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“You Can Call Me The Executioner.”

“Vigilante at work… That’s all this city needs!”

This 28mm scale metal model of Blanche Tatum 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 figure was later also available from “Warlord Games” as Code JD20168 - The Executioner. Now long out of production (OOP), the model is based upon a former cadet Judge turned vigilante who was created by Alan Grant, John Wagner, and artist Carlos Ezquerra, and made her first appearance in the November 1982 Prog 291 of “2000 A.D.”


Using “her judicial training to… kill those whom she deemed responsible for her husband's death”, Tatum was primed using a double-helping of “Vallejo” German Grey and shaded in “Citadel” Nuln Oil. The deadly ‘mother of two’ was then dry-brushed with (more) “Vallejo” German Grey, before having her .38 bullet carrying gun and belt buckle ‘picked out’ using a combination of Gunmetal and “Citadel” Nuln Oil.

"Mongoose Publishing" WIPs - The Executioner was primed, shaded and dry-brushed

Initially, I was planning to simply paint The Executioner predominantly “Citadel” Abaddon Black and perhaps use a light dry-brush of “Vallejo” German Grey as a highlight. However, I subsequently spotted the light grey ‘official’ colour scheme used by “Warlord Games” in their old advertising. This palette seemed somewhat at odds with my memory of Blanche’s hooded attire; albeit she was in a black & white comic strip. So in the end I settled upon what I thought was a happy medium between the two tones.


In addition, I was actually hoping to build up the number of unnamed punks and low-life criminals for my next game of Judge Dredd, rather than simply have the future lawman face a hodgepodge of his more famous Rogue’s Gallery. As a result, I’ve dug out a few juves and low-level perps to pigment over the coming month to ensure the Justice Department face a nice mix of random encounters in their future exploits on the tough streets of Mega-City One.

"Flames Of War" WIPs - The soldiers are slowly having their tiny details picked out

With the second of my significant backlog of “Mongoose Publishing” miniatures finished, I’ve also made some early progress on the 12cm Mortar Platoon I want to include as part of my German Beach Defence Grenadier Company for “Flames Of War”. I’ll only be utilising two teams of the gun unit as part of my Panzergrenadier initial 50-point strong force, so hope to have the eight men and two mortars completed within the next couple of weeks.


Originally I had been planning on simply painting up the 15mm models found inside the “Hit The Beach” starter set by “Battlefront Miniatures”. But having now bought and read the company’s excellent “D-Day German Forces In Normandy, 1944” hard-backed book, I’ve set my heart on fielding a ‘proper’ Beach Defence army with accompanying sMG34 Machine-guns, 7.5 Tank-Hunter guns, mortars and Panzer IV tanks…

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undercoat2670
Oct 01, 2021

Never heard of Blanche Tatum, but my Judge Dredd knowledge is rudimentary to be honest! Good job on the black, a tricky colour to get right. Great looking German soldiers. The detail is amazing!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Oct 01, 2021
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Thanks Undercoat. I think the dark grey has worked rather well for the Executioner. Should have these particular Germans ready for a posting at the start of next week, and then on to the second 12cm Mortar team. 😀

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Simon Quinton
Simon Quinton
Sep 30, 2021

Lovely work Simon. Cracking model. I must try and seek one out for Pulp!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Sep 30, 2021
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Cheers Simon. I don't have a spare unfortunately, as I'd ping it your way if I did. It's sometimes listed as "Blanche Tatum - The Executioner" if that helps your search?

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wsd50
Sep 29, 2021

Lovely work on the Executioner, though not a character |'m familiar with if I'm honest, you do paint these really dark miniatures beautifully!


More Germans too, it's nice to see the WIP shots of how you pigment these little chaps.


Cheers Roger.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Sep 29, 2021
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Thanks Roger. I always like to show as many WIPs as I can tbh, as I always find them fascinating - I do know though that they're are plenty of people who don't. I always often get carried away painting a mini, so forget to take the pics until the figure is almost painted. 😃

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wargamesterrainworkshop
wargamesterrainworkshop
Sep 29, 2021

Great work on the Executioner Simon, think you went the right direction with darkening down the grey, and nice progress on the Germans.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Sep 29, 2021
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Cheers Dave. I did strongly consider going down the light grey route, as Bryan did a corking job painting his Executioner with it. But ultimately I always think of her wearing black not light grey in the comics, so as pleased I went with "Vallejo" German Grey.


I was actually hoping the Mortar Team Germans would prove easier to tackle than the Panzergrenadiers. But the little darlings have even more detail and stowage attached to them, LOL!!!

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planetmut
Sep 29, 2021

Nice work on Blanche, for such a monotone character you've done a great job on the highlighting and shading. I think dark grey is always the better way to go with black clothing as shading pure black is like herding cats. Looking forward to seeing some of the average Mega City One street trash!


The Germans are looking good, and I'm always amazed at how you can get the details so good on such tiny figures.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Sep 29, 2021
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Oh crikey. That's why my magnifier is attached to a large lamp and plugged in, and my painting glasses never leave the table. 😀

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