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Robin paints Genestealer Cults

Robin paints Genestealer Cults

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About the Project

As a break from Space Wolves I decided to start painting Genestealer Cults. As a bit of background I’m new ish to the hobby. I played when it was fifth (my first army was Tau) and had a break for 15 years. During lockdown I started to paint again; as I’ve progressed over the last two years I finally feel I’m able to show some of my projects that I’ve been working on. I’ll include images of my progress and try and include detail of what I’ve done!

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Three is a magic number!

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Small update this week;

 

So another hobby hangout with my mates Dan and John who are currently working through Necrons and Orks respectively! I spent the time working on my final of the three ridgerunners.

 

These three will be in my 1000 point game this coming this weekend Vs Shay and his Custodes!

I also managed to score a Genestealer Cult badge over the weekend while visiting the GW Belfast store from a really helpful clerk.

 

The base and ridgerunner where completed in the same way as the last ridgerunners but this time with Tau bits and a Kromtech Ork Mohawk head (one of my favourite bits of the whole model).

I’ve also set myself the task of completing the final 10 Neophytes of the 20 man squad I plan on fielding; wish me luck!!

Anyway here’s some pictures!

Front viewFront view
Side viewSide view
Back view Back view
All three together! All three together!
Representing Ascension Day with the Cult Representing Ascension Day with the Cult

I’m seeing double!

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Just a short update tonight;

 

I’ve finished two of my Ridgerunners.

 

I loved applying the Grimey aspect to these vehicles as well as using a sponge first with black, then brown, then metallic, then silver to create weathering as well as several washes of agrax Earth shade and nuln oil to create the effect!!

They’ve hit my concept of the noise of  swamp/ jungle genestealers and look great next to the rest!

Bases finishedBases finished
Front Front
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BackBack
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The Day of Ascension is upon us

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How beautiful is that artwork!! How beautiful is that artwork!!

So I popped into my local game store today and picked up my pre-ordered goodies.

 

Firstly the artwork is sensational;

 

Secondly I rolled my dice 👀 I think I’m using up the ones.

I’m excited about the options the new Codex brings; I’m sure others have talked about it but the free character slot for each HQ character (Gene Sect) ; that brood-coven from Shadow Throne pays off! Looks like I’m going to be fielding a lot more characters and hopefully getting the Icon buff!

I’m also happy about the Crossfire rule; but I’ll have to work out the kinks to make sure I can use it to its full effect in battle.

The apparent Neophyte typo made me abit worried but I’m sure the data sheets are correct 👀

I’m also abit let down by the 25% broodbrothers limit in relation to limiting the crossfire rule. Mostly for the want to put heavy weapons in a squad! (I really wanted some cult Russ’ in there)

 

I’ve also organised my first game with the cult of 1000 points vs Shay with his Custodes half of the Shadow Throne box. We’ve bulked out the lists alittle to accommodate a more interesting battle! I’ll be including some characters as well as my Ridgerunners! (I hope to have it all painted by then!) I’ll include the Battle Report on this blog so keep an eye out around the 29th when we have our game!

FINISHED THE BOX

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A milestone in this project has been reached!

Today I finished the Shadow Throne box! I decided to break out the proper camera and try putting a background on to take proper photos. After hours of work here they are…

 

 

ps I collect my Codex, Dice and third Ridgerunner tomorrow!

Shadow Throne box! Shadow Throne box!
Saboteur with her gorgeous yellow cape! Saboteur with her gorgeous yellow cape!
Neophytes Neophytes
PrimusPrimus
MagusMagus
Patriarch Patriarch

Needlegun in a haystack

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The penultimate character in my Shadow Throne box was completed during a hobby hangout tonight; I had a great time and as we all worked on our individual projects and chatted this normally quite individual hobby became a social activity!

Stay tuned for this reoccurring feature!

Also enjoy the pictures of some nearly painted Necrons, some assembled Orks and a finished PRIMUS

Group work projects never have been as fun! Group work projects never have been as fun!
Tonight’s units Tonight’s units
Primus close up Primus close up
Side view Side view
I’m so happy with how the leather and sword turned outI’m so happy with how the leather and sword turned out
Side viewSide view

I have the POWER!

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Magus finished! Magus finished!
Really happy with how the blending turned out on the cloak Really happy with how the blending turned out on the cloak
And the jewels! And the jewels!
Fluorescent paint to show his psychic powers Fluorescent paint to show his psychic powers
And the back jewel And the back jewel

Landmark post today; Magus finished and I’ve only two characters left of the Shadow Throne box.

 

I’m happy with the blending on the cloak and the attention to detail on the face as well as the use of fluorescents on this model!

Filla time!

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Small updates this time!

Firstly I’m super excited for my pre-order of the Codex, dice and a new ridgerunner.

Secondly inspired by Eons of Battle I used spackle (in the UK polyfilla I think) to help make the bases of the Ridgerunners. Below I’ll show how I did it!

Firstly I superglued large stones and green stuff stumps to the bases. Firstly I superglued large stones and green stuff stumps to the bases.
The used polyfilla and lolly sticks to smooth out the texture of the polyfillaThe used polyfilla and lolly sticks to smooth out the texture of the polyfilla
Then I added small bits of cork and bits from my bits box to the base. Then I added small bits of cork and bits from my bits box to the base.
Finally I added some aquarium plants and mixed herbs to the base. Finally I added some aquarium plants and mixed herbs to the base.
Completed bases Completed bases
Pollyfilla in a tube! Pollyfilla in a tube!
Then I sprayed the ridgerunners black then highlighted the top white. I masking taped the wheels after this! Then I sprayed the ridgerunners black then highlighted the top white. I masking taped the wheels after this!
The same treatment for the bases. The same treatment for the bases.
I then used a rattle can purchased from my local motor factory shop on the ridgerunners.I then used a rattle can purchased from my local motor factory shop on the ridgerunners.
Finally here they are on the bases ready for paint! Finally here they are on the bases ready for paint!

Let’s get building!

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Brother in law starting his first army Brother in law starting his first army
Two ridgerunners! I think I need another! Two ridgerunners! I think I need another!

Had great fun building with my partner’s brother.

Whilst he started on his first army with some Necron Triarch Praetorians I built my two ridgerunners.

So apart from wanting another to build the another in the squad to make it a three. I’ve also been eyeing up the new codex as well as the dice that come with it 👀.

Another friend has also bought his first box of Orks and I’m very excited for a “club” happening with some friends. We’ve already organised a painting hang out so keep your eyes peeled for updates! Genestealer Cults, Necrons and Orks what could go wrong!

Double trouble

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Finally finished my Neophyte Hybrid Squad! After applying highlights of white scar to the armour and leather brown to the armour I applied the  usual treatment of mixed herbs, brown pigment and mud medium to the base. Once dried; matt varnish then uv resin and leaves!

Here’s the results!

Look at those fine details! Look at those fine details!
Sgt! Sgt!
I love the stripes on the autoguns! I love the stripes on the autoguns!
And the little attention to detail like the flames on the flamer fuel bottle And the little attention to detail like the flames on the flamer fuel bottle
Next up some Ridgerunners and batch painting ten more Neophytes to add to this newly finished squad. Next up some Ridgerunners and batch painting ten more Neophytes to add to this newly finished squad.

Finally as a side note; my partners brother came with me to the game store; and used a voucher he got for Christmas to get some Necron Triarch Praetorians and another friend has ordered some Ork boys 😂 looks like I’ve accidentally started a group. We’re planning on having a building hang out over the next few days! I’ll maybe post some updates as well as trying to polyfill the bases to my ridgerunners to create some interesting effects!

Finer things club

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List of paints used List of paints used

I applied more fine details to my Neophytes today. I’ve the list of paints above in the image and will refer to them just as a base tone i.e pink or red.

The eyes;

  • white eye
  • yellow pupil
  • black iris
  • white highlights

The goggles;

  • base green
  • leave the bottom green but paint alittle black on the top
  • highlight white

The facial skin;

  • pink very thin on raised parts
  • white on spots

Weapons;

  • leadbelcher on metal
  • yellow on casing
  • red lines
  • nuln oil on metal

Muzzle burn;

  • base leadbelcher
  • Drybrush the tip bronze heavily 😂
  • Drybrush the tip purple (less heavily)
  • drybrush the end of the tip 😂 black

Cables and grenades;

  • blue and green on grenades
  • yellow in canles

Armour;

  • a few touch ups with brown
  • Earth shade on recesses
  • dry brush highlight on cloth with fire orange and then Earth shade

Blue pipes and Webber;

  • blue base
  • Drybrush white

I think that’s everything; just abit if highlighting next and the lamps then finally the basing!

Check out my newest toy too “what a waste of money” according to my partner 😂

I love how they’ve turned out I love how they’ve turned out
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New Year New Resolutions!

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I hate batch painting; I’ve mentioned it previously before but as a New Years resolution I’ve decided to dive headfirst into the challenge.

Included are a few images showing the process of firstly painting the clothes of my Neophytes from the ShadowThrone box and then the skin.

Although not photographed the effect on the armour was created with Wraithbone then dry brushed white scar white and finally a wash of Agrax Earthshade.

Firstly I painted the clothes orange fire , then heavy dry brushed sun yellow, then light dry brushed daemonic yellow. Then repeated 10 times. Firstly I painted the clothes orange fire , then heavy dry brushed sun yellow, then light dry brushed daemonic yellow. Then repeated 10 times.
Then the skin; cadian flesh, a glaze of wazdakka red, a heavy dry brush of nurgling green, then dry brush wraithbone and add some fine detailing in the white scar white. Then the skin; cadian flesh, a glaze of wazdakka red, a heavy dry brush of nurgling green, then dry brush wraithbone and add some fine detailing in the white scar white.
Here they are with mournfang brown on the pads, wazdakka red on the fabric, reaper blue on the boots,  leadbelcher and bright bronze on the metal and green, blue and red details on the lights. Here they are with mournfang brown on the pads, wazdakka red on the fabric, reaper blue on the boots, leadbelcher and bright bronze on the metal and green, blue and red details on the lights.

End of the year Familiar plans

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Short update today; finished off the two familiars from the Shadow Throne box.

I feel like I’m finally getting in the swing of creating the Jungle theme!

I tried something new on the familiars back! Firstly dry brushing brown, then putting dots of white scar, wraith bone, corax white, mournfang brown, black, then a thinner dry brush of black near the centre of their back and then finally a highlight with Wraithbone!

It created what I think is a natural insect- like pattern!

Inspiration from seeing a post today I think their inspiration was “Catgut”.

 

Now I’m away to drink some whiskey and ring in the New Year with my partner! Have a good one folks!

Look at that pattern! Look at that pattern!
Teeny tiny details Teeny tiny details

Because you know I’m all about that Bass that Bass

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I spent the day creating bases for the rest of my Shadow Throne box.

 

This process as usual involved using Green stuff, real twigs, cork, aquarium plants and gravel to achieve the desired effect.

I then primed black and highlighted white.

I often take pictures during the process of glueing the bases to make sure I’ve got enough space to complete my plan and that each model fits perfectly.

With all the models now glued I’m excited to start painting and use one of my stocking presents

 

A CITADEL MINIATURE HOLDER!

Unfortunately you’ll not get to see my beer magnet model holder anymore! 😂

Primed minis! Primed minis!

Are you afraid of the dark?

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Patriarch with Fluorescent paint Patriarch with Fluorescent paint
Patriarch finishedPatriarch finished

Well he’s finally finished!

My Patriarch and the first model painted from the Shadow Throne box.

Using Uv Resin and white Fluorescent paint had to be the most challenging part of this model!

I created a wash with the fluorescent paint on his brain to get into the nooks and crannies and dry brushed the fluorescent paint on his talons and eyes.

UV resin was applied to the tongue in layers and the brain; I didn’t want it to look matte and wanted the effect to feel like an aura.

Even though I’m sure I could’ve achieved better work using both I’m very happy with the end result and love the ethereal nature of this model. I love how it tells a story; a Patriarch kept underground it’s body drained from sunlight and becoming void of colour, adapting to the dark and even showing signs of a creature that can function in extreme conditions; finally emerging onto the jungle floor.

 

While watching the Green Hornet…

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Tonight’s project has seen me try to imagine something that was in my head.

 

So the Patriarch is an amazing model, but the base wouldn’t fit in with my Jungle theme. After some thought I decided to green stuff the pipe and turn it into a tree trunk. Using actual branches and green stuff I began covering the pipe until I was happy with the amount of green stuff on it. Then using a pencil I drew heavily in the green stuff giving the impression of bark. Finally I glued aquarium plants onto the tree and neatened up the lines and put down some boulders (cork).

 

I’ll wait for this to dry and then add more gravel before priming!

Side view Side view
Front View Front View
Very happy with this guy Very happy with this guy
Primed and Highlighted of the troops Primed and Highlighted of the troops

GSC popsicles

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I love the Saboteur modelI love the Saboteur model

Today was spent doing a lot of prep to begin the Shadow throne box.

 

This process (for me) involves cutting sprues with my trusty craft knife, neatening sprues with an emery board, plastic glueing the parts together and then using the emery board to neaten the base and finally superglue the model onto my secret ingredient; KEBAB STICKS!

I glue them onto kebab sticks so I can prime black then highlight white with loads of control individually.

I’ve left the big boy as a special project with green stuff to match my jungle/ swamp theme!

The Primus, Magnus, Familiars and Saboteur are set up as outlined in the instructions.

The ten neophyte hybrids have been set up with 6 autoguns, cult icon, flamer, grenade launcher, two mining lasers (er with one mining laser and the other seismic canon)

 

All really easy to build but as a minor grievance why not put two of each heavy weapon option on the sprue?!

Keep your eyes peeled for the next update when I have a good at realising my idea for the Patriarch.

Sharing is caring

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A very excited Shay! A very excited Shay!
How cool is this artwork? How cool is this artwork?
Sharing out the box! Sharing out the box!

A review of the Shadow Throne box.

So today something very special happened!

I think most people consider Warhammer and other war games a very insular hobby. You buy, paint and collect by yourself. The only social element for a lot from an outsiders perspective is when games happen.

However that being said; anytime I go in I normally end up having a social element with talking to the person in the shop, posting on forums, talking to my friends about progress I’m making and talking about what I plan to achieve next!!

Shay messaged me about the Genestealers/ Custodes box and the actual great value that a spilt would be! Straight away we organised and waiting somewhat patiently… ahem not that we kept messaging each other getting hyped about it.

 

As value goes;

The Broodcoven works out at £37.50, the Neophyte Hybrids £27.50 and the Reductus Saboteur (I’m guessing from other elites) £17.50. With £50 spent I feel like I’ve essentially got £32.50 for free!? He also seemed to be very happy with the value of his half!

It arrived today and Shay messaged 5 minutes before the shop opened asking me when I’d be down to open it together! I think he was as excited as me.

Can we also pause and talk about how amazing the artwork looks!

What I’m looking forward to;

The model I’m looking forward to most is the new Reductus Saboteur; I love how cool it looks, and as you’ve seen I really love a quirky elite.

I’m still debating how to lay out the Neophyte Hybrids and have some great ideas for the conversions I’d like to include in the Broodcoven!

Future plans;

Shay also said about putting on a battle report playing the two halves of the box against each other on a table?! How would you feel about that? Also any suggestions for the layout of Neophytes would be greatly appreciated!

I’m looking forward to posting picks of the progress as I make and complete this box.

But y’know the devils got your number

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Had a bit of fun with this weeks newest project. With a quote from Brood I mean…. Blood Brothers.

Beginning my squad with the sergeant who is an OOP Kasrkin Cadian model.

The process of this began with filing and cutting away the imperial markings (I know heresy) then applying a green stuff mound on his forehead.

I then primed and highlighted the model.

When I bought this model on eBay it didn’t come with a backpack so I bought a cadian backpack and two genestealer arms with the little genestealer insignia on them. I plan to cut this off and replace the imperial badge with this on his breast plate and backpack.

I decided to go with a white colour scheme to challenge myself;

 

well here is is!

I achieved the effect of the skin with a base of purple, then drybrush red, then dry brush corax white and then white scar. I used the same dry brush which I feel created a really nice blend. I then added detail with red and white scar white.

The armour was achieved with a base of corax white and then highlight of white scar.

The sword (which I’m proudest of) is based in purple, then highlighted with white scar white and electric blue, then a  shade of purple and a highlight of white again.

Any questions let me know!!

This is the progress so far; base and backpack to do!!

Front view Front view
Look at that Xenos bump Look at that Xenos bump
Just waiting on that backpack! Just waiting on that backpack!
So proud of the detail here So proud of the detail here

Yippee Ki-Yay

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Finally finished my Kelermorph. Included are images of how I achieve clean lines on minis!

The process involves masking tape and what I would call a heavy dry brush!

The hat was a gift from my local game store when I was talking about how much he looks like a cowboy 😂

Without further ado here’s my gunslinger of the stars!

I think you’ll be excited about what’s planned next!

Front view Front view
Steps! Steps!
Look at that poncho design! Look at that poncho design!
UV resin on the lens just to give it that glassy feelUV resin on the lens just to give it that glassy feel

Priming!

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Just a short update today;

 

Used a nail file to neaten the brick wall to shape and flatten it and then added more bricks to give the impression of steps! I’m a lot happier with the end result.

Then I washed all the parts in hot soapy water.

After it dried I then glued all the components lightly to kebab sticks with superglue. This is something I do before priming. It means I can get at every angle!

Finally I primed firstly with a rattle can of Chaos Black and then highlighted from above with Corax White. This allows me to see where the light will hit in my head and even if I paint over it with thin layers certain parts will be darker with shadows!

 

Ready for priming! Ready for priming!
Steps finished! Steps finished!
Primed with highlights! Primed with highlights!