Finally, I assembled my Arena Rex since a friend just bought some models from their, now public, online store. http://arenarex.com/collections/all
The miniatures are beautiful. They are like miniature statues, as opposed to simply game pieces. Their detail goes above and beyond anything that I have handled before, be it Forge World, Malifaux, Infinity, or Warmachine. Also, the models were not as difficult to put together as I was dreading, with them being resin.
The minis were so much fun, that I felt the need to pose them into little action scenes. Too much fun, or perhaps too much exposure to super glue fumes (Untrue, since I was wearing a mask to protect from resin particles)/
Miniatures of this quality deserve cool terrain to match its flavor. Thus, I 3d printed up some dangerous hazards and obstacles for the arena. https://www.tinkercad.com/things/3Jv9PeGTovP-gladiator-arena-2x3-spiked-pit-trap
We played a 3-way battle with 3 gladiators each to test out the system. I was curious to try multiplayer since most miniature games fall apart in multiplayer. I am happy to say that the game was balanced and quite fun. It came down to a lone model surviving, and 2 gladiators met their untimely demise to the spiked pits. Definitely, want to try and get some more minis, after I paint up what I have.
I will go into more details on gameplay, if anyone is curious, but I was surprised how approachable/complex the rules were. I would say that it gave me the feel of something like X-Wing miniatures in that anyone off the street could play Arena Rex, but a newbie would have a hard time at beating a veteran player.