|Warlord Games 2019 Johnny Alpha|
Welcome to a Strontium Dogs post, following on from the Gronk and Brute Mosely painted figures comes Johnny Alpha, the leading hero of the Strontium Dogs. Now as I have admitted a few times I have let to start reading the comics or play a game yet (Warlord has solo rules which I plan to cover soon). I personally only know Johnny Alpha through a couple of audiobooks and from the Judge Dredd Verse so my info is limited.
With that being the case I have lifted some info off an earlier post I shared when I painted a 1980's version of him (LINK), it is rather basic as I wish to delve deeper into the game and comics and reveal more as we actually learn it, rather than suffer from spoilers. Enjoy.
The most famous and respected of the Strontium Dogs is Johnny Alpha, whose mutant eyes allow him to see through walls and read minds. He is responsible for such legendary achievements as destroying the Wolrog homeworld, leading the mutant uprising on Earth, and bringing Adolf Hitler to the future to face trial. His legendary career and his assistance to mutants in trouble - such as donating a large sum of money to the Milton Keynes ghetto - has made him an icon to Earth's mutants. He is a highly skilled and dangerous fighter, a highly dogged bounty hunter, never giving up in the pursuit of his quarry.
He is the son of Nelson Bunker Kreelman, a bigoted politician who drafted the anti-mutant laws and gained power on the back of bigotry. Despised, abused and hidden away by his father, Johnny escaped at a young age and joined the Mutant Army, becoming one of its key leaders by age 17 and playing a major part in the mutant uprising of 2167. He never revealed the identity of his father, changing his name from Kreelman to Alpha.
Like all Search/Destroy agents, Alpha is armed with highly advanced technology including a variable-cartridge blaster, electrified brass knuckles, a short-range teleporter, a "time drogue" that can briefly "rewind" the last few minutes of time, and "time bombs" which can transport somebody minutes or hours forwards or backwards in time (by which time the planet has moved along in its orbit so that the victim reappears in empty space).
Over the years, Johnny Alpha's white, incandescent eyes have provided him with several mutant abilities. Most frequently, the high-level alpha radiation emitted from his eyes allows Johnny to see through walls and other solid objects, or to read people's minds. He has also used his piercing stare to inflict severe headaches on his opponents, guide small objects remotely with a kind of limited telekinesis, or to "suggest" illusions or hallucinations (e.g., while fighting the Necromagus, Sabbat, Johnny made Sabbat believe the Grim Reaper was behind him.).
For a second class citizen and scum of the universe title he has a lot of cool gadgets, I am excited to get some more models painted so we can start running some games. Hopefully, soon I will also find some time to set aside to read a comic and we can start a true dive into Strontium Dogs.
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