Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Genestealer Cult Teaser Pictures Analysis (Rumours)

I typically don't go in for rumour posts, but I feel like all the attempts to decode the Genestealer Cult teasers posted on GW's 40K Facebook Page have been a little amateur hour. A lot of people are talking about seeing Power Loaders and mechs in those grainy, shadowy photos, and I think it's just optical wishlisting.

I ran a couple of the photos through Photoshop's ENHANCE! filter, and here's what I came up with:

First up, we got this one, which came out yesterday:

 In the foreground, we pretty clearly have a dude with a massive mining saw. Some have speculated this is one of the big, mutated Aberants from the Overkill box, but if you look at the top of it, the figure clearly has the squared-off mining armour that the various hybrids wear. In the following, ENHANCED photo, you can also see the figure's left hand holding the saw at the top. This version also lets you see clearly that there are TWO blades on the saw, which looks pretty scary.

You can also notice the squat, twisted leg beneath the figure, and the guard over the saw blade. Looks awesome, and can't wait to get my hands on one! The purple cast to the head and hand, as well as the twisted legs, lead me to believe this is one of the more genestealer-looking hybrids, not one of the human-looking ones (Are we calling them acolytes now?).

More interesting is the image behind this guy, which is far harder to make out. Here's my ENHANCED version:

THAT looks to me like a hybrid who has actually realized how to wear the Geordie-Laforge-inspired visor on the mining laser model from Overkill.

I love the visor and HATE that head since he's got the visor flipped up across his forehead and not over his eyes. THIS model, on the other hand, looks great, and something about the head leads me to wonder if he's actually wearing a full, closed mining helmet that the visor is a part of. It's hard to tell much else. The model clearly has 2 arms, but might have three as the right arm is raised, and we normally get this on models that have a third arm sprouting below. There's another hybrid beside him in the mining armour, and they're standing in front of something that looks like a Rhino but is probably the new Cult wheeled vehicle/transport (?) that we see in drawing form the Genestealer Cult teaser video.
Let's talk more about that wheeled vehicle :)

Though I didn't LOVE it in the above still from the teaser, it had potential, and I'm a little more in love with it in the teaser GW posted today:
 Specifically, once I ENHANCED this one:
I believe that the weird, wheeled thing on the left  of the photo is clearly this new Cult car thing. People are calling it the "Limo" out of respect to old cult fluff, but it's clearly some kind of utilitarian mining truck, which I LOVE.

The limos that the original genestealer cults would roll around in were kind of hilarious, and we all feel some nostalgia for them. However, the design of the original cult models was really...weird, without any real explanation for it. Thus, they could get away with using a really weird form of transport.

However, with the new Genestealer Cult, GW has done such an excellent job of explaining their weird garb as mining armour, and this new codex promises to carry that theme through with the cult using repurposed tools like mining lasers and saws to wage war (heck, they even say it explicitly on the quotation overlaid on this teaser image!).

I LOVE this idea, and I can't wait to see how far GW takes it. It is perfect for a resistance force that doesn't have military support. However, if you try to shoehorn a limo in there, just for wish fulfillment of us codgers old enough to remember the original cult, it's not going to make any sense within the new aesthetic of the cult.

If you're really hurting for a limo, just field one to count as the new mining truck that the cult is using :)

From this silhouette, I really like the look of this new mining truck! I was worried it would come out a bit too much like the Taurox, which I feel is far too tall and a definite tipping hazard. This truck looks more wide and squat, which I'm excited about.

Back to the image, the other fun thing we see in there is a solid confirmation that Genestealer Cults have access to Leman Russ tanks! YES!
I'm sure there will be some rules about them breaking periodically to represent the fact that the cult just stole them from the Imperium, but I'm ok with that. I have little love for the Leman Russ model itself, but having its slot in the Genestealer Cult list allows me to shoehorn in a converted Mechanicus Dune Crawler as some kind of big mech mining rig/tank. YAY!

The final bit of this second teaser image is the hardest one to parse:
I think this is another view of the new truck. I think we're seeing the knee/shin of one of the riders on top, and the turret that's going to be on the thing. The turret looks to me like twin linked autocannons with banana magazines curving up over them. We can also see the railings of what I'm assuming is an open crew compartment on top of the truck.

And that's about all I have. What do you all think of these leaks? Are you getting as stoked about the Genestealer Cult release as I am?

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Genestealer Cult Returns! Inspired by The Strain

Hokay, so.

A long time ago, I got an idea for a Genestealer Cult, featuring some creepy dudes in black trench coats, and I swore that, once GW released plastic greatcoat guard, I would convert up my stealer cult.

So that never happened, but Games Workshop did release Genestealer Cult models, and—holy moly— are they every beautiful, and absolutely SPOT ON the Genestealer models of old, except modernized to compete with the surreal level of plastics currently coming out of GW. In case you'd missed it, they were sculpted by my new hero, Darren Razza Latham.

Though I had been holding out for greatcoat guard to start my cult, this release forced my hand.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Long Time No See!

Hi Everybody!

Long time no see!

Brother Pink here, and I have minimal hobby progress to report on.

Last month, I roped Mr. Pink into crossing the globe for some sort of momentous occasion and it threw a major monkey wrench into both our hobbies.

Friday, December 04, 2015

Dark Eldar Grotesques Aberration Painted! (Flesh Friday)

Well, this feels pretty good.

Though I may not have succeeded with as much of my November Modeling Vow as I did with October, but I still feel like I accomplished some good things in November, chief among them, for me, is having finished painting AND BASING the unit of Dark Eldar Grotesques that I finished modeling in October.

That last basing bit is key. Anyone who has known me for a while can attest to the fact that I'm far more interested in modeling and sculpting than I am in painting and basing. Though I said I finished a lot of things in October, NONE of them were based. I fixed that his month, forcing myself to get over how boring I find basing, and have now nearly finished basing all the models I painted in October.

The full idea and process behind my bases is something I'll go into in a separate, fuller article. For now, the general concept was that I wanted them to represent the floor of a Haemonculus' workshop: a slick, bloody mess, some of which looked like it might actually be alive.

For painting the Grotesques and Aberration, I took the colour scheme for The Hexed from the Haemonculus Covens book...

Friday, November 20, 2015

Converted Dark Eldar Wracks complete (Flesh Friday)

 Well, I've officially polished off the first part of my November modeling vow by completing the conversions and sculpting on my first unit of Wracks since the Bob's Big Bad Coven commission.

This time I opted to use arms that were much more to scale with the models (last time I used mostly big, beefy, and LONG bloodletter arms), and I'm much happier with the effect. I also used mostly actual wracks arms (though sometimes converted) along with actual wrack masks to mask the fact that I'm using flagellant lower bodies and bloodletter upper bodies to sub in for the actual wrack models. I also sculpted on some combat cumberbuns to merge the two pieces/tie them back to the actual wracks.
Why go to so much work, employing bits across to many different stock models?

Friday, November 13, 2015

Introducing Vestigial Twin: The Modern Synthesist Podcast

Hi Everybody!

It's Brother Pink here, and I'm certain that everyone was as thrilled as I was when Mr. Pink started kicking his flesh-crafting into high gear!

I was so thrilled that I started to hound Mr. Pink about recording a podcast with me. By hounding, it was more like this:

Brother Pink: Let's do a podcast!
Mr. Pink: Do I have to do anything?
Brother Pink: No, I'll do everything.
Mr. Pink: SURE!

I decided to call it 'The Vestigial Twin' as it suits the twisted nature of flesh crafting as well as our relationship. If you're wondering what a vestigial twin is, all is explained in the podcast.

Mr. Pink and I are brothers and one of the things that is most similar is our voices. Listening to a podcast with two guys with the exact same voice wouldn't work. I got really pumped about doing some voice acting, so the host of the first episode is Kraekorr, the haemonculus. I really tried to rein-in the theatrics. Also, Mr. Pink addresses this character exactly as if it were his brother.

If you really enjoy this character, I left a couple of extra bits with Kraekorr at the very end, which you are in no way encouraged to listen to.

This first episode we just talk about Sculpting; the action figures that first inspired us, how we first started sculpting, various materials we have attempted to sculpt with, and projects and people that really inspired us.

There were a few hiccups: Mr. Pink is a tad too quiet (he now has the 2nd best mic on, and I have a slight case of the sniffles. The call drops soon after I talk about helium filled terrain ideas and Mr. Pink may or may not encourage listeners to plunge their hands into buckets of plaster (which will cause serious harm).

The Opening song is 'Drop' by a Japanese band called Thee Machine Gun Elephant, and I have absolutely no permission to use it. The song at the end is 'Parasite' by a great band called Gammage. They are such a great band, they actually gave me permission to use their song!

We really hope you enjoy our podcast. Bare with us, it is the first episode. There will be immeasurable improvements for the next one.

Here it is, The Vestigial Twin:
The Vestigial Twin, Episode 1, Sculpting

Friday, November 06, 2015

October Modeling Vow Complete (Flesh Friday)

Though it's the case that I didn't finish this modeling vow IN October, it is the case that I MADE the vow on something like October 16th, so I'll call that a victory.

On that day, I vowed to my Dark Kin on The Dark City forum that, come end of October, I would have finished:

- Building and converting my first squad of Grotesques
- Painting a 10-man squad of Kabalite Hunters
- Painting 1 Haemonculus
- Painting 5 Mandrake Cronos Parasites
- Painting 1 Cronos Parasite Engine
- Painting 3 Reavers

Here are the results: