Here's my Christmas present to all you Dalek aficionados out there - this is what the new version of the model was all about: creating something I could slice open. That said, this is very much a first pass and given my inexperience with Blender's sculpt tool, as far as the creature is concerned, a fairly primitive attempt. But I set myself a firm deadline of today to get this finished and I'm pretty pleased with what I've managed to cram in in the meantime.
Inspiration acknowledgements must go to Peter McKinstry for his wonderful cross-section of a Dead Planet original, which you can find on his website: www.petermckinstry.com/page5.h…
And, as usual, I own everything in this image except the rights to Doctor Who and the Daleks.
-heyup; keeping well?
Just wondering when you were going to post some of your new-fangled new-and-improved New Paradigm Daleks you said were in the works? You've been honing that model for so long and every new iteration looks better and better (though, it must be said, every new iteration seems to bring the silhouette closer to the Shawcraft and away from the McKinstry...)
Actually - having really studied the McKinstry for a while (since their 2010 debut I guess), and having considered it... I just find them incredibly frustrating in their attempt to alter the classic geometry in a bid that was paradoxically so, so close to success, yet so, so far off the mark and dashed by an ultimately ungainly and warped real-life build. To this end, I've sort of come up with a theory; while the shoulders are constantly lamented for being too compacted and humped, and the base too tall, as if the two were designed independently of each other (as I think they were in the actual build), I'd actually go so far as to say what really ruined it was none of these.
The base itself is conical, and I think this is actually what buggers the whole thing. Yet while the effect is obvious, the cause - that circular base - is not so obvious from any photo profile except the bird's-eye view in the concept art and some from-the-back high angled photos. I'd actually wager that if the base were more like a Shawcraft or Imperial base where the sides are parallel to each other, the front panels angle in sharply while the back is quite straight at a right angle to the sides, then the whole design would have been so, so much closer to actually working. I have no idea why they went for that circle base; I am wondering if McKinstry's art style is somewhat to blame - when he draws actual Daleks, he seems to draw them from memory and the results are interestingly inconsistent. I am wondering if some in the BBC art dept. interpreted that loose style as a fully rounded base when McKinstry didn't actually intend that? Its an interesting ponder anyway, I think.
As much as I ultimately dislike the silhouette of the New Paradigm Daleks, I am rather fond of the actual trimmings and features on the casing themselves, and its a mixed blessing that its given the Dalek fans something interesting to think about and ultimately try to fix (Mechmaster comes close with the True Paradigm, but that base is still circular and for me that dashes it).
All of which, I guess, is a longwinded way of saying I am looking forward to seeing what you throw up next, in terms of any Daleks (or Cybermen!)
Having spent a little time studying the birds-eye view myself - something I've never done much before now, weirdly - I think you've hit the nail on the head. One of the wonderful things about the Cusick original is that, purely out of the necessity of giving the operator some leg room, it ended up as an aggressive wedge, jabbing forward rather like the prow of a ship. It's actually a fairly subtle effect but it does help create the impression this is a weapon of war COMING RIGHT AT YOU. The NDP and the Imperial Daleks don't have that so much. They're more upright and lose that swept forward, hunched down menace. The NDP, as you say, compounds this by being smoothed off around both front and back. It blunts them and makes them look, well, less Daleky.
The original concept definitely has more of a slant to it and has a far more oblong base, rounded but definitely not ovoid. Who knows why it was changed, but it does seem to have been a mistake.
I'm working on some Daleks at the moment, hope to have them done by the end of the week. The improved NDP model is mostly fixed - it's all 'internal' changes so no visual difference but a cleaner model - and will come in handy. I've been trying to focus on writing lately, which is why I haven't been posting much, but I really should finish some of my WIPs!
All the best,
Thanks for your comment!
-so, you have some *new* NDP Daleks on the backburner? You do modify your model a lot, but I love all the variations you invent there! You always improve yourself.
I was rather curious - to that end, I've actually sketched up a 2d model myself, which is heavily influenced by your work, but a bit tweaked (its basically your model with an imperial-style skirt, and the gunboxes follow the angle of the skirt so they still extend out from the less steep midsection, but not in a way where a jarring angle breaks the flow of the whole). I was wondering if you'd like to see? Its SIMPLY pen-on-paper and a Very Simple diagram, but it makes sense and I think you'd like it... if I should upload or not..?
Anyway, looking forward to what you throw up next!
And definitely upload the design - I always like seeing new takes on Daleks!
I agree- I look forward to seeing more of these!
This has the right combo of detail v. simplicity, so it looks very advanced!
Are you going to do more of these, perhaps even have a stab at one of your New Paradigm Daleks?
As I've said to another commenter, though, I'll probably not be doing it for all of the variants. Although, thinking about it, I should probably do the Imperial Dalek due to that being internally distinct as well as externally....
The thing between the arms is designed to mimic the oval on the outside and is the vocaliser - I figure that's as good an explanation for the oval panel as anything!
It's great to see all the connections going on within the Dalek from its top into the brain and all the balls on the outside.
Just as it was described...somewhere that currently escapes me. The Doctor Who Technical Manual maybe?
I look forward to seeing your refinements.
The Dalek's eye could do with some detail, but it's terrific none the less. Must have taken you ages to make this.
I did think of trying to cutaway the eye as well but I ran out of time - should still get around to it at some point though. Not sure if I'll add any more external detail but maybe some bolts would work...