Custom Big Finish Dalek Figures – Part 2

Welcome to my showcase of custom Daleks created in homage to various Doctor Who audios created by Big Finish. The release of the B&M Big Finish Doctor and Dalek two-packs have set the precedent that the depiction of a Big Finish Dalek does not necessarily have to be in-keeping with pre-established lore, or indeed go on any indication of what the Dalek might look like, or lack thereof. We know that the previously nondescript Dalek Interrogator Prime is blue and silver thanks to these figures, and we also know that the Dalek Scientist is silver, not blue as depicted on the cover of the audio in which it appears. As such, it appears that the floodgates are open and anything goes as far as Big Finish Dalek custom designs are concerned.

Although I have taken some creative licence with these customs, I have tried to remain in-keeping with the design philosophy of the Daleks in both the Classic Series and the New Series, and some changes have been made to designs to make them more realistic to depict as customs. Nonetheless, presented here is nothing less than the definitive source of Dalek designs for Big Finish audios.

Custom Elaborate Weapons Dalek

Big Finish Audio – The Four Doctors

Although named as such by me, not by the audio in question, this custom represents a particular Special Weapons Dalek – although I have assigned this to The Four Doctors for now, this is how I picture any Special Operations Special Weapons Daleks in the future. I created this custom using a standard Special Weapons Dalek painted with black Citadel paint. The detailing was done with a bright red and muted silver Citadel paint, the latter of which was applied using dry-brushing.

Custom Brotherhood Dalek

Big Finish Audio – Brotherhood of the Daleks

Featuring prominently on the cover art of Brotherhood of the Daleks is this Red Dalek, as this audio depicts the creation of pseudo-subfaction of Daleks which take on a more communist approach compared to the Daleks’ most fascist alignment. As such, this Dalek sports bright shining red, in-keeping with the design seen on the cover. As such, this Dalek closely resembles the incorrectly-coloured Dalek on the cover of the novelisation of The Daleks’ Master Plan, although that Dalek has no red on the midsection.

Custom Dalek Prime

Big Finish Audio – The Four Doctors

Although what differentiates a Dalek Prime from a Dalek Supreme is never truly addressed, it was clear to me that I would have to make this Dalek stand out from Dalek Supremes in order to justify its unique rank. As such, I used a similar design to the Special Weapons Dalek from the same story and went with a sinister black and red approach. I used Citadel paint for this custom and specific Citadel brushes due to the precise nature of the paint applications.

Custom Time War Dalek Scientist

Big Finish Audio – A Thing of Guile, part 2 of The War Doctor: Infernal Devices

This is a somewhat controversial choice as the recent release of the previously mentioned Big Finish B&M Dalek figure packs have confirmed that the Dalek Scientist seen on the cover of A Thing of Guile is silver and bronze, not blue and bronze, and the artwork of the cover means that the Dalek appears blue due to reflections on the rendering model. However, I wanted to know what this colour scheme would look like on a figure, so here it is. I also added the Vault Guard Dalek claw as a bonus attachment.

Custom Dalek Time Strategist

Big Finish Audio – The Shadow Vortex, part 1 of The War Doctor: Agents of Chaos

This Dalek Supreme custom was created to resemble the Dalek Time Strategist on the front cover of several of the War Doctor audios starring John Hurt and Jacqueline Pearce. I say ‘resemble’, as that Dalek appears to possess an intricate Time Controller (aka a plasma ball) in its midsection, that I deemed far too adventurous an idea for a custom. One day I might return to this figure and attempt to add the feature, but not yet. The paint applications were done in layers – first I spray-painted the figure silver, I then painted on the purple details with Citadel paint and coloured in the hemispheres with permanent marker. Although not 100% ‘cover-accurate’, I am still incredibly pleased with how striking this figure looks.

Custom Intensive Care Dalek Asylum Inmates – Part II

Welcome to Part II of my showcase of custom Dalek figures in my collection created to resemble Daleks in the Intensive Care section of the Asylum in Asylum of the Daleks. These customs are some of the most elaborate in my collection, in the reason why I have held back on publishing these blog posts until now is that, although I am far from finished showcasing my Dalek customs, I have showcased enough of my Asylum customs that I feel the time has come to unveil what is arguably the greatest part of the Asylum Project. These Daleks represent the most insane, damaged and twisted Daleks in the entire Asylum, and as a result I have gone to great lengths to ensure that these customs are the most insane, damaged and twisted Daleks in the collection.

The methods involved to create some of the Daleks in this showcase go above and beyond what has been seen before – the trusty hacksaw is, of course, a staple, as is the hot glue gun. But I had to get very creative with these Daleks, so the list of methods used for each one might get a bit long. After all, these were not created in a day – in fact, some of these Daleks took months to complete. However, some are certainly more difficult than others, and although I would not recommend trying to create these sorts of customs on your first go, I have always reinforced the idea that anyone can create art from the tools they have to hand and the unwanted junk that collects over time.

Custom Skeletal Dalek Casing with Mutant

This custom started out life as a standard mutant reveal Dalek, although the inner housing was needed for another custom. I placed the mutant on top of a flowerpot which I then built the lower half of the Dalek around. I cut the casing up with a hacksaw and used the pieces to construct this partially-disassembled Dalek. Pieces from a Warhammer set were used to hold the neck and dome section upright, and due to the fact that the inner mechanism remains intact, the head can turn 360 degrees. The inner components came from an old computer, mostly old circuitry, although some came from the inside of broken remote control Daleks. Lastly, the wires were from a broken HDMI cable and the entire custom was given several dry-brushing coats of bronze Citadel paint and a wash of black Citadel paint.

Awaiting medical attention in an Asylum reconstitution center, this Dalek mutant twitches and writhes impatiently. Although repairs have been slow, its damaged casing is slowly materialising around it, and it won’t be long before the mutant can get back to the extermination of lesser life forms once again.

Custom Intensive Care Booth Dalek

This custom is a slightly less elaborate take on the Genesis Ark idea, in that the half-pieces of the Ark make great booths for the Daleks that resemble those seen in Asylum of the Daleks. The top half of the Dalek was cut off using a hacksaw – this is a Damaged Dalek Thay figure, once again I am finding ways to use this sculpt in way that creatively hides the backside. I used solder wire to hold the Dalek in place and the insides were filled with tissue paper, plastic and hot glue before being painted over with black paint. The wires came from the inside of an old radio, and an old computer chip was fitted to the inside of the booth to resemble a monitor.

Critically damaged in the Time War, this Dalek is constantly fed nutrients by the Asylum systems – where the nutrients come from, nobody knows, although the Dalek itself hardly cares, as it lacks neither taste buds nor the concept of hunger. However, after decades of these squalid conditions, it does yearn to feast on flesh…

Custom Medical Care Dalek

This custom was created using a Dalek Commander figure as the base, with the wheels and inner mechanisms removed and replaced with an old light switch. The damage to the lower part of the casing was done with a hacksaw and wire cutters, and the insides were replaced with framework from a Warhammer set. The eyestalk is a fake, made with pieces from an Airfix set. The wires came from an old computer and the control panel came from a New Series Davros figure. Lastly, the contraption atop the pillar is part of a bass amp that smashed – I used hot glue to seal the sharp edges. Hot glue was used throughout this custom to keep things in place, and black Citadel paint was used to give the entire custom a black wash. Silver Citadel paint was used in dry-brushing on the Dalek itself.

After being infected with a virus that attacks Dalek flesh, this former Commander was brought to the Asylum for treatment. As it regains strength, it thinks of the Doctor and shudders with hatred. Even if it is cured, this Dalek still suffered a demotion as a result of its defeat – and now it will never reclaim its former title.

Custom Damaged Void Survivor Dalek

This Dalek is one of the few that actually uses its Genesis Ark as a Genesis Ark. The idea behind this custom is that one of the Daleks from the events of Doomsday survived by hiding inside the remains of the Genesis Ark, eventually finding its way to the Asylum. This Dalek was a relatively simple custom to make, the hardest part was cutting the section out of the Genesis Ark to make it look as if it is partially open. I used hot glue to attach the inner framework to the two halves of the Genesis Ark, and the Dalek itself was adorned with wires that are held in place with hot glue. The entire figure was then given a black wash and the ‘globes’ on the Genesis Ark were painted red.

After being cast into the Void by the Doctor, this Dalek managed to escape by hiding inside the Genesis Ark itself, although both it and the Ark were critically damaged in the process. Now languishing in the Asylum, this Dalek can barely remember the quick, heated battle at Canary Wharf – though it does remember the Doctor.

Custom New Series TV Dalek Figures – Part 1

Welcome to the first part of a small sub-series of Custom Dalek figure showcases, in this post we will be looking at my collection of custom TV Daleks of the Time War sculpt. Character Options should be given a lot of credit for the versatility of their Dalek figures, as well as the robust construction. Throughout the community, fans have nothing but good things to say about Character Options Daleks, and although times have been hard for Doctor Who merchandise in the past, let it be known that Character Options has stood by the franchise and always tried to make the best Daleks that it can with the resources available to it, something that I can relate to.

The customs in this post are all based on specific Daleks from the TV series, and as I have always stated throughout my custom figure showcases, I focus less on making the custom appear screen-accurate and focus more on making the custom look the best that it can possibly be.

Custom Crucible Dalek Caan Figure

The destroyed Dalek Caan seen in The Stolen Earth and Journey’s End is a fantastic prop, not only does it use the pre-established lore of how the Dalek casing operates to create a twisted rendition of an opened Dalek, but it also suits Dalek Caan’s deteriorated mental state perfectly. This custom was fun to make, particularly as I could use my hacksaw and hot glue gun skills that I honed during the Asylum Project. I removed the front panel of this figure and cut it in half, revealing the mutant inside which I held in place with hot glue. The entire figure was given a black wash and wires were used to hold the figure down as in the episode. I had to rebuild the inside of the figure as the mutant housing was removed for another custom, and arguably the biggest challenge was keeping the upper sections of the neck rings in place – although I cut them perfectly, they simply would not stay attached!

Custom Assault Dalek Figure

Although only seen very briefly in the Series 1 episode The Parting of the Ways, the Assault Dalek left an impression on me as a child, and I was always fascinated with capitalising on the idea. This Dalek is not a screen-accurate representation of the Assault Dalek, as in the episode it appears as a standard bronze Dalek. However, I created this design using an Axis Strike Commander Dalek and thought that it worked perfectly with the Assault attachment. Personally, I believe that if a variant of Dalek with a blowtorch-cutter claw exists, it should at least have a slightly different colour scheme. I painted this Dalek using bronze Citadel paint and added some metallic scuff effects with silver dry-brushing.

Custom ‘Rusty’ Dalek Figure

I am a huge fan of both Into the Dalek and Rusty from Series 8, and I was so glad when this Dalek made a surprise reappearance in Peter Capaldi’s final episode as the Twelfth Doctor, Twice Upon a Time. However, I did not create this custom as a screen-accurate recreation of Rusty, merely my own extrapolation of the idea behind Rusty as a character. Many of Rusty’s design elements are present on this custom, such as the black panel with the red light replacing one of the spheres, and the general mass of wires surrounding the casing. I created this Dalek from a newer sculpt of the New Series Daleks, and the wires were held in place with hot glue that attaches better to this version of Dalek. Many of the pieces are plastic parts salvaged from Warhammer sets and old electronic devices.

Custom New Series Dalek Supreme Figures

Welcome to my showcase of custom New Series Dalek Supreme figures, showing off my collection of customised Supreme Daleks that I have gradually acquired over the years. Each one has been customised by me either to represent Daleks from other forms of Dalek media or to explore alternate designs that use the New Series Supreme Dalek sculpt. Series 9’s opening two-parter The Magician’s Apprentice and The Witch’s Familiar established that multiple Daleks with the same basic Supreme Dalek design exist, meaning that theoretically Supreme Daleks with alternate colour schemes could appear later in the series.

I had a huge amount of fun making these customs, as the Supreme Dalek sculpt is unique and fun to customise. Actualising several designs of Supreme Dalek that I have had in my head since my childhood was a rewarding experience, and this collection represents some of my best work as far as I am concerned. Remember that, although I have been customising Daleks for years, it doesn’t require much effort to start painting yourself – all you need is a brush, some paint, and something to paint on!

Custom Black and Silver Dalek Supreme

I created this custom out of an age-old desire to see this design of Supreme Dalek with the classic black and silver Supreme Dalek colour scheme. It actually looks really good, and if I were given the choice of which colour scheme to use for Supreme Daleks in the New Series, this would be it. I painted this Dalek using black Citadel paint and the detailing was completed with silver Citadel paint. The plunger has also been replaced with a Crucible-style claw.

Custom Blue and Gold Dalek Supreme

Like the previous custom, this figure has been an idea in my head for a long time and creating these customs gave me the chance to make it real. The original idea was to make a blue version of the standard red Supreme Dalek, but over time it evolved into its own thing. I painted this Dalek with blue Citadel paint and the detailing was done with gold Citadel paint. The hemispheres were coloured in with black permanent marker.

Custom Bronze and Cyan Dalek Supreme

This custom explores the idea of a ‘front-line’ Dalek Supreme – a Dalek Commander that, although important, is not above fighting on the field with its subordinates. As such, this Supreme Dalek sports a battered look. I painted this Dalek using bronze Citadel paint and the hemispheres were painted cyan. The entire figure was then given a black wash to add the grimy effect.

Custom Gold and Black Dalek Supreme

Fans of the Classic Series will recognise this design as being the Supreme Dalek from Planet of the Daleks, and that is correct – I based this design on that Dalek down to the purple headlamps, and the colour scheme looks excellent on a New Series Supreme Dalek. I spray-painted this Dalek black and then added the detailing with gold Citadel paint.

Custom Gold and White Dalek Supreme

Another Classic Series design for a New Series Dalek, this Supreme Dalek custom is based on the Imperial Daleks. I spray-painted this Dalek white and added the detailing using various shades of bronze Citadel paint. Unlike the other customs, I also painted the plunger arm as this is in-keeping with the Imperial Dalek colour scheme.

Custom Big Finish Dalek Figures – Part 1

Welcome to my showcase of custom Daleks created in homage to various Doctor Who audios created by Big Finish. There are a lot of Big Finish Dalek stories – too many to list, and far more than either the Classic Series or the New Series. As these appear in the audio format, it is up to the listener what these Daleks look like, and even when specific Daleks do appear, physical descriptions are often left brief so that they listener can conjure their own ideas of what the Daleks look like.

As such, I have created a swathe of custom Daleks designed to represent the Daleks we hear during some of the best Big Finish audios, showcased here in these blog posts.

Custom Underwater Dalek

Big Finish Audio – Jonah, from The Eighth Doctor: The Time War 2

I created this Dalek to resemble my interpretation of the ‘Underwater Daleks’ from Jonah, the brilliant finale to The Eighth Doctor: The Time War 2. I painted this custom using blue and grey Citadel paint that I blended together to give the effect. The eyestalk was also modified slightly, giving it a deeper shade of blue to the standard Dalek eyestalks. The metallic effect was achieved using silver Citadel paint applied with a dry-brush.

Custom Emperor’s Guard Dalek

Big Finish Audio – The Mutant Phase

Although the Emperor Dalek appears multiple times in Big Finish audios, there is never really much attention given to his guard – nonetheless, I have created this custom to resemble what a Grey Dalek Guard might look like, as we have seen black-domed 1960s Daleks and black-domed New Series Daleks, but never black-domed Grey Daleks. This custom looks very simple, although this figure was actually once a Gold Dalek Supreme from Day of the Daleks that I painted grey and black using Citadel paint.

Custom Heavy Weapons Dalek

Big Finish Audio – The Genocide Machine

Although only briefly appearing in The Genocide Machine, this variant of the Special Weapons Dalek appears to sound deeper in the audio than the regular one did in Remembrance of the Daleks, and it would obviously be donning the same colour scheme as the other Daleks of the era. Despite only making small impression in The Genocide Machine, this Special Weapons Dalek variant is still one of my favourite customs. I added the grille and slats from another Dalek to add more to the midsection, and the entire figure was painted using black and grey Citadel paints.

Custom Jubilee Dalek

Big Finish Audio – Jubilee

The Dalek seen on the cover of Jubilee doesn’t really do the audio justice, as it lacks many of the examples of damage that the characters allude to throughout the audio, such as corrosion, the missing weapon, and holes in the casing. I created this custom to better represent the Dalek we know and love from this audio, and I achieved this using bronze Citadel paint applied with a dry-brush to appear rusty, the removal of the weapon, and black pock-marks across the casing with black Citadel paint, that I also used to give the figure a black wash to add to the grimy effect.

Custom Pre-Time War Emperor Dalek

Big Finish Audio – The Mutant Phase

As previously mentioned, the Emperor Dalek appears in several Big Finish audios, but his debut in The Mutant Phase left me wondering whether it is meant to look like the same Emperor seen in The Parting of the Ways. Although the voice and general personality would indicate that this is the same Dalek, that does not necessarily mean that it has to inhabit the same casing. As such, I created this Emperor using a Genesis Ark that I painted grey – the insides were created using hot glue and various pieces of plastic, including the remains of an old torch that I disassembled. The mutant was created using the head of a Pig Slave from the 2007 story Daleks in Manhattan and Evolution of the Daleks. I built the mass of wires and tissue paper around the head and used hot glue and green paint to complete the effect. Finally, I attached four dome lights painted red to the top, and the eyestalk came from a Paradigm Dalek bath toy.

Custom Intensive Care Dalek Asylum Inmates – Part I

Welcome to Part I of my showcase of custom Dalek figures in my collection created to resemble Daleks in the Intensive Care section of the Asylum in Asylum of the Daleks. These Daleks are alleged to be the most insane Daleks in the Asylum, so it makes sense that as part of my Asylum Project to expand on the ideas and themes that we are shown in the episode. First, let’s address the elephant in the room – in the episode, the Dalek Oswin refers to to Intensive Care as containing ‘survivors of particular wars’, later revealed to be survivors from encounters with the Doctor on planets like Kembel, Exxilon, Spiridon and Vulcan. These are planets from Dalek stories in the Classic Series, so the Intensive Care ward should in theory contain Classic Series Daleks. However, in the episode, the Daleks we see are in fact New Series Daleks, more specifically the bronze Time War variants. Whilst some, including myself, have passed this off as a lazy oversight in the past, an explanation must exist for why this is the case. The most realistic idea that I can think of is that, upon being rescued from whichever battle they were a part of and condemned to the Asylum, the survivors were removed from their original casing and placed in newer Time War casings.

This explains a lot, but it also poses more questions. The Daleks are capable of time travel, and therefore fully capable of rewriting their own history as well as the history of the Galaxy, so we aren’t even sure if the events of the Classic Series episodes happened as we saw them happen from the Daleks’ point of view, because since then in their personal timeline they have meddled with their own personal timeline. What era in the Daleks personal history did they create the Asylum? Personally, I believe it was the Paradigm Dalek era, and the Asylum went back along the Dalek timeline and snatched up the insane or deranged. This would explain why the Cult of Skaro, a secret order above and beyond even the Emperor Dalek, would not think to go to the Asylum for the rich source of Dalek flesh stored there – it didn’t exist at that point in their history.

Custom Opened Dalek with Mutant

This custom was created using a Damaged Dalek Thay figure, which will become a recurring theme throughout these blog posts. To achieve the opened effect, I took the entire Dalek casing apart and used a hacksaw to cut the front panel into two pieces. I then re-assembled the Dalek around the remains of the head of a 12″ tall Dalek Sec which provided the wrinkly base for the mutant inside. I then used hot glue to attach the pieces of the front panel to the skirt to be consistent with the manner in which New Series Daleks open their casing. The wires connected to the mutant were from an old phone charger, and they are held in place by plastic pieces attached to the back of the casing. The mutant itself was painted green using Citadel paint and the eye was coloured in with permanent marker. The eyestalk is fake, created using the pieces from the gunstick of a remote control Dalek. Lastly, the entire figure was given a black wash with Citadel paint.

Some of the patients in Intensive Care are there for the long haul – like this Dalek which requires constant fluid replacements otherwise its flesh will expand and the mutant will explode. Needless to say, the mutant itself is hardly pleased with this arrangement, and several Asylum systems have been damaged in its rage.

Custom Extensive Dalek Life Support

This figure represents a Dalek in critical condition that requires a delicate, intricate system of life support machines to keep it alive. I removed the top part of the Dalek with a hacksaw and filled the insides with pieces of plastic and tissue paper. I then covered the inside with hot glue and added a plastic cylinder from the inside of an old fish tank filter (still sporting the impeller) and attached wires to the outside with hot glue as well. The frame was built using pieces of plastic from a Warhammer set held in place with hot glue, and painted silver – there are more pieces of plastic added to the frame at the top to resemble machinery, and the wires from the Dalek connect to various points along the upper frame. The entire figure was given a black wash to simulate the grime and dust in the ward.

After constructing this intricate system of life support mechanisms, the Asylum’s automated medical systems essentially left this Dalek to its own devices – literally. The Dalek casing has since formed a symbiotic relationship with the modifications in order to keep the mutant inside alive while it sleeps.

Custom Intensive Care Time War Dalek

This custom introduces a recurring theme of using half of a Genesis Ark for some of these customs – the idea behind this (other than to find a use for the half-a-dozen Genesis Arks I had in my workshop) was to emulate the ‘booths’ that many of the Intensive Care Daleks inhabit in Asylum of the Daleks. I created this Dalek by cutting the top half off a Damaged Dalek Thay figure and filling the gap with a piece of plastic from the inside of an old amplifier. I held the Dalek in place using wires of solder and later with hot glue, and the wires feeding in from the top came from the inside of an old computer. I also gave the figure a black wash concentrated around the upper section.

After sustaining critical temporal damage in a skirmish of the Time War, this Dalek was transported to Intensive Care and rushed to a life support booth. Since then, the Asylum systems have been working night and day to repair the damage to its mutant’s flesh, whilst the casing’s auto-repair functions attempt reconstitution.

Custom Opened Intensive Care Commander

This elaborate custom is designed to emulate the ‘levitating’ open Dalek that appears in the entrance to the Intensive Card ward in Asylum of the Daleks. This was a physical prop in the episode so the production team must have engineered a way for the top half to lift off – unfortunately, this is less simple with a custom figure. I did the paint job on this Dalek first, using red and black Citadel paint for the detailing and red permanent marker for the Asylum stamp. I cut the Dalek in half using a hacksaw and cut the front panel in half. I then used the plastic frames of Warhammer figures to keep the upper half elevated whilst also attaching the two halves of the front panel to the front of the custom. This was all done using hot glue, which I also used to fill the inside with pieces of plastic and circuitry from the inside of a computer, which was then painted black. The entire figure was then given a black wash using Citadel paint.

Though the mutant inside is long dead, this Commander-class Dalek casing remains in Intensive Care for spare parts in case of emergencies – despite the botched nature of the operation that killed this Dalek, the Asylum’s automated repair drones repeat the same mistakes over and over again with little progress.

Custom Classic Series Dalek Asylum Inmates – Part VI

Welcome to the Asylum Project, a series of new blog posts showcasing my collection of custom Dalek Asylum inmates, particularly the Classic Daleks in the Asylum. Classic Daleks are remarkably unique in that they would never pass for science fiction villains today, and yet they have made two distinct appearances on modern Doctor Who to date. Despite their minor roles, the Classic Daleks left quite an impression on fans who had either loved the designs since seeing them in the Classic Series or were seeing these designs for the first time. Whether the Classic Series Daleks should appear again in the New Series is a matter for debate, as although it is nice to have them back, the New Series should try to do new and dynamic things with the Daleks, forging a new path ahead rather than being tied down by its past.

I have tried to emulate this idea with the customs in this collection – although Classic Daleks are present, they are limited in number and are outnumbered by New Series and Paradigm Daleks by at least 5:1. However, the Classic Series customs that are present have been created using great care. Several of these Daleks have been showcased on this blog before, however they have all changed greatly since then and new custom Daleks have been added to the collection. Part VI of the Classic Series Dalek Asylum Inmates series will cover my collection of custom Classic Daleks in my Asylum collection that have been modified to appear damaged, insane or deranged.

Custom Damaged Renegade Dalek Inmate

This Dalek, like so many other Asylum Dalek customs that use the 1970s-1980s figure as the base, started out as a Gold Dalek Supreme from Day of the Daleks, featured in the Dalek Collectors Set #2. However, I received this figure with all of the appendages missing, including the eyestalk and gunstick. I fashioned fakes using pieces of plastic, wire and the ball joint of another Dalek. Although the results are not convincing up-close, it at least gives the impression that this Dalek is functional. This Dalek is meant to resemble one of the early Renegade Daleks that serves under the Dalek Supreme in Resurrection of the Daleks. I painted this figure a Citadel grey, and the hemispheres and grille were painted using black Citadel paint.

Damaged during one of the many Dalek Civil Wars, this drone is now an inmate of the Asylum. Although it yearns to get back to the fight, this Dalek has been waiting for repairs to its casing for hundreds of years to no avail – although the mutant has spent that time learning about the Asylum’s ventilation network using the Pathweb.

Custom Damaged Kembel Survivor Dalek

Despite being lost to time, with only a few episodes remaining intact, The Daleks’ Master Plan remains one of the most ambitious Dalek projects of the early era of Doctor Who, and this custom is a tribute to that mostly-lost story, yet to be animated. This custom is a slight tweak of the standard late 1960s Dalek seen in The Daleks’ Master Plan that I created using an Emperor’s Guard Dalek from The Evil of the Daleks, again a figure from the Dalek Collectors Set #2, with the dome painted silver. The dome lights were coloured orange using permanent market, the midsection grille was painted using grey Citadel paint and the entire figure was given a black wash with black Citadel paint.

Having been abandoned on Kembel and losing its Time Machine, this drone was driven insane by isolation before being picked up by the Dalek Asylum. It is still in perfect working order despite millennia of destitution, and now this Kembel veteran stalks the Asylum on high alert.

Custom Asylum Special Weapons Dalek

Although not as visually exciting as the Special Weapons Dalek in the previous Classic Series Dalek Asylum Customs post, this Special Weapons Dalek is far more screen-accurate. This is a light repaint of the Special Weapons Dalek in the Remembrance of the Daleks figure set, designed to resemble the prop as it appeared in Asylum of the Daleks. As such, only a light black wash was applied to this figure, which was otherwise untouched apart from some light tweaking. I also made an effort to remove the shoddy factory paint job from the midsection, as the obvious streaks have always bothered me. Black Citadel paint was used for this custom, with some very light dry-brushing to the cannon with silver Citadel paint finishing the look.

Although catatonic due to the radioactive feedback of its oversized cannon, this static Special Weapons Dalek is still a striking sight in the chambers of the Asylum. Despite its inert state, other Daleks make a point of avoiding this ancient behemoth that they call ‘The Abomination’ – just in case it should ever awaken and seek revenge.

Custom Destroyed New Series Dalek Asylum Inmates – Part VI

Welcome to the Asylum Project, a series of new blog posts showcasing galleries of my custom Dalek Asylum inmates collection. Several of these Daleks have been showcased on this blog before, however they have all changed greatly since then and new custom Daleks have been added to the collection. In fact, several of these Daleks are among the earliest additions to my collection, although they have been repainted many times since then.

As I strive to improve the customs in this collection, it is important to continually improve the customs, particularly when I learn new skills that enhance my creations. These customs are depicting destroyed Daleks, which are among the most creative examples of my work. As such, this is the greatest showcase of experimentation and improvement across my collection. Part VI of the Destroyed New Series Dalek Asylum Inmates series will cover my collection of custom Time War Daleks in my Asylum collection that have been modified to appear destroyed or damaged beyond repair.

Although many of the Daleks in this collection are said to have been destroyed by infighting, I try to steer away from using this explanation for all of my destroyed customs – after all, variety of the spice of life. As such, several of these Daleks have been destroyed by other factors, and this is reflected in the manner in which they are made.

Custom Destroyed Dalek SpecOps Soldier

This custom is based on the design seen in the fan-made remake of The Power of the Daleks, in that it is a New Series Daleks that sports a colour scheme that resembles the Classic late 1960s-era Daleks. The created this custom by sawing the top part off a New Series Dalek that I had spray-painted silver, and reattaching the top part at an angle using hot glue. The hemispheres were coloured in using light blue permanent marker, and the inside of the Dalek was filled with tissue paper and hot glue painted black to resemble burned-out interior workings.

This Dalek was critically damaged by human saboteurs on a secret mission, and as such was abandoned by its colleagues and eventually transported to the Asylum. Although its casing is in mostly working order, the mutant inside instead opts to use its gun to blast strange patterns into the walls that the mutant itself cannot see.

Custom Destroyed Claw Mutant Dalek

I am particularly proud of this custom, which I created using a damaged New Series Dalek figure – with the head removed and the entire figure painted grey, the hardest part was adding the gooey mutant inside – I created this using a combination of hot glue, plastic parts and wires, and the claw was created using two blades from a Warhammer set. The mutant’s eye and mouth come from a Series 3 Carrionite figure, the head of which is buried deep within the mutant itself. The insides of the custom were painted with a glossy green Humbrol paint and the hemispheres were painted a darker grey to stand out.

After the top half of this Dalek was wrenched off by a huge beast, the remains were teleported to the Asylum when it became clear that the Dalek inside had been driven aggressively insane by the ordeal. As such, it now sits in the Asylum, screaming and thrashing at anyone who dares come near.

Custom Destroyed Dalek Scientist

This custom, although using the New Series design, is painted to resemble the Dalek Saucer Commander seen in the movie Daleks – Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D starring Peter Cushing. Although I have never been a fan of the movie Daleks, this colour scheme in particular stood out to me as a unique design, and I am disappointed that, although the prop was on set and ready to use, the production team of the Series 9 opening two-parter The Magician’s Apprentice and The Witch’s Familiar didn’t canonise this design by including it in the episode. Nonetheless, this custom was created using a standard Time War Dalek painted red and silver, with damage done to the eyestalk housing and the skirt section. The front panel was cut in half, with one half hanging ajar. The green tentacles are made using wires painted green. Green paint was also used on the damaged sections of the eyestalk and sections of the skirt.

A distinctive and high-ranking member of the Dalek Scientific Division, this Commander was condemned to the Asylum after his Saucer crashed into a major Dalek docking station, killing thousands of Daleks yet leaving this specimen miraculously unscathed.

Custom Ancient Headless Dalek

I created this custom to resemble a Dalek that had been sat in the Asylum for millennia having been killed early in the history of the Asylum. As such, I used several shades of silver and bronze Citadel paint for this custom, as it not only sports a complete silver repaint but also several coats of bronze dry-brushing to give it a weathered, battered effect with a few hints of rust. The head of this Dalek was cut off using a hacksaw, and the insides were filled with tissue paper and hot glue before being painted black.

Although ancient, the Asylum is still perfectly capable of subduing unruly inmates – this destroyed casing was one of the first Daleks that was ever destroyed inside the Asylum, and it was not due to infighting – it was instead as a result of this Dalek trying to escape. It was beheaded by the Asylum’s internal laser systems.

Custom Destroyed Mutant Reveal Dalek

The Mutant Reveal Dalek, although uncommon, is not a rare Dalek – in fact, it is common to encounter this Dalek in bundles, particularly if its appendages have been removed, as it is often overlooked by those who are not in-the-know about the specific features of each Dalek. I created this custom using a damaged mutant reveal Dalek that I received, that was missing the front panel as well as all of the appendages. I removed the top half using a hacksaw, and gave the figure a black wash with Citadel paint. The mutant was painted using green and purple Humbrol, giving it a glossy finish that makes it look gooey and slimey.

Still alive despite the critical damage to its casing, this Dalek sits in one of the Asylum’s auxiliary control rooms and spies on its fellow inmates through the security system. To what end, no-one knows – so far, it has done nothing with the information it has received except giggle.

Custom New Series Paradigm Dalek Asylum Inmates – Part III

Welcome to the Asylum Project, a series of new blog posts showcasing my collection of custom Dalek Asylum inmates, including Paradigm Daleks in the Asylum. Several of these Daleks have been showcased on this blog before, however they have all changed greatly since then and new custom Daleks have been added to the collection. Many of these custom Daleks depict Daleks that have been destroyed, something that we never got to see in the actual TV series due to the under-use of the Paradigm Daleks. As I have mentioned previously on this blog, the Paradigm Daleks are fun to customise, which somewhat redeems the design in my eyes (although I admit that this is a niche reason to like them) so I relish the opportunity to explore creative new ideas with the Paradigm Daleks through the Asylum Project.

Part III of the New Series Paradigm Dalek Asylum Inmates series will cover my collection of custom Paradigm Daleks in my Asylum collection that have been modified to appear damaged, insane or deranged, though many of them are simply destroyed. Despite their plastic appearance, the Paradigm Daleks made good candidates for destroyed Daleks as, when done right, the destroyed effect contrasts excellently with the pristine nature of the Paradigm casings. Unlike the Time War Daleks, which came pre-painted with grit and dirt in the New Series, the Paradigm are clean and shiny – making the dirty, tarnished destroyed versions look all the more striking.

Custom Destroyed Paradigm Eternal Dalek

Although a destroyed Eternal Dalek may sound like a contradiction, the concept is possible as we were never given an actual explanation for why the Eternal Dalek existed – leading several fans to assume that it fulfilled its purpose in bringing back the Dalek Empire in the form of the nomadic Dalek Parliament. It is therefore possible that, following this goal was achieved, the Eternal was subsequently destroyed by some means, as it is not seen in Asylum of the Daleks. This custom was created using a simple Dalek Eternal figure with the top cut off using a hacksaw. Some of the remains of the upper half were then used to fill the gap, and the neck rings were broken up and placed on top with hot glue. The upper-front part of the skirt was painted black using a shading effect to give the impression of blast scoring from an explosion.

Despite its position as one of the highest ranking Daleks in the new order, the Dalek Eternal would eventually be condemned to the Asylum and destroyed by its fellow Daleks after fulfilling its task. Those on the Supreme Council speculated that this was due to the Eternal’s knowledge of the creation of the Paradigm and its status as a leading figure in Dalek ‘society’.

Custom Damaged Paradigm Strategist Dalek

This custom was created to resemble the Character Options Asylum Daleks, specifically the Paradigm Drone. There is something oddly satisfying about the Supreme and Drone Daleks in the Asylum set, as they have no physical damage and possess all of their appendages yet sport a grimy, weathered paint job that actually looks pretty good for a mass-produced product. I decided to mirror this simple design using this Strategist Dalek, which creates a trio of these Paradigm Asylum Daleks that sit together in my collection. I added the metallic weathering effect using silver paint applying with a dry-brush, and black Citadel paint was using to add a layer of grime to the casing.

A recent addition to the Asylum, this damaged Dalek Strategist has aligned itself with a faction of other Daleks for survival and uses its powerful weapons to act as a heavy gunner for the Asylum inmates that it has banded together with. However, it secretly fosters hatred for all of its current allies and plans to eventually betray them…

Custom Damaged Paradigm Enforcer Dalek

This custom is a bit wacky, as it both depicts a colour scheme of Paradigm Dalek that we have never seen before, whilst also sporting the exact same ‘injuries’ as a Paradigm Supreme Dalek that we do see in Asylum of the Daleks, including the missing eyestalk and ear lights as well as the deep ‘criss-cross’ cuts into the left hand side of the Dalek. The paint job uses rose-gold, grey and deep blue paint, and although the grey paint is my usual stalwart Citadel paints, the glossy rose-gold and deep blue was added using Humbrol paints that belonged to my father and that I have possessed since I was a child, and despite their age they still work incredibly well.

Once a guard that kept order within the Asylum, this former Dalek Enforcer was destroyed in a firefight and its remains now sit rotting in the corridors that this Enforcer once patrolled. The inmates that this Dalek once guarded now roam the Asylum, free to run amok as they please.

Custom Destroyed Paradigm Drone Dalek

I created this custom to resemble a destroyed Paradigm Dalek drone, although the actual means by which this Drone were destroyed are quite mysterious, as it sports damage both to the top section and the lower part of the skirt. I created the upper damage by sawing off the head and re-applying the neck rings using hot glue, filling in the middle part with hot glue and wires. I also gave the entire figure a black wash with Citadel paint, and this includes the innards, giving the custom a burned effect.

Having sustained heavy damage in a firefight in the Asylum, this Dalek Drone was destroyed by a vertical blast fired at it from above – the dome was destroyed, and the blast actually emegerged on the other side and caused a huge explosion at the base of the Drone, killing the mutant and rending the casing useless.

Custom Destroyed Paradigm Dalek Scientist

This custom was created to resemble a Scientist Dalek that got its chemistry experiment very, very wrong. This figure shows one of the few examples of me using a burning effect on a Dalek custom – as previously mentioned, I do not particularly like this method of customising, as it creates a bubbly effect due to the burning plastic that spoils the illusion that the Dalek is made of metal. However, for this purpose, it works perfectly to depict a Dalek that has succumbed to some sort of corrosive material.

Following a misguided experiment involving synthesised corrosive material designed to destroy Dalekanium, this Scientist Dalek was doused in a liquid of his own creation that quickly ate through the casing and killed the mutant inside. As such, the mutilated remains were dumped in the Asylum and the corrosive quickly forgotten.

Custom New Series Dalek Asylum Inmates – Part VI

Welcome to the Asylum Project, a series of new blog posts showcasing my collection of custom Dalek Asylum inmates, including Time War Daleks in the Asylum. These Daleks are a more loose collection, with no real theme between each one, though several are similar. Several of these Daleks have been showcased on this blog before, however they have all changed greatly since then and new custom Daleks have been added to the collection.

This instalment of the New Series Dalek Asylum Inmates series will cover the more unique examples of Daleks in my collection of custom Time War era Daleks that have been customised to appear damaged, insane or deranged, though are more like ‘quirks’ of the Asylum than commonly seen soldiers.

Custom Damaged Classic/New Series Hybrid Commander Dalek

A great advantage of making Asylum Daleks is the creative variety, as I have mentioned many times throughout this series. But this custom is perhaps the pinnacle of the principle of being creative with Dalek parts. Keen-eyed readers may notice that this Dalek is mismatched, sporting a 1960s era body but with a 2000s era base and dome. Interestingly, this Dalek custom is not entirely mine. To clarify, I did the paint job, attached the appendages and also added the ear lights, which are LEDs. However, I did not create the original damaged custom. It is in fact a custom created by none other than popular Youtuber CaptainJimiPie himself, who is famous among the Dalek customising community for his prominent Youtube videos showcasing custom Daleks, as well as his How-to videos and his live workshop episodes. I acquired this Dalek via eBay, and it is not the only CaptainJimiPie custom that I own. However, like the other Daleks that I have from the Asylum Daleks custom figure showcase, by the time I acquired the figure that paint job was largely unrecognisable.

Formerly a Dalek Saucer Commander in the early days of the Time War, this Dalek was condemned to the Asylum for failing to fully utilise smaller Dalek Saucers as disposable assets, according to its immediate superior. Unfortunately, this Dalek has since been destroyed, and its remains have sat in the Asylum for centuries.

Custom Destroyed Dalek Remains

One problem that can often arise when doing various elaborate Dalek customs is that various parts will accumulate over time, with nothing that can really be done with them. This is especially true of detached domes, as many of the Dalek customs in the collection involve Daleks that have been destroyed, meaning that the dome and often the entire upper section is missing. This custom was therefore created to use some of these spare parts in a creative way, and represents a mass of destroyed Daleks that have collected in the Asylum during the centuries. This is essentially a mass of spare parts, hot glue and Dalek mutants made of tissue paper, green paint and computer wires.

Infighting between the Daleks leads to several firefight hot-spots within the Asylum, leading to wreckage piling up quickly, and surviving Dalek mutants scramble over the remains to throttle each other or escape to fight another day.

Custom Destroyed Dalek Controller

One aspect of the Dalek Asylum that fascinates me is how it is run – in Asylum of the Daleks, it is mentioned that the Asylum is fully automated, however I believe that may not have always been the case, particularly if you take into account the fact that the Dalek Asylum existed for a very long time. It seems odd that the Daleks would entrust the command of their most dangerous prison world to mere AI, and I believe that the Asylum may have once been overseen by Daleks – but they all went insane, just like the inmates that they were assigned to guard. This custom represents a Supreme Dalek that may have once held position of Overseer of the planet, but now resides as a derelict husk somewhere near the centre of the Asylum. It was created using a broken Supreme Dalek figure that I spray painted silver and painted the detailing using bronze and blue Citadel paints. The external additions were added using hot glue, and the dome dangles off using wires that are attached using hot glue.

This Controller once held the position of Supreme Dalek in the Asylum, though over time eventually the inmates began to quite literally run the madhouse as this Dalek succumbed to insanity. This convinced the Daleks to start using AI to run the Asylum facilities, leaving simply Dalek crews aboard to run operations.

Custom Damaged Dalek Overseer

Furthering my assumption that individual Daleks were once responsible for the running of the Asylum, I concluded that there must have been a grand overseer who coordinated the facilities of the planet before eventually going insane and joining the inmates, and this custom was created to depict that insane ‘Overseer Dalek’. The base of this custom is a mutant reveal Dalek, although the front panel has been cut in half and positioned on the casing using hot glue to resemble the opening method that Dalek casings use in the New Series. This custom was originally a Series 4 Insane Dalek Caan custom, although I added extensive modifications to it including a black dome with added Paradigm Dalek neckpiece, the green coat of paint on the mutant, and the black hemispheres.

If the insanity of the former Supreme Dalek was the beginning of the end for the Dalek crews in the Asylum, then the fall of the Overseer was the final nail in the coffin. This Dalek used to run all the security in the Asylum, until his insanity triggered by watching the surveillance camera footage all day led to the Daleks pulling the few remaining sane Dalek crewmembers out of the Asylum and leaving the facility to by run entirely by AI.

Custom Parallel Universe Damaged Dalek Sec with Genesis Ark and Cybermen

The idea behind this custom was always a strange one – what if the Dalek Asylum also contained Daleks from other universes? This custom represents an alternate version of the Battle of Canary Wharf in which Dalek Sec lost the battle totally, being cast into the void by the Cybermen in the remains of the Genesis Ark. I created this custom using a Dalek Sec figure that I encased in the remains of a Genesis Ark that I cut up using a hacksaw. The Genesis Ark was rebuilt around the Dalek using hot glue and wires, and the entire custom was painted using silver Citadel paints. The Dalek figure itself was given a silver ‘straight-jacket’ appearance. The Cybermen that surround this custom are an optional extra, though each one is a custom Cyberman in itself – I will eventually upload a blog post detailing my custom Cyberman collection for a closer look at these.

Having fallen to Skaro in a fireball, this Dalek and what remained of the device that surrounded it was condemned to the Asylum after claiming to be none other than Dalek Sec, and against all odds the Cyber-technology that was hidden inside this damaged Dalek has begun to interfere with Asylum systems en-masse…

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