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Tuesday, 28 July 2009

Genestealer Cult



Brotherhood of the Life-Giving Father

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Once I had finished my Rogue Trader's Retinue my eye was caught by the Genestealers - particularly by an old Tyranid army list in White Dwarf Magazine. Loved the old models of the Patriarch, Zoats and Hunter-slayers so started searching ebay to start the cult. The idea of Brood Brothers also caught my imagination and a few of my faithful Imperial Guard minis found themselves corrupted by the seductive lure of the cult.

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Found some great minis from the Necromunda range to complete the squad, along with a few other fallen Imperial minis from the Adeptus Arbites and Space Marine Scouts - no doubt ensnared on a lonely Space Hulk!

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To give them a bit of heavy support I converted an old Orc Bolt Thrower frame to an improvised artillery piece -


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They also needed some wheels so I spruced up a old Rhino I had - added some spiky bits and more improvised weaponry to make it look like it had been pinched and beefed up a bit for the Cult's sinister purposes.

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Always fancied building or converting a Cult Limousine - bizarre idea for the battlefield but a lot of fun as can be seen in this old pic from White Dwarf. However, never found a suitable model to convert and the idea fell by the wayside.




Found a great site called Bell of Lost Souls which had a new list for the Genestealer cult to fit it into the new 40K rules - wasn't so bothered about following any rules but there were some great ideas like the Brood Initiates - ordinary civilians initiated into the cult and whipped into a fanatical religious fervour!

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Again had loads of fun tracking down suitable minis - some from Heresy, Empire Flagellants, Old Citadel and Rogue Trader minis and so on -


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And onto the Genesteales themselves - always loved the Hybrid minis and assembled a good sized band from plastic and metal minis -

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The actual Genestealer minis I wasn't that chuffed with - unfortunately the budget didn't run to a horde of the old metal minis so I had to make do with some cheapo plastics!



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However the Patriarch more than makes up for them -

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Couldn't resist putting a dead Space Marine sprawled at his feet either!



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No Cult would be complete without a Magus and his familiar -


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As Genestealer Cults were supposed to soften a Planet up in preparation for a Tyranid invasion and because the old Tyranid army was so cool I had to include a few advance elements of the Hive Fleet.
Zoats are a sad loss to the Warhammer world -


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And I much prefer the old Hunter Slayers to those new-fangled Gaunts and such like -
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However, they proved somewhat rare on Ebay and I had to top them up with the slightly newer version that came out when the Tyranids were rereleased.

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Another great idea from the Bell of Lost Souls were the Hybrid Monstrosities - Native creatures that have become infected by the Genestealer incursion and are now under the control of the Patriarch.
Having flicked through the Creatures pages in Rogue Trader I felt these Heresy Maggots could
be Lash-Worms -
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And I had to include a Cthellan Cudbear after I found this Sabre-toothed Bear on Ebay - once I had altered the ears he was ready to go -
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