I’ve been dabbling in 54mm Gladiators for a long time, almost two years. I really like the scale of 54mm– it’s easy to paint and easy to play with. For as long as I’ve been involved in this scale, I’ve enjoyed the spectacle of big figures, but there’s never really been a decent solution for a coliseum.
Sure, I could have gone with the Ben Hur Coliseum playset. You can still get this in recast plastic– but it doesn’t look like a Coliseum to me, and it costs an arm and a leg to find one in any decent shape.
The figures are kind of playmobil like, but I gave them to Gar (with the chariot), keeping the shields and weapons for gladiator games as missing weapon tokens. The coliseum itself is made of a semi-soft plastic (not rigid), with lots of fine detailing in the statuary and tiling and mosaics. The scale is just perfect for 54mm. At this moment, I have primed it with Kryolan Fusion plastic paint, and I’m tempted to leave it be, or give it another coat– the kryolan gives it a sort of marble finish. I’ll have to paint the door and fixture details, of course, to give it some contrasts. I am pleased with the investment, which was fairly minimal compared to picking up an entire Ben Hur playset, and frankly I think this looks better.