Monday, November 6, 2017

40k Genestealer Cult - How many is too many to batch paint?

Quick hit this morning - After what I felt was a very productive run with the Sons of Horus, I thought I'd take a little breather and work on another project for a bit. I had started a Genestealer Cult army a while back that had sort of stalled out and as some of my fellow blogger buddies over at Confessions of a 40k Addict and St Andrews Wargaming have been doing such cool work on their own cults recently I pulled down the remaining minis to see what needed to be done, and got stuck in over the weekend!

Forty-six. Forty-six at once is TOO MANY. The painting servitor's cogitator nearly melted down from the repetition of doing all the skin tones on the remaining models, and in order to keep it functioning further work on the project will be broken down in to two somewhat-smaller batches. I'll be doing the 3rd generation hybrids as one batch of 17 and have laid in the chitin on them, after which they'll be taken to completion before I assault the final batch of 4th generation cultists. There's 29 of them, may the Emperor have mercy on me...

On the up side, once they're done the whole bloody army will be complete and I can get 'em up on the auction block! ...Which will hopefully be enough to pay for the therapy painting all of them will require me to undergo. Heh.


  1. Ha ha ha. For me 10 is too many, for you your limit must be 45...

  2. I definitely agree that is WAY too many! I have been coping with 10 at a time. Coming along nicely though!

    I was a bit daunted by the scale of the Cult when I first started, so I need to just focus on a single unit or vehicle at a time. Can't wait to get them on the tabletop finally.

  3. cool how you do an army in the time it takes some of us to make a squad

  4. Haha! That is a lot of cultists... Looking good already, even at this early stage.

  5. Hummm: as you asked...


    Batch painting madness. Especially the tartan.

  6. @Siph_Horridus: Hah! I find that 15-20 is really the sweet spot for me, any more than that and the tedium of the repetition starts to get to me. I actually find it really hard to paint 5 or less at this point, it's weird!

    @Michael Corr: Indeed! Seeing yours has really rekindled my interest, keep up the great work man!

    @Francesc: Cheers!

    @Pawn Cocktail: Indeed, nearly 100 infantry in the army when all is said and done. Nooooooo...

    @Zzzzzz: Holy throne! Now THAT is madness! I would be dribbling in the corner at that count I'm sure!

    Thanks for the kind words, everyone!

  7. After a bit of experimentation, I've found 10 is too many for me, so I usually work in batches of five...

  8. 3 for the offspring, giving it a try,
    7 for the pro-painters who's skillz have grown.
    9 for mortal men doomed to die,
    46 for the Dark Lord on his dark throne.

  9. Ah yes, as my mother used to say, `you've bitten off more than you can chew!' still smaller `mouthfuls' should see you right.

  10. You are a madman! :D 47!!!!!!!

    No temptation to keep them and play some 40k in 8th? It is much better than 7th ed

  11. @The Responsible One: Indeed - I'm a bit of a nutter. ;)

    @Monkeychuka: HAH! ...Though in my case that should say "Dork Lord", surely?

    @Phil CUrran: Absolutely! It was around the 25th guy that I thought "this is madness!"

    @NafNaf: Oh I definitely want to give them a go in 8th before they go on the block!

    Cheers everyone!

  12. 5 out of 5 cult magisters agree: your swarm of the faithful can never be TOO big.

  13. Just batch paint entire armies. I will send you to do ;)

  14. @Mark: Hah! Absolutely!

    @Rory Priest: Haha! My insanity does have SOME limits. :)