Community Spotlight: Cults Of The Wastes, SAGA Normans & Carnevale!

April 14, 2021 by crew

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Come and join us for another delve into the Projects to find the best of the best from the last week or so. We're going to be getting stuck into lots of great looking miniature wargaming painting and hobbying this week...


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Genestealer Cults by corax.cox

We start off this week with some ingenious thinking by one corax.cox. Here, we see the work going into a Genestealer Cults army but with a difference. There are some heavy Mad Max influences here which add to this already characterful Warhammer 40,000 army.

Genestealer Cult #1 by Corax.cox

Using influences from those films and a little bit of Blanchjitsu for some extra spice, this is turning into an excellent force that is so incredibly grimdark. It fits the artwork and style of those older army books and as you can see, some of the more finalised miniatures are looking fantastic. There is still a bit of work to do but the overall effect is great.

You might also be wondering about the fur around their shoulders and on their heads. Well, that's actually basing material which has been turned into a really effective looking material to add another dimension to the characters!

Genestealer Cult #2 by Corax.cox

As mentioned above, the miniatures from the Genestealer Cults have always been fascinating but this takes them to another level. The use of the stick-on basing material here works really well and suits the models down to a tee once it has been painted up. Mix that with the additional kitbashing done throughout and you've got an excellent looking army.

Genestealer Cult #3 by Corax.cox

This is a technique that I'd never thought of using before but it really does work! Used sparingly, I think it would be something that could work with a range of armies. It's always fun seeing people have, well, fun with Warhammer 40,000 and think outside the box. It's cool to do something that suits the books but the grimdark future is a vast and diverse place and there is a place to tell all manner of stories. I can't wait to see this all finished.


SAGA Normans by zoidpinhead

Next up, we're getting Historical with some work by zoidpinhead. They have taken a SAGA Norman Force using Wargames Foundry models and speed painted it up in preparation for gaming in person very soon.

Norman Army #1 by zoidpinhead

For speed painted miniatures, these are blooming awesome. This is a project packed with excellent looking Normans which have been getting me very itchy to return to the Dark Age on the tabletop. Contrast paints have had a hand in helping get through the core of the infantry for this force but there is plenty more done using a mix of Contrast AND regular paints.

Norman Army #3 by zoidpinhead

I really like that the core of the force looks like it was very quick and easy to do. You can often get bogged down in doing batch painting for an army but the techniques used here have produced a great looking force in little time at all. The basing really helps to tie it all together and add to the overall look.

Norman Army #2 by zoidpinhead

A full rundown of how this army came together is over on the project link above but this might be the inspiration that people need. Don't be daunted by the mass of plastic and metal in front of you as it can be done! Break out new paints like Contrast to help you and then use regular techniques for the more important miniatures in your force.

One of the core elements of an army is that it looks consistent. If you get that down, through the basing or the general painting style, then you're onto a winner!


Carnevale by ugleb

The final set of miniatures come from ugleb who is here to splash a bunch of colour onto the tabletop. Here we have some of the work on their Carnevale characters that will soon be gracing the canals of Venice.

Carnevale #2 by ugleb

Carnevale is a game that invites you to be big, bold and beautiful with the paints. I think that ugleb has shown that here! I love the glowing blues, deep yellows and specks of gold that feature throughout these miniatures. They look great and really draw the eye.

Carnevale #1 by ugleb

Painting yellow for example can be quite a daunting task but ugleb has done a wonderful job here. There is a richness to the colour and the way it has been highlighted that really makes it pop. Again, I love the contrasting colours here with the red being the uniting colour between these miniatures and the one above.

Carnevale #3 by ugleb

A starter force has now come together very nicely and it will be excellent to see this properly laid out on the tabletop alongside some terrain. There is a real sense of individuality to the miniatures here which works for the nobles of Venice but you get a sense that they all are linked to some degree. I also really like the points of difference between the servants and the nobility plus who wouldn't want to go for a ride in that boat?!

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Every week we’re absolutely blown away by the incredible topics that are put into the Projects, it’s getting more difficult to choose Community Spotlights! We love your work and we hope to see a lot more of it in the future!

If you fancy getting your hobby fingers out and showing off your newest paint job, terrain piece or even greatest gaming achievement, we want to know about it!

We don’t mind if you’re a newcomer to painting or a veteran of the brush, everything you do inspires us to create more and more content together!

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