I’m going to say two things, and I’m sure that almost everyone here will agree with at least one.Lurker at the Edge wrote: ↑Tue Dec 08, 2020 12:46 pmQ - I just wanted to ask why the Daleks in the History of the Daleks sets #3 and #4 have a lighter grey on their shoulder sections, rather than the dark grey of earlier releases?
A -Well a few points
I always try work from reference material if i can get it thats from behind the scenes and where at all possible in colour. for this story the shoulders seemed lighter in a good few of those images and tonally similar in the screen caps though there are some variations between Daleks.
There are no surviving paint codes or reference for ALL these early stories so to a degree some are open to interpretation.
In most Dalek stories a repaint or partial repaint, between stories depending on what props were needed, seems to have happened at Shawcraft in Uxbridge along with other ongoing repairs.
From what i know and i could be wrong, many of the Dalek 'experts' cant say for sure what colour these early Daleks were.(so have arrived at an agreed set colours now (RAL codes). But these (i believe) have been established over time as best guesses?
I know many folk feel strongly these colours this time around were wrong and although I concede i erred on the side of lightness, i actually think the look of the lighter grey looks very good on these Daleks and as the colour scheme of the B&W 60's Daleks generally tends to be portrayed as same/same from set to set and .... i dont think changing it up a little is a huge problem.
To me the tone of the Daleks overall was very similar and ... if you ever want to check the tone of something, look at it with half closed eyes .. That helps make the tones much clearer to see and its a good way to check. To me the tone of the grey on these daleks was very similar to the silver of the skirts and domes.
A bit subjective really i guess it just one of those things .. However .. i further concede that not everyone will agree with that point of view.
as an aside_
I've seen some other comments on various sites re the Imperial Dalek with folks citing multitudinous inaccuracies with it and the other Dales sets etc but they have to remember we have one set of body tools to create ALL Daleks from so like the TARDIS there are limitations and these are toys not perfect replica models .. i think sometimes people get confused about that.
if new parts have to be made to fit the existing Dalek body tooling thats what we'll do .. we won't retool the entire Dalek to get an updated body style .. its not cost effective. With the mesh we might have tried to rework that but there was no time from the point the product was added into the line to do it. We can only work within the limitations of the tools that exist and We try our best is what I'm saying, but it won't always match expectations and as consumers you guys have the right to not buy something if you feel its not for you.
1) I like the lighter greys. Iirc the Project Dalek people decided on a much lighter code eventually- odd studio lighting was throwing it off.
2) There are a few small inaccuracies with the Impies, but they’re such lovely figures that I’m sure everyone’s still happy with them! We’re Who-fans, grumbling’s in our nature . I completely appreciate the limitations placed on you, as I’m sure we all do. We’re still in awe of your (and all the nameless others!) work to bring us such great things.