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Jugula – another 4 Gladiators painted

Here are the next batch of 35mm scale Gladiators for the Jugula game.

Painted with basic colours (red/white/solver) to easily identify them in the Arena, I used Vallejo Game Colour paints.

They were finished off with a ‘dip’ to give some depth of shading then a matt spray to un-gloss them. Finally, sand was PVA glued ot the base, in three layers of fine sand.

These guys represent four of the light gladiators you can use in the game: Retiarius (net), Veles (spear), Dimacherius (two swords) and Thraex (falx and small shield)




Lazy August! More Jugula Gladiators…

I am having a bit of a break from modelling, painting and gaming, just a little to keep my hand in. It’s holiday time in the UK.

Here’s are the next batch of Gripping Beast Gladiators for Jugula – part painted at the moment.

They are the same models as I used before (see them here), “Familia 1” with some variation. I have dropped the Murmillo and Hoplomachus and used the spare pieces to create a Thracian and a Dimacherus (two swords). I had to chop the hand off one right handed sword and use it to glue to the top of the left hand for the Dimacherus. That needed a piece of blu-tac to hold it in place while the superglue set. I could have drilled and pinned the hand and the sword with a tiny drill bit in a pin vise, but it seems to have held quite well. Just make sure you flatten the butt of the sword hilt and the top of the hand to get a firm contact. I then added the very end of the pommel to the other end of the fist to give the completed look to “holding the sword”.

Basically these would be the pattern for Sparatacus and Gannacus used in the TV series “‘Spartacus’.

The other two are the same Veles and Retiarius but with head swaps!

I used a simple white / red / silver paint scheme to denote the slaves of another Lanista. The bases are a little thick as these are 35mm scale models, so I added a couple of layers of sand around the edge of the metal base to increase the height. When they are painted I will add some more sand over the whole base and then seal it all.

Onwards and upwards!

Enjoy the Summer Holidays.



Jugula Familia 1 – The Bad Boys of the Arena are Here…

After those nice guys at Gripping Beast sent along the Jugula game to review for, I couldn’t resist painting up the four 35mm scale Gladiators that came along with the rules and card deck. These models come in a box along with some alternative weaponry and heads.

The models needed¬† a bit of cleanup (I will post another “getting there” post soon – for now I just wanted to get the finished product up). There was some flash to contend with on a couple of models and some mould lines across the quilted armour on some models.

After that the glueing was straightforward (the parts for the models go together easily) and painting was a bit easier than 28mm scale.

I used Vallejo paints and then Army Painter soft tone dip to seal and shade the models.

Once dry, the models had canary sand glued to the bases with PVA glue. Finally, a few light coats of Army Painter anti-shine Matt spray were used to seal and reduce the gloss.

The models look great at table top distance. So good, I have already ordered another box of models to make up another Gladiator School! You will need the rulebook, a deck of Jugula cards for each player (2 to 4 players) and a set of gladiators per person).

Here we have the Murmillo (tower shield), Hoplomachus (spear/round shield), Retiarius(trident and weighted net) and Velites(wolf hat!).

Saga The Crescent and the Cross and introducing Jugula

This post escaped my to do list so its a bit late – sorry! Here it is anyway…

Salute 2014 saw Studio Tomahawk and Gripping Beast launch a new game, Jugula, and a new expansion for the successful Saga Dark Age skirmish game.

Having been lucky enough to cover Salute as part of the WWPD4Vets day (and raise some cash for Help for Heroes – thanks all!) I got to talk to the wonderful Saga and “Beast” guys and get some pictures of their new offerings in all their glory.

Here is a link to my article on the sagatapestry website about “The Crescent and the Cross” expansion.



As for Jugula, it’s a good-looking Gladiator game that got some attention at Salute. Until I get some more info for review, here are a few pictures…

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