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Yesterday, heroes from all-over-the-planet (but mainly, France) once again gathered for the much-anticipated Iron Dream Tournament 4, Ghosts of Negromundheim the greatest WarEngine tournament in the world.

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Ninjabread03 Apr 2020 4:41 a.m. PST

When I was a child watching Doctor Who, I was fascinated by the idea that in the future the Doctor would undergo his twelfth and final regeneration into the thirteenth Doctor, and I would be there to watch it. THAT FUTURE IS HERE! NOW!

Doctor Who-oo! HEY! Doctor Who! Doctor Who-ooo! HEY! The TARDIS!

This is Warlord Games' rendition of the Thirteenth Doctor, in miniature form. Technically Jodie Whittaker is the fifteenth regeneration, or infinity-eth regeneration, but whatever the canon is she represents that magical point I imagined with wide-eyed wonder when I was a child.

Various official Time Lord miniatures across the decades.

The Thirteenth Doctor is a very much an incarnation of the current trend for realistic proportions and subtle details. Compare the head-to-body ratios or the chunkiness of the clothing folds with the earlier licensed Doctor Who ranges above and you can see how the times they are a-changin'.

The details are too subtle at points on the Thirteenth Doctor, with areas like the shirt's neckline just one coat of paint away from disappearing entirely, or her hands ending up cast as amorphous stumps you have to freehand the fingers onto. Some of the more recent unofficial Doctor Who-inspired ranges, (like Crooked Dice's or Heresy Miniatures' shown below) have a better grasp of how to design a modern miniature with detail that cast well and is fun to paint.

Left to right: Time Lord, Fifth Doctor, Sontaran, Roj Blake and Thirteenth Doctor.

But enough dwelling in the past and back to the present day let's talk about the TARDIS!


This TARDIS is a single piece resin casting that comes moulded in a fetching blue colour. It's an iconic British spaceship that connected with something really deep down in my childhood. I painted it with a subtle woodgrain effect on the doors (similar to the wooden Trebuchet featured in the recent Patreon tutorial), using Vallejo Model Colour Heavy Blue as the starting colour.

Did you know: while the TARDIS props are constructed almost entirely from wood, the police boxes they're based on are concrete with wooden doors?

The TARDIS miniatures suffers from visible build lines in the roof that betray the fact that the master was designed in a computer. And, like the Doctor, the sculpted detail is dangerously subtle the "FREE FOR USE OF PUBLIC" notice is scarcely there, and won't pick up a shading wash. Worse yet, the entire piece has undergone the moulding process at an angle which means the castings are skewed into a parallelogram shape.

Despite the flaws, I am really pleased to have painted these icons of British science fiction and have them available for games.

The Doctor exploring a mysterious alien signal in Blaenau Gwent.

Coming soon! More heroes that ride around in blue boxes. Ninjabread out!

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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian03 Apr 2020 6:07 a.m. PST

thumbs up

Zeelow03 Apr 2020 6:19 a.m. PST

thumbs up !!

Dynaman878903 Apr 2020 6:27 a.m. PST

Excellent painting but that Peter Davison figure's facial features are atrocious.

martin goddard Sponsoring Member of TMP03 Apr 2020 8:17 a.m. PST

Marvellous painting.

Royston Papworth03 Apr 2020 8:47 a.m. PST

Dynaman, a bit like his acting then… 😂

Cornelius03 Apr 2020 9:16 a.m. PST

2014 Crooked Dice is surely Blake (of the Seven) rather than Whovian.

Personal logo Herkybird Supporting Member of TMP03 Apr 2020 11:38 a.m. PST

I am sure Jodie Whittaker will be very pleased with this rendition of her!
Your paint job is FANTASTIC! – Well done!

Dagwood03 Apr 2020 11:40 a.m. PST

It's not often that Blaenau Gwent gets a mention on TMP !!

Puster Sponsoring Member of TMP03 Apr 2020 4:29 p.m. PST

Great review. Will probably put that specific kit into my next order…

forrester05 Apr 2020 3:09 p.m. PST

I liked the Warlord plastic Daleks and Cybermen but passed on the metal figures which were too out of scale for the many 28mm figures I already had.
It does seem to be a feature of the range from what I have read that the detail is very light and easily obliterated.
I have just one, Missy that came with the Cybermen box, and that did seem to confirm the low-register detail.
At 62 I need a bit of help. Washes are my friends.

Ninjabread07 Apr 2020 1:49 a.m. PST

Cornelius you're right that it's Blake's 7 rather than Doctor Who. But my headcanon is they're the same universe beacuse of the Terry Nation connection.

Forrester I think I'll get the hard plstic Cybermen and Daleks soon too. I understand that Warlord's switch to resin on the Judge Dredd range is a reaction to the subtle details on Doctor Who.

Stoppage11 Apr 2020 4:16 p.m. PST

That'd be an awesome mash-up – Blake's 7 & Dr Who!!

Perhaps the Doctor could cobble something up using Gann's brain wires?

chromedog27 Apr 2020 5:19 p.m. PST

What was Roj Blake doing hanging around with timelords?

Did he turn up to "the quarry" on the wrong filming day or summat?

Henry Martini27 Apr 2020 5:56 p.m. PST

They were filming in different areas of the same gas works, chromedog.

lorde12330 Jan 2023 12:20 a.m. PST


Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP30 Jan 2023 1:03 p.m. PST

A mashup of two BBC series? Surely both have about 75% overlap in actors…

Did you know: while the TARDIS props are constructed almost entirely from wood, the police boxes they're based on are concrete with wooden doors?

What? A prop in a show isn't made with period materials using period process?!?!!? Don't tell me the Daleks aren't made from metal mined on Skaro!

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