While waiting for my miniatures to arrive in the mail, I've been watching the early Doctor Who episodes, and love the 'man in a suit' style to the old monsters. I've always liked recurring monsters, like the Daleks, Cybermen, and silurians/sea devils, and I thought, wouldn't it be neat to have my own unofficial Doctor Who 'episodes' where an untelevised recurring enemy was encountered by each of the Doctors in a series of adventures.
I came across a site called Shapeways, it's a 3d printing shop - you design a 3D model on your computer, and they 'print' out a miniature figure based on the model. After looking at some vintage/retro robots on the net, I've designed a robot I call the Robomaster, in a 'man in a suit' style.
I won't be able to order any for a couple weeks, but I've made the model for the Mk1 version of the Robomasters, who the first and second Doctor might encounter in my gaming :) They are tall robots (35mm high miniature, compared with 28mm high humans) planning to conquer the universe.
Shapeways has a minimum order of $25, and I worked out a single Robomaster (figure and base as a single piece) would cost $5.90 US. So, in a couple weeks I'll order a bunch of them, paint them up, and see what they are like. Hopefully my Doctor Who miniatures will have arrived by then, and after painting them up too, I can try out some games.
I'm very impressed that a 35mm custom figure can be manufactured and it costs less than $6 to do so!
Here's a rendered pic of the Robomaster Mk1 model, unpainted. I'm thinking of making variants holding rayguns or engineering equipment as well. I plan on painting them up in a white 'plastic' and crome/steel metal paint scheme, with black 'eye' and chest panel, and there are some black 'slot' indentations on the right half of the head, and there is a ring indentation on the top of the head, which is a glowing blue, red or green light. (groups could be painted with different coloured head lights to identify them)