Pat Wagon

We have just unveiled the first of a line of new Pat Wagons for the Judge Dredd miniatures game, ready to serve the Justice Department! Here at Planet Mongoose, we will take a closer look at this workhorse of the judges…

Mk III Pat Wagon

After the Lawmaster, the Mk III Pat Wagon is the most commonly sighted  Justice Department vehicle seen on the streets of Mega-City One.  Designed to be flexible enough to bring the Law to citizen riots and armoured perps, as well as fulfil the grunt work of catch and meat wagon teams, the Mk III Pat Wagon is well respected among the judges for being able to take just about any punishment the streets can give.  The turret mounted street cannon is a specialised variant of the bike cannon found on Lawmasters, and is capable of firing a variety of ammunition, such as flare, gas and solid rounds.

We are planning several variants of the Mk III Pat Wagon, including a Fire Wagon and a heavily armoured Riot Wagon.

The Business End of a Mk III

There is also a Mk IV Pat Wagon in the works, an anti-grav version of the Mk III, also common in many sectors. The anti-grav drive grants freedom to pursue perps over rougher ground than its predecessor, though it is not quite so tough and carries fewer judges into the streets (or fewer perps to the iso-cubes!).

Expect to see the Pat Wagon roaming the streets of Mega-City One before the end of the year!

Additional
Just a quick update – the Fire Wagon is now ready too!

Fire Wagon

What is in a Block War?

Now our Judge Dredd Kickstarter has begun, I thought it might be a good idea to have a look at what we are planning for the Block War supplement, the main driving force behind the Kickstarter and all the new models that will be appearing.

Block War

Block War will, like the main rulebook, be completely free to download, and will appear in ‘chunks,’ regularly updated with new rules and background material, all compiled from comments made by the players of this game. So, the first ‘draft,’ I can already tell you, will have all the rules needed to start using Brit-Cit Judges as a complete force or as mercenaries, along with everything needed to use their special equipment, and background information on Brit-Cit, its Justice Department and Cal-Hab, its northernmost province.

Beyond that, the basic structure of Block War will look something like this;

Equipment
Along with weaponry, this chapter will give you lots of new ‘toys’ with which to bring the Law to the streets – or bring it crashing down. The Justice Departments of both Mega-City One and Brit-Cit have their own unique tools but there will be plenty of new kit for other forces to take advantage of.

Block War Forces
This will be of most interest to many players, full force lists for all sorts of new factions that are being added to the game. As I mentioned above, the Brit-Cit Justice Department is already in there, but many more are being planned. In part, which appear first will be down to players on our forums and those taking part in the Kickstarter programme – you tell us you want something, we’ll put it into production. Our current plans include a Citi-Def Squad, Sov Judge Invasion Force, Demon Cultists and the Dark Judges, but we want to hear what you want to see!

Mercenaries
As well as the main forces, there are many Mercenaries available in the Judge Dredd miniatures game, and these are used in campaigns to balance forces. Even if you are facing the Dark Judges with a lowly Street Gang, you will have at least a fighting chance! Some Mercenaries are appear in force lists (a Brit-Cit Judge force can always call on more beat judges, and a Mega-City One force might have a Brit-Cit Judge over as part of an exchange programme – and vice versa), while others are truly unique. Once we figure out exactly what he does in the game (!), Walter the Wobot will be appearing here, along with the likes of Exorcist Judges and various creeps for non-Justice Department forces.

Vehicles
One of the big additions Block War brings to the game is vehicles. From humble Ground Cars to the mighty Manta Prowl Tank (and there have been many suggestions that we should consider doing the Killdozer/Land-Raider combo), your forces will now have access to some serious firepower (just as well, if the Dark Judges are going to be showing up!). Vehicles can be bought for a force, or added as Mercenaries, as required. We may consider some ‘customisation’ or experience rules for those actually bought for forces.

The rules for vehicles will be split into two – those used in normal force vs. force games and…

Terror on the Megway
These are the rules that will see your vehicles (force members no doubt clinging on for dear life!) pound down the Megway at speeds over 200mph, wevaing in and out of traffic as they trade shots and try to dominate the road, or keep it safe for Law-abiding citizens. A completely different type of game, but one fully compatible with the rest of the core rules – expect to see some special rules for Wrecker Gangs along the way!

Block Wars
The namesake of the supplement as a whole, we will be adding rules for massed riots, covering everything from mutant or zombie invasions from the Cursed Earth to Block Mania, where the citizens of several blocks all fighting one another to prove their supremacy. These rules will add units to the game (Minions led by Heroes) though, as far as campaign games are concerned, Block Wars are just another type of scenario, so your cherised force might find itself in a desperate fight for its life!

On top of all that, we are already adding copious background articles and excerpts from the comic strips to bring you right into Mega-City One and the surrounding world. Whetehr you are a Dredd-veteran or a newcomer, everythign you need to get grounded will be here.

You will be able to download the first draft of Block War very soon, and we will be continually adding to it throughout the Kickstarter project and beyond. We will welcome any and all comments, and encourage players to make their opinions known so we can shape the game into one they really want to play.

 

 

In Other News…

Over the next few weeks, you are going to see an awful lot of updates about Judge Dredd (the Kickstarter starts on Thursday morning!). However, other people at Mongoose HQ have not been idle in the least, and there is quite a lot going on under the bonnet, so to speak.

Tomorrow, we will get the first production model of the new Victory at Sea range – HMS Exeter. You will see this ina couple of weeks or so, as it will be sailing off to be painted immediatly. And, today, HMS Achilles and the Graf Spee both went into prototype, so will be following Exeter quickly, and Ajax will not be far behind – we will then be releasing all four models as a Battle of the River Plate box set in October (individual models may be available before this).

After that, we have, well, a fleet load of ships on the way! Below are just a few of the goodies Sandrine has been working on – all will be at 1/1800 scale, and all at very reasonable prices (the Battle of the River Plate box set has been listed at $29.99).

HMS Illustrious

SM79 Sparviero Flight

Regia Marina Trento

Tribal-class Destroyer

Fairey Swordfish Flight

Always a Favourite - HMS Hood

Fairmile D MTB

HMS Orion

HMS Warspite, 1940 style

Prinz Eugen

Judge Dredd Miniatures Game Kickstarter

The morning of Thursday 13th September sees the launch of an exciting new Kickstarter project, bringing you Block War, the first supplement for the Judge Dredd miniatures game!

The Judge Dredd miniatures game features a completely free to download rulebook and has been running with the support of its fans for two years now. It is a 28mm skirmish-level science fiction miniatures game based on the iconic 2000AD comic strip where players take a force or faction from Mega-City One and prepare to do battle on the streets! Full campaign rules are integrated into the game, and feature a system whereby weaker forces are never at a disadvantage – even a lowly gang of street punks can take on Judge Dredd and his cohorts if you have enough reinforcements!

You can see how the Judge Dredd miniatures game works in play and what it looks like for free, simply by downloading the rulebook from here.

We have now started work on the first supplement, Block War, which introduces more scenarios, weapons, challenges and, of course, rules for a new range of models. The Block War supplement, like the main rulebook, will be completely free to download, and always will be.

So, why do we need your help?

Well, we have a huge list of models requested by fans of the game, including everything from a Sov Invasion Force to the Dark Judges! They will all be playable in the game with rules provided in Block War but Mongoose Publishing is a small company and we can only bring out a few models at a time. However, with your kind help, we will be able to bring out models on a more regular basis and be more ambitious with them, keeping the Judge Dredd miniatures game fresh and interesting, as you will always have new enemies to fight on the tabletop!

To this end, we have a variety of pledge levels that we hope will either get you into the Judge Dredd miniatures game for the first time, or encourage you to expand your forces, along with the odd unique collector’s item. These are some of the highlights.

Law-Abiding Citizen $5: Get yourself a miniature of the toughest judge on the streets, Judge Dredd. Post-free, to anywhere in the world.

Cadet $20: Get yourself the ultimate in Justice machinery, the Lawmaster bike, with judge. Post-free, to anywhere in the world.

Rookie Judge $30: Get yourself immersed in the world of Mega-City One with a box set containing a complete force for the Judge Dredd miniatures game. Post-free, to anywhere in the world. You may select one already available or any unlocked by our stretch goals.

Street Judge $60: Get yourself and a friend immersed in the world of Mega-City One with two box sets containing two complete forces for the Judge Dredd miniatures game, so you and a friend can dive right in. Post-free, to anywhere in the world. You may select two sets already available or any that are unlocked by our stretch goals.

Academy of Law Tutor $90: Grab a piece of history with the last Limited edition, Metal-bound, D20-version of the Judge Dredd RPG. Post-free, to anywhere in the world. there will only be one of these!

Senior Judge $100: Take the Law to the streets in a major way with the massive Manta Prowl Tank. Cast in resin, this is truly the ultimate way to stop a Block War in its tracks. Post-free, to anywhere in the world.

Council of Judges $300: Bring blood to the streets of Mega-City One by grabbing all ten currently available box sets, giving you ten different forces to start playing with! Post-free, to anywhere in the world. Additional box sets may be added by our stretch goals.

Chief Judge $950: Get everything from the Law-Abiding Citizen, Cadet, Brit-Cit, Senior and Council of Judges levels, plus one each of all new models released in the Judge Dredd line in 2012 and 2013. Post-free, to anywhere in the world. You may select one already available or any that is unlocked by our stretch goals.

Mayor of Mega-City One $1,000: See a new Mega-City One character named after you and sculpted in your likeness, complete with back story and rules, along with a studio-quality painted model of the final design sent to you, post-free, anywhere in the world.

 

We also have an easy-to-reach stretch goal that will start the process of bringing the new models to you a great deal quicker than might otherwise be possible, including Walter the Wobot!

Remember, this all starts on the morning of Thursday 13th September, so get ready and may your Lawgiver always fire true!