Judgement Day #11: Justice Dept. Stub Gunner

StubGun1JudgementDay11 A judge equipped with an iconic weapon from the Justice Departments Apocalypse War arsenal today. StubGun4DreddMegaCollection3Cover Continue reading

Justice Department Group Shot

This is the entirety of my painted Mega City Justice Dept figures right now.

I like how they look so far.  I have a number of other Judge figures in various states of progress, but I probably wont get around to finishing them for a while yet (hobby progress is slow at the moment).  So this is the total as it stands right now.

Mega City Justice Department: Street Judges

Street Judge

Another rank and file Street Judge today, this time from Mongoose (complete with irritating piece of sand on he side of his helmet.  It has since been brushed off). Continue reading

Mega City Justice Department: SJS Judge Slocum

Special Judicial Squad Judge Slocum

Judge Slocum was a member of the SJS (Special Judicial Squad: Justice Department internal affairs) under the then head of the SJS, Judge Cal. When Cal took over the Department he used the SJS as his personal retinue. Continue reading

Mega City Justice Department: Med Judge

Med Division Judge Trapper

Another Judge today, this time from Med Division. Continue reading

Mega City Justice Department: Judge Hershey

Judge Barbara Hershey

Judge Barbara Hershey has had a long history in Judge Dredd. Probably the third most recognisable Judge (after Dredd and Anderson and just above Giant or the likes of McGruder I reckon) she is one of the enduring characters in the strip. Continue reading

Mega City Justice Department: Judge Cal

Chief Judge Cal & Deputy Chief Judge Fish

Judge Cal became Chief Judge via questionable means and subsequently reigned over Mega City One for one hundred days in “The Day the Law Died!”.  Unsurprisingly, Dredd led the resistance that eventually toppled Cal. Continue reading

Mega City Justice Department: Pt 2

Police Brutality

Police Brutality

More Judges today, this time from the best-of-the-best, 80% mission mortality rate Holocaust Squad. Continue reading

Mega City Justice Department: Pt 1

Street Division Judge and Tech Division Judge

Continuing on from the Mega City One Project post, my first pair of Judges for show are from Mongoose.

They are Gangs of Mega City One figures rather than Judge Dredd Miniature Game figures.   That distinction is significant for only one reason: casting quality.  Mongoose got a lot of deserved grief for the sub-standard quality of the casting of many of the figures that they released around the mid 2000s and there were casting problems on each and every GoMC1 judge figure that I bought.  I can personally attest for the quality of the figures that they have released for JDMG though, they are cast to a much higher standard.

The Street Judge worked out fine, but I love the Tech/Tek.  Something about the miniature and the colour scheme and its application makes it look like he came straight out of a comic.  Which is fine by me.

SJS Judge and Street Judge

Next is another pair of Mongoose Judge miniatures.  In addition to the fairly standard Street Judge is the SJS (Special Judicial Squad) Judge.  SJS judges function as internal affairs, MP types.  As their quarry is highly trained Judges, SJS judges are particularly bad-ass.

SJS judges have been depicted with various different uniform colours and features.  The look above is my favourite as while they definitely have that judge feel, the grey eagle design makes them unique amongst all of the other specialist and street judges: perfect for an outsider like a member of the SJS.

Street Judge and Psi Division Judge

Another two Mongoose judges: a Street Judge and a Psi Div Judge.

I have mixed feelings about how the Psi judge came out.  I am as happy with the uniform as I am with any of the other judges and I am particularly pleased the figures red hair.  It looks quite a bit like real red hair, rather than the more fiery colour usually used on miniature gingers.

On the other hand I find painting eyes harder than ever these days (I think that I need a new prescription for my glasses).  It took me several attempts to get these ones even to the barely acceptable, astonished expression that they have now.  I also foolishly attempted to add something that looks vaguely like freckles (similarly to how ex-judge DeMarco is depicted in the comics) to the cheeks, which didnt quite work.  In fact in conjunction with the miniatures rather prominent top lip it made her look a bit like a cat.

But I am just obsessively moaning really.  She doesnt look *that* bad.

Riot Judge and Judge Giant

The first pair of Foundry Judges.

As a rule the Foundry judges have crisper detail than the Mongoose ones.  The Foundry proportions are a little odd I reckon, with quite large heads.  They also often have somewhat peculiar poses.  They are nicer to paint than the Mongoose figures that I have painted so far nonetheless.

I can imagine some scale purists having issues with mixing figures from the two manufacturers.  I dont think that its worth worrying about: on the table the difference are close to non-existent.

The characters represented here are cool.  The Riot Judge carries a Riot Foam cannister, which is a signature judge support weapon.

Pic from Wikipedia

The judge on the right is Judge Giant.  Two generations of Giant have featured in Judge Dredd stories (three if you count the civilian Jetball player who fathered the first Judge Giant).  It isnt specified which Giant this is, although the MkI Lawgiver pistol suggests that it is the first Judge Giant.

Ppenultimately, those of you with an eye for judge uniforms may notice a couple of things about the scheme that I chose.  Artists have always had some leeway with how they represented the MC1 Judge uniform over the years, both its physical shape and dimensions and its colours.

Originally Dredd was a black and white strip, with colour versions of him being shown on the cover of 2000AD and centre spreads.  This has meant that Dredds undersuit has been depicted as blue, navy and black over the years.  Similarly the shoulder pads were always yellow from the strips inception in the late seventies right through to the nineties, when gold started to appear (at least, thats how I remember it).  Whether this yellow was supposed to represent gold or not is one of the mysteries of the four colour priniting technique.  So basically, there isnt a definitive uniform scheme.

I dont mind this.  I think that leaving those details vague helps to keep the character somewhat legendary, somewhat mythological.  Usually when a setting like Dredds starts to lock down too many details it starts to collapse in on itself.  Keeping it vague suits me.

Lastly here is a shot of the nine judges that I have painted so far.  I get a big kick out of seeing a project about a setting that I have enjoyed my whole life taking shape like this 🙂

They are the Law

Mega City One Project

Judge Dredd

I am a lifelong fan of Judge Dredd and 2000AD.  With the release of the Judge Dredd Miniatures Game I have decided to put my paint where my mouth is and get a set of figures influenced by the setting ready to go.  Eventually all going well I hope to get my own miniature chunk of Mega City One made and populated for gaming in. Continue reading

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