Let’s review the new Judge Dredd Miniatures Game with Uncle Mike

I love Judge Dredd. There, I’ve said it.

I fell in love when I was a young punk kid in the ’80s, and though my tastes have changed over the years I have never lost my love of Dredd. The characters, the world, and the writing are at once charming, hard-boiled, ridiculous, violent, prescient and loaded with black humour. Imagine my excitement when I learned of a new Judge Dredd Miniatures Game coming from Warlord Games, the folks who recently provided the world with the amazing Strontium Dog Miniatures Game (read my series of reviews here…LINKY). My hopes are high as I dig into the Judge Dredd: I Am the Law, Starter Set.

As a superfan from boyhood, I obviously played the excellent (and long OOP…) Gangs of Mega-City One, by Mongoose Games and have a vast collection of those figures, as well as quite a few of the old, old Citadel and Foundry Dredd figures of yesteryear and some Heroclix as well…all places the Dredd miniature license has been over time, and all ready for comparison to the new stuff. But let’s waste no time and get into what exactly is in this big box!

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Nestled on a bed of classic Progs, the Starter Box was ready for opening…

Inside are the same proprietary 2000AD markers and dice from the Strontium Dog game although these markers are coloured gold and blue, suitably Dreddy (and also, great for players of both games…now there are four different colours, allowing for multi-player games!). A deck of game cards, themed for the mean streets of the Big Meg and some stat cards for the models in the box…these are smaller than the SD ones but that seems fine as I would guess bigger games of Judge Dredd will be the eventual goal of most players, so table space will be in demand.

A very large play mat, double-sided and detailed as environs of the Big Meg is a nice addition to the box…if a bit generically space city-ish… It is a shame that the ‘scenery’ provided is nothing more than a page of punch-out card stuff: two cars, some jersey barricades, and two very small (and flat…) shops along with a few assorted scatter items. Compared to the excellent scenery from the Strontium Dog game this was a big let down. Warlord could have done so much more with this component. Now begins a vague worry that the game designers have totally missed all the humour of the setting and decided to ‘dark it up a bit…like Batman!’…hopefully I will be wrong. Checking through time, it was done better in the ’80s…

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The Bro-hugs were large between Dredd and the Space Marines…and the floor tiles were less grimdark and more awesome.

My favourite part of this release, strangely, is the decal sheet of Mega-City One graffiti. This is a fan dream come true! All futuristic scenery looks better with graffiti and this page is so full you can hardly get a knife blade between scrawls. Your gaming table will look amazing and who doesn’t love Judge Dredd ‘in-jokes’ plastered all over the playing area? If, like me, you need another sheet of these, pick up the November 2019 issue of Wargames Illustrated, which comes with a free sheet.

The rule book and quick play handout will get a proper going over in the next part of this review, once I’ve had a chance to read through them…I always like to get at the models first, and this time is no exception.

The figures are cast in Warlord’s new resin/plastic/stuff. Let me just say that I don’t like it, at all. The material is quite hard to work with; it has a softness that makes trimming difficult, yet is brittle enough to break at low temperature. I paint in my shop, in Canadian winter, huddled over a space heater. My first Judge, while pliable out of the box, quickly became hard and shattered when dropped…just before this photo. Also, the detail seems soft, although I’m not sure if that is the material the models are cast in, or the sculpt. The box contains two Judges: this guy below and a Rookie as well as eight Block Gangers.

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Left to right: New (he’s ‘armless…) Warlord, Heroclix, and Mongoose. Sorry for the missing arm…it’s on my shop floor somewhere…that resin also bounces…

The models are very two dimensional and some are in quite strange poses. The Block Gangers do supply the player with some diverse weapons options and are dressed generically enough to be useful in all you science fiction gaming, so that’s kinda nice, I guess… Not going to say these are great but they are passable, and you do get eight of them, so there’s that.

Bases are provided as the figures come on an integral lozenge-shaped base, which needs bulking out so the thugs aren’t so tippy. I hate to be ‘that guy’ but I dislike this fiddly detail. The low profile bases that require trimming and putty work are a bit high maintenance for what, on the first impression, seems like an entry-level miniature game for teenagers.

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Four of those guys…on those bases.  Sure, they don’t look tough, but they took my Brian Eno tapes!

Well, time to get reading this rulebook…spoiler alert: already not a fan. Another review soonish…hopefully with some nice things to say about all the Thrill Power that I’m just not noticing yet…

-Uncle Mike

Reviewing Strontium Dog – Part 1 The Setting

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Imagine my delight in finding that a reputable company had made a game about a beloved, if a bit obscure, comic character of my youth, and further, that it was written by a couple of heroes from my childhood.
Sound too good to be true?
Come have a closer look at Strontium Dog The Miniatures Game and see if it can live up to the nostalgia of a youth misspent…

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Warlords of Erehwon

Warlords of Erehwon

Warlord Games has announced a new fantasy skirmish miniature wargame that they will be releasing soon called Warlords of Erewhon. It is a game warband level game that sites between skirmish games and large scale fantasy games like AoS and 9th Age. The best part is that you can use any miniatures you want and Warlord has already announced that they will expand the game with new warbands

Here are the details that they sent to us.

Warlords of Erehwon transports us to the multifarious fantasy realms of fiction, folklore and myth, placing us at the head of a fighting force of our choosing. Model warbands clash across fantastical tabletops as humans and monsters, the living and the dead, war over the spoils of victory in a universe of heroes, sorcerers and the supernatural.

Our game has been designed with a single objective in mind – to allow us to play fast paced and exciting miniature battles upon a modestly-sized table between rival forces of that we describe as warbands. A warband represents your own band of warriors – courageous humans, blood-thirsty monsters, perhaps even minions that you have raised from beyond the grave to do your bidding.

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Test of Honour game day

Come down to The Sentry Box on Sunday September 9th from noon to 4pm as we will be bringing out our samurai warbands and attempting to sweep our enemies away from the field of battle using our steel and rigorous honour.

If you haven’t played Test of Honour and are curious about the game then come down and ask Zac for a demo. We’ll have demo forces available and terrain put out and ready for use.

Test of Honour is a skirmish wargame played with roughly 5-20 models on each side. Players select their force before each game based around a samurai hero along with one or two loyal samurai companions and a variety of clan soldiers. Battles are swift and bloody as players alternate acting with one of their warriors – moving and fighting to achieve the objective of the scenario, whether that be cutting down the enemy, defending an outpost or finding and protecting a spy.

Project Z arrives

The Sentry Box has received stock of the new Project Z zombie miniature game from Warlord Games.

Project Z

Project Z is a skirmish wargame for 1 to 3 players taking control of Survivors or a Street Gang fighting to survive against the environment and an ever-growing horde of Zombies. Project Z is a fast and easy to learn game containing 39 detailed self-assembly plastic models, rules, counters and specially designed dice and cards.

We have received stock of the:

  • Project Z base game
  • Motorbike Gang
  • Male Survivors
  • Female Survivors
  • Special Operations Team
  • Red and Black Project Z dice