One of my many gaming interests is Doctor Who, mainly inspired by the free Doctor Who Miniatures Game (DWMG). As an aside, DWMG is a precursor to Crooked Dice's very popular 7TV and related games, so if you're considering buying 7TV and want a tester first then this is worth a look.
So, within my Doctor Who collection I have a fair number of 28mm U.N.I.T. soldiers (1970s uniforms and weapons, not current) as well as various forces of aliens including Sontarans, Cybermen, Sea Devils and the Family of Blood. However, I could hardly write my first post on Doctor Who models without showing everyone's favourite adversaries: the Daleks!
Black Tree DesignBlack Tree Design. Once upon a time, BTD had a very bad reputation for customer service, but by all accounts that has changed dramatically over the past few years and I've never had any problems when ordering from them. They still have by far the largest range of wargaming-scale Doctor Who models of any manufacturer, though their models are firmly based in on the 1st to 8th Doctors (i.e. up to the Paul McGann movie of 1996, but not including any of the newer BBC TV series). By all accounts, BTD haven't had a license to cast new models for many years, but they do seem to have a lot of old stock lying around and most of the range is still available!
Micro UniverseMicro Universe series; an engineer and a regular dalek. These were pre-painted soft plastic models (something like Heroclix), but the range was quite small and some of the models in it were a bit obscure. Still, they did some nice daleks.
Note that I've rebased these; the models originally came on simple black bases with stats for the (very poor) Micro Universe game printed on the underside. I collected a lot of the Micro Universe models when they were available, though since they came in semi-random packaging I didn't always get enough of some things I really wanted.
|Micro Universe on the left, Black Tree Design in the centre and right.|
Also in this shot is my model of Davros, the inventor and sometime leader of the daleks. He's got to be one of the creepiest Doctor Who villains of all time, I think!
|iDalek on the left, "classic" dalek on the right|
As you can see from the picture, the iDalek is quite a bit larger than the classic model (and remember that unlike the painted model, the iDalek isn't on a base). This is appropriate for the TV show, as the newer design was easily the height of a man whereas the older version was rather shorter.
Note the iDaleks in the centre-top and classic Daleks bottom left. I hope I've got enough!
There is another dalek model available in this scale; some of them can (just) be seen in the top, centre-left compartment, in gold-coloured plastic. These were also hard plastic toys that came with Doctor Who Adventures, but the detail on them was quite soft and the weapon and "plunger" arms were very thick indeed. However, the size is quite compatible with the other "classic" dalek models. I'm still debating whether they're worth painting and basing or not.
It's a great game. The local club have a custom built Tower of London for a home brewed scenario. I'm currently collecting figures and making terrain for Pyramids of Mars. I'll post some photos on my blog once I've made some tangible progress (!) I also have a job lot of the plastic Daleks. Never knew they were called iDaleks!ReplyDelete
I quite fancy getting some robot mummies myself :-) . "iDalek" is of course a fan term, not an official designation.Delete
The Daleks are definitely my favourite Doctor Who villain. I'm not a fan of the chunky looking iDaleks but the rest of your collection is very commendable.ReplyDelete
I don't think many people liked the iDaleks very much, Bryan!Delete
Great collection C6, but I think you may have overdone it a tad.ReplyDelete
Thanks, but I dunno. I could still use a heavy weapons dalek and I have an emperor dalek waiting to be painted (some time!)Delete
That's an interesting project Colgar, and finally one I won't get tempted by :P.ReplyDelete
And don't listen to Joe, you can never have too many evil guys!
Thanks, Mathyoo. You're right about the bad guys, though in this case I could probably use a few more *good* guys!Delete
Cool collection dude.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Bob - though really this is mostly just bits waiting for attention.Delete
Nice one mate. As a Club we did vote on doing a Dr Who show game once. But nothing came of it. The loudest ones in the discussion did the least work. (I voted for doing a GTA type game).ReplyDelete
Still I digress, 7TV also did a hard copy of the rules (sold out now I think) but I have one along with some Citadel Darleks and even a K9. So tempting to set a game up now that you have reminded me.
The really GREAT thing about Dr Who is that he seems to be the only male action adventure hero who solves problems with Brains and not Brawn. This would count many wargamers out!
The Citadel daleks are quite a lot smaller than the 28mm models above, I think. I don't have any myself (they're as rare as hen's teeth these days).Delete
You're right about the brains over brawn! While this is a very good aspect (in my view), it does require careful scenario design to be workable. Fortunately there are a great many DWMG scenarios published.
Doctor Who never made it in France, but so far from my limited knowledge I knew only of the dalek. Well, as long as they lose...ReplyDelete
I think I'm right in saying that Doctor Who is the longest-running science fiction series in the world. It's been going since 1963, albeit with a gap of some 16 years!Delete
Must be great to play Dr Who, you can go any where in space and time, use any minis and terrain you have, the sky is the limitReplyDelete
Yes, that's pretty much right: any time, any place. Of course, the downside is that you need a *lot* of different terrain to be able to do this :-) !Delete
Great collection! This is where clubs come in handy with a multitude of different terrain settings.ReplyDelete
I hadn't thought of that, but I imagine that you're right. Maybe I should make more effort to find a decent club, now that the local group of kids has folded up.Delete
Your Daleks look great.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Jason. I really should paint up a few more, though :-) .Delete