Community Spotlight: Genestealer Cult Armies, German Submarines & Mighty Tiamat!

December 21, 2022 by brennon

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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 Army by robinquigleymini

We start off this week with a look at the final elements of a project from robinquigleymini. They have now finished off their absolutely impressive Genestealer Cults army for use in Warhammer 40,000. I think it looks bloomin' fantastic.

Genestealer Cults Army #2 by robinquigleymini

One of the nice things about this project is that it does so much that makes the hobby exciting. There are some great ideas here that created a pretty standard Genestealer Cults army but then they went that extra step and started doing loads of interesting conversions, kitbashes and the like to really take these miniatures to the next level. Who would say no to an infected Commissar like the fellow above?

Genestealer Cults Army #3 by robinquigleymini

Loads of brilliant character conversions have found their way into this project that showcases what you can do when you put the effort in. I think it's great that so much time and effort was put into making the characters stand out. I think that's even more important with an army like the Genestealer Cults which could end up turning into a mass of bodies with no real focal point. robinquigleymini has done a great job here and I think you'll agree when you see the full army.

Genestealer Cults Army #1 by robinquigleymini

I think the other element of this army that totally sells it is the basing. It would have been very easy for them to have done a battered urban landscape but I think the jungle look totally elevates things to the next level and makes this army utterly pop. Tie that into that lovely, wild, bright green that has been worked into the miniatures from this army and it would be immense to see this facing off against you on the tabletop.

Oh, and look at that looted Genestealer Cults Knight in the background. How awesome is that?! Make sure to dive into the project linked above and feed on the awesomeness that is this army.

German Submarine U96 by fleboy

Next up, we're heading to World War II and looking at a bit of scale model building. fleboy has been a little obsessed with submarines it seems and so decided to go down the rabbit hole of building up German Submarine U96 from Das Boot.

U96 German Submarine #1 - fleboy

This kit, in 1:144 scale, looks like a little bit of a challenge but has actually come together in quite short order thanks to fleboy sitting down and watching a few films whilst they tackled it. They have talked about the various challenges of working with a scale kit like this where some of the components are very, very tiny! However, it came together rather nicely and then the attention was turned to the painting of the beast which is documented in the project.

U96 German Submarine #2 - fleboy

As well as going through the different elements that came into getting that initial scheme down, fleboy also talks more about the weathering process and getting all of those little details right. You don't want to put all of that effort in just for the kit to not match what you saw on the screen.

Here is the impressive final look at U96.

U96 German Submarine #3 - fleboy

I think you'll agree that all of the time and effort was well worth it and I love the dirt and grime worked into all of the panels as well as a bit of the rust. I like that there are also all the little bits of battle damage worked into the sculpt as well which give it a realistic look.

I haven't had a look at doing much scale modelling since I was a little'un and tinkering around with terribly painted Spitfires and Hurricanes (Hurricanes are still the best). Maybe this will get folks having a pop at it themselves?

Tiamat by johnsocp

Last but not least, we have a look at the work of johnsocp who has been painted up the impressive Tiamat from WizKids as a Christmas present for a friend. They adopted the Slapchop technique as a method of getting all of the detail to pop when it came to this massive miniature and I kinda think it worked!

Tiamat #2 by johnsocp

Some pictures of the process didn't pop up as this was quite a large miniature that didn't photograph well. But, johnsocp do a full write-up of how the different parts of the miniature were painted using Slapchop as a basis. I think the final look for their Tiamat is pretty wild and I love how all of the different chromatic dragon colours have come together and blended nicely around the core body of Tiamat.

Tiamat #1 by johnsocp

There are some close-ups of the different dragon heads in the project and it's here where you can start to see how the process created really nice fluctuations in tone across the dragon's body. It really works to make the miniature look suitably natural. You can see this all the more with the wings.

Tiamat #3 by johnsocp

Those are some impressive wings and I would imagine that a lot of people would be very happy to see this pop up as part of their dungeon-delving adventures. I think this is going to be a well-loved present and hopefully some adventurers get to face Tiamat on the tabletop in the near future.

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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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