Wednesday, November 15, 2017

40k Genestealer Cult - Brotherhood of the Argent Spiral Complete!

Managed to sneak by the GW shop after work this afternoon and got a couple army pics taken!

When I think 'horde army' I generally think of the Orks, but Emperor save me if the Genestealer cult doesn't do horde as well! Since the models are generally painted and placed into battlefoam trays and shelved in the Closet of Doom I honestly had no conception of how many there actually were in the end, models just kept coming out of the trays and spreading out across the table!

Overall, I have to say that despite the fact that there was a year-long hiatus between when the army began and ended, it was definitely a blast to both build and paint! I've been doing a lot of monotone and subdued marines of late, so the brightly contrasting colors were quite refreshing! I'm really happy with the skintones in particular, with the purestrains being very purple, and lightening up to near-human tones throughout the generations.

Couple more semi-closeups, which mostly go to highlight that I'm not a particularly steady-handed photographer. While they are a riot of colors I think that they hang together well - hard to go wrong with blue and yellow as strong contrasting colors, and the little splashes of red and the white armor pop as well.

Of course you gotta have a little spreadsheet porn - It's deeply satisfying to turn the last boxes green! The force underwent a lot of changes from the beginning of the project to the end - notably an entire edition change, so there was a shuffle to make it 8th-compatible. In the end it worked out as a fairly full Battalion detachment, and a Vanguard detachment mostly consisting of purestrain 'stealers, and a Leman Russ, because why wouldn't you? On the up side the army has already been earmarked for sale, which means there's some incoming funds for future projects!

Now to ponder what to put in front of the painting servitor next. With Necromunda right around the corner I don't necessarily want to commit to anything major. Just something bite-sized to pass the time until release weekend and getting my mitts on the new plastics! Hmmm...


  1. Awesome, what I wouldn't have given for one of these armies back in the '90's

  2. Very cool! They look great! I've always loved the idea of genestealer cults. Though I'm actually trying to cut down the number of armies I have. I'm still trying to make the big decision on whether to paint mine or sell them or paint then sell them.

  3. So cool mate! Did you at least get to play a game with them before boxing them up for sale?

    (I think you should paint up some primaris space sharks... just sayin.)

  4. That looks amazing and the money shot of the spread sheet is really satisfying.

    Congrats on a job well done.

    "Just something bite-sized to pass the time until release weekend". So that will be an armoured division of Guardsmen then ;0)

  5. Very nice work! I hope my own Cult can aspire to the heights that you have reached.

  6. These are the army shots I was waiting for! Great force. Have you played the army, or was this just bought to be painted?

  7. @Phil CUrran: You and me both! This definitely was a long-time dream project. :)

    @Rednekkboss: Thanks very much! They were a blast to paint, would love to see your take on 'em!

    @Dai: Cheers! Not yet, but will be getting a game in over the upcoming holiday weekend with 'em before handing them over to the buyer!

    @Riot: Haha! The spreadsheet is the best part sometimes! The bite-sized project turned out to be Necromunda related, pics soon!

    @Michael Corr: I appreciate it! Looking forward to seeing more of yours, man!

    @John Stiening: Thanks man! The army was basically an accidental outcome of doing the Deathwatch a while back, and I got a few games in with it in 7th. Going to do one last game in 8th soon!

    Thanks for all the kind words, folks!

  8. Stunning stuff as always the yellow is such a great striking colour for this army thanks for sharing

  9. Agree with the above. Yellow works brilliantly

  10. @Extremedoc1: Thanks very much - I do like the yellow!

    @Siph_Horridus: I appreciate it!

    @Monkeychuka: Hard to go wrong with blue and yellow, it's a striking combo!

    Cheers, folks!

  11. Brilliant work mate. Congrats on the sale too.

  12. @Col. Ackland: Thanks very much, man!

  13. Awesome job, the whole army/horde looks great. I like the yellow theme you have chosen, really striking.

  14. @Bronislaw Czevak: I appreciate it!