As always, such cool ideas and great execution, TD. How much of this project can you get done before you travel off to your next gig?
Only 11 hours left and it's about the price for the command squad unpainted. Any bids welcome!
Finally finished everything! Sorry the photos are kinda lousy, my camera's got a million settings and things I need to learn.
Commandeered Power Loader
The majority of a Genestealer Cult’s members aren’t professional soldiers – they’re average citizens rising up against their percieved oppression by whatever means necessary. A Cult’s equipment is made up of whatever can be scrounged and put to use. Heavy construction lifters, which normally use their enormous power and resilience to perform superhuman feats of strength in hellish industrial conditions, have been found to be ideal civilian engines of destruction. Impervious to small-arms fire and capable of rending plate armor and upturning battle tanks, commandeered power loaders are rare but valuable artifacts in a Cult force.
(Plays as Trygon)
When a Planetary Defense Force finds itself infiltrated by a Genestealer Cult, the defectors often bring their equipment with them. When the Cult runs deep, sometimes that equipment is big… really big. Battle tanks are tough, lumbering assets to those uprisings lucky enough to get a hold of them. Their thick armor and resilience makes them near-impossible to bring down without serious heavy weaponry, while they themselves serve as mobile mounts for a variety of weapon platforms.
(Play as Tyrannofexes)
While typical humans are the most common hosts for Genestealer Cults (at least on planets of the Imperium), abhuman breeds also have their uses. Rare Ogryn-Genestealer Hybrids combine the resilience and devotion of Ogryns with the additional strength and deadliness of Genestealers. The result is a hulking, blindly loyal monster nearly impervious to pain and able to rend even Space Marines in two. These brutes are most often seen slaved to Patriarchs as bodyguards, making the Cult leaders even more difficult to isolate and destroy.
(Play as Tyrant Guards)
As the Cult reaches its peak the Patriarch, bloated with psychic energy and raw power, spends more and more time in seclusion upon an ornate throne crafted by its worshipers. In the direst hours of need the Patriarch may choose to ride into battle borne aloft by its strongest servants and surrounded by a variety of confidants, advisers and familiars. There its tactical acumen comes to the fore and, should any foes be foolish enough to approach the throne, it is reverently lowered to the ground that it might rise and rend apart any challengers with contemptuous ease.
(Plays as the Swarmlord)
The arcane weapons and powers utilized by a Genestealer Cult reach their apex in the use of Alpha-level psykers. Often kidnapped from Imperial scrutiny and left bound in their chains, these insane creatures are living weapons in their own right. Dragged by armored and psychically-shielded Cultists, the psykers gibber madly while being driven to heights of psychic frenzy by the mental prodding of the Patriarch. Some glow with incandescence, crackle with Warp-lightning, or even rise floating like obscene balloons at the ends of their shackles. Driven by the sympathetic impulse to feed inherent to all Tyranids, the very life-force is ripped from enemy’s bodies and added to the psyker’s own. These soul-draining powers, punctuated by explosive blasts of Warp energy, leave nothing but drained husks and smoking craters in their wake.
(Plays as the Doom of Malan’tai)
Cult totem, Genestealer feeding altar, and Imperial prisoner.
And look what the commission money went towards!
Got an hour or two of painting in. I'm working on getting the carapace to have a little more subtlety and depth than most of my beasts, since it has so much more detail. Brother wanted to see the WIP (he's away at college) so figured I'd upload it here too. Space Marine for scale is one from his Chapter.
Good start, I think I'll be able to finish it before I leave for my summer job!
If thats an hours work I think you will too!
Great stuff as always, the GS cult is fantastic, I'm sure you have a very happy client.
Thanks sheep! The Genestealer client is indeed very happy, and he promises to share some in-battle photos of the army together. I didn't get much more time on the Hierodule, however, so here's where it ended up. Since the last photo it's pretty much just a black wash, some drybrushing on the base and a bit of yellow lining on the carapace.
Did get to roll out my new gaming mat, though. Very high quality! I'll probably add another layer of drybrush to my bases so they match the color a bit better, but I've been wanting to do that anyway.
That's it for minis until August. Off to lead canoeing trips for the summer. Looking forward to getting back and making more progress!
Back from work:
And if you want to look at more, I have a bunch of terrain themed to fit my Tyranid and Catachan armies over here. Hope you enjoy!
The terrain is pretty much finished, just waiting for some water effects to cure and a tiny bit more clump foliage and flock to glue on. Should have pictures soon. Until then, I did an inventory to make sure my Apocalypse list was good and to rearrange some of my model shelving. Here's all the Nids!
I wrote up a 500-point counts-as Genestealer Cult detachment a few days ago, but it needed Coteaz in order to have two units of Death Cult Assassins as Genestealers (with the Broodlord as an Eversor Assassin). So here's my Cult 'Coteaz' HQ.
Needed ornate armor for a 2+ save, something big and slammy to count as a hammer, a bolt pistol, some grenades, something flying as his psyber-eagle, and ideally some bare skin to tie the Cult to my Catachan.
What do you think? You can barely see a human nose and mouth under the Genestealer skull mask. I think the Genestealer servo-skull turned out well. The Patriarch icon is an InstantMold press from the throne of the original seated Patriarch model.
Gonna go prime him now.
Looks great, and ties in well with the old Cult Icon Bearer option from the original cult list.
Appreciate the comment - I'm really happy with him too. Here he is:
I have some Tyranid stuff in my terrain log. Check it out here:
Using those water effects I also updated my old Biovore and Tervigon:
Wow, disturbing carnifex gets more disturbing. And they said it couldn't be done...
"Coteaz" looks pretty great, press molded icon and everything. Maybe not quite 2+ save with the bare arms, but who's that picky in a game, especially with a unique army like yours.
The full army shot is EPIC, man!
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Months ago played a big Apocalypse battle to celebrate my newly finished Hierodule. Here's some shots showcasing my Tyranids.
First, the table. Took us a while to find the best Apocalypse-sized solution for our tiny apartment!
The Tyranids jostling to be the first with their talons in the Imperials.
The full deployment:
Marines guarding the beer:
While the Tyranids guard their own glowing beer tower!
Monsters on the horizon:
Scouts observing the aerial combat:
Doom comes to the Catachan:
Showing the scale of the table:
Lictors intercept the Terminators on their way to kill the Doom.
The Prime killed an enemy commander, and received reinforcements from the Broodlord in time to finish off a Sergeant.
A Catachan Lieutenant making some unlikely kill-shots from his command Chimera.
You should put that last pic in your Catachan log, really sums up the awesome feel of that army!
What can I say about the rest? Everything looks great, really like your style of converting and painting. And that Doom is the cutest Tyranid ever.
So, does this mean this log is getting regular updates again?
That Coteaz is brilliant! So good infact that I'm going to steal the gene stealer cult idea, well file it away to steal later
The apoc game look fantastic, who won?
Added some finishing teeny paint bits to my old Rippers, as well as some clump foliage and grass to their bases. Excuse the photo, I still haven't learned to use my new camera.
And my brand new (old) Rippers! I use these as the ones that hatch from the Parasite of Mortrex's victims.