I love genestealer cults. From the iconic 1st edition cultists released in the 1980s [Ed: Gotta love that fat patriarch sitting on his own golden throne!] to the modern redesign a few years back for 7th ed and now 8th ed. There is just something about them. And i love the silliness of the cult’s unofficial limousine in one of the old white dwarfs [Ed: very Snake Plissken]. And i love the lore – the five generations and how they infest communities and then cities and then worlds [Ed: and then miniature collections] with their doomsday. And i love how they spend years planning and coordinating and infesting before they suddenly reveal themselves in an uprising [Ed: Yes, they are the ultimate faffers].
Inq54 released two conversion packs for making genestealer cultists: the genestealer magus pack and the genestealer hybrid pack. And of course the purestrain genestealer model itself, as well as an alternative genestealer head [Ed: was this ever released? I’ve never seen it available]. And then apparently there is an unreleased purestrain genestealer. Combining these conversion packs with existing inquisitor models provides a large range of viable cultist models.
I got the genestealer cult bug many years ago, so I had a small band of genestealer cultists when i first collected inq figures. But i sold them off on ebay.
In early 2018 i began building up another coven of genestealer cultists. I kitbashed a mix of genestealer hybrid bits with Karman torsos from the discontinued AT-43 range. For the legs i used cheap china made plastic astronauts, the sort where you buy 10 plastic toys in a clear bag.
And only about a year and a half later, i’ve finally painted them up. Why so long? Well it’s been over ten years since i have put paint to mini. In the last couple of years, I have sometimes used a commission painter but even an old faffer like me couldn’t ignore the large and expanding pile of unpainted minis that i have. So about six months ago I bought off ebay about 20 GW paints and old brushes from a gamer getting out of the hobby. But still i faffed about, looking at youtube painting tutorials, and then more recently umm-ing and argh-ing about whether contrast paints would make life easier.
Then suddenly the faff dam broke. A month ago i got motivated and spray coated a bunch of minis with a black rattle can from the local hardware shop, and within only a few weeks i had started painting.
And i enjoyed it. And it was much more fun than i thought it would be. I think using a wet palette [Ed: for the first time, and oh, what a joy it is] and using a larger brush than I would normally use have made it much easier to paint.
So here is the completed coven [Ed: though still faffing about whether to add black pupils to the eyes].
I also created a few 4th generation cultists using inq54 bits.
Of course these hybrid grunts need some sort of chain of command for leadership
So there you have it. All i need to kitbash now is a genestealer magus and find a suitable model for the patriarch. And if i can source some more hybrid heads and arms i plan to make another coven (this time with a green tinge to the skin).
Addendum: what’s a cult without some purestrain genestealers