Gaming 'Who' is always a problem if you are keen to do the sort of research
that gamers like. A common criticism of fantasy/SF gaming that we've all heard
is "it must be great not to have to research your armies". Granted,
this is usually made by narrow minded, died in the wool, historical only gamers,
(most of whom get all of their information direct from pre-digested wargames
books anyway) but it can be valid - especially in a Games Workshop dominated
F/SF world where so much is pre-prepared (and with good reason: it's what most
people seem to want!).
The hardest bit for the Dalek colour schemes was finding colour, photographic references to the older black and white material. Not all of the colour schemes we researched can be presented here because of space limitations, but we located over twenty different schemes spread across five different physical models (TV and Film).
Daleks come in a variety of physical layouts, being produced over the years by the BBC in a number of ways, by film companies, repaired, replaced and so forth. The biggest areas of change are the addition of vertical slats around the chest area and the size of the lower 'bumper'. Very briefly - and rather simplified - these types are as follows:
|Early TV:||This represents
the first TV type. It has no vertical slats around the chest and a small
bumper. Some, for external work in episodes like "The Daleks Invasion
of Earth", had a deep 'Film Style' bumper. We call these Early TV Big
Bumper but, with minor details aside (like the size of 'ears' etc are hard
to distinguish from the First Film)
|First Film:||Like the
Early TV but with a big, rounded bottom bumper. These tend to be very colourful.
|Mid TV:||The most
common type. This has vertical slats and a small bumper.
|Second Film:||These are
similar to the First Film but with vertical slats and different colour schemes.
|Late TV:||These are
like Mid TV but tend to have a second bumper added under the first one and
inset from it.
|Last TV:||These are almost identical to the Late TV but were moulded in an all in one process that simplified the construction. This is hard to represent satisfactorily in any gaming scale (even 1/35th) - the 'ears' are different and the slats moulded direct to the body but|
There are different models, sure: The Early TV Big Bumper had a dish mounted on their backs and some Mid TV models had machine guns fitted instead of the regular weapons. Some had explosive charges strapped around the chest (suicide Daleks), plus the film Daleks sometimes had a claw instead of the sucker fitted to some models. Along side these various extra arm fitments (a Dalek 'scoop' or a 'magnetic anomaly detector') there were the very specialist Daleks: Davros - leader of the Daleks - in his various incarnations and 'travel machines', plus the Heavy Weapons Dalek (ugly but effective!).
In use in the game will be (at least) five squads (depending on how many Kevin can paint): Imperial Daleks; The Dalek Supreme Council; and three other factions from differing time periods.
Click below for examples of colour schemes.
|Early Dalek Commander - The Daleks Invasion Earth||Dalek Supreme - Planet of the Daleks||Early dalek - The Daleks||Early Dalek - The Daleks Invasion Earth||First Film - Black Commander||Late Dalek - Day of the Daleks|
|Late Dalek - The Dalek Master Plan||Late Dalek Gold Commander - Day of the Daleks||Late Imperial Dalek||"Publicity Shot" Dalek|