Sunday, March 6, 2016

40k Genestealer Cult - The Benevolent Cult of the Four Armed Emperor rises!

For all that I haven't played a game of 40k in years (the Heresy train has no brakes), I will say that GW got their hooks back into me with the Deathwatch game. I've always had a soft spot for the Genestealer Cult, and I have had a couple of the old models lurking in my cabinet for eons, occassionally getting a repaint and an addition or two over the years.

So that said...

...This was inevitable. I have to say that the cult models absolutely exceeded my every expectation, they are gorgeous sculpts and the way that certain models could subtly change poses (purestrains and abberants) was rather clever. All of the heads for the hybrids are separate, allowing for reposing and swapping to a greater or lesser extent which means that it's possible to ensure there aren't any mirror image models in the force.

Things that I learned in the build that may help others:
1) The magus' knife goes behind the staff, not in front of it like mine ended up - doh!
2) The heads are all separate, I ended up doing one of each pair of models' heads in the 'correct' position, then clipped the post off and changed the positioning on the other - in retrospect I wish I'd taken it a step further and done full head swaps between differing bodies (inter-generational, of course) to make them even more distinct.
3) Note that there are two aberrant bodies and two aberrant weapons, and they are interchangeable to make 4 distinct models. I very nearly made the mistake of pairing both 'body 1' with both 'weapon 1', but caught the error before the glue set on the second model. Phew!

I'm likely going to render down the Deathwatch marines for bits for the Heresy so expect to see some of those being re-purposed in the future. For now, it's time to break out the paints and set to work on the new and improved Benevolent Cult of the Four Armed Emperor!


  1. Very nice Mordian! I seriously tempted to buy the set myself, although I wish I had a collection of the originals like you :)

  2. sweeeeeeeeeet. I got the set too. Now as to when i paint it...

  3. Really excited to see your take on these.

    Knowing your level of output they will be finished up before we know it.

  4. Speedy! Can't wait to see this grow!

  5. They are def some gorgeous models GW has produced. Cant wait to see you paint them up

  6. Wasn't going to buy this but now you've got me thinking. I really like your old cultists too.

  7. Check these out:

    Some IRL photos on Devos IV on Friday. Possibly.

  8. I've always loved the Genestealer Cults. I'd love to see GW give them a proper army list.

  9. But without the limo is there really any point? ;)

  10. @Musings of a Smurf: As much as I love the old sculpts, I have to say these new plastics blow 'em out of the water!

    @Zab: I look forward to seeing your take on 'em, man!

    @Riot Ville: Hoping to have them completed in the next few days, really enjoying painting them up!

    @DaveTaylor: Definitely scratching that Oldhammer itch!

    @NafNaf: Indeed - I'm totally thrilled with 'em. Beautiful sculpts!

    @Monkeychuka: It's a little spendy, and not quite as suitable for multiple purchase like the Betrayal at Calth box set was, but I have to say I'm well pleased with what you get in the box!

    @Zzzzzz: Nice! I've been eyeing their pseudo-squats for a while, but hadn't checked the site in some time - loving the expanded range on the malignancy!

    @Rednekkboss: Indeed! I'm surprised with the way they've done the allies on the 40k side for the cult, was hoping they'd be more aligned to the Guard than they are to the Tyranids...

    @Rory Priest: Oh there will be limousines! :)

    Cheers everyone!

  11. I have been very tempted to get this set just for the Genestealers - have always love the Cult idea ever since Deathwing first came out for Space Hulk and the wonderful story that was in the rules. (Back when the Deathwing were actually interesting and not just mopey goth-marines.)

    I think I'm only a little jealous? :P