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“At The Academy Of Law’s Main Hoverport…”

“…Eager-eyed cadets file aboard an observation pod.”

This 28mm scale metal miniature of a Cadet Judge was produced by “Mongoose Publishing” and was one of my rewards from the company’s 2012 Kickstarter for the “Judge Dredd Miniatures Game: Block War”. The model is now long out of production (OOP) and was seemingly soon side-lined by two subsequent sculpts (representing both a male and female cadet) found inside the Justice Department boxed set.


“Inducted into the Academy either as a cloned infant or as a child aged five”, the figure was primed in “Citadel” Abaddon Black and had its boots, kneepads, belt, large pouch, elbow-pads and gloves painted with “Vallejo” Heavy Grey. These areas were subsequently shaded using some “Citadel” Biel-Tan Green.

"Mongoose Publishing" WIPs - The Cadet Judge slowly had all his details picked out

The potential Judge candidate’s belt buckle and shoulder-pads were then given a layer of “Vallejo” Heavy Sienna, before being treated to a combination of Gold and “Citadel” Agrax Earthshade. I also ‘picked out’ the miniature’s lawgiver with a little “Vallejo” Gunmetal and later washed the firearm in “Citadel” Nuln Oil.


Finally, the cadet’s tongue was given a small application of “Vallejo” Heavy Red and “Citadel” Carroburg Crimson, whilst his helmet received a few coats of watered-down “Vallejo” White. This eye-catching headpiece was initially shaded using a smidgeon of “Vallejo” Pale Grey, but I didn’t like the final result, so went back over it with another layer of watered-down White.

"Flames Of War" WIPs - A primed and shaded German 12cm Mortar Team

To be honest, this Cadet Judge was not all that much fun to work on, as some of the “Citadel” Shades I’ve previously used on its Justice Department predecessors have been retired by “Games Workshop”. In addition, the scale of the youngster seems a bit ‘out of kilter’ with the height of the fully-grown Street Judges, and the metal had a bizarre reaction with the “Vallejo” White on the helmet – which made it go all lumpy despite being watered-down. Ultimately, my biggest challenge though was that the (oldish) pot of “Citadel” Biel-Tan Green simply stained rather than shaded, and once dry created a plethora of annoying white crystals over the areas it had been applied to.


With my first “Mongoose Publishing” model finished in approximately four years, I’ve started work on the fifth of my Weekly Challenges, randomly chosen via a deck of playing cards. This time round I’ve got to paint a single 15mm-20mm miniature, so thought it might help break up my current “Flames Of War” Panzergrenadier push by “Battlefront Miniatures” to pigment one of their German 12cm Mortar Platoons instead…

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undercoat2670
Sep 27, 2021

I like your cadet judge. The contrast of the white helmet to the rest of the dark uniform is really striking. I don't think these older judge dredd minis are as good as the current Warlord games ones but you have done a great job of bringing it to life, despite your problems!

I am constantly amazed by how detailed those 15mm FoW minis are. They are packed with details and look amazing!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Sep 27, 2021
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Cheers Undercoat. I have been tempted by the new Warlord Games Judge Dredd stuff, but I have so much of the old Mongoose Publishing range that it seems a bit duplicitous - something I feel I've partially caught a cold on before collecting both Black Tree Design & Warlord Games' Dr Who figures.


Love the FoW sculpts. Always something on each soldier to make them stand out, imho.

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wsd50
Sep 27, 2021

Oh dear that was a bit of an ordeal, I hope it doesn't put you right off the Mongoose stuff, as I know you were a bit "off" then anyway. Looks great to me by the way 😀.


What's the point of a random painting generator if you're just going to paint more Germans with it (LOL), seriously good to see you sticking with this even when you technically don't have too! (Duck's for cover 😉)


Cheers Roger.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Sep 27, 2021
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Thanks Roger. The Mongoose Judge Dredd stuff is a bit hit & miss, and has a number of odd figures - this being one of them as I think he's over-sized for a young cadet. Not sure why he's carrying an over-the-shoulder pouch either. I much prefer the later Cadet Judges - which I believe Warlord Games actually had sculpted when they stepped in to save the Kickstarter and eventually take over the range.


LOL!!! The Painting Challenges just give a me a small weekly target, and whilst most have seen me dabble with something a bit different (e.g. The Last Starfighter and Judge Dredd), whenever I can I'll try to incorporate them into my monthly project - which for…

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planetmut
Sep 27, 2021

Apart from the issue you had with the helmet, the cadet looks great: well painted and a nicely dynamic pose. Am I right in assuming that he has a white helmet because he's a cadet?

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Sep 27, 2021
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Cheers Planetmut. Yes, all the Judge Cadets wear white helmets.

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wargamesterrainworkshop
wargamesterrainworkshop
Sep 27, 2021

Great work on the judge cadet Simon, looks like the metal had a heat bloom when being cast, can cause all sorts of problems when you try adding paint, but you've covered it well. Nice start on the germans

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Sep 27, 2021
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Thanks very much Dave. As long as you don't look too closely at the helmet you can't see the lumps, so from the tabletop the cadet looks fine. I've got four of the updated cadets in the painting queue, so hopefully they'll prove more fun to pigment - the sculpts are definitely nicer.


If I can get both stands of 12cm Mortar teams finished over the next couple of weeks then I'll be super-happy, as that'll give me a min-strength platoon straightaway.

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