A couple of weeks ago I decided that I wanted to do something to mark the 50th anniversary of the show rather near and dear to me. As some of you have pointed out, it's certainly inspired various bits of fluff and game scenarios of my own.
|Testing the lightbox effect with the windows and signs...|
Having stocked up on various bits of plasticard and balsa wood, I thought a scratchbuilt TARDIS would be ideal. And would come in handy if I can ever convince any of my regular gaming comrades to try a Who game on occassion (I already have a Planet of the Giants scenario cooked up so it can be played on an ordinary kitchen/dining room table...).
|K-9 guards the entrance whilst the TARDIS is parked next to the Giant Mug of Doom.|
I originally decided I'd go for William Hartnell's TARDIS, the first one. So, where the hell did I start now. Fortunately I found the TARDIS Builders forum where every possible TARDIS plan you could want may be found.
|How I judged the height of the TARDIS...|
|Almost 50 years of TARDISes, with the actual Police Box on the left.|
In a similar vein I had planned to paint this with inks or thinned paints to emphasise the wood grain - the prop makers intentionally made the new series' TARDIS prop look wooden. However, the actual Police Box is made of concrete... the Classic prop was never meant to look wooden. So I decided I wouldn't worry too much either way.
Overall it's been a rather enjoyable project, and I've definitely learned a lot from doing it that I can transfer to other projects. And I've become a dab hand with the tweezers if I may say so myself, and feel confident that if I need to enter a tournament of the game Operation, victory would be within my grasp.
I've made various notes and taken photos of the building process, so if anyone would like a Make Your Own Tiny TARDIS Guide, just let me know and I'll put something together and email it to you.
|Can't quite manage a time lapse, but here's a mini making of montage....|
|Doctor Who (with jelly babies) and K-9 from BTD - fantastic miniatures. I sense Pertwee and UNIT will be the next purchase.|
Doctor Who Miniatures Game
If you fancy trying a few Doctor Who games of your own, you can't go far wrong with Crooked Dice's Doctor Who Miniatures Game, available for free on their site with a ton of scenarios.
Doctor Who Miniatures
While I know there's the good old Citadel Who miniatures that can still be nabbed on eBay, Black Tree Design do some very nice Who miniatures.