Genestealer Cult – Belated Progress (if you can call it that)

hotelpaint-1Things have been relatively quiet on the hobby progress front as of late–something any regular reader of the blog has certainly figured out by now, seeing as I haven’t had a post since November 2nd.

Oh my, has it really been that long?  That’s almost a full month ago!

I knew it had been a while, but I had no idea that it’d been that long.  Egads.

hotelpaint-2Well, the root cause of the radio outage has to do with an inability to find free time.  You see, at the end of October, I had to go out of town for three weeks on a work trip.  I had brought along some hobby materials in the hopes that I could work on them, but I really didn’t get all that much free time.  I did make small glimmers of progress though, but it was hardly enough to justify writing blog posts about (and I wasn’t going to spend what very little free time I did have writing blog posts, as my time was better spent making actual progress!).

When we last left off, I was gathering up some characters for my Genestealer cult.  My grand notion was that I would take them down, along with the rest of my unpainted cult models and paint them up during my stay.  That way, when I got back into town, I could seal them up, dip things as necessary, and get to play my first games with my “new” army.

hotelpaint-3So that proved to be a little lofty, as my stay was only fruitful enough to produce a fresh coat of Ultramarines Blue (or rather Altdorf something-or-other) on the models, with a smattering of Bleached Bone.  Realistically, I didn’t get more than an hour of two painting in for the entire month.

Hopefully you’ll excuse the poor quality photographs.  That’s what life looks like when painting in a hotel room.  In retrospect, maybe it was a good thing that I didn’t have all that much time to paint in such poor lighting conditions, eh?

But it is some progress.  And though it’s not anything to brag about, this blog is all about documenting my hobby progress.  Hopefully I’ll get some time in the near future to improve upon this, but for now, this is where I stand.


Creating Cult Characters

cultcharacters-2As you probably know, I’ve been working on my Genestealer Cult as of late.  To date, I haven’t had time to make the progress that I wanted to because I wound up flying out of state for a conference.  Well, now that I’m back, I’ve finally gotten to look at my copy of the codex and try to figure out what it is that I should be painting so these guys can see the tabletop sooner–rather than later.

One area where I know that I’m derelict is in characters.  While the list doesn’t technically have to have an HQ (if you’re running a Decurion style detachment, it’s not a requirement), there’s no way I’m going to run a list without them.  cultcharacters-3I’m not used to having cheap units as HQ’s–much less ones that are effective!  You can bet your bottom dollar that I’m going to be running some HQ’s in my lists.

Luckily, the Deathwatch Overkill box comes with one of each type in it–and you know me, I’m always buying more than I need.  So now I have three of each character.  Well, plus what I had laying around.  I dusted off some of my old models in my collection, grabbing a Broodlord from Spacehulk, and three more Magi from the days of Rogue Trader (yes, I know there are only two pictured, but trust me, I found a third).  I also have the extra Primus characters from the boxed set, but I’m frankly not in love with their rules, so I didn’t bother to assemble more than the one I have already.  Maybe they have other weapon options as well that I can tinker with?  Otherwise, I’m not sure assembling them is worth my time.

cultcharacters-4For the Magi, there wasn’t much in the way of dynamic posing–aside from slight head tilts, so they look the same.  I wanted to make the primarchs look at least a little different though, so I wound up cutting one of them completely off his pipe and putting him on a fallen pillar I had laying around.  I’m pretty sure the pillar is from a Lord of the Rings figure (or at least one of their terrain sets) that I picked up along with someone’s army back in the day.  It was too big, so I had to cut the end off and replace it with a blob of green-stuff.  Likewise, I didn’t want his arms to be a complete match to the other patriarch, so I wound up repositioning them slightly.

For the fourth patriarch (not pictured), I figured he wouldn’t see the table all too often, so I left him on his pipe and swapped his arms from front to back.  Sure, it’s a little off-putting if you know what you’re looking at, but it helps the arms look a little more dynamic without being terribly obvious.

cultcharacters-1I also found a baggy full of familiars as well.  I had been collecting these from the days of 6th edition and was joking going to use them as Ymgarls (their diminutive size explained why they could seem to spring from out of nowhere).  Since I’m painting up the other guys, I figured I might as well work on these as well.

The only other models (besides Primuses) that I’m not working on are some of the older metal hybrids.  I probably should be painting them too, and maybe I will, but I would rather focus on models with heavy weapons/metamorphs/etc if I’m working on my hybrids.  For now, I’m going to focus on the characters…



Genestealer Cult – 42 Painted Neophytes

wh39kcultpaintedneophytes-2Depending upon how you add things up, I have somewhere between 4-8 squads of Neophytes painted up at this point.  Of course, that’s nowhere near enough models for a painted cult force, but I’m hoping that–once I include the 90ish genestealers I have painted–I don’t have all that many figures left to paint before I can actually start fielding a respectable list.

wh39kcultpaintedneophytes-3Truth be told, I’m writing this post at the beginning of the month, having completed both my Dreadtober entry and these models by the 9th.  I had some travel for work this month, so I had to bust my hump to get the hobby progress completed before the trip.

Because of that, I haven’t yet gotten my codex, so I don’t rightfully know what an army of these guys truly looks like.  I suspect that I’ll need more of these, but that I’ll need far more acolytes as well.  From what I hear, these guys are roughly 5-8 points each, so I could see running as many as 200ish models in a 2,000 point game.  Frankly, I don’t have anywhere near enough figures to make that a reality, so I’m hoping to either:

  • wh39kcultpaintedneophytes-1Run smaller games
  • Eat up points with some larger units (perhaps Leman Russes?)
  • Or maybe even just ally in my Tyranids or IG.  Frankly, IG seems far more fluffy than Tyranids, but I have so many more units to choose from in my Tyranids codex that they’re the far likelier choice.

wh39kcultpaintedneophytes-4From what I can tell, these are probably going to be more effective in smaller units (big surprise there, as that seems to be par for the course with basically any unit/codex in the game).  I really should do something to make them stand out with squad markings–but then again, I didn’t do that with my IG either.  I figured with those guys that I would probably go cross eyed trying to put units away if I bothered to give them individual markings, but maybe I’m wrong…

I’m definitely pleased with these guys, especially since I knocked them out in an assembly line over the course of a couple of weeks.   The one area that I really didn’t do them justice on is the flesh though.  I thought I did a good job on the test model, but when I tried to do it in bulk, I just didn’t have the heart (or the stamina) to take the time to do them right.  It actually got to the point where I eventually just started throwing a brown wash over parts of their faces to pick out the details.  If you look closely, you can certainly see that.

wh39kcultpaintedneophytes-5But these guys aren’t supposed to win a Golden Demon.  That’s not their point.  Their purpose is to rally up and die for the greater good, so that eventually Hive Fleet Proteus can sweep over the planet, engulfing all life in it’s maw, and leaving nothing in it’s wake.

The cult needs no praise.

Only the cleansing baptism of the hive fleet washing the unclean from the world…


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!