Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Gladiatorial Arena Ideas

One of the things that I'm keen to have  a go at is a gladiatorial amphitheatre type thing for the gladiatiors to bash each other about in. I could go for the easy option of a 2' x 2' square of mdf covered in sand but this seems a little mundane, given the subject matter and the potential for some ersatz scratchbuilding.

So, I've been bouncing around some ideas for a provincial style Romano-British amphitheatre, based on the one I visited at Silchester last year with the family. The idea would be to build a modular arena based on a 2' or 3' circle of mdf or chipboard, with removable stands and seating constructed from balsa, cardboard, coffee stirrers and high density polystyrene sheet, amongst other things.

It's all a bit tentative at the moment but I've found some good source material that I can use to develop a basic plan and work out how to go about it. I'm now trying to locate a cheap chipboard sidetable to use as a base for the arena, with the stands being cut up and used as formers for the side walls and seating area.

They're surprisingly pricey, so I may just have a word with the tech department at work to see if they can cut me a base out of mdf rather then use a commercial tabletop at extra expense. I'm sure they'd be happy to run one up for me if I did the marking up and provided the mdf sheet. I'll get onto it tomorrow, if I can find the time. 


  1. I think its a great idea with arena!

  2. I think the arena would certainly add a lot of character to any game. I certainly like the idea of one with removable stands - sounds very versatile!

  3. I've completed my arena so read all about it: http://thehistoricalminiaturist.blogspot.com/search/label/Gladiators