Welcome to the next instalment in this tour through my collection of custom-painted New Series Daleks. Following the Screen-Accurate Dalek Asylum Customs, this feature includes a tour of my collection of other destroyed Dalek customs. All of these customs are made by me unless stated otherwise in the description.
Pair of Destroyed Dalek Thays
I have already showcased one Destroyed Dalek Thay on this blog, which can be found here. These, however, I created to be more screen-accurate recreations of Dalek Thay’s destruction than I had created. I studied the shot of Dalek Thay exploding and realised that there is not as much damage to the lower half or even as much to the midsection, although the gun and plunger both fall off. I recreated the mechanical mess inside using wires and black paint, but used hot glue to imply the remains of an organic occupant.
Destroyed Black Dalek Figure
This custom involved an elaborate interior section which I created using paper, hot glue, green paint and patience. I had to saw the top half of a Dalek Sec and then individually saw the midsection apart to recover some of the panels, as I wanted to make it look as though this Dalek fell apart in the almost ‘modular’ fashion that the Daleks in Resurrection and Revelation of the Daleks seem to do when they are destroyed. The mutant inside is implied to still be alive, flailing about as the mutants in Resurrection of the Daleks do.
Destroyed Paradigm Dalek Drone
This Paradigm Drone has had a bad day. Who knows what could have happened to it. Perhaps its top half was sawn off by the bite of some gigantic dinosaur. Perhaps it was destroyed by a well-placed blast of Nitro-9. Perhaps it was left to rot in some basement of the BBC prop department and the midsection rings collapsed. Whatever the reason, this Dalek has lost its head, and now sits a dormant husk, probably slowly sinking into a swamp somewhere waiting to be found over 30 years later by volunteers dredging a pond. Who knows, but the custom itself used much the same materials as the Black Dalek except I applied oil detailing to the skirt section using careful application of permanent marker.
Work-in-progress Paradigm Drone
This Dalek is simply not done yet, although I require more parts in order to get him right. Regardless, here he is in his current state – I am attempting to implement the same ‘criss-cross’ pattern as on my other damaged Paradigm Drone (which can be found here). I will post updates on this custom when progress on it resumes!
Damaged Paradigm Dalek Eternal
Although the true purpose of the Dalek Eternals is shrouded in mystery, this particular specimen wasn’t as eternal as the others in his order. Although the circumstances of his destruction are unknown, this Dalek does not exist within the Asylum – it is in fact now a piece in a private collection after it was recovered when Human-Draconian forces finally drove Dalek forces out of the Mutter’s Spiral, and serves as empirical evidence that the New Dalek Paradigm has attempted to meddle with Dalek history. This custom was made by removing the upper section of a Paradigm Dalek Eternal and separating out the neck rings, then filling the gaps with hot glue painted green.
Day of the Daleks Supreme – Dalek Asylum Inmate
This custom is included here to demonstrate the accessibilty of Dalek Asylum customs and how newcomers to the idea of customising Dalek figures can easily get started. The only things needed for a custom like this are some half-decent paints, a worn paint brush for drybrushing, and a permanent marker. With just one coat this broken Gold Dalek now looks the part as an inmate of the Dalek Asylum. Since it was dumped in the Asylum after the Dalek-Draconian War, this former Supreme has been rendered catatonic after the loss of its eyestalk and gun, which were removed by the Asylum’s automated systems after the former commander caused serious damage to several Asylum systems. The mutant inside now lives off the casing’s internal life support system, plotting a means of escape from the eternal damnation of the Asylum…