Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Doctor Who (!)

Whoah, where did that come from?! Only the other day I was staying how I'm going to stay on focus and prioritise some of my current projects... Then BLAM! Two painted Doctor Who figures... I can only assume they came through a crack in space/time and I've painted them far into the future when I have the spare time to dabble in projects which might never see table time...

Both these figures came with the Doctor Who Adventures magazine, available weekly in the UK. The Silence figures came with last week's issue along with some Silurians (8 of each). When I saw the figures I was going to give them a miss but (as is typical) I couldn't help it in the end. I doubt the Silurians will ever be painted, but the 'lanky' look seems to suit the Silence figures and I've seen a couple of publicity photos where they actually look taller than humans, so  I figure they might work.

Here is a 'before and after' shot:

For a quick paint job done last night I'm pretty happy with how it came out, especially given the dubious quality of the soft plastic figure.

I also thought I'd paint one of the Weeping Angels which were given away with a much older issue. In this case I just decided to paint the figure grey and follow with a wash in ink as I'd like to spend as little time on them as possible. I was going to try a really minimalist approach and just apply a wash, but it wouldn't take to the plastic. Unfortunately it didn't turn out so good. I think partly this is due to the mould lines on the figure, but also the method I used. It does look a bit better in real life though.

Again, a before and after:

The figures (well, toys really) that sometimes come with the magazine are pretty hit and miss (Cybermen with 'childbearing hips' for example), but I'm kicking myself for not picking up the Daleks. The Weeping Angels came in a pack with two poses, hiding and pointing, the Silence just the single pose, but it looks a bit creepy, so that's fine. Crooked Dice do some stone angels (Link) but at £4.50 a pop I think I'll give them a miss in favour of the cheaper alternative...

Incidentally, I'd highly recommend checking out the Doctor Who miniatures game rules, (Home page) which are still available as free PDFs. The system has been developed further for Crooked Dice's 7TV rules.

That's all for now!


  1. I got three sets of the Daleks shipped to me. Wish I had at least a couple of the Angels.

  2. I'll happily do you a trade?! There are 16 Angels in the pack and I don't think I'll need that many. Let me know if you're interested.

  3. I don't think anyone can have enough Daleks! Tough question. So I suppose instead I could say I guess I'd be happy to trade up to 6 of the Angels!

  4. Nicely done Sir! I'd had a go at the angels myself (, but sadly missed the Silence; probably just as well given my inability to remain focussed on one task for any length of time.

    All the best,


  5. Michael: Your Angels look amazing! I think I can no longer shy away from trying to trim the excess plastic off the other ones. seeing yours has also inspired me to rebase them and the Silence onto two pence coins. I don;t know why I didn;t think of that to begin with!