Prepare to be Judged!
The first add-on we would like to offer you is another Kickstarter Exclusive: the Hell Judges.
Before we explore that expansion, we should take a quick look at what Kickstarter Exclusive means. Basically it’s simple: a Kickstarter Exclusive item is available during this Kickstarter campaign, and possibly never again. The only time it may be available is during special promotions or events, and only then if we have any left over from the Kickstarter in the first place. At no point will the Kickstarter Exclusive items ever be sold as normal retail options.
Now that’s out of the way, what’s in the Hell Judges box?
As it’s our first add-on, we thought we’d start with something simple, so the Hell Judges box is the models of the 3 Judges, plus all the dashboards and cards you need to play them. But who are these Judges? Let me explain…
When Hades left the Underworld to fight alongside his fellow Gods, he left his wife, Persephone, in charge. She, in turn, enlisted the aid of Aeacus, Minos, and Rhadamanthus, who had all been famous lawgivers in life. They would help her to decide the correct treatment for each soul. That, at least, was the plan, and it worked for a while. Unfortunately the gates of the Underworld were open, and the dead began to escape back up to the realm of the living. Eventually the Judges followed suit, and now fight alongside the Gods, among the ruins.
Each Judge has a different approach to the law and to battle.
In game, Aeacus keeps his theme of controlling movement, forcing enemies to pay an Art of War card to leave his area. He also has a unique power that he can only use once per game. Choosing when to use this is key to getting the most out of Aeacus. Again mirroring his former acts (this time exiling his son), he can spend an Art of War card to banish an enemy unit back to its deployment area.
Minos’ is an interesting character that takes some thinking to use well. His first power is to change the target of an attack in his area, forcing a friend to act as a Guard whether he likes it or not. However, duplicitous this may sound, it also gives the new target the option of counter-attacking, which suddenly changes its value dramatically. It shows the somewhat unpredictable and complex nature of Minos’ character. In addition, he can sacrifice an enemy Troop model in his area at the end of his activation, just as his did for the Minotaur. However, in this case the result is different - the model is destroyed immediately, and Minos regains one wound.
When Rhadamanthus deals damage he can, in addition, draw the target into his area, thanks to his chain. This chain also has a non-combat use, allowing Rhadamanthus to pick up omphaloi in adjacent areas. It is the spirit of retribution that defines this judge though, and this appears in his bonus for counter-attacks, both for himself and nearby friends.
As you can see, these three characters aren’t just amazing miniatures, they also add new tactical twists to your armies in the game. And they won’t be available after the Kickstarter…
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