The new Judge Dredd miniatures game rulebook is now at print and release is just around the corner! In our continuing set of previews, we now take a look at Mercenaries in the game, and how they are used.

Mercenaries are the balancing feature in Judge Dredd, allowing forces that have been pummelled in a campaign or a player who has just joined an existing campaign (or re-joined after a prolonged absence) to continue fighting the lead players on an even level, permitting him to carry on building his force and Heroes up.

Mercenaries are also a great way to include the huge (and growing!) range of Judge Dredd models in your games, even the slightly ‘off-the-wall’ models common in the comic strips. They are models brought in to your force on a temporary basis, for the lure of money, favours or the simple joy of fighting (think of them as requisitioned reinforcements for the Justice Department).

If you find yourself facing a force worth far more than yours, simply calculate the difference in Credits between the two, and that is your ‘allowance’ for Mercenaries. Mercenaries are chosen from the list available to your force, and often allow to field models you do not ordinarily have access to. In the spread above, for example, the Justice Department can call for a ring of Electro-Cordons (perhaps the player is facing a huge Street Gang and needs to contain the punks and juves as they are dealt with one-by-one), or an Exorcist Judge (useful if you are facing enemy psykers, a Demonic Cabal or – gulp! – the Dark Judges…).

The Academy of Law Tutor and Cadet Judge are also available to the Justice Department too. Other forces can take the Bat Burglar shown here, but there are many, many more models to choose, from Robodocs to help patch up your force after a battle to meat-hungry alien Kleggs with their Klegghounds!

Mercenaries are also an opportunity to bring some of the well-known personalities of Mega-City One into your games. A few forces are built around such characters (such as Chief Judge Cal’s Personal Retinue) but others gain access to them as Mercenaries – so, you can actually have Judge Dredd himself take part in your campaign!

The list does not stop there, however. The rulebook includes full rules for the likes of Kenny Who?, Psi-Judge Anderson, Sabbat, Oola Blint, Spikes Harvey Rotten, Chopper, the Judge Child, and many, many more! As the Justice Department, you can even bring in visiting Judges from other Mega-Cities from around the world.

We will be adding new characters to the list of available Mercenaries over the coming months and years, so you can be sure your favourite 2000AD character will be appearing soon!

The Judge Dredd miniatures game rulebook is currently on pre-order and will be available later this month.


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