colour schemes 3: The Dalek Masterplan play

For the final play we wanted to push the boat out. As these exclusive images from the gifted cgi-hand of Steve Redfearn show we settled on silver balls on a matt black base. The matt black was chosen so tnhat Stuart's fully black dalek in gloss black would look doubly imposing and important. Having said that the red dalek did get some admiring looks!

Here's the standard black and silver variant...

the trooper dalek

Note the D-slat is now in the cgi. In the end we went for the brightest silver we could get away with - ie not soo bright it showed all the flaws in the modelwork! Here's an actual middle section nearing completion...

new dalek middle colour scheme

The red dalek started out as the following image...

the red dalek commander

This was known as the Dalek Commander and in its final form the shoulder section with the slats was developed further by Ashley. As the chief black dalek was ever so similar to Dalek Sec from the new series - ie without the "classic" slats and mesh but with the new sold slats Ashley decided to make the red dalek a hybrid, a halfway in design between the classic and the new. Consequently the D-slat was the same as the others - being steel sprayed the dark red. The two small slats either side were then made from red perspex. The rest of the slats were in the new design and were made in fact form guttering plastic and secured with bolts as per the new series models. An interesting element was the top shoulder band which was in a different place for the new series and the old and so Ashley gave it a change of direction thus requiring a changeover slat. The lower shoulder band below all the slats also did a dive down in a V to match the D-slat.

The chief dalek (supplied by Stuart) was shopped out in gloss black although it was nearly the same colour pattern as the others with the red or silver being replaced by gold as in this rendering by Steve Redfearn...

the Supreme

Here it is in it's final colour scheme...

Stuart and Ashley with Sec

So, how did the others eventually turn out? here's Ashley and Stuart clowning around in front of the props...

Ashley and Stuart and some daleks

Here you can also see the neon dalek guns which proved quite a hit.

And what colour schemes were considered but not used? Well besides the gold Supreme dalek there were two other variations in the mix...

Firstly we thought to retain the blue balls for the standard dalek so they were effectively like the originals from "The Daleks" through to "Evil" but with a black background colour instead of silver. Interesting.

blue balls

And then of course we nearly had the science daleks as blue and black. Very interesting but not striking enough for the stage perhaps?

the blue boy

In the end with the silver balls and domes the main four daleks did stand out well on stage Here are the balls just after the morning due had caught them after Ashley had left them out all night to harden...

 a load of balls

daleks

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