I'm taking a short break from reviewing my figures for the Mega City One Justice Department. There will be more to come later, specifically Heavy Armour Judges, Mechanismo Robots, Judges on Lawmaster Bikes and an assortment of vehicles used by the Justice Department. For now I'm reviewing three well-known allies of the Justice Department - Max Normal, Galen DeMarco and Travis Perkins.
He had refined tastes, eschewing water and only ever drinking
"shampagne" (real champagne being illegal): this saved him from being
affected by the Block Mania contagion which infected the city's water supply in 2104. His one concession to 22nd-century living was his fondness for playing shuggy, an advanced version of billiards
played on an uneven surface of hills and valleys. He stopped working
for Dredd after criminals held him hostage in an attempt on Dredd's
life.Years later, he was used again as a hostage in an attempt on Dredd's life, this time by the Fighting Heart Kwoon.
Although Warlord Games made a perfectly acceptable figure of Max, I preferred this version from Wargames Foundry - AD54 Max Normal. In JDMG, Max is a Level:4 Infantry Hero with the following Special Ability - Nark. If Max Normal is within 12" of a Judge, he may perform a Special action to finger a suspect. The Judge gains a +1 bonus to all Arrest checks he attempts in the same Turn.
Considered one of the most capable Judges of her generation, at age
23, she was in line to rise to the rank of Senior Judge, when she instead
refused promotion and requested a transfer to – of all places – Sector
301, also known as "The Pit", a notorious crime black spot and dumping
ground for Judges who fouled up. She served with distinction and was
part of the small cadre of completely honest officers at the largely
corrupt Sector House. In 2117 the then Sector Chief was killed in
suspicious circumstances. In response Chief Judge Volt
ordered the legendary Joe Dredd to take over as Sector Chief with
orders to clean up the place. Dredd's hatred for the administrative side
of the job was well known (he had personally turned down the Chief Judge's
chair many times to avoid it), but he went to work in his usual style.
Dredd took the sector by storm and worked regularly with DeMarco until
the reason she had come to 301 was revealed: she was having an affair
with another Judge, Judge Warren. When this was revealed, Dredd
reprimanded her and dismissed her lover from the force for dereliction
of duty. DeMarco escaped that fate because she had responded to an
emergency call even though it meant revealing her misconduct, while
Warren had not. During the massive battle between the Judges and crime
syndicate the Frendz Mob that ended the storyline, Warren kidnapped
DeMarco with the intent of using her money to set up a new life for
himself. Instead she ended up killing him.
Sometime later, Dredd led a Hot-dog Run (training mission) into the Cursed Earth and requested DeMarco to assist him.
The two worked well together. Later still she rose to Sector Chief of
Sector 303 and found Dredd reporting to her. To his astonishment he
discovered that in the interim she had fallen in love with him. Dredd
uncharacteristically let this breach of regulations slide and the two
parted company once more.
However Judge Edgar of the Public Surveillance Unit,
who vehemently disliked Dredd, uncovered the incident and attempted to
use it to prove that Dredd and DeMarco had had an non-judicial liaison.
Dredd was reprimanded by the Chief Judge, and DeMarco chose to resign
from the Justice Department rather than undergo demotion and compulsory
re-education. However, Galen was heir to the DeMarco fortune which, once she left
the Judges, was turned over to her: a fortune that ran to about 17
billion credits. Dredd also arranged for Galen to have a gun permit and
work as a private detective so she could continue to have something to
do. During the Second Robot Wars
of 2121, DeMarco fought bravely even though she was now a civilian.
Meeting Dredd again, her love for him finally died when he again spurned
This beautifully sculpted figure of DeMarco was produced by Warlord Games. I have always liked DeMarco. The Dredd series has certainly created many very strong and noteworthy females, which I applaud. In JDMG, she is a Level:8 Infantry Hero. She can arrest enemies as if she was a Judge, but she is not required to.
Known as the Simian Sam Spade, Travis Perkins is a partner and bodyguard to Galen DeMarco. Despite being a gorilla with full sentience, Travis was once a Judge, working in the Wally Squad during one of the Justice Department's more lax recruiting periods. This is another figure that was produced by Warlord Games. In JDMG, Travis is a Level:5 Infantry Hero. He has two Special Abilities. First is For DeMarco, in which he may be taken by any force that has selected Galen DeMarco PI as a Mercenary. He may not be used without her. Secondly, he has Swinging Apes, in which he can treat any sheer surface as clear terrain, so long as he begins and ends his Phase on a flat surface, and he can move across any open gap up to his Move without making an Agility check.