In a recent post, I explained why it was that I was painting my Ultramarine flyers and not something else. After all, I do have a number of models just laying around collecting dust. Long story short, it’s because it was deemed that these particular models would be the largest asset to me in regular games of 40k. Second place in that category belonged to my new Genestealer Cult models; however, as they lack a proper codex, they’ll likely see the table less in standard games of 40k.
Besides, for them to hit the table, I basically would need to paint up all of them, whereas flyers I can field onesie-twosies.
So, with all of those flyers being completed, I found myself looking for the next thing to paint. Probably the most logical next step is my squad of Deathwatch that I have been “working on” since the original rules were released for them back in 3rd/4th edition–especially because they’re already halfway painted up. I could also be working on my Imperial terrain that has only managed to be primed at this point, or my Tyranid Bastion that desperately needs to see some paint…
But for some reason, I decided to spur off in another direction and work on my Genestealer Cult. I’ve loved these guys since 2nd edition, though I won’t spend my time waxing nostalgia on the subject as I already did that in an earlier post.
Rumors are crawling around the internet that these guys may soon see a supplemental codex, and it would be nice to have them ready for play at that time.
There’s some debate as to how I should paint these up. Practically speaking, I want them to bridge the gap between my Tyranids and my IG (used as Ultramar Planetary Defense). So, I know the basic color schemes, but the real question winds up being how do I handle dipping them? I could probably go either way on them, but I’d like them to look consistently good with either army. The best looking result might be to paint them up normal and them somehow get the dip to only apply to the fleshy tones on the model. Given that I use house stain, that might be a difficult effect to pull off.
Perhaps I need to do up a test model to see how things will work? I should have enough, seeing as I purchased the base boxed game (Deathwatch Overkill), plus two additional sets of these guys. My friend, Brandon was goodly enough to assemble virtually all of them for me (we omitted the extra copies of the characters because it seemed less likely that I would be able to field multiples of those), so I just spent a couple of nights cleaning up the flash on them, and then primed them up.
So it’s not a whole lot of progress, really, but it’s enough to warn of things to come… I will go out on a limb and say that–within 5 years–I will have a painted genestealer cult force!