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Ludica Roma Feb 2012: wargame clubs

Again on Ludica. Friday and Saturday viewed scarce public presence but Sunday the people arrived even if many were stopped from crazy disposition by our unreal mayor. But the hall is huge like a hangar for aeroplanes that even a lot of people seems a small group. If you organise the same inside a smaller place, it could be felt like a success with an overwhelming crowd, while in this hangar all is scattered as you can understand viewing the photo above.

Ludica in Rome, a convention about games parachuted from Milan without a clear awareness of what Rome is. Add the snow. The result? Almost a disaster.
It was clear that this was a first edition so it cannot be perfect and a lot of problems were waited, but there was too much ingenuousness in the building of the convention. Beside this, goodwill and sincere people involved in the operation show promise for a better second edition in October this year (even if it will be dangerously positioned only two weeks before the bigger comics and games convention of Italy, more than 150000 people…).

Leaving organisation problems, I wish to speak about some things of the wargame area, a part that I helped to bring to life because I was the person that created the contacts with the Roman realities. Among other things there were slotcars (with beautiful girls to cure the stand), boardgames (a lot of them), Star Wars reenactors (“the fist of Vader” Legion), videogames (but with a low profile due to small care from producers like Nintendo) and bayblades (59 children in a competition the day of the snow!), an exhibition on old traditional games (do you know “lippa”?). But I haven’t got any interesting photos, so I speak only about wargame clubs that was present at the convention.

On the photos above you can find the beautiful scenario made by ARSM club, a Viking raid full playable mounted on real terrain! A great realisation for one of the scarce moments that ARSM come out from their humid cellar.

And this is a Napoleonic battle in Portugal by Le Grenadier. If you want to see more delicacies of this type go to http://www.massimomoscarelli.it/leadaddicted/?p=390

Another club from Rome is Miles Gloriosus. It was present with this large participation game about chariot racings in Roman times, but there was even a game based on samurai in Japan. In the middle of the convention there was a Shako II tournament too. Well, I hope in a better and safer Ludica in October, with a larger wargame presence.

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Playmobil Arena

If you don’t have the time to build your personal arena, if you have the money to buy it, if you think that resin is a bad idea, you can always buy a ready made arena of coloured plastic. You can buy a Playmobil arena.

On this blog I find this arena used for 28mm gladiators. The aspect is good and the proportions are reasonable too. Its cross section dimension is 33 inches. And it comes from a garage sale, so it was more cheap to him. After its usage by children, now it can be used by children with an adult aspect.

It is sold at about 150 US$. You can looking for it on e-Bay, Amazon or you can buy direct from Playmobil. They have got an e-commerce website and this article is still available. I look on the UK localisation and this is the address for the item.

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Resin arena on e-Bay

In these times I’m looking E-Bay all days because I’m looking for some ancients troops to create armies for all Italic people around 400 b.C.. So in the while you can find a thing like this, even if Filippo find it before me! It is a huge resin arena from USA wide 2 feet and 8 inch high. Quick! This auction ends today!

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Steve Barber’s arena

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Here we have a Steve Barber’s arena. Very beautiful, very Roman! I saw it even in my local lead pusher here in Rome, situated near the Colosseum. It is made in resin (a little heavy I suppose…), a circular arena compounded by 4 parts. Three parts are the same, one have a place for the imperator instead. The price of this thing is imperial too: 150 quid… Well, the space to play is too little so I cannot buy it, it is useless for my game. Beautiful but not cheap and without a interesting size for the playground. But I like it.

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Steve Barber has a even a range of gladiators and spectators. And a chariot! 25mm and old sculpts, I presume. I have got more big pieces, 28mm, those by Steve Barber are small pieces, and they can seem their children…
You can find the range and the arena here:
http://www.sbarber-models.clara.net

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White Colosseum

This is what everyone wants if he has got space and a ton of polystyrene. Well, it is too much white, maybe you can prefer a more masonry touch like actual Colosseum, but in the ancient times it was all covered by coloured marbles. So its aspect was almost white, after all. But not so white.

You can know more on this Colosseum in white here. A bit rough but great. And it is 20 years old!

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Adventures in Lead

Another guy is under a spell: to make an arena for his gladiators! Here his blog: http://adventuresinlead.blogspot.com/search/label/gladiators

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Hexagonal terrain and detailed construction. He has chose the Morituri Te Salutant rule system and an hexagonal grid for its movements. I have my system in development with Ganesha engine inside. More on it in the future…

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Not so curved arena

Another approach for building an arena. I think it is a beautiful modelling work, especially if you see the construction phases you can understand it, but I cannot say it is really an arena. It seems more as a ranch, how those in farwest age…
If you want know more: http://thehistoricalminiaturist.blogspot.com

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A playground

Other results from my search through the web. I found somewhere (I cannot remember now where) these two amphitheatres.

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The former is the simpler. Well, the ground is the real thing for it, all seems a little too essential for my taste, it is not what I can fell like a real Roman amphitheatre. Easy to storage, indeed.

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Here we have another attempt, more sophisticated. It is taken from an overview of Crisis, I suppose. Hexagonal terrain, a classic for gladiator games, and an attempt to give the Roman flavour with a half ring. Beautiful but there is something wrong, I cannot say what, but there is. Maybe the colours.

I have got more playgrounds to show you. Next time…

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