Sunday 11 September 2011

Custom Figure: The Only Good Dalek

With new paradigm Daleks currently cheap at both Tescos and Boots, I thought it was about time I picked up a Strategist and did a custom I've been planning for a long time now - Dalek #3 from the 2010 graphic novel 'The Only Good Dalek'. Dalek #3 is particularly significant to the latter part of the story (providing one of its main twists) and even graces the inside cover of the book.

To begin with I removed one of the side panels much like the battle damaged version in the story. In its place I put some some sturdy plastic mesh to create a sort of framework feel to the Dalek skirt. To give the mesh a bit more bulk and realism, I added some (painted) electrical wire to make the Dalek look properly damaged. The bumps around the removed panel were cut and filed (they were much thicker than I expected, which was a good thing) and repainted over. Finally the grey parts of the Dalek were given a watery-grey (the paint used was Citadel's Boltgun Metal) wash to give it a bit more of a worn effect as well as look much more like a sketch brought to life, and the '3' label was added to the head.

A simple custom, but one I'm extremely happy with. 'The Only Good Dalek' was a fantastic book, and I'm glad to own something from it in figure form.


liminalD said...

Hey that's awesome dude! :)

Mike Collins said...

That's fantastic! Wish I'd had that as reference when I was drawing the book!

Alex said...

Thank you so much!

It's an honour to have you comment on this Mike, I'm really glad you like it - I love that book (the art is amazing) and really hoped I could do the design justice.