topic=102162.msg1282924#msg1282924 (https://leadadventureforum.com/index.php?topic=102162.msg1282924#msg1282924)

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As the final touch a friend has printed me off a load of spectators that once painted will hopefully complete the arena.

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Title: Re: Scratchbuilt Gladiator Arena
Post by: OSHIROmodels on July 04, 2022, 12:19:38 PM
Nicely done mate, doing half is a great idea  8)
Title: Re: Scratchbuilt Gladiator Arena
Post by: Seuchenhexer on July 04, 2022, 12:23:42 PM
Looks really beautiful.
Title: Re: Scratchbuilt Gladiator Arena
Post by: Daeothar on July 04, 2022, 12:33:48 PM
Nicely done mate, doing half is a great idea  8)

I wouldn't call this doing things half; that's a proper building project alright! 8)  :P

That is a superb piece of work; I especially love the way you did the hexes in the sand of the arena and the stairs towards/from the bleachers.

With some banners and the crowd, this will look awesome. I'm certain it will be a spectator magnet at the convention!

Will you have enough time to paint all the spectators though? The terrain itself must have taken a substantial part of the available 10 days after all...
Title: Re: Scratchbuilt Gladiator Arena
Post by: MaleGriffin on July 04, 2022, 03:17:02 PM
Great idea well executed!
Title: Re: Scratchbuilt Gladiator Arena
Post by: Rabbitz on July 04, 2022, 03:31:00 PM
That looks absolutely epic
Title: Re: Scratchbuilt Gladiator Arena
Post by: Dr Mathias on July 04, 2022, 04:32:25 PM
That is quite impressive :)

I love that 3D printing has made spectators a viable thing to include in an arena now!
Title: Re: Scratchbuilt Gladiator Arena
Post by: Golgotha on July 04, 2022, 05:07:52 PM
Gosh you made that look easy - very well done.
Title: Re: Scratchbuilt Gladiator Arena
Post by: Cubs on July 04, 2022, 06:10:55 PM
Damn ... just damn. That's lovely. If they can build a 25% arena for the film Gladiator, I'm damn sure you can get away with a 50% arena (albeit a tad smaller).
Title: Re: Scratchbuilt Gladiator Arena
Post by: Ray Rivers on July 04, 2022, 09:17:30 PM
Awesome!  :-*
Title: Re: Scratchbuilt Gladiator Arena
Post by: majorsmith on July 05, 2022, 05:13:10 AM
Thatís a fantastic arena, pretty damn amazing really!
Title: Re: Scratchbuilt Gladiator Arena
Post by: OSHIROmodels on July 05, 2022, 07:08:03 AM
I wouldn't call this doing things half; that's a proper building project alright! 8)  :P

 ;D lol
Title: Re: Scratchbuilt Gladiator Arena
Post by: Furt on July 05, 2022, 09:43:47 PM
I wouldn't call this doing things half; that's a proper building project alright! 8)  :P

That is a superb piece of work; I especially love the way you did the hexes in the sand of the arena and the stairs towards/from the bleachers.

With some banners and the crowd, this will look awesome. I'm certain it will be a spectator magnet at the convention!

Will you have enough time to paint all the spectators though? The terrain itself must have taken a substantial part of the available 10 days after all...

Thanks all.

No Daeothar, I didn't not have time to paint the spectators, mainly because they arrived after the convention! But in all honesty it was going to be a mammoth task anyway. I will do them at a slower pace now and have realised I must pin them all too to ensure they remain in place.

I think it will be worth it though to see the stands semi filled.
Title: Re: Scratchbuilt Gladiator Arena
Post by: Ray Rivers on July 06, 2022, 01:50:07 AM
I think it will be worth it though to see the stands semi filled.

Most certainly. An arena without fans is like a chocolate bar without nuts!  :D
Title: Re: Scratchbuilt Gladiator Arena
Post by: FifteensAway on July 06, 2022, 06:03:56 AM
Very nice work. 

And now you should have time to get the other half done - well, maybe just an outer wall without the galleries for spectators (and easily removable for play).  That would avoid the comments about "running away"; also keep those beasts you no doubt plan to add at some point from just sprinting off into the hinterlands.  I think that will give you a "complete" arena for a province where a full arena just wasn't cost effective.

Again, really well done.
Title: Re: Scratchbuilt Gladiator Arena
Post by: Bloggard on July 06, 2022, 11:12:53 AM
oh blimey, that's fantastic.
Title: Re: Scratchbuilt Gladiator Arena
Post by: carlos marighela on July 06, 2022, 11:24:26 AM
Indeed, superb work!
Title: Re: Scratchbuilt Gladiator Arena
Post by: jon_1066 on July 06, 2022, 02:55:17 PM
Looks fab but dare I suggest - a little blood on the sand to give it that lived in died in look.
Title: Re: Scratchbuilt Gladiator Arena
Post by: Furt on July 06, 2022, 08:49:40 PM
Looks fab but dare I suggest - a little blood on the sand to give it that lived in died in look.

That is a fair call actually. My game after all is called Blood on the Sands!  lol
Title: Re: Scratchbuilt Gladiator Arena
Post by: mikedemana on July 06, 2022, 10:43:23 PM
That looks fantastic - I love it! Great job on the stonework. I am going to have to get my gladiators out again one of these days...!

Mike Demana
Title: Re: Scratchbuilt Gladiator Arena
Post by: Smokeyrone on July 13, 2022, 05:36:19 PM
Great stuff!  Now you need some booby girls in audience
Title: Re: Scratchbuilt Gladiator Arena
Post by: Furt on July 14, 2022, 03:06:16 AM
Great stuff!  Now you need some booby girls in audience

Ha! No "booby girls" in the audience Smokey, but the crowd is growing.

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Title: Re: Scratchbuilt Gladiator Arena
Post by: tomrommel1 on July 14, 2022, 07:27:13 AM
really nice setup  :-*
Can we have a close up on the spectators?
Title: Re: Scratchbuilt Gladiator Arena
Post by: Dr Mathias on July 14, 2022, 08:09:55 PM
That looks awesome :)
Title: Re: Scratchbuilt Gladiator Arena
Post by: Furt on July 15, 2022, 07:03:01 AM
really nice setup  :-*
Can we have a close up on the spectators?

Please don't look too closely at the paint jobs - the mob are a glorified backdrop at best to the stuff going on on the sand.

I'm using a mixture of the Ian Lovecraft and The March to Hell - Rome models

https://www.myminifactory.com/object/3d-print-gladiator-extras-178842?fbclid=IwAR2rSYnjYct0yjSZzy3Dv-Jcl08D0lqBQVt2ydYlkMkHP_pVG6IF-xzFIDQ

https://www.3dbreed.es/product/roman-games-the-games-pack/?fbclid=IwAR1S9r2maO5_fKRtzaooLSson9J9VB3LcEjm_RD52h1RKfSgrVpw0Y2kfKA

(https://scontent.fsyd7-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.15752-9/292980452_857220205244567_3137082721656648384_n.jpg?stp=dst-jpg_s2048x2048&_nc_cat=109&ccb=1-7&_nc_sid=ae9488&_nc_ohc=rK77hWFWdUcAX9CYYEJ&tn=QUKbEc7Tpd-ebYmf&_nc_ht=scontent.fsyd7-1.fna&oh=03_AVK_BsdLzdZIaqj8lD4gHRtxieoWm5jEpUASQdM6uCYhBw&oe=62F4D5F2)
Title: Re: Scratchbuilt Gladiator Arena
Post by: The Dozing Dragon on July 15, 2022, 01:29:39 PM
Fantastic work!
Title: Re: Scratchbuilt Gladiator Arena
Post by: Dr Mathias on July 15, 2022, 04:43:41 PM
Don't forget that you can 'reflect' or 'mirror' a model in the slicer for variety :)
You may have done that, just wanted to put that out there :)
Title: Re: Scratchbuilt Gladiator Arena
Post by: Furt on July 16, 2022, 09:15:26 PM
Don't forget that you can 'reflect' or 'mirror' a model in the slicer for variety :)
You may have done that, just wanted to put that out there :)

I meant to ask my mate whether you can flip models around, I assumed you could, but actually forgot to ask him.

Very good to know Matt as the crowd could definitely benefit from a few mirrored members.  :)
Title: Re: Scratchbuilt Gladiator Arena
Post by: JBaumal on July 17, 2022, 08:16:06 PM
Furt, I sir, am seriously impressed!!!!

Excellent idea, properly planed, and exquisitely executed, no pun intended.

The half arena is actually perfect. I donít know your rules but am really looking forward to checking them out. In other rules we played we had only 2-4 players so easy access to the arena is a must. The front being open the players can congregate in front to play and sufficiently badger and harass each other. My 2 young sons loved the Gladiator games my friend and club mate had ran here in Fort Lauderdale Florida. I bought some figs and animals to run and play, but alas it was another wayward project as the arena seemed too much with everything else I am working on.

Where are your rules available from?

Cheers,
Sgt Guinness
Title: Re: Scratchbuilt Gladiator Arena
Post by: Furt on July 17, 2022, 08:57:50 PM
Furt, I sir, am seriously impressed!!!!

Excellent idea, properly planed, and exquisitely executed, no pun intended.

Where are your rules available from?


Thanks Sgt Guinness.  :)

Blood on the Sands is still being playtested (for the second time around) but there is an extensive thread here on LAF https://leadadventureforum.com/index.php?topic=51608.0 (https://leadadventureforum.com/index.php?topic=51608.0)

I've sent you a PM.
Title: Re: Scratchbuilt Gladiator Arena
Post by: tomrommel1 on August 01, 2022, 06:43:07 AM
outstanding stuff :-*
Title: Re: Scratchbuilt Gladiator Arena
Post by: snitcythedog on August 01, 2022, 02:46:03 PM
Very cool build all around. 
Title: Re: Scratchbuilt Gladiator Arena
Post by: Malamute on August 04, 2022, 04:14:04 PM
Only just seen this Frank. Its superb! :-*