Thursday, 22 June 2017

"You Know The Doctor. You Understand Him. You Will Predict His Actions."

"Predict! Predict! Predict!"
These two 28mm scale "easy-fit plastic" models of a Dalek are made by “Warlord Games” and can be found within the company's "Doctor Who: Exterminate!" "fast-paced tabletop miniatures game". Created by Terry Nation and designer Raymond Cusick in 1963, these particular sculpts are based upon the "hostile alien life-forms" revised Time War shell, which appeared in the June 2005 BBC Television series story "The Parting Of Ways".

Having previously painted my force's Patrol Leader, Dalek Sec, as well as several of the 'basic' warrior units which Davros created in order "to fight in the Time War against the Time Lords", I decided to paint these particular miniatures as Imperial Guard Daleks - a Dalek organisation made up of Daleks dedicated to protecting the Emperor Dalek at all costs.
Nemesis the Warlock WIPs - The alien has had his skin washed and dry-brushed, as well as his robe inked
As with my other Kaled Mark III travel machines, the figures were first super-glued onto 40mm lipped circular stands before being undercoated with "Vallejo" Heavy Sienna. I then gave each Dalek a double coat of Brass, liberally washed them with "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade, and gave them a heavy dry-brush of more "Vallejo" Brass. 

With the basics finished, I subsequently picked out their eye stalks, control arms and multi-range variable power destructors with some "Citadel" Ironbreaker and Nuln Oil, and additionally painted the Daleks' audio scanners with "Vallejo" White and Pale Grey. As a final touch, I used some "Citadel" Abaddon Black to coat the pepper pots' fenders and domes.

Despite the recent announcement that "Warlord Games" will be producing models of the Supreme Red Dalek, the Special Weapons Dalek and the Genesis Ark, their "Doctor Who: Exterminate!" rule-set doesn't yet contain any specific rules for these specialist models or the Emperor's Personal Guard. But it does contain a Dalek Patrol recruitment card which, whilst only providing two models on the tabletop, also generates a highly valuable Fate Token; an ability, alongside the traits "Override" and "Tank", which I felt was rather appropriate for a pair of Daleks "who were used to protect the Dalek Emperor" in his throne room...
Manphibian WIPs - The S.H.I.E.L.D. operative has had his flesh layered, and washed with green and brown shades
Focusing on a somewhat older mini-project, I have managed to make some excellent progress on my "Indyclix" figure of "Nemesis The Warlock". This plastic "Wizkids" pre-painted "2000 A.D." comic book character had been sat gathering dust in my painting queue until very recently, but is now close to completion.

Lastly, with this month's "Forgotten Heroes" challenge now two-thirds finished, I have 'unleashed' my paintbrush upon a converted "Heroclix" figure of Manphibian, which I actually assembled twelve months ago. The extra-terrestrial’s white boots and pouches have all now been completed, as has the anti-hero's automatic rifle, and I am currently slowly washing his scaly hide with green and brown inks in preparation of some light dry-brushing.

50 comments:

  1. Always great to see more Daleks Simon and Manphibian is coming on a treat.

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    1. Thanks Michael. I was a bit worried about getting bored of so much brass, but even a simple step like painting the dome's black was enough to make them nice and different. It's good to have Manphibian on the painting table too :-)

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  2. The Dalek looks like they have been painted by a steady hand (I sometimes fail in this regard)

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    1. Cheers Clint. There's lots of 'touch-ups' going on in the background to make the lines look straight, I assure you :-)

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  3. A veritable cornucopia of goodness, Simon. I like what you've done with the Emperor's Guards and shall be doing similar once I get my hands on some of these Daleks. And I guess I missed the announcement that they're planning on releasing the Supreme Dalek, as I was wondering how I could convert one of the 'normal' Daleks into a Supreme one.
    Nemesis is coming along nicely and it's good to see Man-phibian progressing as well. Good work.

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    1. "A veritable cornucopia of goodness" - what a marvellous expression, Jez!! "Warlord Games" have only just started posting images of the Supreme Red Dalek, the Special Weapons Dalek and the Genesis Ark, as far as I know. But I've also seen at least three versions of Ashildr, so am looking forward to seeing a boxed set based around "The Girl Who Died" at some point.

      Nemesis is now finished and should be posted soon, whilst I determined to finish Manphibian before the end of "Forgotten Heroes" and keep Roger happy ;-)

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  4. The Daleks look great Simon, Nemesis is progressing well. Manphibian looks a great model, if you haven't drybrushed him yet add a purple wash in shadow areas and a red wash in highlight areas this will give your scales a shimmer quality

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    1. Cheers Dave. I haven't actually started dry-brushing Manphibian, so I will give your top tip a try!! I'll let you know how I get on :-)

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    2. Thanks for the email btw, I'll send you a reply with an order for Bovington. See you soon :-)

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    3. No problem, slowly getting back up to date

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  5. Excellent work on the latest Daleks Simon. I hope you show off the whole force together at some point. :)

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    1. Thanks Leon. My Dalek Force isn't actually all that big currently, as I just have the nine painted up. But they'll all be on display in my latest BatRep when I post it.

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  6. Lovely work with Nemesis my fave by far

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    1. Cheers Andy. I'm hoping to have Nemesis posted soon.

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  7. As much as I really admire your Daleks, I love that Manphibian figure. Top stuff.

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    1. Thanks Roy. Glad the Manphibian conversion is getting some love - he's been waiting a year to get a lick of paint!!

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  8. Stat cards for the Emperor's Guard Daleks can be found in the Davros and the Daleks boxed set.

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    1. Aha. Well that makes perfect sense. You've twisted my arm to get the Davros boxed set now, Bryan ;-)

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  9. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VmMxz4cMKuc

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    1. ROTFLMAOOOooooo, that`s so funny, I like it :)

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    2. "we could destroy them with one dalek"
      "I'll do it."
      "it was a figure of speech"
      "oh"
      LOL stuff!! :-)

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  10. Love the progress on Nemesis. Manphibian is very effective.

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    1. Cheers Phil. I like to mix up my minis per posting, so there's hopefully always something to please the eye.

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  11. I think your daleks looks absolutely amazing. Can you tell me about red daleks, what is their function in dalek-dom, are they like the Emperor`s Imperial Guard in Star Wars?

    Your Manphibian WIP is looking hot. I really like it Simon.

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    1. Thanks very much Hils. Historically, the red daleks have sat between the blue and black daleks. But the red Dalek Supreme "Warlord Games" are releasing was their leader after the Time War. Bizarrely though, when the Paradigm Daleks were created seven years ago, the red versions were just drones, with the supreme Dalek being white. Confused yet?

      I'm really pleased Manphibian seems to be going down so well, it was one of those conversions I simply wasn't sure about when I kit-bashed him together.

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    2. The Red Daleks deliver the post to the others, that's the real reason Simon!
      (hmm, quite a few things in Britain that are red. Buses. Telephone boxes. Tabloid newspapers. Historical uniform of the British Army. I think you should actually repaint all your Daleks to be red, Simon. As an act of patriotism :P )

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    3. I must confess to be mightily tempted by the news that "Osprey Games" will be doing a Victorian Mars rule-set soon. Red jackets on the Red planet; now that'll be awesome, Roy :-)

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    4. Try Space 1889, I think you`d LOVE it. Its an absolute corker of an old school classic by GDW (who made Traveller).

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    5. Thanks for the recommendation, Dave. I've put it on my shopping list :-)

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    6. Good man. As Del Boy would say: "you know it makes sense." In this case, if you like the idea of Redcoats on Mars, John Carter, and Tricorn hats alongside Thin Red Line, savage natives, jungle crawls, dungeons (lost cit) crawls, desert expanses, and mix and matching anything from your collection - at will, then I think you`ll be very impressed with it.

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    7. Besides there being a "Savage Worlds" variant, I see there's a load of expansion books too. Any you recommend, Dave? The beastmen one looks interesting...

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  12. Great work on the Daleks, as always.

    Progress too on Nemesis, jolly good.

    And finally Manphibian...he might even make it into the top ten this year (mind you he isn't finished yet..... ;-)

    I've re-posted the relevant bits by the way.

    Cheers Roger.

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    1. Cheers Roger. Hopefully I'm giving you plenty to chose from for this year's Top Ten choices; I don't want any trees or droids making the selection this year ;-)

      I'm going to try out Dave Stone's top tip on Manphibian, as I think it'll give the mini a bit more life. Fingers crossed, and a huge thanks for keeping the official "Forgotten Heroes" website updated :-)

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  13. Lovely job on the Daleks! Still trying to resist temptation...!

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    1. Thanks Gordon. There's so many awesome "Doctor Who: Exterminate!" sculpts currently out there, I appreciate its hard to choose which ones to buy ;-)

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  14. Very cool post indeed. Lots of nice eye candy and some deeply engaging topics too.

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    1. Thanks very much Dave. I try and bring a few different genres to each and every posting when I can.

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  15. Why do your Daleks look so much nicer than mine *sniffs*

    lol, excellent work Simon. Manphibian is looking deadly, and those Daleks, oh man, they`re killer.

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    1. Cheers Steve, that's high praise indeed :-) I love these new Daleks because they are predominantly finished with just a simple dry-brush.

      Manphibian should hopefully be finished soon, so he can join my "Forgotten Heroes", and I Nemesis is just being based for a future posting; I've a few "2000 A.D." characters coming ;-)

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  16. {{Historically, the red daleks have sat between the blue and black daleks}}

    Okay, so black Daleks are the unit leaders, right? But uuugh!!! what are the blue Daleks?

    {{But the red Dalek Supreme was their leader after the Time War.}}

    UUuuug!!! now I`m so lost LOL.

    {{when the Paradigm Daleks were created seven years ago, the red versions were just drones, with the supreme Dalek being white.}}

    grrrrrrr, You`making this all up arent you LOL.

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    1. "grrrrrrr, You`making this all up arent you" - um, no ;-)

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  17. oh my *sighs* I`ll never get it all.

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    1. have a look here, Hils. This should help: http://www.thedoctorwhosite.co.uk/dalek/types/

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  18. OOOOOOOOooooooooo THANK YOU xx

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  19. Excellent work on the Daleks. How many have you got finished now?

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    1. Thanks Simon. I've got nine Daleks, including Dalek Sec, tabletop ready, with a damaged dalek objective marker yet to post ;-)

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