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"Quarks!"

Updated: Jul 30, 2022


"Shall I order the Quarks to mark out the drilling sites?"

This 28mm metal miniature of a Quark is produced by “Black Tree Design" and can be purchased as Code DW211 Quark from the Penzance-based company’s "Doctor Who" miniatures range. Described as "the robot slaves of the Dominators' galactic empire", the automatons made their first appearance in Mervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln's August 1968 BBC Black & White Television story "The Dominators".


Initially, I was simply going to replicate the metallic colour scheme I had previously used on a Quark by "Warlord Games", as the figure had already been undercoated (probably) using some "Vallejo" Black Surface Primer and “Citadel” Ironbreaker some four years ago. In addition, it had also been shaded with "Citadel" Nuln Oil, and dry-brushed with (more) Ironbreaker to help bring out some of its somewhat roughly cast (and decidedly soft) detail.

Games Workshop" WIPs - Three Sons Of Horus Tactical Marines shaded in "Citadel" Nuln Oil

However, before I did so, I foolishly started researching just what the walking machine's 'official' palette was meant to be by looking at the "carefully produced in 1:21 scale" figurine manufactured by "Eaglemoss". Disconcertingly, this showed the robot as being predominantly grey-green with white spore spikes - a complete contrast to what I was planning. Moreover, I spotted a colour photograph of the original 'costume' taken at the 1977 Doctor Who exhibition in Blackpool which depicted yet another arrangement. Little wonder I had stopped applying my brushes to the Quarks way back in 2018...


In the end I decided against completely repainting the figure in line with the "Eaglemoss" scheme and instead decided to just tidy the miniature up by darkening the internal areas around its folding arms with an extra splash of "Citadel" Nuln Oil, and dry-brushing them with some "Vallejo" Gunmetal. I also stuck to ‘picking out’ the tiny rectangular areas beneath the bipedal machine’s sensory hemisphere with a combination of “Vallejo” Heavy Bluegrey and “Citadel” Nuln Oil.

Games Workshop" WIPs - Three Sons Of Horus Tactical Marines shaded in "Citadel" Nuln Oil

I did though apply some "Scalecolor" Speed Metal to the robot's sensors for “detecting changes in heat, light and motion”, shaded them with “Citadel” Nuln Oil, and subsequently lightly dabbed these tiny nodules with (more) "Scalecolor" Speed Metal. I also painted the Quark’s directional crystal beam transmitters "Vallejo" White, washed them with "Citadel" Nuln Oil and dry-brushed them with (more) "Vallejo" White, so they would look more crystalline than metallic.


Despite momentarily becoming horribly distracted by this brief journey back to the earliest days of "Doctor Who", I have also been steadily building and priming a number of Sons of Horus Mark III space marines by "Games Workshop". I had promised myself that I was going to keep all my Tactical squads for the Horus Heresy 'bare' when it came to gluing any additional equipment onto my Traitor Legions, But the Burning Of Prospero plastic sprues have so many extras on them that it seemed a little mean-spirited not to add the odd holstered Bolt Pistol or Legion Vexilla...

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planetmut
2022年6月27日

Ooo the days when the BBC's budget for special effects was £3 10 shillings and a farthing LOL! Great model, it really looks like its subject, and as for colours I think silver and black work as that's how Quarks were seen on the telly :-)


Loving the XIV Legion marines, and you're not wrong about extra bits — I've got an as-yet to be made box of Primaris Infiltrators and the amount of extras is insane!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
2022年6月27日
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Cheers Matt. I have a few more Quarks partially-painted, so I'll certainly be doing at least a couple more in the same colour scheme as this one. Not sure what palette I'll go with with the other two though.


Yeah. The extra bitz do make the space marines look super-cool. But I also want them painted and on the gaming table fast, LOL!!

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wsd50
2022年6月27日

Nice work on the Quark Simon, interesting that there are several different colour scheme's for them, I can remember going to the Blackpool exhibition with my older brother probably not long after 1977, don't remember the colour of the Quarks though! 😁


I imagine there are loads of little "add-on's" on the Space Marine sprues, that's the thing with plastic figures you can generally customise them to you hearts content!


Cheers Roger.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
2022年6月27日
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Thanks Roger. I think the white spore spikes works better than the metallic ones. So I think I'll probably go for a grey-green shell with those when I tackle a couple of rebel Quarks in the future.


There certainly are plenty of bitz on the space marine sprues, and you could really clutter them up if you wanted. I may do so too when I only need five of them, but in HH the squads are 20-men strong, so I'm trying to keep them simple for my sanity's sake.

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undercoat2670
2022年6月27日

What an interesting Dr Who baddie. They look very old school and I can just visualise some bloke in a cardboard box covered in tin foil! I wasn't expecting this!

Very nice space marines. Looking good.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
2022年6月27日
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The Quarks were a group of models I suddenly spotted taking up space, so I might finish some more in the near future. I need the space for all the Space Marines I'm building. LOL!!!

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wargamesterrainworkshop
2022年6月27日

The Quark looks great Simon, and interesting how the colour scheme is different from what has previously be shown.

Nice progress on your Horus models

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
2022年6月27日
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Thanks Dave. There's quite a few difference is the Quarks colour schemes, with the supposed 'costume' at Blackpool clearly at odds with that on the TV screen, as its white spore spikes are black at the ends - something which clearly isn't present on the broadcast story. Plus there's plenty of suggestions that parts of the Quark are red. In the literature (comic strips), the Quarks actually rebel against the Dominators and become a robot force to rival the Daleks. So I might do some in the Eaglemoss green colour scheme to represent the rebel Quarks.


Loads of Horus Heresy WIPs in the pipeline. It's all I'm working on currently.

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