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Been quite busy lately and haven't had the opportunity to post, but hopefully I will have a bit more time from now. So for this post I thought I'd show off some of my Genestealer Cult.
Most of the models for my cult were painted quite a while ago, but I haven't painted up all the units I have collected. I've been enthusiastically working on this recently, I'll post more as I progress.
The Genestealer Cult is one of the most interesting armies for 40k, it's so gonzo and bizarre it is hard not find it compelling. I love Space Hulk, it is a masterpiece of game design, and the introduction of the cult rules for Rogue Trader in White Dwarf allowed a better look into the background of the Genestealers, hybrids, and the mutants, brood brothers, and assorted freak show who love them.
There were essentially three army lists, each with a slightly different character- the Invasion Force, the Cult, and the Tyranid Army (while technically not a Genestealer Cult, it was similar and had access to Chaos Marine Mind Slaves, Zoats, Squigs, as well as Tyranids, Termagants, and Carnifex). The way I envision my cult is as an amalgam of all three lists.
Alot of the appeal of the Cult to me is the variety of different models you can field, along with the Magus, Hybrids, Patriarch (preferably daemon possessed!), and Genestealers, you can press into service all manner of mutated freaks, sci-fi humans as Brood Brothers, Beastmen, aliens, summoned demons, Mutant Bombs, Chaos Spawn etc, lots of fun.
Magus, Hybrids, and Limo
The concept of the Genestealer biology, life cycle, and the over all appearance of the hybrids really reminds me of the kind of villains you would see in Dr. Who. I can really picture Tom Baker encountering them. Cheesy and comical, while at the same time creepy enough to make your skin crawl. I have a few more not pictured here to paint up, and I think I might convert one of these into an Icon Bearer.
The limo is such an iconic GC item, mine was converted from a Minairons Hispano Suiza MC-36. The art deco styling, ribbed, hunched appearance, and origin as a vehicle used in the Spanish Revolution seemed like an appropriate limo base. I still need to make a couple more, I have my eyes constantly peeled for good cars to start from, they are harder to find than you'd think. If any one has some Marx Cars of the Future they'd be willing to part with, please get in touch!
I have a lot of these from Space Hulk, this is just a handful.
An assortment of brood brothers that I've put together so far. This lot are mostly made up of Imperial Guard deserters and dissidents who make easy targets for the Cult to influence.
A Rogue Psyker, no doubt fallen in with the cult trying to flee from being round up and sacrificed to the Emperor, who can blame him?
This is one of my favourite Imperial Army models, his non regulation hair cut and graffiti on his flak armour mark him out as a radical.
A devoted mother of a four-armed abomination. The idea of the adoring parents lovingly caring for their alien spawn is delightfully creepy.
I'll leave it at that for now, but there's a lot more on my workbench to come!