|"They sometimes possessed claws instead of standard manipulator arms."|
This 38mm scale "easy-fit plastic" model of a Dalek is made by “Warlord Games” and can be found within the Nottingham-based company's Davros & the New Dalek Empire Expansion Set. Designed to be played with with their excellent "Doctor Who: Exterminate!" "fast-paced tabletop miniatures game" I've actually painted this particular miniature up as a member of the Emperor's Personal Guard; "a Dalek organisation made up of Daleks dedicated to protecting the Emperor Dalek at all costs."
Created by Terry Nation for the 1965 BBC Television story "The Chase", in which a pair of them were destroyed during the Daleks battle against the Mechonoids on the planet Mechanus, this superior version of the "hostile alien life-forms" was super-glued onto a 40mm lipped circular stand before being undercoated with "Vallejo" Heavy Sienna. I then gave the Skaro mutant a double coat of Brass, liberally washed it with "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade, and finally gave the "elite Dalek" a heavy dry-brush of more "Vallejo" Brass.
|Draconian WIPs - The three reptilian humanoids have had their legs layered and shaded|
With the basics finished, I subsequently picked out the guard's eye stalk, control arm and multi-range variable power destructor with some "Citadel" Ironbreaker and Nuln Oil, and additionally painted the Dalek's audio scanners with "Vallejo" White and Pale Grey. As a last touch, I used some "Citadel" Abaddon Black to coat the pepper pot's fender and dome.
Having previously painted two of these veterans of the Last Great Time War, this third figure finally allows me to field an Emperor's Guard Recruitment Card on my "Doctor Who: Exterminate!" battlefield. These "Unique" Daleks are understandably significantly more powerful than the game's basic Dalek Patrol, utilising the traits "Marksman" ("may reroll any or all Combat Dice when shooting") and "My Stuff [Upgrade: Elevate]", alongside their improved Shooting and Close Combat statistics.
|Copyright "Warlord Games" - The Ninth Doctor, Captain Jack Harkness and Rose Tyler|
In addition I'm at long last finding the time to return to the first three of eight Draconians I want to get on the tabletop as part of my ongoing Dalek Invasion of Draconia campaign. These reptilian humanoids are packed full of detail with their pimpled skin, flowing green robes, gem-stones and gold adornments, but should still hopefully be fairly straightforward to finish over the next few weeks.
One of my main motivators this month to get so many of my "Warlord Games" "Doctor Who" models finished is the manufacturer's announcement of their imminent "Ninth Doctor & Companions" boxed set. This expansion not only contains Christopher Eccleston's incarnation of the Time Traveller, but also Rose Tyler, Captain Jack Harkness, Mickey Smith and Jackie Tyler.