It’s wave two of the Genestealer Cult release, and we’re not seeing as much after the initial splurge last weekend, but there are still some really cool kits coming out way, so it’s definitely an exciting time for those of us who have decided to build a new army!
First of all, we’re getting the new Goliath truck, which can be built as above, or with a massive dozer blade and rock grinders on the sides. I think I’m going for the latter, because it looks hilarious and over-the-top, but I may eventually (or sooner) get a second to have as the basic truck. At any rate, I think it looks really great, and a nice change from the tanks that we normally get for troop transports in the 41st millennium.
In addition to a new standard bearer character and a re-release for the Overkill characters, there’s a box set of Neophyte Hybrids coming out that have infiltrated the Astra Militarum! I have previously entertained the idea of getting a box of Cadians to use alongside my Space Marine army (whenever that will get off the ground), but seeing these Neophyte chaps here has really made my mind up for what I want to do with these folks! I’ll definitely be picking this box up soon, also!
It was my store anniversary this weekend, so the stars have clearly combined for awesome, and I dropped a fair bit of cash on picking up all the Genestealer Cult goodness, as well as a second Death Watch Kill Team box (more later), and a few other bits. I got a bunch of badges for my trouble, and will be getting a free messenger bag when their stock appears, so that’s nice! People were spending a lot more than me, though – the guy in front of me actually spent over £300, which kinda shocks me, if only for the fact he didn’t have as much stuff as I had! Of course, we all know we could easily drop hundreds in a GW in any one purchase, but while part of me was in palpitations, it’s also good to see folks support the store and all the rest of it.
I’ve been leafing through the How to Paint book this morning, and I’ve found my colour scheme now:
I love these How to Paint books, because I find them so damn inspirational! I’ve bought quite a few now, and always manage to get my hobby motivation back when I pore over the pages there. So I’m going with the Cult of the Bladed Cog, because I find the contrast between the blue-green fatigues and the red armour to be really quite striking – and I usually dislike painting red, so in the interests of levelling-up my painting skills, this will be a great project!
I also got a second Kill Team box because last month’s White Dwarf had rules for using the Strike Team Excis (the original kill team that Cassius was sent to extract) in Deathwatch: Overkill, so I thought it would be great to have those actual models built to act as an expansion for the boardgame, but also to use in my Deathwatch army, should that ever become a thing, as well! So keep an eye on my Hobby Progress blogs for more of those chaps soon!
So all in all, this Genestealer Cult release is shaping up to be really fantastic! I don’t actually remember the last time I was as excited for a release of models, possibly because I really wasn’t expecting to be that into the Genestealers! But then, as I’ve always said, if I hadn’t gone with Necrons as my 40k army, I would have picked Tyranids, so there has always been that interest there… GW has really been excelling themselves with this release, however, and I really hope they continue to go with this route in the future, from the facebook marketing of the previous week, the designer notes video, to these kind of retrospectives on their blog. It’s all just really, really great!
Will we be running into a third week for the cultists? The only unit not yet separately released from the Codex is the Aberrants, though whereas the other models photographed include the new guys, these models are just those from Overkill, so I’m wondering whether GW will actually release them at all. I’m kinda intrigued as to what will happen there…
Very exciting times right now, anyway!