In this Thread I shall be doing a round-up of Dalek Miniatures, concentrating mainly on 28mm scale ones as part of a follow up to my Daleks for Space Crusade
post, but also a genral guide to the various Dalek Miniatures I've come across - so should be of interest to anyone looking for Daleks to in miniature based games
First up is Citadel/Games Workshop - yes a long time ago Citadel made Daleks as part of their early plastic ranges
^ 2 Citadel Plastic Daleks on display in the Warhammer World Museum in Nottingham
The Citadel Daleks each came 2 to a sprue in 5 parts (including a choice of 2 midsection with 'plunger' or 'claw' arm) with 2 Cybermen. They are approximately 25mm scale which makes them a rather small by today's standards and of course like all good Citadel products they are long since out of production.
Still very much in production however are the Harlequin Miniatures Daleks
Currently being produced by Black Tree Design
and much nicer than the pictures on the site would suggest, these Daleks come in several varieties including the Dalek Emperor, the infamous 'Special Weapon Dalek' and they even do a Davros miniature too boot! making them most extensive range of Dalek miniatures by far. The BlackTree Daleks are 28mm scale and much larger than the old Citadel ones but still look a little small next to some miniatures - price wise they sit at around the £3.25 mark making them a little expensive but not over-priced.
The weekly children's 'Doctor Who Adventures'
magazine (Not to be confused with Doctor Who Magazine) has at various times given away free 'Dalek Army' models.
Unfortunately they are the 2010 new-style 'iDaleks' and not the classic Daleks or even the Christopher Eccleston - David Tennant era Daleks. They are 28/30mm scale(ish) but do stand a little taller than most 28mm miniatures even without a base added.
However it's not just Daleks you can get free with Doctor Who Adventures - the magazine has also given away many other monsters in the past including Cybermen, Sontarans, Weeping Angels, Silurians and Ood. The pack that came with 262 has all the monsters released so far, plus a Hand Bot and Alien-Minotaur which I hadn't seen before.
Now these models (mainly the Daleks) are quite sought after and the packs go for surprising amounts on eBay from time to time, but the magazine is only £2.99 and the models are a recurring freebie so my advice is to keep an eye out for the magazine in your local newsagents and check to see what this week freebie is (it's out every Tuesday).
It's worth mentioning that although the Daleks are made in a nice solid plastic, the other models are made from a soft rubbery plastic, which means they don't take to painting too well.
You can read more about my experiences with the Doctor Who Adventures Daleks Here
More Dalek Miniatures to come later