Whether I’m creating a brand new design or using a colour scheme that someone else created, painting unique colour schemes for New Series Daleks is always exciting, not least because each design I create is completely unique. The best part is that painting New Series Daleks is arguably one of the easiest methods of customising, so anyone can buy paints and brushes to have a go themselves. Not only is painting models relaxing and interesting at the same time, it also expands your creative mind and improves your hand-eye co-ordination. Painting New Series Daleks is always fun, because there is a huge range of colour scheme ideas to choose from, from recreating Classic Series Daleks to making customs of Daleks from the books or audios. However, the Daleks shown here are mostly my own designs, or are very loosely based on existing designs.
Custom Blue Dalek Council Member
Though this design is visually similar to the modified Eternity Circle Dalek, the blue is broken up by more gold – notice that the neck rings and midsection retain their original gold and bronze colour, with only the dome and skirt having been painted blue. This Dalek depicts one of the members of the elusive Dalek Supreme Council, which has been mentioned several times throughout the show’s history in both the TV series and the Big Finish audios but has never been seen. Presumably the Supreme Council lasted until the Time War, so I used a New Series Dalek for this custom. The only paints used were blue Citadel paint for the previously mentioned dome and skirt, and bronze Citadel paint for the base.
Custom Red Dalek Council Member
This custom is unique in that it mismatches parts from two types of Dalek from different eras. The dome, eyestalk and base are from a New Series Dalek, whilst the neck, midsection, skirt and appendages are from a Classic Series Dalek. This custom is loosely based on the ridiculous black and red original Dalek action figure, that looks nothing like a regular Dalek. To give this figure a consistent paint job, I completely repainted all the parts once the figure had been constructed, using red Citadel paint for the dome, midsection and base, black Citadel paint for the neck rings, skirt and hemispheres, and silver Citadel paint for the midsection and the base.
Custom Hive Dalek Supreme
This custom is very loosely based on the ‘Dalek Hive’ from the Doctor Who comic Fire and Brimstone, although it is totally different as this is a New Series Dalek and not the Classic Series-inspired design that the Hive possesses. Nonetheless, the basic colour scheme was inspired by the Hive Supreme and I even attempted to recreate the ‘joined’ ear lights, although the result looks more like an exposed brain – which is excellent. I painted this figure using yellow Citadel paint for the dome, midsection and skirt, black Citadel paint for the neck rings, hemispheres and base, and silver Citadel paint for the midsection slats.
Custom Temporal Weapons Dalek
Those who have read the War Doctor novel Engines of War will recognise the Temporal Weapons Dalek as a unique version of the Special Weapons Dalek that has a weapon capable of erasing people from history. The Dalek features on the front cover of the novel, as a Special Weapons Dalek with a New Series Dalek dome, but I decided to be a bit more creative with my interpretation of that Dalek for this custom. The figure was originally a Dalek Commander, although I have removed the front panel and replaced it with a huge, malformed cannon created using the pieces of a larger remote control Dalek gunstick and several wires from inside the remote control Dalek itself. I painted the figure using silver Citadel paint applied using a dry-brushing effect, and the ear lights were painted a dull burgundy.