Warlord Games own the license for all things Doctor Who Miniatures related. Mostly this means exciting pieces for their Doctor Who Into The Vortex miniatures game, but it also means that they can produce exciting Who themed work for the enthusiast. One excellent example is the rather neat Nightmares in Silver - Cybermen Collector's Set.
This is a box of ten Cybermen models, all cast in metal. It covers the history of the Cybermen from the TV show, starting with a Mondasian Cyberman from Tenth Planet and ending with the War Cyberman from “Nightmare in Silver”. All the models are unpainted, have fixed poses and are “heroic” 28mm scale. Basically a little bigger than the scale suggests, but it looks great.
The Mondasian Cyberman comes in a very stocky pose, reminiscent of their first appearance. The model is very pretty, even though it’s a horrifying thing. The ‘lamp’ is particularly well done and appears to have been designed with painting in mind. The 1967 Tomb Cyberman is posed as if it’s about to pounce, with the various balls and cables cleverly arranged in the piece. The 1968 Wheel in Space Model has those iconic tear-drop eyes and again strikes a threatening pose.
The 1968 Invasion Cyberman is, sadly, not in mid-march. He looks like he’s guarding something and clutches a rifle close to his body, which is a bother for those into modifying models. His cyber-codpiece is very well done though. The 1975 Revenge Cyberman is in a catalouge model pose, showing off his cyber-pants. The piping is fab.
Both the 1982 and 1988 Cybermen (“Earthsock” and “Silver Nemesis”) are quite close in design. Again, weapons are sculpted for impact rather than adjustment. Still, we can almost hear the “Silver Nemesis” piece uttering the words ‘Excellent’ as he rubs his hands together. The final three models come from the new Who era, and show off the evolution of the newer baddies. The 2006 Cybus model is in mid-stomp, were as the 2011 Legion Cyberman looks bad-ass. The final model, 2013’s War Cyberman (from “Nighmare in Silver”) looks like a sleek robo-predator. They are lovely looking things.
The set comes in a nifty little box with a wraparound insert that explains the history of each model and which episode of Doctor Who they appear in. The pieces are arranged in thin plastic packaging which is reminiscent of “Tomb of the Cybermen” (though the models won’t burst out of their own accord).
They are no rules in this set, and it’s worth noting that the starter set for the Doctor Who into The Vortex contains a dozen easy-fit plastic Cyber Legion Cybermen and rules for Cyber Leaders and the like. This is not a vital addition for anyone collecting Cybermen for the game at this time. It is, however, very cool and extremely pretty and fans of sci-fi wargaming and Doctor Who will have a cyber-blast assembling and painting this army of horror. It’ll look lovely on the shelf as well.
NIGHTMARES IN SILVER - CYBERMEN COLLECTOR'S SET / PUBLISHER: WARLORD GAMES / RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW