Monday, 20 October 2014

Comic Review: Predator vs Dredd vs Aliens

Well it's time for another comic review. This time it's Predator vs Judge Dredd vs Aliens. Yes you did read that correctly,  two of cinemas most scary sci-fi aliens have come to Mega-City One. And only Dredd stands between them and the unprepared citizens. The book comes in a roughly A4 size format with a beautiful dust jacket, portraying the three antagonists. Whilst under the jacket is the matt black hard cover, with Red Font writing which reminds me of the original Predator font from the movies. See pictures below and let me know your thoughts.

So the first strip in the book is Judge Dredd vs Predator. The story begins in the outskirts of Mega-City One in the Cursed Earth. A lonely scrap prospector named Gomer and his robot assistant Ben, see what they believe to be a shooting star. Thinking that a fortune of precious metals has just crashed over the hill, Gomer goes off to investigate. Instead of finding his weight in precious metals, Gomer finds an alien spaceship! Unfortunately for poor Gomer the owner of said ship is still around. In the last panel of this section the scene is zoomed out, showing the glowing lights of Mega-City One in the distance. Whilst in the big Meg it's business as usual for the Judges, chasing down two gangs fighting over turf. But soon the Judges are ambushed by an invisible assailant,  pinned down and injured they call for back up and Dredd responds. Arriving at the scene, Dredd's bionic eyes pick up on the invisible assailant. Opening fire, Dredd uses hi-ex to drive away the Predator and gives chase to the xeno into an empty Zoomline Shed alone (not his best idea).  Finally coming face to face with the Ultimate Game Hunter. Dredd and the Predator slug it out, resulting with Dredd losing and being knocked out cold by a fall. But before backup can arrive the Predator makes good it's escape. Dredd is rushed to the medical wing of Justice central, where he spends the next five hours in a rapid heal pod. Slow a recovered Dredd comes too and discovers that the body count is rising. More shockingly is that the alien seems to be only targeting Judges!

The Justice Department hasn't been idle though. They have formed a task force to located and contain the threat. Dredd in his usually lovely manner takes control of the task force, and immediately pisses of the PSI auxiliary Schaefer. Schaefer is in fact the Great, great, grand daughter of the late Dutch Schaefer (ref. first predator movie). The sole survivor from a previous Predator encounter back in the 20th century. Schaefer attempts to locate the alien using her psi abilities and the blood of the injured Predator. But as results are slow coming Dredd and Schaefer have an argument about her claimed abilities. Schaefer storms off with the blood sample and speeds away in her car. With her mind elsewhere Schaefer loses control and crashes the car. Accidentally ingesting a sample of the xenos blood (gross!). In this moment Schaefer gets a flash of the aliens nest and a captured Judge near by. Realising this is the break they are after, Schaefer consumes the rest of the blood and forms a psi bond with the alien hunter. Now finally with a target, Dredd leads the task force along with support from two Wardroids against the Predators nest. But it's never that simple and soon the Predator has tallied up an impressive kill ratio on the Judges. Now alone Dredd faces off against the ultimate Game Hunter, in a burning down building. This time though the lawman of the future is triumphant and leaves the fallen body of the xeno to burn with the body.

This was a great story and I wouldn't expect anything less from a Wagner written piece. But I felt that Schaefer as a character, didn't really add anything to the story and could have been any old psi within the department. Would have liked to have seen more enough put into her, to make a more well rounded persona. Also if I had been Tech-Judge, I would be so pissed off at Dredd for burning the aliens tech, though I'm sure the lawman wouldn't care. But a good start to the book.

The second strip involves Wagners script writing skills again, but this time the artist is Henry Flint. Flint is one of my favourite Dredd artists. So I'm extremely excited to get into this story. Straight of this story is set later than the Predator story. How can I tell...well in the Predator story Dredd was armed with the MKI lawgiver, whilst in the Alien story Dredd has the MKII. The story begins with Dredd on crowd control in a Southern Sector of MC-1. The crowd are protesting the building of a new power tower and who could blame them after the last one became an active volcano. With the sectors road grinding to a halt, we come across a very sweaty and sick looking Jimmy Godber. Who is trying to get to the Eisenhower Hospital. But Godber is not alone. He is being chased by two armed assailants. Soon gunfire is echoing in front of the Hospital, which gains Dredds aggressive response. With the assailants dealt with, Dredd takes the sick Godber into the hospial.
Within moments of reaching the medical staff, Godber begins to suffer fits. As the Judges struggle to restrain Godber, his chest brusts open in a fountain of gore! From within the injury appears a worm like creature that escapes into the hospital vents. Dredd unsure what exactly he had seen immediately quarantines the hospital and calls in the Justice Departments specialists.  The elite team called 'Verminators' specialised in pest control of the future. Equipped with the best armour and weapons the team were expected to clear out pest from rad roaches all the way upto nest of albino sewer gators. The 'Verminators' team consists of Packer, Butterman, Wilson, Maier, Marinello, Fisk, Millar, Orson and Shook. Straight away Packer orders all the wards into lockdown to restrict movement in the hospital. And launches a hover camera into the vents. Feeling this situation is under control Dredd heads off with Giant and Sanchez to investigate Godber's background.
Soon it becomes apparent that they are dealing with an off world creature and the death toll starts rising rapidly. Not wanting to give to much away. All I can say is the next few pages are classic Alien movie scenes, as the teams findout the hard way about these aliens. There's gore, blood, acid, missing body parts, acid, confined spaces and did I mention acid? There is even a fight scene of Dredd versus Alien on top of a moving Zoom train, which is epic! But as the case unravels we findout the real mastermind behind this infestation, is Mr. Bones. A mutant banished to the Cursed Earth as a child and forced into becoming a space pirate. During his time as a freebooter Mr. Bones' hatred for the justice department grew. Then one day he came across the aliens and had the answer for his revenge. Harvesting the eggs Mr. Bones and his mutant band of merry men, transported the eggs to the undercity and set about growing a hive, under Justice Central! With fear of the law coming down on them, Mr. Bones brings his plans forward. Blasting a hole into the basement levels of Justice Central, the aliens swarm in. Dredd and Giant find themselves swamped by the xenos threat. Imagine epic last stands, a judge death toll unheard of since the Apocalypse war, a recuse mission and coming face to face with a Queen! These last fifteen odd pages are so action packed, that if I went into any real detail you would still be reading for another week. But rest assured our future lawman deals with the bugs in an unforgiving way.

This story was epic! I have no other way to describe it. It was full on action packed from the first page to last. The suspense had me on a knifes edge and couldn't help but grimace when the explosives got used on a bug...Oh the acid blood led to some great artwork by Flint. This story is now one of my all time favourites.
Well now to the final review. But how to review this book. I will spilit it into likes and dislikes.

First of the things I liked;

  • Wagner, he knows how to tell a tale.
  • Henry Flint one of my all time favourite Dredd artists (wish he had done both strips).
  • Aliens and Predators oh my! Best scifi-horror villians of the 20th century.
  • Actioned packed, both strips especially the Alien one, had me gripped from start to finish.
  • The Acid, oh how it burned!

  • Schaefer, didn't feel like a real character and seemed rushed.
  • Reusing the name Gomer in both strips. Not sure why they used the name twice. After a bit of googling I found the name Gomer Andres, who made a movie called Alien Predator. But not sure if it's the missing link to this.
  • How Dredd deals with the Aliens/Predators. He destroys all traces of them. Which seems unrealistic to me as I'm sure Justice Central would love to experiment on them both. But I guess it also makes sense as they don't want these stories becoming main cannon in the Dredd time lines.
Overall this book was an amazing read and well worth it. I know I want to re-read already, which is a good sign. So with all considered this book scores a 4 out of 5.
As always let me know what you think. Do you like cross over tales, do you hate them, would you change them? What cross over would you like to see happen? Drop me a comment below and until next time. Thanks.

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Autumn sales

Well I warned you guys a sale was coming and here it is! The reason for selling all this, is for the following reasons:

1) Moving early next year. So have to clear space again,
2) I really need a new laptop, the current one is getting so slow it is beyond a joke.
3) Most likely it will all go on Eldar and Dark Eldar kits.

If anything takes your eye please email me ( I'm open to offers and will post aboard. The price will include p & p unless you are from outside the UK in which case I might have to add a bit more on.

 1) 20 2nd edition Snakebite Ork boyz. All white metal with additional parts and bosspole. £50 (£2.50 each)

2) 10 2nd edition Snakebite Ork Boarboyz. 7 are painted. £40 (£4 each)

3) Space Hulk 2nd Edition pieces. Incs. 27 Blips, Floor tiles (8 rooms, 40 floor tiles) and 20 Doors. £15

4) 40k templates £2

5) Diemos Pattern Executioner rhino with Astral Claws panels all from forgeworld £20

6) Spare parts for the games Armageddon and Horus Heresy. The game boards are amazing and would make great wall art. £10

7) Rogue Trader era Ork Codex 'ere we go! A massive heavy tome, full of fluff and pictures.. This book is in mint condition as you can see from the the photos. Great book looking for a loving waagh! £50

8) Books. Each book has been read and is in a used condition. Each book is £2 to cover p&p.
Hunt for Voldorius
Legends of the Space Marines
Shadow of treachery
Deliverence lost
Know no fear
The Primarchs
The outcast dead
Prospero burns
Age of Darkness
A Thousand Sons
Fear to Tread
The first heretic
Path of the warrior
The Gildar rift
Eldar Prophecy

And that's it for now. If your interested email me at the above address.

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Revenge of the Corsairs

Well I'm not going to lie after quite a long break from 40k I have reignited my love for the game. As the cheesy saying goes a break is as good as a rest (may have just made that up sorry). So unsurprisingly it's the Eldar that are to blame. I just can't shift these little xenos from my imagination. The plan so far seems to be:

Primary detachment: Craftworld Eldar
Ally Detachment: Eldar Corsairs
Dataslate: Ghost Warriors

So with this in mind ive been looking at Eldar Corsairs once again. The plan being on using the Forgeworld rules and using them as an allied detachment. One of my big resources for them so far, is actually from 1st edition Rogue Trader and the orginal work done on Eldar. So I thought I'd show you the images and see what you guys think about it all.
The best bit about these old pages is seeing where the lore and current ideas come from. Of course there is the classic Yriel's Eldritch Raiders who have become an ingrained part of Eldar lore. But then there is Xian's Black Raiders who's colour scheme recently became the new Forgeworld colour scheme for Void Dragons. Whilst finally Alai Mercenary Corps hasn't been heard of since (I hope they went out in a blaze of glory).
So do any of you go back through the editions looking for inspiration and if you have used pieces which bits?
Next time I will go through the forgeworld images. Along with my final choice of forces.

(Ps. From now on I'm using my android tablet for blogging so the new formats will look like this)

Friday, 3 October 2014

Advice and help and sales oh my!

Very quick post today. Been on an epically long holiday and have finally got back.
So the topic for today's post is which photo sharing site do you guys use for blogging? If you could drop me a comment below I would be hugely great full. The reason for this is that I've noticed alot of my own pictures are broken and I would like to fix this issue. So any help would be great.

Also work has restarted on my eldar and to fund the project I shall be posting a sales page up soonish. Most likely once I've sorted out my pic problem. So keep checking back.

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Sector 102 Persona

So continuing with the updates here are the figures currently complete along with links to their pages. I hope you enjoy.

As always let me know what you think and if your enjoying these figures please follow on the other blog too. Many thanks and until time stay safe,