-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!)