With the recent release of the Judge Dredd Miniatures Game from the guys at Warlord Games, they would be amiss if they didn’t include a certain stern faced and grumpy lawman in the line up.
Judge Joseph Dredd has patrolled the mean streets of Mega-City One for over forty years, and during that time he has seen the rise and fall of democracy as it tries to stamp a foothold in the city, alien invasions, robot wars, almost total destruction and the dead rise and fight the living. All this and much more, it is little wonder that Dredd rarely smiles!
The creation of John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra, Judge Dredd predates the punk movement of the late seventies by months, and brings his own unique brand of justice to those who would break the law! He is the toughest cop in the history of comic books, a judge, jury and if needed, excutioneer all rolled into one! In a city where 98% of the populace never see employment and crime is often seen as a way of life, judges like Dredd are need to stop the powder keg from igniting and taking everyone to hell along with it!
A clone of the first father of justice Eustace Fargo, Dredd was matured till he reached Academy age and was then enrolled into the Academy of Law at the age of five. He along with his twin clone brother Rico, excelled and soon became top of their class, with Dredd only being slightly slower than his clone brother. From there they hit the streets of the Big Meg and Dredd would go on to save the city on countless occasions over the next forty odd years and become a living legend, feared by many and hated by more, he is the law, he is Judge Dredd!
The Judge Dredd expansion for the new Judge Dredd Miniatures Game from Warlord Games contains two highly detailed resin miniatures, one being the character on foot, the other being a seated version of the character mounted on his iconic Lawmaster motorbike!
The foot figure is a single clean cast resin miniature that features Dredd with his iconic Lawgiver pistol in one hand and his other hand resting on his trusty daystick.
The overall pose of the foot miniature totally captures the look and feel of Dredd and has great lines of animation that scream out to be painted. This is Dredd pure and simple and that can easily be seen from his huge jutting chin, right down to his comic book accurate uniform!
The mounted miniature comes in three parts, the main torso, an arm and the lower legs and goes together quite well, but as I pointed out during my video above, there was quite a large gap between the two joins that needed filling. During the making of the video I managed to get superglue all over the back of my model which didn’t really help matters that much, but it cleaned up quite well and once I had filled the gap it painted up perfectly.
The Lawmaster is another multipart kit, which consists of the front and rear sections of the bike, ad two handlebars. Positioning the handlebars is pretty much crucial as if you don’t get them in the right place they will look odd or the riders hands will not sit right. There was a small amount of clean up to do on the model once I had assembled it but not much. I would have liked it if Warlord had included a cavalry style base for the miniature, but it doesn’t detract from an excellent wee kit in any way.
The Judge Dredd Expansion also includes an armoury card and a Big Meg card, as well as Dredds character card and the card for the Lawmaster bike. The armoury card is Electronic Overide, which will open any door, and also can be used with a Hunker Down action.
The Big Meg card is Drop it and when played, if a character fails its cool check it can’t activate next turn!
Dredds card is identical to the profile given in the core rulebook but reprinted for ease of play. He is an expensive model, coming in at a Notoriety of 35 which makes him the most expensive character in the game to take if you are playing with the Notoriety rules! Of course this is HIS game so the chances are he would be expensive, and when you add his Lawmaster bike he is even more so.
Quick aside, the two icons that I couldn’t remember in the video are Evade and Cool.
Overall this is a must have model if you are going to be playing the game, then why not use its main character. Dredd is a powerhouse of a character in play, but can be taken down if you plan accordingly (though not an easy feat to do) and unlike in the previous Judge Dredd miniatures games, this Dredd is not indestructible or a one-man army (though he is pretty close).
The Judge Dredd Expansion for the Judge Dredd Miniature Game is available right now from Warlord Games directly or any good game stockist that carries Warlords ranges.
Look out for my unboxing and look at the Street Judges Expansion coming soon to Gamers Web and you can check my thoughts on the new game by clicking HERE
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