Genestealer Cult – Neophyte Painting Progress Update

wh39kcultneophyteswip-5Now that Dreadtober is effectively over, I can finally get back to painting my Genestealer Cult.  When I last left off with them, I had blocked in some basic colors on the models, but there was still quite a lot left to do.

I’ve been following the scheme of my test model almost exclusively to for these guys.  In fact, I think the I’m going to use him as the baseline for my finished unit with only a couple of exceptions:

  1. wh39kcultneophyteswip-6I intend to paint the Genestealer Cult symbol on the guys in yellow.  This ties them into my Ultramarine models a little better (which makes sense, seeing as I intend to use the Ultramar PDF units to supplement the cult).
  2. For the more alien looking models, I intend to blend their skin with Ultramarines blue to match my Tyranids. (are those second generation hybrids?  I can’t remember which ones they are by name, but the ones that have more bulbous heads and rending claws).
  3. I want to work in an homage to the classic cult scheme of Purple & Yellow.  I’ll be painting the symbols yellow already, so I need to find a way to work in a little bit of purple onto the figures.

In total, these models aren’t coming out much different than my test model did–or even than my Ultramar PDF forces did.  I suppose that’s a good thing because they’re supposed to look good together.   The scheme is essentially:

  • wh39kcultneophyteswip-7Armor – Bleach Bone (with Sepia Wash)
  • Guns – Same as my Ultramarines
  • Cloth – Same as my Ultramarines (blue)
  • Skin – Varies by type (I didn’t want them all to have the same complexion)
  • Boots – Black

wh39kcultneophyteswip-8Practically speaking, these guys are progressing along nicely.  I shouldn’t have any problem getting them finished up by the end of the month.  Of course, then I still have quite a bit more painting to do before they can see the table.  Sadly, GSC models are entirely too cheap, and you need an absolutely ton of them to field on the table.  At least they can ally though, so I can use my Tyranids or IG to bolster the forces.  Maybe they’ll get to see the table sometime in November?

wh39kcultneophyteswip-9You can see in the picture to the right that I did opt to paint some bits of purple on the models.  Virtually all of them had some little bit that I could pick out in Purple (base of Liche Purple, layered up with pinks).  Some of them had ripped tabbards that worked nicely, while others I was stretching to find bits.  In those cases, I used arm bands, or wrist-wraps to tie them in.  I figured the purple wasn’t a big necessity (and might have actually been better suited to painting them different colors to use as squad markings).  Still, I thought it nice to pay homage to the classic 2nd edition cult look.

Far be it from me to be nostalgic for 2nd edition, eh?




Genestealer Cult – Painting Progress

wh39kcultneophyteswip-1With the release of the new Genestealer Cult codex, I’m hurriedly painting up an army to field.  Of course, I’m trying to do so while not neglecting the Dreadtober event, so it’s hard to juggle the projects and give them each the appropriate amount of time.  That’s more of an obligation though, while the cult is my newfound passion.

At least that’s what I’m telling myself.

I worked up a test model a couple of weeks ago and put out a call on Twitter for feedback and received surprising little.  I figured that with the impending release of the codex and the buzz surrounding one of the most clamoured for army released in a long time, there would’ve been some constructive criticism out there.  I guess the blog itself is a better stage for that–but I had a bunch of posts queued up that I wanted to push out in a timely fashion before I got to the cult.

wh39kcultneophyteswip-2Without clear guidance of where I could improve, I set forth painting these guys to the same scheme as I did on the test model.  If you recall, the scheme is supposed to be some sort of blend between the one I used for my Imperial Guard and the one that I use for my Tyranids.  Of course, the link I provided for the Tyranids is pre-dipped, so they don’t have a lot of detail on them.  It also means that I have to decide whether I’m going to dip the cult members to make them more like the Tyranids or just straight paint them like I did for the IG.  With the test model, I tried to straddle the line by just applying a watered down sepia wash to the armor of the model to emulate the effect of the stain.  Granted, it’s not going to come out identical, but it doesn’t need to be–just similar enough that it looks like they have some cohesion.

Given the minor success I had with the test model (and my aversion to touching stain if I can at all avoid it), I’m guessing that I’ll forgo the dip on these guys and just hand paint everything.  wh39kcultneophyteswip-3That means that I’ll have considerably more painting on each model, but I really expect that.  With the Tyranids, it’s all basically flesh and carapace with little splashes of color for tongues and teeth.  With that in mind, they paint up quickly.  With these cult members, there’s so much more variety: armor, skin, gun, clothing, boots, icons, etc.  These guys are just going to necessarily take more painting.  Yes, it will be more simple to accomplish with dipping, but I don’t know how much more simple…

As for painting, I definitely have my work cut out for me.  I purchased a boxed set of Deathwatch Overkill, and then found a deal that was too good to pass up for two more sets of the cult models from the box.  With 36 models in each box, I have to paint 108 figures (assuming I don’t buy anything else, and don’t want to paint up any tanks for these guys–both of which are clearly faulty assumptions).  So, in order to get them done, I figured I had to break them down in some way.

wh39kcultneophyteswip-4The right answer might have been to break them into squads of 10 so that it was reasonable–but far be it from me to be reasonable.  Instead, I wound up picking out all of the figures that were on normal 20mm bases and had guns.  That way, everything I was painting was going to be similar, and I could start the assembly line process.

It’s been a while though since I’ve painted in this fashion, so I forgot just how long each step takes.  Clearly there are going to be a couple of WIP posts on these guys, as progress is fairly slow.

At this point, I have them all painted with bone armor, red guns (two coats of red at least, they still need a wash and a final highlight), blue cloth, brown pouches, silver bits, and some of them have flesh on them.  I actually stopped on the flesh parts because I want to ensure that I get a mix of races (they can’t all be white guys, right?) and because I seem to have run out of Ultramarine Blue so I can’t paint any blends on the more mutated hybrids (first generation?  I can’t ever seem to remember which ones are first or second generation)…

They’ve come a long way, but there’s still a long way more to go.  But for now, I’ll take a break and shift back to my dreadnought.  More to come on that later!




Dreadtober 2016 – Mission Complete

wh39kcontemptor-4Dreadtober is a nice way of saying “let peer pressure tempt you into painting something–even if you would rather be painting Genestealer Cult.”  In previous years, I never let this sway me, but this year I figured why not?  It’s a good thing to inspire people to paint things.  Most years, I would probably not be painting anything, so keeping the movement going so that I get off my duff and paint something is a good thing.  Sure, this year, it distracted me from what I want to do, but next year I’ll probably find myself twiddling my thumbs again in dire need of inspiration.

So, in case you haven’t been following my progress, my Dreadtober project this year has been a contemptor dreadnought with Kheres Assault cannons.  I’m happy to say that, as this point, he’s finished.

Well, at least he’s finished with the paint job.  The base will have to come later.

wh39kcontemptor-2As always, I went with a fairly classic 2nd edition scheme.  If you don’t know me, it’s because I started this army back at the beginning of 3rd edition after having played basically every army in 2nd edition.  I settled on Ultramarines as my army long-term because they were effectively the worst Space Marine army in the game.  Every other chapter got entire codices of special rules, and Ultramarines got one or two special characters (who were frankly, not very good).  I adopted the army as my own and started painting them up in the classic scheme.  And the rest is history…

I typically paint my dreadnoughts as 2nd company units, so they match the rest of my army.  For my contemptor, I figured he was fairly elite, and I wanted him to be a member of the first company.  With that in mind, I needed to have white accents on the model, but I didn’t want to eschew the yellow scheme entirely (after all, he had to tie in to the rest of my army someway, right?).  That’s where the yellow chest eagle came from.

I’m certainly pleased with him overall.  I could’ve done better in parts, but I have no problem saying that he’s at least table-top quality.  In fact, the only area where I find myself kicking myself is in the scroll work.

wh39kcontemptor-7Normally I would tackle scroll work with a Micron pen.  So, when I found myself finished with the purity seals and other parchment, I reached for my pen–but it was nowhere to be found.  Instead of using the 01 pen, I grabbed the next one in the box: the 03.  I figured, how much different can it be?

Well, as you can see, you can still read the letters, but they’re larger and more blocky than I would prefer.  I really should’ve waited until I could find the other pen (or even gone out and bought another).  But I guess it’s incidents like this where we learn these things).  Take it from me: a 03 Micron pen is not the same as an 01.

I also noticed that I wound up (apparently) gluing his knee pads on upside down.  When I was scouring the internet for color scheme ideas, it seemed that most (if not all) other contemptors have their knee pads reversed.  I know I tried that position when assembling him, but it didn’t look right.   I actually like the way this looks though, so I’m not at all unhappy with the finished product.

wh39kcontemptor-6So that will just about wrap up Dreadtober 2016 for me.  I know that there are some other magnetized weapons I could be working on (and maybe I’ll get those done before the end of the month), and I also wound up cleaning up my Deredeo as well, so maybe he’ll see the painting table before too long.

But for now, I’m really going to try to be focusing on my Genestealer cult.  Since I have this rule that models need to be painted before they see the table, I want to get a coat on those guys so I can start shaking things up in my local gaming group.


Genestealer Cult Test

wh39kculttest-1I tend to write blog posts in spurts.  So, in most times I have a bit of a queue for upcoming posts that just haven’t gone live yet.  To give you an idea of how big that queue is and how far in advance I’m working, I just found out that they’re due to release a new Genestealer Cult codex this Friday, September 19th.

The thing is that I’m just one guy and blogging is ancillary to my hobby experience, so I try to write two posts per week.  So, with my existing queue and normal schedule (I typically push out posts on Monday and Wednesday of any given week) this won’t go live until November.  By that time, I would hope that I’ve committed to a scheme (and likely done a fair bit of progress on the rest of my models). Continue reading


Dreadtober – Blocking in the Colors

wh39kcontemptorwip-1Well, it’s Dreadtober, so I figured I really should be working on a dreadnought (despite the fact that I really want to be working on my Genestealer cult).  My plan was to actually do a little bit of work on my dread and a little bit on my cult and that way I could alternate posts between them; however, because of the way Joe is releasing updates on the weekend, I figured it would be prudent to get ahead of the game.

What I mean by that is that his posts go live on the weekend, and I was planning on posting my updates on Mondays.  What that means is that when his post goes live, my post hasn’t, so any link I give him just doesn’t work until Monday.  While the point of this blog isn’t exactly to drive traffic (more so to inspire me to make progress and give me a yard stick that I can measure by over the years), it doesn’t hurt to have other people interested.  After all, when people come by and post feedback, it does help to keep me inspired (by the way, thanks to everyone who does read this blog and comment from time to time).

wh39kcontemptorwip-4Anywho, if he posts on the weekend and people click the link, they won’t actually come to my blog page–so I might as well do two posts this week and get ahead of the game.

I’m not exactly following the weekly breakdown, but I’m coming relatively close.  The first week was supposed to be about assembly; the second is about blocking in colors.  Luckily, that’s as far as I got when I started snapping pictures, so I guess I’m on par for the course.  The following week is supposed to be about working on the base (which I don’t plan to do at all–at least until I work up the gumption to base the rest of the backlog that has been piling up).  And the final week?  I’m supposed to finish painting.

I figure after blocking in the color this week, I’ll probably be finished with the model so I can show the “completed” figure (sans base) next week, and possibly end the month on some extra magnetized weapons.

wh39kcontemptorwip-5As for the color blocking, it’s not perfect, but you’ll get the idea of where things are supposed to go.  Anything that is deep red will be red, and anything that is orange will be yellow (this might seem weird, but I build up my yellows starting from Blood Angels Red, then Bad Moon Yellow, then an Orange Wash, More Bad Moon, and then topped with Sunburst).

Yes, I know those are older colors that aren’t made any more, and honestly I don’t have half of those pots these days, but I’m using the equivalents from Vallejo.  On occasion, I take it one final highlight mixed with yellow, but I’ve pretty much stopped doing that.  If you want to see what the output looks like, you can check out my Imperial Bastion or Aegis Defense Line.  I tend to get a lot of flak for going that bright, so I’m toning it down a bit.

Well, that’ll do it for this week.  Like I said, next week I expect to have this guy completed, and then it’s on to my cult!