New For Dredd

The Judge Dredd miniatures game Kickstarter has enabled us to bring a whole host of new models to the game, and new bits and pieces are starting to flow into our office already. We thought it might be fun to take a look at some of the new items that will be coming out within the next month or so.

There is a real mix coming, from characters and additions to existing forces, to brand new forces that play very differently in the game! to begin with, here are some familiar faces from the pages of 2000AD.

Walter the Wobot

Dredd’s own faithful robotic companion, Walter the Wobot has been exquisitely rendered in 3D and then prototyped into the final model you see here.

Judge DeMarco

First appearing in the renowned The Pit storyline, set within a corrupt Sector House, Judge DeMarco is a most capable street judge, but always had problems keeping her emotions in check. This model will look stunning when painted (complete with freckles), and we are also working on a DeMarco figure to represent her as a Private Investigator when she left the Justice Department. Also on their way – Travis Perkins (DeMarco’s simian sidekick), Psi-Judge Anderson, Chief Judge Hershey, Fergee (King of the Big Smelly), Judge Giant, and many more!

Street Judge 4

The ordinary Street Judge has not been forgotten, with this model being added to the range – for when just one Lawgiver is not enough! If even more firepower is required…

Special Weapons Judge

… then the Special Weapons Judge will be just what you need, armed here with a Widowmaker – a combined shotgun and SMG. And the Justice Department will have need for such weaponry, as there are many new enemies coming to Mega-City One.

Zombie Horde

For a long time now, the Zombie Mistress has been one of our most popular figures in this range. Finally, she will now have her own zombie horde to follow her! These models use the plastics from our very good friends at Mantic Games as a base (supplied in the box set!), with new Mega-City One parts to give them suitable heads, bodies and fashionable (but rotting) kneepads! And if you are looking for a bit more protection for your zombies…

Zombie Judge

… this Zombie Judge still has most of his standard issue remaining!

Citi-Def Squad

Perhaps even more dangerous are the Citi-Def, the citizen soldiers of Mega-City One. True weekend warriors, these guys have seen way too many action vids and are now living out their fantasies with high-powered weaponry! Often more trouble than they are worth, they stand ever ready to defend their block against invading forces. Which brings us neatly to the next new force.

East Meg Invasion Force

For the first time, we are proud to present a new force I know a great many of you have been looking forward to – the East Meg Invasion Force, straight from the pages of the Apocalypse War story. Left-to-right and top-to-bottom, we have a Satellat, a small robot assigned to high-ranking officers and agents as a floating bodyguard, followed by two Sov Judges, one armed with a Heavy Carbine the other with a Flamethrower. Then we have the mighty Sentenoid, a rampaging robot designed to break the back of an enemy in an assault – equipped with two Spit Guns, a Flamethrower and crushing robotic arms, it is capable of exactly that!

On the bottom row, we have two Sov Judges armed with their Krashnikov sidearm, as they might appear on the streets of East Meg-1, and what I think will be many people’s favourite in this force, a Senior East Meg Judge. Finally, an East Meg Officer, someone more interested in politics than war, but nevertheless holds the fear of all men who serve under him!

More new forces are being put together right now, including the Demonic Cabal (full of frightened cultists who have no idea what they are doing!), the Dark Judges, Mechanismo robots, Judges from other Mega-Cities, biker gangs, and much more. Stay tuned, as life in Mega-City One is about to get very interesting!

 

HMS Exeter

We are very proud to be able to show off the first of the new 1/1800 Victory at Sea ships – HMS Exeter!

A product of the Washington Treaty that restricted the number of vessels a navy could have above 10,000 tons, the York-class fulfilled cruiser duties required by a navy whose responsibilities stretched across the globe.  The York took part in the Norwegian campaign but was later sunk by Italian motor boats in the Mediterranean.  Exeter, famously, took part in the Battle of the River Plate but was seriously damaged in the engagement.  She was later repaired and took part in the Battle of the Java Sea but was soon sunk after by Japanese gunfire and torpedoes.

Length: 575 ft.
Displacement: 10,490 tons
Speed: 32 kts.
Crew: 630

HMS Exeter

These models are the product of Sandrine Thirache, who has been toiling for more than 18 months now, researching the warships of World War II (with the ever-present help of our Official Naval Boffins), locating accurate deck plans, and then using all of that to build lovely 3D models of each vessel.

HMS Exeter

These 3D models then go through a rapid prototyper, which produces a resin model we can use to create moulds. This model of HMS Exeter is a one-piece resin cast, with a metal sprue added to carry the guns, mast and one of the funnels – this ensures we have the perfect balance between detail and ease of building. It will take you all of five minutes to put Exeter together, and then she will be ready for a dash of paint, and then action!

HMS Exeter

The exquisite paint work on this model has been done by David Manley, someone who needs little introduction in naval wargaming circles. The wakes he has picked out, incidentally, are already moulded into the base – saves you one more job!

We are just beginning to ramp up production of the Victory at Sea line, though if you are attending SELWG this month, we will likely have a small number of Exeters, Achilles, and Graf Spees waiting for you. More ships are being prototyped right now, and it will not be long before you can have a full-raging sea battle between these great looking ships. Sandrine, meanwhile, continues her years-long odyssey to model just about everything that ever floated in World War II!

And she has a long task, as it is not just ships she has been working on. We will preview her aircraft at a later date but, for now, have a look at these three Royal Navy Motor Torpedo Boats.

Fairmile A

The Fairmile A was designed from the outset to use prefabricated components that could be produced by small businesses such as furniture manufacturers, which would then be assembled at shipyards. Capable of 25 knots, it mounted a 3 pounder gun and a pair of .303 machine guns, as well as depth charges.

Fairmile B

Designed with the form of a destroyer’s hull, the Fairmile B (like its predecessor, the Fairmile A) was intended primarily as a submarine-chaser, and so was fitted with ASDIC and depth charges. Manufactured in large numbers, the Fairmile B was also famously used on the raid on St. Nazaire.

Fairmile C

Capable of 26 knots, the Fairmile C was a motor gun boat, mounting two two pounders and eight machine guns of various calibres. It was mainly used for close escort duties and some clandestine missions.

These Motor Torpedo Boats are one-piece resin castings, making it quick and easy to put together your very own flotilla!

 

Next up, we will be previewing Achilles, Ajax and the Graf Spee as we prepare the Battle of the River Plate box set for launch.