Monday, 10 July 2017

"The Entire Dalek Race, Wiped Out In One Second."

"Today the Kaled race is ended, consumed in a fire of war."
This 28mm scale model of a Dalek is produced by “Warlord Games” and can be assembled from one of the plastic sprues found within the "Doctor Who: Exterminate!" "fast-paced tabletop miniatures game". Conceived by Terry Nation and designed by Raymond Cusick in 1963, these particular sculpts are based upon Henry van Statten's so-called "Metaltron" shell, which first appeared in the April 2005 BBC Television series story "Dalek".

Unhappily for this particular "easy-fit plastic" miniature however, I was somehow completely unable to push the model's two halves together, and resultantly, it 'broke' when I applied a little too much pressure to it whilst using a pair of pliers. Fortunately though, the damaged figure was far from being useless to me and having super-glued it to one of the 40mm thin-lipped circular bases I use for objective markers, it was 'transformed' into a Dalek casualty.
Crushed Car WIP - The trashed motor vehicle has been layered with "Vallejo" Gunmetal Grey
Indeed, I was so taken with this micro-project that not only did I simply place the aggressive alien's piece of broken fender next to its leaning outer casing, but re-aligned the direction his head dome was facing, cut off his disruptor gun, drilled a hole into the blast weapon's housing, and finally tore a semi-large hole through its skirt and adjoining sense globes. Needless to say, the Kaled Mark III travel machine now looked considerably more distressed and was quickly primed with some "Vallejo" Heavy Sienna.

As I very much wanted the destroyed Dalek to still tie-in with the mutant's Time War mechanical shells, I next gave the model a double coat of Brass, washed it with "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade, and applied a rough dry-brush of more "Vallejo" Brass. I then 'picked out' the extra-terrestrial's eye stalk and control arm with some "Citadel" Ironbreaker and Nuln Oil, and painted the Daleks' audio scanners with a combination of "Vallejo" White and Pale Grey. As a last touch, I used some "Citadel" Abaddon Black to coat the pepper pots' fenders and then dry-brushed them with some "Vallejo" Heavy Charcoal.
Boromite Gang Fighters WIPs - These two aliens are being painted from the ground up 
One of my favourite purchases from the recent "Bovington Wargamers Show" was a couple of Crushed Cars sold by "Wargames Terrain Workshop". These hefty pieces of solid resin should hopefully make an interesting scenic piece for my "Metamorphosis Alpha" tabletop, especially as I plan to flock one with snow, so I can use it for the starship Warden's medieval-themed deck...  

Lastly, I am continuing to make some slight progress with my Boromites for "Beyond The Gates Of Antares". These sci-fi miniatures produced by “Warlord Games” have previously proved a somewhat difficult painting subject for me, on account of all their instruments, armour and equipment. But having now started to actually 'cut in' their grey rocky hide as I go, rather than wait until I've finished painting their firearms, I'm finding the extra-terrestrials a bit more manageable, and am currently tackling two at a time.

34 comments:

  1. I do like the destroyed Dalek Simon, very nicely done Sir.

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    1. Thanks Michael. He was truly a labour of love... once I'd taken my temper out on him :-)

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  2. Great job on the damaged Dalek, the crushed car is progressing nicely and expecting a mig rust wash to soon be applied. Keep plugging at the Boromites mate you'll get there and your perseverance is paying off

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    1. Cheers Dave. They may well be an application of "Mig Productions" Extreme Rust Wash coming to two rusted cars sometime soon ;-) Plugging is a good word for working on the Boromites. At least I've been told they look rather nice in the flesh once finished - that's encouraging.

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  3. Nice work on the damaged Dalek. Would make a good objective in other games.

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    1. Thanks Simon. I'm certainly tempted to do a few more at some point... and as this one is flocked with grass you never know where it might appear ;-)

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  4. The destroyed dalek is very good indeed. You raised a smile when I pictured the scene of a man with pliers, teeth bared, tendons in the neck standing out crushing a poor little plastic dalek.

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    1. Cheers Phil. Your imagination isn't a million miles away from the truth either ;-)

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  5. I still think the Dalek`s an inspired idea.... all those little bits and pieces which will bring your starship Warden (and surrounding regions) alive with all sorts of cool and interesting debris.

    That crushed Car is superb too, totally conducive to the totally to the whole theme.

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    1. Thanks Steve. It'll be good to give the damaged Dalek some quality tabletop time soon. Lots of rusty stuff coming over the next few months as I plan to litter my "Metamorphosis Alpha" campaign with loads of assorted goodies.

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  6. A happy mistake as the destroyed Dalek will be a superb addition to the games table!

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    1. Cheers Gordon. Serendipity I guess :-)

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  7. The wrecked Dalek is superb and just goes to show what can be achieved out of adversity.

    Dave's crushed car is a big favourite of mine but as soon as I saw how Dave had painted his on his webstore I knew I couldn't come anywhere close enough to replicating it so I simply ordered a painted version. For the price, it was money well spent!

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    1. Cheers Bryan. I was very tempted to get Dave to paint me up two of his crushed cars, but I also like the idea of having all my scenery for "Metamorphosis Alpha" to be a muted, rusty colour, so the reds/greens/blues of my minis stand out all the more on the tabletop. As you say though, Dave's painted pieces are very much money well spent.

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    2. Thank's for the kind words guys, with the painted options you get to choose the colour scheme not just what's pictured on the website, to be able to tie in with bits people already have

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    3. Now worries Dave. Plenty of "Wargames Terrain Workshop" plugs coming as I slowly work my way through your pieces :-)

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    4. Many thanks Simon, you certainly have a fair few to keep you going ! The ones I'm most looking forward to seeing you do is the two big guys

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    5. Yep. The big monkey is actually on my painting table now. Just not yet getting the attention it deserves.

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  8. I do like that Dalek, I can imagine a quarry (sorry desolate battlefield) festooned with lots of these and corpses, very atmospheric (but sadly also very expensive), would look great though.

    Cheers Roger.

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    1. Thanks Roger. I might do a few more now "Warlord Games" have kindly sent me a replacement sprue :-)

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  9. The Dalek casualty looks ace, and a great way to recover a damaged mini. :)

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    1. Cheers Leon. To be honest its not often I sling a mini, even a wrecked one, as I do like my objective markers these days.

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  10. Great use of damaged goods - ahem - making damaged models!
    Also good to see the Boromite force increasing.

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    1. Thanks Joe. The Boromites are slowly getting there... slowly.

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  11. For some reason, when I look at that completed Dalek figure, I don't see 'destroyed' Dalek, I see 'drunk' Dalek. Maybe it's the leaning over or the way it appears to be looking down at its broken fender as though it's saying "i don't remember that falling off..." and now I've got the image of it repeatedly ramming into a wall, repeating "my vision is impaired, my vision is impaired,.."

    On a more serious note, i'd be inclined to 'dirty uo' your wrecked Dalek a bit more, as it does look relatively pristine, other than the big hole in its side.

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    1. Cheers Jez. I did consider the dirtying of the Dalek, and added some extra blackening around the blast hole to represent burning. But ultimately decided I liked it looking 'shiny'.

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    2. hmmmm, dont change it. Sorry Jez, but it looks perfect as it it. Changing anything would be a shame and bound to ruin it.

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    3. No worries, Tarot. I won't be re-painting it. This damaged Dalek will represent a 'fresh kill' :-)

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  12. The damaged dalek looks terrific all on the kilter.

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    1. Thanks Clint. Its turned out alright imho.

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  13. That Dalek looks so good! You've done a convincingly grand job making it looks buggered up mate!

    Crushed car... looks like it's 50's/60's? Interesting piece.

    Nice that you can work on a duo of Boromites now. Tended to work well for me when I was painting up my Soviet infantry as well. Any more and I got overwhelmed. (Hence my lack of any progress whatsoever of late.)

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    1. Cheers Dai. The damaged Dalek should add something extra to my "Doctor Who" tabletop - I hope. I love Dave's cars and should have both finished quite soon now. I've still got some way to go on my Boromites but I'm getting there slowly...

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