Due to their half price sale on rulebooks I spent a few quid with Warhammer Historical over the Christmas period. First up was Gladiator, which seemed like a good plan as I had a few figures.
A lovely piece of eye-candy, the book is great to look at. Nice pictures, painting guides and ideas for campaigns. It all looked great until we played it. One thing that came to mind immediately was that it was a bit random. The strength and toughness of gladiators has little or no bearing on the fights. Weapon strengths are fixed and only armour has any effect. Then we come to the deadliest gladiator of them all, the retarius! He is a killing machine, with no opponent having a chance. He throws his net with a 2 in 3 chance of hitting, if he hits there is a 2 in 3 chance of entangling his opponent. If he misses it doesn't matter as he can throw it again next turn, with a range greater than his opponents move.
House rules will make this game work, but it would have been better if they had play-tested it a bit more first.
there also seem to be bits missing from the campaign rules, like the cost of a gladiator! Oh well, it was only £10.
The other set was Waterloo. Not that I plan to play it, but because it was pretty and useful for painting guides. Although, having read them they do look like a fun game.
Another shiny book, with some beautiful pictures of peoples figures and wargaming rooms. Only £18 as well, which is nice.
Ah well, off now to take some pictures of ships and gladiators.
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