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As with others, these are two flawed gems. I re-read Stone Island recently, desperately trying to find a link to the Edgiverse, and scraping up a tenuous one. It's a great little horror fantasy - very British (and good for it).

Armoured Gideon's original design is great - the first series the best - and I liked the meta-ramblings of The Collector. Trying to blend those concepts into the WURMS! saga isn't going particularly well, though.

I've gotta go with the giant, single-minded destructo-bot that emotes from a built-in television screen. Yes, my vote goes to Mek-Quake Armoured Gideon!

Thargus Maximus - Bringer of Thrills!

I really enjoyed the Thrill Sucker stories.

Off Topic / Re: Threadjacking!
« on: 06 December, 2021, 01:15:03 AM »

Oh, dear Jebus Grud in Heaven, I live on the same planet as these flatin' McCoys.

General / Re: The 2021 2000AD Messageboard Advent Calendar
« on: 05 December, 2021, 10:13:26 PM »
1st - Trooper McFad
2nd - Trooper McFad plus mysterious colin.ynwa indulgence
3rd - AlexF
4th -
5th - Pete Wells
6th - AlexF
7th -
8th - AlexF
9th -
10th - AlexF
11th -
12th - Funt Solo
13th - AlexF
14th -
15th - AlexF
16th - colin.ynwa
17th - AlexF
18th -
19th -
20th - AlexF
21st -
22nd -JayzusB.Christ
23rd -
24th -
25th - EVERYONE!

General / Re: The 2000AD Messageboard Advent Calendar, 2021 edition
« on: 04 December, 2021, 10:18:57 PM »
Since Franks entry err disappeared somehow i kinda wanted to fill in the day 4 hole so theres not an empty day so heres the time when me and my american buddy called Kazan talked about the stories that were in prog 1


It's both my birthday AND my day for the advent calendar! I signed up early to scoop everyone else who thought about doing one of these :D

A Visit From Judge Dredd
by Conrad of Space Spinner 2000
(based on A Visit From St. Nicholas by Clement Moore Clark)

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the cubes
Not a creature was stirring, not even a juve
The perps were all locked in their jail cells with care
And were well behaved ‘cause Judge Dredd was there
He’d come to Block-I on special assignment
With vision of jail break plans come into alignment
And Dredd in his helmet, and I with my loadout
Had just settled in for a long winter’s stakeout
When through the east wall there arose such a clatter
Dredd sprang into action to see what was the matter
Away to the view-screen I flew like a flash,
I pulled up security feed 801/
The moon on the breast of a refurbished bot
Gave a lustre of midday as two figures fought
For what to my wondering eyes did appear,
It was a powerful war-droid, knocking Dredd on his rear
But the little old judge so lively and quick
I knew in a moment he had the bot licked
More rapid than eagles his lawgiver came
And he aimed, and shouted, and called them by name:
“Now, Standard! Now, Hot Shot! Now Hi-Ex and Incendiary!
On Dodge ‘em on Armor piercing, on stun shot and boot knife!
To the perp’s head! To the perp’s skull!
Now shoot away! Shoot away! Shoot away all!”
As leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, blow it into the sky
So out through the iso cubes the bullets they flew
To impact the war-droid, and Judge Dredd came too--
And then, in a twinkling, I opened up all the cubes
The jail cells were emptying, even the juves!
As i drew in my head, and was turning around,
In through the door the Droid came with a bound
He was clad all in metal, from his trunk to his hood
And his chassis was all tarnished with ashes and blood
The body of Dredd he had flung on his back
And he looked like a demon, his chest badge said TAX
His armor-how it twinkled! His gun barrels how scary!
His eyes glowed like roses, his mood set to bury!
His droll other chest badge was drawn up so to see
That was was the old guard, was marked ABC
The stump of a boot knife was jammed tight in his head
And back from behind, came the revived Judge Dredd!
He quickly got free and punched the droid in its belly,
And the robot malfunctioned, like a bowl full of jelly.
The war droid went down, with a right jolly old SQUELF
And I laughed when I saw it, in spite of myself.
With a shot to its core and twist to its head
Soon I was alone in the room with ol’ Judge Dredd
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work
And beat up all the rioters, including the jerks!
And laying a finger aside of his gun
And giving a nod, the perps turned to run
They sprang to their cells, so fast that they whistled
And back down the doors clamped, the escape plan had fizzled
But then Judge Dredd grabbed me, I felt the cuffs tighten-
“Merry Christmas to all, you're going to Titan!"

Merry Christmas!

General / Re: Now I Know My ABCs...
« on: 04 December, 2021, 10:06:44 PM »
A-Z updates

Almost done with the core stories now...
Stories section added:                              
   Damnation Station                                                   
   Dash Decent                                    
   The Dead                           
   A Life Less Ordinary            

Dreddverse section added:                           
   Brit-Cit Brute                        
   Judge Planet            
   Pan-African Judges                                  
   Treasure Steel

General / Re: Now I Know My ABCs...
« on: 04 December, 2021, 05:10:47 AM »
A-Z updates

Filling up some more gaps - why, this is just like applying cob plaster to an off grid earthbag workshop!
Dreddverse section:                  
   Diamond Dogs
   Meet Darren Dead
   Plagues Of Necropolis               
   Pussyfoot 5
   Whatever Happened to...

Off Topic / Re: Real life accidents on film/tv sets
« on: 03 December, 2021, 01:43:09 AM »
When all else fails ... DRAMA!

Off Topic / Re: Real life accidents on film/tv sets
« on: 03 December, 2021, 12:30:17 AM »
Shark - calling people out for placing others in danger when you’re not willing to get vaccinated is hypocritical. Climb down off your high horse, please.

Off Topic / Re: Real life accidents on film/tv sets
« on: 02 December, 2021, 11:44:34 PM »
Jim - the Coen Brothers are nice. And Scorsese.

I really enjoyed Pandora - mostly for the art. She was in JD Mega-Special #7 (1994) and then there was a short series (Mural Scream) in megs 2.77-2.81. My short review of Mural Scream goes like this:

She's a Wally Squad operative who goes deep cover into a metaphysical drug gang that's part of an SJS plot to psychically monitor the citizens (that, for some reason, involves passionate, leather-clad, psychedelic sex rituals).

It's barmy stuff, and Hicklenton's art was always challenging and in yer face, in a good way.

(My vote up-thread is still for Twisted Tales, but it was a difficult decision, mainly because of how highly I rate Hicklenton's work.)

The Bendatti Vendetta

Bob Byrne's Twisted Tales

Off Topic / Re: Real life accidents on film/tv sets
« on: 02 December, 2021, 12:19:03 AM »
I agree with X that things got a bit fierce towards Shark and there was a bit of a pile on. Sorry, Shark.

I would respectfully suggest that if Shark didn't wade in with ludicrous strawmen, such as suggesting that anyone in the discussion had said "to hell with the victim", then responses might have been more temperate.

Well, without wanting to start an argument with you, it had been quite heated before that point, with some F-bombs strewn around. Anyway, I agree with X’s general sentiment and it doesn’t cost me much to apologize. I mostly started to feel bad for Shark when he got droid-shamed, tbh.

Edit - I realized just after posting that you’re a droid as well, Jim. Still feels like new information in this old head.

Off Topic / Re: Real life accidents on film/tv sets
« on: 01 December, 2021, 10:45:37 PM »
How do you check a round to see if it's live or a blank?

Normally, like this:

But with revolvers, you can see the bullets in the chamber, so where the camera would see that, you use dummy rounds instead of blanks - blanks have no tips (but do have propellant), dummy rounds have tips (but no propellant).

So, in the case of dummy rounds, they pretty much look just like a live round, except their primer (the base of the bullet) is dimpled, and they make a rattling sound when you shake them.

All of this leads us back to the armorer, who should have ensured that the round in the gun was either not in the gun (if it wasn't called for in that scene) or that it was a dummy round (by checking the dimple and the rattle).

My sidelines guess is that she looked at the box she'd been given that said "dummy rounds" on the side and figured it was all good to go.


Baldwin's now saying he didn't pull the trigger, either - that the gun just fired.


I agree with X that things got a bit fierce towards Shark and there was a bit of a pile on. Sorry, Shark.

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