Arena Rex


Weekly Chronicle #37 2018

Another week has flown by and at least I did manage to get a few models completed last week ('Nero' for Arena Rex and 'The King of the Dead' for MeSBG) and a game of Arena Rex played on Saturday night.  My son and I were hoping to also try X-Wing 2.0 after our Arena Rex game, but the organizing of all the new 2.0 items is taking longer than expected.This week we are hoping to get in some more games of Arena Rex with my friend TJ, and more than likely finally trying out X-Wing 2.0.  We'll see if time allows to get in another game of MeSBG.Warmachine Weekend is approaching fast in early November, and to be honest, right now I am not to excited about it.  I think the main reason is the lack of information from the event organizers.  Their website has been offline all year, and with 45 days left till the start of the event, there still is no information.  A few weeks back I even posted on their Facebook page, with no response.  It would be nice to see what events are happening so I k

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Battle Report – ARENA REX – Ludus Magnus vs. Legio XIII ‘Damnatio’

Gaius has been sentenced to death and the Ludus Magnus have been tasked by the Master of Games with his execution! Between him and them are his fellow Cohort… will they be able to stop Septimus and his fighters?  

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Battle Report: Arena Rex 9/15/2018 Ludus Magnus vs Legio XIII

Last night my son and I played our first 5v5 game of Arena Rex.  Yesterday morning I quickly assembled 'Septimus' for my Ludus Magnus Cohort, and 'Sulla', 'Valen' for my sons Legio XIII Cohort.  With 'Nero' already being completed, we were now able to play a 5v5 game.Scenario: MunusA classic match evolved from funeral traditions, the Munus is a standard combat between equally matched cohorts.Deployment: Cohorts deploy in base contact with their controlling player’s arena edge.Cohorts: Both players bring cohorts of equal value.Restrictions: NoneVictory Conditions: The last player with models remaining in the arena is the victor.As with all my previous games (but 1) my original 3 Ludus Magnus models went down pretty quickly, but it was 'Nero' and 'Septimus' that changed the game for me and pulled out the victory.  Slowly but surely I was able to bring down all of the Legio XIII.  I actually do have to give some credit to 'Micon', at least in this game he was able to

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Arena Rex: Beasts 'Nero'

I was able to squeeze in some time the other day and work on 'Nero' for Arena Rex.  'Nero' is a Beast and a Titan, and he is also part of my Ludus Magnus when he has his rider 'Septimus' with him.  When you use a rider for the mount, you also have to provide a foot model for when they dismount.  So my riding 'Septimus' will be painted at the same time I do my foot version.'Nero' also comes with two cards, or better known as Stages.  Once his Vitality Track is completed on one card, then you play his second card. Nero NeroNeroPainting Points: 5

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Daily Chronicle: A Little Bit Of This, A Little Bit Of That (Arena Rex/MeSBG)

I did not get much time this past week to assemble any models in my backlog, so I spent a little time this morning working a few models.On my table I have some 'Warrior of the Dead' models from The Dead of Dunharrow army that I received in my starter set, and I have another box of 20 coming from Games Workshop any day.  In the background I did find a 'King of the Dead' model on eBay, and he arrived yesterday.  The 750 point list I put together may not come out exactly as planned.  I had ordered 8 'Riders of the Dead' from GW, and they are short on quantity, I do not know by how many, I am about to make that call shortly.Also on my table is 'Nero' from Arena Rex.  I cannot wait to get him completed and give him a shot in my Ludus Magnus cohort.  I'll be painting 'Nero' separate from his rider 'Septimus', as I also have a foot mounted 'Septimus' that these two will be painted together.Back to modeling....

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Daily Chronicle: Caught A Bug...Not The Hobby Bug

Ever since coming home from the NOVA Open, I have been feeling pretty sick, I must have caught a bug while at the convention.  I should have taken advantage more of the sanitize dispensers they had setup through out the convention.To be honest, I also did catch a new hobby bug also, well actually it is an old bug revisited.  Lord of the Rings Strategy Battle Game, now known as Middle-earth Strategy Battle Game.  I started playing this game 10 years ago, and it has been a long time since I played last, I skipped over the Hobbit books when they came out.  While at the NOVA Open, my son and I sat in seminar by Adam Troke about the future of Middle-earth SBG, and the game started to give me an itch again to play.Once the seminar was over, Games Workshop was able to sell the new rules manuals, army list book, and starter sets.  So we picked up a starter set box and army list book.  This past Monday night I broke out my old models and started to play around with some list ideas to see

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Arena Rex: Beasts 'Leo'

Well I actually got around to getting 'Leo' completed before heading off to the NOVA Open, he will make a nice addition as a Living Hazard in our games of Arena Rex.  'Leo' is considered a Beast, he can be played as part of a cohort, included in the arena as a living hazard, or used as a scenario objective. Leo LeoLeoPainting Points: 5

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Arena Rex: Pits Terrain

As I mentioned yesterday in my post about the Barrels I painted, my 3D printed Pits had arrived.  I had found them on eBay for a reasonable price being sold by Horizon Creations 3D.  I was not sure if I would be able to get to them before leaving for the NOVA Open, but yesterday I sat down and I was able to get them completed.  The actual square pit is a little smaller than the card board version from the Starter Sets, but not by much.  When playing with these Pits, we are only going to actually count the Pit itself and not the sand base that it is on.A Pit is considered a Lethal Hazard: If any part of a model's base touches a Lethal Hazard, that model is defeated.  Mark any remaining vitality boxes and resolve their effects (if any).  Then remove the model from play.  Any additional successes after a model is pushed into a Lethal Hazard are lost. Sand glued to the bases. Spikes primed. Gates primed. Pits primed and base-coated. Pits lightly dry-brus

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Weekly Chronicle #34 2018 (NOVA Open Week)

Well I finally made it to the week of the NOVA Open.  The NOVA Open starts in just under 3 days, and we will actually be leaving this coming Wednesday night.  All my Warmachine Khador lists have been uploaded to Conflict Chamber (just waiting on some more in to come in so I can finish printing them), my Arena Rex models/terrain is all packed and ready to go for some friendly games (although there are no official Arena Rex events at NOVA Open, we are hoping there will be some space available for a few games), and my shopping list is ready for the event.  That list is not too long or expensive, just depends if we decide to pick up the new Middle-earth Strategy Battle Game Rules Manual, or wait until we get back home and pick it up at my son's store.Unfortunately this past week I did not get in any practice games of Warmachine/Hordes, I only have one more night available and that would be tonight, we'll see how that goes.  Last Friday night my son and I did get in a game of Arena Rex, althoug

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Arena Rex: Barrel Terrain

Last week I ordered some terrain Pits for Arena Rex from Horizon Creations 3D.  The Pits came in the other day, and packaged with them was a set of 3 barrels.  Right away I thought I would glue these onto a 40mm base and they can be used as another Hazard in the game.  Unfortunately, I was painting them so fast that I forgot to take any pictures during the progress.Here is the finished product:Painting Points: 2The Pits themselves more than likely will not get to my painting table until I return back from NOVA Open.

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Battle Report: Arena Rex 8/24/2018 Ludus Magnus vs Legio XIII

Last night my son and I played another 3v3 game of Arena Rex, and this one really flew by.  I tried to play aggressive and forgot how easy it is to Push in this game.  I had two models too close to the Pits and they easily fell to their deaths.  It was another loss for my Ludus Magnus.  Next time I need remember more about them.  Besides falling into the Pits, I think the rules are starting to come around for us, there are still a few things that I am looking back into the rulebook or my reference sheet.  Once we get back from the NOVA Open, we should be ready for the larger 5v5 or even tournament size 6v6 games (as soon as I get the rest of our models assembled).Scenario: MunusA classic match evolved from funeral traditions, the Munus is a standard combat between equally matched cohorts.Deployment: Cohorts deploy in base contact with their controlling player’s arena edge.Cohorts: Both players bring cohorts of equal value.Restrictions: NoneVictory Conditions:&

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Arena Rex: Legio XIII 'Ban-Luca'

Onto the final model of the Legio XIII Starter Set, and today it is 'Ban-Luca'.  Now all my models for my Ludas Magnus and Legio XIII Starter Sets are completed, I plan to possibly tackle 'Leo' next before heading to the NOVA Open next week.  Once I get back from the NOVA Open, I need to decide which models for each of the Ludus' will be in my queue next.  I am still thinking about playing in the Dragon Fall Tournament in October, but they just moved the day from Saturday to Friday, and I am not sure if I will be able to take the day off.  I'll give it some more thought while I am away. Ban-LucaBan-LucaPainting Points: 1

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Daily Chronicle: Litko Movement Template and Fatigue Tokens for Arena Rex

I have been using Litko for nearly 15 years now when it comes to having custom tokens made.  Way back in the day I had used to them to make some LotR tokens, and then also some fire tokens (which I re-purposed in yesterday’s post).  So when I recently got into the Arena Rex game, I was looking for movement gauges and Fatigue tokens.  Each model comes with a resin Fatigue marker, but I was worried I may lose them and wanted some in a little bit more bulk.I came across a few sites that make movement gauges from laser MDF, but I was not looking for wood, I prefer acrylic for my gauges/tokens.  I then headed over to Litko to see if they made anything specific for Arena Rex.  I did not find anything specific for the game, but came across a movement gauge for AoS that can be customized.  The gauge came with 6”, 3”, 1” and 1/2” sides, I thought that would be perfect.  Since these were customized, I was able to upload a logo for Arena Rex and include some custom

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Arena Rex: Legio XIII ‘Gaius Pallidus’

Now that the Starter Set for my Ludus Magnus is completed, it is time to move onto the Starter Set for Legio XIII.  For now my son is playing with the Legio XIII models, but in the future we may mix and match the models to form our own Cohort, although if at least 75% of the Gladiators are from the same Ludus then you gain access to that Ludus’ bonus abilities and tactics, know as Ludus Benefits.  So for now we are playing with the same Ludus and benefiting from their abilities.First up for the Legio XIII is ‘Gaius Pallidus’.Painting Points: 2

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