If you go down to the vault today… Yesterday, actually.
You know that scene at the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark where that bloke is wheeling the crated up Ark into the depths of a vast, top secret, government warehouse? Well yesterday, I was doing something similar. Sort of.
Myself, Exterminator and Subcusick all assembled for a bit of a catch up session to bring together certain props as part of our amassing of things. Whilst we were at it, we used the gathering as an informal show and tell session to showcase our progress on the various things that we’re working on as part of a larger, joint project. So there was the three of us (the three amigos) standing around doing the usual of pointing and gesticulating at things, wooing and wowing at the various items as they stood so far.
One of the props that we’re working on collectively is the restoration of an Ice Warrior.
Despite the grumpy look on the Ice Warrior mask there, I am actually smiling like an idiot under all that rubber…
Anyway, this is, as far as we know, the only surviving duplicate casting of the original prop/costume going in this form, or to put it another way, it’s more complete than any other out there. We could be wrong here though.
The only piece from this prop that doesn’t come from the genuine source is the head, this is a modified fan sculpt and soon it’ll be modified even more to get it to match the original as closely as possible. Everything else; the main body, the arms, the claws, the legs and feet are all taken from the original source. From time to time you do see Ice Warriors turn up on eBay and while the body is an nth generation down the line (warped) casting of this, the arms, legs and head etc are resculpts… and generally they look a bit weird for my money.
Apologies for the lack of imagery of the full piece, it just didn’t occur to anyone to take a snap as we had a very limited time amongst all the other stuff that was going on.
So anyway, for us, this is a bit of an honour to refresh, restore and try to bring back up to its former glory.
Speaking of restoring things…
All of the masks in the above shot will require work of some degree or other. The two Invasion / Revenge Cybermen heads need a bit of heavy modification, chiefly the position of the eyes and mouth as well as the eye brow ridge thing – that needs reshaping because it blends into the “ear muffs” when ordinarily, it shouldn’t. Also, the back plate is too wide. The less said about the chrome Silver Nemesis head, the better – but this too will get treatment of some kind at some stage much further down the line. I do have an experimental idea for that one, but we shall see what takes my fancy.
As for the Tetrap and the Terraleptil, well those are ancient latex pieces that are really showing their age – to the point that they were headed for the bin. However, because we want to restore some other latex items, I thought that we could experiment on these to test a process or two before applying it to anything else that has value.
Normally I wouldn’t touch latex items with a barge pole for the sole reason that in time, they perish and crumble to dust, but seeing that these are here and in our possession, then we can at least try to do *something* with them. It’s not like I’ll lose anything by trying. The Terraleptil isn’t actually in too bad shape, really. It’s only the bits that would be trimmed off that are starting to turn bad, but still, I’ll tinker. The Tetrap though… well… I’ll have a play.
Over the years I’ve been collecting or building items that are part of the various Doctors’ hand props – why? I don’t know really, I just have.
A short while ago, I was at a chap’s house delivering something and on his shelf, I spied this little trinket and knew immediately what it was – well – what it was used as; the Etheric Beam Locator as seen in the two Fourth Doctor adventures; Genesis of the Daleks and then The Talons of Weng Chiang.
Being rather taken by it, I went all “The God Father” on him and made him an offer that he couldn’t refuse. Actually, he could have easily refused, but thankfully, he didn’t and so here we are. I just need to give it a bit of a refurb, paint it a deep red and there we have it.
Before anyone asks, no I don’t know what this is, in terms of the found item. The chap I got it from didn’t know either. He thinks that it could possibly be part of a piece of scientific equipment, while I suspect that it may be something a little bit more mundane than that, an industrial type of electrical cable converter from a studio set up. One side has pin connectors, whilst the other side has a single pole. Anyway, your guess is as good as mine, unless you actually know what this is – if you do, please let me know, I’m all ears!
Right then, I’d best get on. Looks like I’ve got a lot to do then.
UPDATE: 17th of January, 2013
Thanks to commentor, Mark Quested, we now know what the Etheric Beam Locator originally was.
Very well done to him and many, many thanks!
So my guess as to it being a part of a piece of studio hardware wasn’t that far off the mark. The valve was used in transmission equipment… like the sort you’d find in a TV studio.