Gladiator miniatures and an arena skirmish game in a world where history, myth, and legend intersect. Read more
This project was successfully funded on April 21, 2013.
About this project
Arena Rex is a line of high-quality, 35mm resin miniatures and an engaging skirmish game for 2 or more players. The world of Arena Rex is historically inspired, mythic in scope and legendary in proportion. Join us in bringing that world to life.
The miniatures we are creating are the heart of Arena Rex. At its core, this project is a way to get a line of exceptional gladiator miniatures out into the world. Every Arena Rex mini is a work of art, handmade by extraordinarily skilled artisans. We have some of the best sculptors in the world working on our models, and we put in a lot of effort to make sure they have what they need to capture the character of each piece. We then cast the sculpts in resin for a high-fidelity replica of the original.
Resin is the perfect medium for painters and collectors alike. Painters will love the detail captured on the models, and everyone else will appreciate how stunning our resin is in its natural state.
Currently, we have several minis on sculptors' tables. We'll share them as they are completed. The purpose of this campaign is to fund the expansion of our miniatures line before the game launches.
Character poses in concept art may be altered when they are translated from 2D to 3D.
If the miniatures are the heart that drives Arena Rex, our game system is the body, giving them added structure and purpose. With streamlined and innovative mechanics, Arena Rex is surprisingly simple to pick up and play, but still provides meaningful choices and is a lot of fun. The game's mechanics have been completed and polished. Right now we are completing final balancing of our individual gladiators. The summer playtest will allow backers at the Ludus level and higher to preview the full version of the game and provide feedback on clarity of rules text and any final rule tweaks.
A skirmish-style game with a low model count is a natural fit for gladiatorial arenas. It also allows us to work in more interesting characters and mechanics without worrying about game play becoming too unwieldy. It's easy to get into Arena Rex -- three models per side is an excellent a starting point.
The world and setting are the soul of Arena Rex: those things which give it character and identity. The rumor and superstition that are pervasive through accounts of the ancient world have been writ large in Arena Rex, and a keen sense of wonder is a key element that we wanted to include in the world. Inspired by the most exciting eras of antiquity, we have taken some anachronistic liberties and changed some key historical points to create a world that is both familiar and incredible.
The Roman Republic endures on the shores of the Mediterranean, while across the Alps, the Gallo-Roman Empire holds sway. The kingdom of Aegyptus is a tributary of the Roman Republic and ruled directly by an Antonian king and Ptolemaic queen. The Atlantic is not the barrier it once was, and men from the twilight lands of the north and natives of the far west join in commerce and warfare. The year is 1253 AUC and this is not the world you know.
Rulebook - 6" x 6" staple-bound game rules.
Favor Dice - Marble effect round corner die with Arena Rex laurels on the 6.
Game Cards - Thick, high-quality, UV coated cards for each gladiator.
Tokens - Double-sided resin activation tokens.
Thanks for your interest in Arena Rex. We really are thrilled to finally be sharing it with you. Please support this campaign, and help us build something worthwhile.
Big thanks to those artists that have gotten us this far. Thank you Sebastian Archer, Yefim Kligerman, Yasmine Putri, MIKH, Valentin Zak, Benoit Cauchies, Amber Blade Jones, and Owen Matthew Aurelio.
Risks and challenges
The caliber of work we are producing requires some pretty exceptional skill and artistry. Because of this, the availability of the freelancers we work with has the greatest impact on our schedule. We have worked hard to build relationships with artists and sculptors, as well as secure the necessary lines of production to really push Arena Rex to the next level. We want everyone working on Arena Rex to get something fulfilling out of it, not just a paycheck. The attention to quality means that sometimes we have to re-boot a process, and we spend a lot of time looking for the perfect solution for the long term instead of what is most expedient. This outlook means that occasionally things take a little bit longer than we would like, but sometimes people get so excited about the project that it comes together faster than expected as well.
We’ve spent the last year learning how to successfully produce miniatures. We are confident that we can meet our deadlines for production.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Those pledge levels we do have as set deals are designed to be clear and are meaningfully chosen. Three models is what we recommend as a minimum per side -- this ensures a good experience playing Arena Rex. Five models is a good average game size, and ten is twice that for the folks who want to reel in their friends or just like to have a lot of options. Of course you can also add any individual miniatures or additional rewards to your basic pledge level in the Marshalling Fields.
In addition to having clear pledge levels, we also wanted to allow people to get the minis they liked the best as rewards. Because of this, we have decided on a more a-la-carte style pledge reward system for those who want to add on. All of the models we unlock throughout the campaign will be available as choices for all backers -- regardless of how early you pledge, you pick which models you want at the end. You can always adjust your pledge to a new level if you feel it suits you better.
Add the dollar amount of all the additional minis and extras you want to your pledge total. You can do this when you pledge, or after by clicking "manage my pledge"
After the campaign we will send you a survey to find out what you wanted with the extra bucks.
Unfortunately we are seeing some confusion about this pledge level. Ten models are included in the base Ludus Maximus pledge level. Two of those models may be from either the Field of Mars or the Field of Jupiter, and the other eight are from the Field of Mars. We apologize for the unclear wording in the original text.
We have gotten a lot of queries about the durability of our resin. The detail is visible in images and videos, but the strength of the material is hard to judge just from images. While not as hard as the white metal or some of plastics used frequently for miniatures, the feel and toughness of the material was important to us also. We are gamers as well, and while you can certainly break them if you try, our resin models are definitely strong enough for gaming or transport as long as a little care is taken. Also bear in mind that these do consist of some small parts and may not be suitable for young children.
We’ve had some inquiries about what sculptors are attached to the project and for which miniatures. Here is a list that we’ll update as unlocks and commitments from artists come in:
Aquila - Sebastian Archer
Gaius Pallidus - Sebastian Archer
Vargr - Sebastian Archer
Euryale - Benoit Cauchies
Frigge - Benoit Cauchies
Noxius - Benoit Cauchies
Tiet-Khebi - Benoit Cauchies
Leo - MIKH
Lupa - MIKH
Otho - MIKH
Septimus & Nero - MIKH
Septimus on foot (if it unlocks!) - MIKH
Micon - Valentin Zak
Urbicus - Valentin Zak
Aemilia - Olivier Nkweti
Sven - Olivier Nkweti
When we say that Arena Rex miniatures are 35mm scale, some folks may think of that as really large for a miniatures line attached to a game. In fact, it's not that far from what you may already be accustomed to seeing from other manufacturers. To illustrate this, we now have a scale comparison available here: http://www.arenarex.com/#!scale-comparison/czc5
At the top of this page.
We have included shipping within the United States in our pledge levels, since that is the minimum amount of shipping we will have to do. International backers may have to cover any customs fees or taxes separately when their rewards arrive, but we felt that it was important to minimize costs, and so international shipping only requires $10 additional to cover the postage.
You can also check out ArenaRex.com for more information on the game, the world, or the miniatures.
Pledge $5 or more
Our thanks! Access to pledge rewards from the Marshalling Fields. Add the pledge amount of any desired rewards to your total. Free shipping within the United States.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $30 or more
“Lupa” - Kickstarter Exclusive Gladiator with art card. Free shipping within the United States.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $55 or more
“Ludus” - Any 3 gladiators from the Field of Mars, a resin activation token and stat card for each model, our mini rulebook, summer playtest PDFs, and 5 favor dice. Free shipping within the United States.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $85 or more
“Ludus Magnus” - Any 5 gladiators from the Field of Mars (1 gladiator may be switched for a selection from the Field of Jupiter), a resin activation token and stat card for each model, our mini rulebook, summer playtest PDFs, and 5 favor dice. Free shipping within the United States.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $165 or more
“Ludus Maximus” - Any 10 gladiators from the Field of Mars (2 gladiators may be switched for a selection from the Field of Jupiter), a resin activation token and stat card for each model, our mini rulebook, summer playtest PDFs, and 5 favor dice. Free shipping within the United States.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $265 or more
"Ludus Ultimus" - 15 selections from the Marshalling Fields (12 Gladiators may be selected from the Field of Mars, 2 Gladiators may be selected from the Field of Jupiter, 1 Gladiator/Beast may be selected from the Field of Titans), a resin activation token and stat card for each model, our mini rulebook, summer playtest PDFs,15 favor dice (including the 5 previously unlocked) A free (previously unlocked) Lupa Kickstarter exclusive miniature and 2 sets of faction dice (or a collector pack). Free shipping within the United States.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $350 or more
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“Pictus” - Any Arena Rex miniature of your choice painted by our studio painter Benjamin Williams. Free shipping within the United States.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $685 or more
“Crassus” - One of every Arena Rex miniature unlocked through the Kickstarter campaign with stat cards, resin activation tokens, and 4” x 6” art cards. 20 favor dice, playtest PDFs, 2 rulebooks, and 10 of each faction die. 1 arena mat and 4 columns.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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