Back in September, I decided that I really wanted to make the dream of a Genestealer Cults army come alive, and wrote this blog detailing my plans to just paint 500 points – some of which had already been painted to some degree. Well, people, this week I have not only surpassed that initial list, but I’m knocking on the door to 1000 points of Genestealer Cultists fully painted!!
I’m so excited, I can’t begin to tell you!
From having what I now feel to have been a fairly modest list of just 500 points, I actually have 900 points of Cultists fully painted, and it’s only the beginning of December! There’s still time to get to 1000 points before the year is out, I feel!!
The most recent additions to the army have been the Hybrid Metamorphs and the Goliath Truck, the two units that brought my initial 500 points to a close. The Metamorphs had been further along than I’d realised, and when I got them to the table to paint, I was quite pleased that I wouldn’t have so much work to do as I’d initially thought! The truck has been red for years, but it has taken a lot of work and I’m still not convinced by it – somehow, the Red feels far too flat! But I’ve both shaded and highlighted the panels, so I’m not sure what else I can do!!
In addition to these models, I’ve been working on the Patriarch, a beautiful sculpt and another model that was further along than I’d realised. There were just the odd details of his talons and the whole basing thing left to do. I’ve also touched up the Magus a little, trying to make his robes a little nicer and repainting the ribbed collar to match the dirty grey of the miners (it was originally brown, for some reason!)
All of this means I have a lot of great options in terms of the characters. I think the Primus might be next on my list for some further attention like the Magus, but for now this is a fine-looking bunch of totally normal guys from a mining community!
The Neophyte troops are wonderful models, and some of my all-time favourites, even if they can be heavy-going to paint! Seeing them like this, however, has really inspired me to keep going with the Cult – as I really want to create that sort of horde feel with lots of bodies swarming up! Sure, T3 models aren’t particularly scary, but 60 T3 models will take a hell of a lot of shifting!
I also have the initial batch of Neophytes, armed with autoguns from the initial Deathwatch Overkill box set. I have two of these squads, of course, bulked out to 10 with the addition of the crew from the Goliath kit – but they don’t really have a squad leader model. So I might be doing some jiggery pokery there, soon.
Moving forward, I think I’m going to try and tackle one more Neophyte squad this month, as well as the two familiar models. I don’t want to try to bite off too much, of course, and it’ll no doubt need some thinking to make a halfway decent army out of all these disparate elements, but regardless, I think it would be really good to have a solid basis for my Cult, in advance of the new Codex that we’re expecting to come out next month!
Im getting through them, slowly…