New Series Dalek Customs Collection Tour – Even More Destroyed Daleks

Welcome to the next instalment in this series of Dalek customs showcases, a tour through my collection of custom-made New Series Daleks that have been altered and painted to appear destroyed, with some marked with stamps for the Dalek Asylum. In the previous two-part feature we delved back into the Dalek Asylum to look at more customs. These are more destroyed Daleks that are doomed to rot in the Dalek Asylum for all eternity. All of these customs are made by me unless stated otherwise in the description.

Abandoned Dalek Casing

Due to the centuries spent languishing in the Asylum, many of the insane Dalek inmates are crazy enough to try and escape from their casings, particularly the ones with cybernetic enhancements that allow them to slowly adapt to living for longer and longer periods outside of their shells. The mutant that formerly resided inside this Dalek casing has reach a point where it can abandon its metal prison altogether, leaving the damaged remains to gather dust in some dark corner of the Asylum. To create this custom a mutant reveal Dalek was used with the mutant itself removed, and the front panel cut in half and attached to the casing with plastic pieces. The wires came from an old TV cable and all the paint was done with Citadel applied using a dry brush.

Destroyed Time War Commander

During the Time War the Asylum saw an unprecedented increase in inmates – sometimes dozens would arrive in a single day. Due to a huge overload of the Asylum systems many of the automated drones were assigned to repair duties, leaving many of the more aggressive inmates unguarded. As a result, heavy infighting is now a common occurrence in the Asylum, which the central computer allows in order to keep numbers down. This Dalek Commander was a particularly unfortunate casualty of a conflict between various factions, and the blasted casing now sits as a grim relic of the Time War, that for some Daleks in the Asylum still rages to this day. This custom used a yellow and black Dalek Commander figure as a base and plastic pieces for the insides of the casing. The dead mutant is a combination of tissue paper, hot glue and Citadel paints and hot glue was used to attach a sucker arm and gun socket to the middle of the casing.

Spider Eggs Dalek

Cobwebs were a recurring feature in the episode Asylum of the Daleks, with many of the Daleks in the Asylum (particularly the Classic Daleks) being covered with spider webs. However, this creates an interesting implication, in that it means the Asylum is also home to a population of spiders. Logically, these creatures must eat and reproduce, and so this custom represents what the local spider population might do in order to eat and lay eggs – with an unfortunate Dalek as the host. It stands to reason that the spiders would adapt to use the Daleks as a means of reproduction, and perhaps even food, as the spiders themselves may have been converted into another extension of the on-site defence system thanks to the tenacious nano-cloud that surrounds the Asylum. This custom uses a black Dalek as a base that was cut up using a hacksaw and heavy duty wire cutters. The inside was created using plastic, wires and small blobs of hot glue to represent spider eggs, with the end result spray painted silver to add to the spider aesthetic.

Destroyed Asylum Inmate

In-fighting in the Asylum has brought several factions to complete extinction – and their remains are salvaged by Dalek Splicers that scavenge for spare parts among the wreckage. This Dalek was a Commander in a pre-Time War Dalek Assault Squad. Thanks to heavy Dalek casualties in the Dalek War, it was not long before the survivors admitted to the Asylum were wiped out. This custom was created using pieces from various New Series Daleks that had been cut up for other customs, and as such a new paint job was needed to make all the pieces seem like part of the same Dalek. The inside computer parts were taken from a few old electronic devices and the whole thing was assembled using hot glue and tissue paper held together with wires.

Dead Asylum Inmate

The battles that take place within the Asylum are not always firefights – in order to conserve power, many Daleks have resorted to close-quarters combat using makeshift weapons that have been cobbled together. Though these Savage Daleks form only a loose alliance rather than an ideological faction, they are among the most deranged and deadly of the Asylum inmates. This particular inmate was a victim of a Savage Dalek attack during which they cut out many of the front plates as well as both weapons, causing the casing to shut down and the mutant inside to drown in its life support fluids. This custom was made using a hacksaw and heavy duty wire cutters, and the internal frame was constructed from plastic and painted with Citadel paints.

Next – New Series Dalek Customs Collection Tour – Savage Dalek Asylum Customs

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New Series Dalek Customs Collection Tour – Intensive Care Asylum Daleks Part 2

Welcome to the next instalment in this series of Dalek customs showcases, a tour through my collection of custom-made New Series Daleks that have been altered and painted to appear destroyed, with some marked with stamps for the Dalek Asylum. Continuing from Part 1, these are the next set of ‘intensive care’ Dalek customs. These are based on the Daleks that appeared in the special ward of the Dalek Asylum who are all survivors of particular encounters with the Doctor. All of these customs are made by me unless stated otherwise in the description.

Open Emperor Guard Dalek

This custom was created using a previous attempt at an insane Dalek Caan custom, with the mutant removed and replaced with a custom green mutant made using hot glue and a plastic claw. This Dalek is intended to represent one of the Dalek Emperor’s Human-Dalek Hybrids, specifically one of the Emperor’s Guards that somehow managed to survive the events of The Parting of the Ways and has ended up in the depths of the Dalek Asylum. As the last of the Emperor’s Human-Daleks, this specimen is quite insane, and the repair drones dare not approach for fear of being sliced in half by this Dalek’s vicious metal claw. The weathering on this Dalek was done using drybrushing and as the base model was already burnt the pieces are warped and malformed as if the casing has melted due to extreme temperatures.

Ongoing Maintenance Dalek

Not all Daleks in the Asylum were admitted for insanity – some are cast into the dark chambers of the facility for simply malfunctioning. This Dalek contracted some form of computer virus during an encounter with the Doctor and its casing’s self-repair systems have shut down, meaning the Asylum’s drones must continuously repair the Dalek’s systems as the virus works to take them down in an endless battle between two continually adapting programs. All the while this Dalek waits patiently for the balance to tip in its favour, as more than anything it wants revenge against the Doctor. The plastic and wires of this custom’s frame were taken from an old radio and stuck together using hot glue. The paint detailing is Citadel paints applied using a dry brush.

‘Steampunk’ Dalek Commander

Some of the Daleks in the intensive care ward were damaged within the Asylum itself – this former Dalek Commander was admitted to the Asylum during the Time War after an incident involving the Doctor and an electro-magnetic pulse. Since the ‘accident’, the Commander has conducted many botched repairs on itself in an attempt to remove its dependence on electronic components and has replaced many of them with cobbled-together clockwork and steam-powered devices constructing using re-programmed self-repair drones. Regarded as an eccentric by the other inmates of the Asylum, this Dalek is generally avoided by the more lucid Asylum denizens, This custom includes parts from an old CD drive as well as wires and pieces taken from an old radio. Promarker pen was used for the weathering and detail on the various cogs and other pieces.

Asylum Supreme Dalek

Having been updated since its appearance in the New Series Dalek Supremes Collection Tour, this Supreme Dalek now resides within the Asylum and has become the ringleader of a desperate faction of Daleks from various time periods who have allied together for protection. Using its old command codes, this Dalek is capable of interfacing directly with the Asylum’s central mainframe, giving it a unique insight into the Asylum’s Labyrinthine layout that makes it a vital asset for the various competing factions within the Asylum.

Next – New Series Dalek Customs Collection Tour – Even More Destroyed Daleks

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New Series Dalek Customs Collection Tour – Intensive Care Asylum Daleks Part 1

Welcome to the next instalment in this series of Dalek customs showcases, a tour through my collection of custom-made New Series Daleks that have been altered and painted to appear destroyed, with some marked with stamps for the Dalek Asylum. The previous instalment featured some odd additions to my customs collection that didn’t really fit anywhere else, but now we must delve back into the depths of the Dalek Asylum to take a look at some ‘intensive care’ Dalek customs. These are based on the Daleks that appeared in the special ward of the Dalek Asylum who are all survivors of particular encounters with the Doctor. All of these customs are made by me unless stated otherwise in the description.

Damaged Life Support Dalek

This Dalek went insane due in part to the horrors it witnessed in the Time War, both by the Daleks themselves in their genocidal campaign against the universe but also thanks to equally vicious atrocities that the Time Lords committed against the Daleks themselves. This custom was created using a mutant reveal Dalek mutant placed on top of an overturned plastic flowerpot, of all things, that was attached to the base before the damaged casing was constructed around it. The wires and computer parts were salvaged from various pieces of old equipment like radios and motherboards, and the plastic frame came from a Warhammer set. The paints used for all of the customs featured here is Citadel paints, and the drybrushing was done with an old model painting brush. The detailing on the mutant was done with Promarker pen, and pieces of plastic and hot glue were used to construct a new eyestalk.

Straight-jacket Dalek

This Dalek was based on the Dalek seen during the intensive care scenes in Asylum of the Daleks that breaks free of its chains but has no weaponry with which to attack the Doctor. Since the Asylum automated precautions made a point of removing this particular Dalek’s weapon, it would stand to reason that this particular inmate was even more deranged than its peers, and so for this custom wires were used to create a sort of Dalek straight jacket, designed to imply that this Dalek is being kept restrained for the safety of other Asylum inmates. Silver spray paint was used to give this Dalek a weathered look, and the wires have been painted silver to resemble metal. As with many Asylum customs, a fake eyestalk was needed and this one was constructed using the inside of a ballpoint pen and hot glue.

External Life Support Dalek

This Dalek has clearly suffered from some kind of internal damage or fault, and the Asylum’s automated systems have responded by constructing a life support system around the Dalek’s casing to keep it alive. Although the base figure used for this custom is that of Dalek Sec, this could be any Time War era Dalek commander as many of these Black Daleks were seen in the Asylum during Asylum of the Daleks. The frame was constructed using pieces from a Warhammer figure frame cut using heavy duty wire cutters and held in place with hot glue. With silver and green paint added, the plastic frame looks convincingly metal and the glue serves as leaking Dalek fluids. The front panel is held in place by a structure built inside the Dalek casing using the plastic case of an old plug and some more Warhammer frames.

Open and Empty Dalek

This Dalek casing’s colour scheme indicates it may have once contained a particularly high-ranking Dalek, but after it was admitted to the Asylum and its casing opened for maintenance, the mutant escaped and now prowls around the depths of the dark facility. In the meantime, this abandoned casing gathers dust in the intensive care ward, ignored by the repair drones and essentially left to rot. This custom was created by sawing the two individual halves of the Dalek figure in half and gluing them back together as separate pieces, whilst also sawing the front panel in half and building a frame out of plastic pieces to hold it all together. The wires and computer parts represent the internal workings of the Dalek casing that have corroded over time.

Next – New Series Dalek Customs Collection Tour – Intensive Care Asylum Daleks Part 2

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Doctor Who Customs Collection – Leftovers: Four Sonics and a CyberLord

Since I have done showcases of custom Daleks and Cybermen it seems only fair that I also do a tour of my other custom Doctor Who memorabilia, starting with custom sonic screwdrivers. Some of these were made quite some time ago, one in particular that I am especially proud of I finished over two years ago. Let’s see if they stand the test of time…

Custom Red Laser Screwdriver

 

This custom uses my old Laser Screwdriver toy as a template, since I had this device since 2008 and it had long since broke. I therefore decided to attempt a custom design for the Laser Screwdriver using red as the primary colour rather than yellow, which I always thought was an old choice. I painted the adjustment dial a porcelain white, and added slight damage scoring in black to the main grip and the emitter.

Custom ‘The Rani’s Sonic Screwdriver’

 

This essentially originated from the idea of ‘What if The Rani had a sonic device? What would it look like?’ and this was my answer. I painted it red to match the outfits we see her wear in the two episodes in which she appears (Dimensions in Time is not canon.) I also used purple and black paint to simulate the interior colours of her TARDIS.

Custom Alternate Sonic Screwdriver

 

This is another example of a custom being created from an old toy I had as a child. Indeed, this was my sonic screwdriver toy when I was little, it didn’t work very well and the sound eventually cut out leaving it as little more than a very weak torch that flashed green, but I loved it all the same and now it enjoys a new lease of life as my custom damaged ‘evil-looking’ Sonic Screwdriver. I was fascinated by the idea of the claws being a different material to the rest of the device, at one point I even considered attempting to make it look as though the claws were made of the same crystalline-like substance as the emitter, but this seemed too challenging. I added damage to the inside of the device that is visible only when it is extended, and painted on significant wear and tear to the handle and the interior. Overall, I think it turned out quite well.

Custom Alternate River Song Sonic Screwdriver (BOXED)

 

For whatever reason at the time, I decided to box up this custom in its original packaging. For anyone wondering, this custom uses the inferior ‘single-colour’ cheap alternative River Song Sonic Screwdriver and not the original, better version with the working LEDs on the inside, so don’t panic. It is boxed in the packaging of the better version, however, so if I ever sell it I shall have to make that clear. Nevertheless, the sonic underwent several paint jobs over the years as I bought this sonic to replace my Matt Smith version only for this one to be rendered obsolete when they released the War Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver, my personal favourite.

Bonus – Custom CyberLord Figure

 

I have included this here at the end simply because I don’t know where else to put him. He didn’t feature in my Damaged Cybermen Collection Tour because he isn’t damaged, but he is a custom so I will showcase him here. This started as a hand-me-down  Cyber-Leader figure that I purchased at a ComiCon in London, with the middle panel already missing. The face was also badly worn away – so worn in fact that the face mask almost looked black. This game me an idea for a custom, and this is the result. I used black Humbrol paint on the facemask, ‘ears’, pipes and back panels which gives it a nice shiny metallic finish.

Next – New Series Dalek Customs Collection Tour – Intensive Care Asylum Daleks Part 1

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New Series Dalek Customs Collection Tour – More Destroyed Daleks

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…

Read More – New Series Cybermen Customs Collection Tour – Damaged Cybermen Customs

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New Series Dalek Customs Collection Tour – Screen-Accurate Asylum Daleks

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Welcome to the next instalment in this tour through my collection of custom-painted New Series Daleks. Following the Special Weapons Dalek Customs, this short feature includes a brief look at two of my best Dalek Asylum customs. All of these customs are made by me unless stated otherwise in the description.

‘Eggs’ Dalek

This Dalek is intended to represent the Dalek that Rory first encounters in the Dalek Asylum in the initial chamber shown in Asylum of the Daleks. This Dalek became infamous for attempting to say ‘Exterminate’ and simply repeating ‘Eggs’ over and over again, baffling Rory but giving the other Daleks enough time to wake up. I set out to create this Dalek as my first attempt to properly recreate a figure that had been seen on-screen. And whilst my approximation with this figure is hardly perfect, I feel I have at least achieved a striking resemblance with this attempt. The hardest part about creating this custom was accurately recreating the damage to the manipulator arm slot that this Dalek possessed, which I had to inflict using a hacksaw and a pair of pliers (applied with delicate and professional precision, of course) to eventually open up the housing for the manipulator arm ball joint and fill in the exposed gap with hot glue, giving it a finish similar to that of melted metal when left to dry and painted black. Finishing details like the weathering, the Dalek stamp and the oil and grit in the seams I achieved using Pro-marker pens.

Plunger Dalek

This Dalek is intended to represent another Dalek shown in the Asylum in the opening chamber shot of Asylum of the Daleks. This Dalek was much easier to modify than the Eggs Dalek, particularly since no drastic alterations needed to be made to the casing. However, Particular detail had to be given to the missing spheres which, as shown in the episode, show evidence of impact scoring combined with oil and grit residue. I painted this Dalek with a very thin grey overlay so that the oil-coloured marker pens would have a standout effect, particularly in the light.

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Next – New Series Dalek Customs Collection Tour – More Destroyed Daleks

Custom Collection Tour - More New Series Destroyed Daleks

New Series Cybermen Customs Collection Tour – Damaged Cybermen Customs

Welcome to a slightly different Customs Collection Tour, as this time we will be taking a look through my collection of custom-made Damaged Cybermen to complement the previous feature that revolved around Damaged or Destroyed Dalek Customs. All customs are made by me unless stated otherwise in the description.

Damaged Cyber-Leader Custom Figure:

The first in my series of Custom Cybermen is a damaged Cybus Cyber-Leader, who has lost an arm and with it, his blaster. This started out as a destroyed Cyberman figure, with the legs swapped out with those of a Series 6 Damaged Cyberman figure. The detailing was done with black and brown permanent markers and the damage to the eye was done with a pair of pliers and finalised with black and grey pens.

Burnt Cyberman Custom Figure:

This Cyberman figure has been altered to appear burnt and scratched, using the arms and chestpiece of a Pandorica Guard Cyberman Figure and the rest of the parts were sourced from various Series 6 Damaged Cybermen. Oddly enough, due to the nature of the Pandorica Guard figure, the blaster is on the left hand instead of the right, as it is in the episode. I used blue paint drybrushed into the gaps of the Pandorica guard to give the impression that electric parts lie within.

Partially Repaired Cyberman Custom Figure 1:

This Cyberman figure is a repainted version of a Series 6 Damaged Cyberman to give more of an impression that this Cyberman has attempted to form rudimentary repairs on himself via salvaged parts of other Cybermen. The panels on his chest have been repainted silver with a grey finish to look newer than the rest of his body, and the internal wiring on his arm has been coloured blue and purple with permanent marker.

Partially Repaired Cyberman Custom Figure 2:

Like the figure above, this Cyberman has also been repainted to give it more of a scavenger look, although this particular Cyberman’s repairs are much more crude. The internal wiring on his chest has been painted over to stand out more, and further damage has been added to his chest panel section and head. The panels on the legs have been repainted silver to give the impression that this Cyberman has covered up blast damage to his legs with crudely bent pieces of steel.

Bonus – Legless ‘Zombie’ Cyberman Custom Figure:

This Cyberman figure uses the head of a Pandorica Guard, the body of a Series 6 Damaged Cyberman and the legs (or lack thereof) of a Destroyed Cyberman figure. I added further paint applications to the legs and torso to give the impression that this Cyberman is desperately crawling towards its next victim, attempting to kill or upgrade even in its critically damaged state.

Next – Doctor Who Customs Collection – Leftovers: Four Sonics and a CyberLord

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