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.
Now, to be clear, I am completely, head-over-heels, moonstruck, gobsmacked in love with the new Genestealer Cult models. However, one thing I'm less than in love with is the fact that the majority of people I see on the net are painting their cultists in pretty much the same scheme from the box.
There are some notable exceptions, like the following, which, conveniently enough, were painted by the same Darren Razza Latham who designed the models:
you really need to be following if you're not already:
I decided I wanted to do something different. When I came up with my aforementioned idea for creepy cult dudes in trench coats, I always pictured them in head-to-toe black...which can be a very boring scheme.
I was at a loss for how I would make black into an interesting scheme until I came across Guillermo Del Toro's vampire series, The Strain—which should be mandatory viewing for any nid/stealer fan!
The Strain deals with a vampire outbreak in Manhattan, and how modern society just assumes it to be some particularly virulent plague. I love this premise because I fully believe this is how we'd first process a vampire outbreak in our post-SARS, Pandemic-loving world. The assumed "outbreak" in The Strain even arrives state-side via a passenger plane, as illnesses like SARS have done.
And, in the way that the infestation spreads in the Strain, and the way that there are clandestine, shadowy organizations both supporting and combating the outbreak, I was very much reminded of the fluff for Genestealer Cults and how they spread under wraps in the 40K universe, often protected and nurtured by an infested branch of the local government or military force.
The vampires/strigoi in The Strain are a bit more tentacle-y than you'd expect, which makes the parallels to a Genestealer/Tyranid infestation all the more accurate for me :D
For my first cult miniatures, I was focused on just getting them painted so that I didn't spend too much time languishing in conversion/kitbash never-ending spiral. For my next batch, I intend to try my hand at sculpting hoods on for all of them, but, for now, I just wanted to get a defined paint scheme and get it right.
I also kept the Tyranid carapace black on the more genestealer-y / mutated ones amongst them to keep the overall black theme to the force.
The red accents are meant to pick up on the red highlights on the inside of the hoods that the Sun Hunters wear in the Strain. My idea is that, as the followers are more mutated and dress in more robes than armour, these robes would be red, and you''ll see more of the red spreading through the force as you move away from the more passably human, covert ranks.
So, though I'm not 100% on the scheme yet, it's pretty close, so I wanted to share it everyone to see what you thought.
The Master as Patriarch
Quinlan as Primus
...and Eichorst as MagusThough I've so far failed to find an adequate model in either a suit, or a fascist military garb, so if you have suggestions, please share!
Oh, and a note that I wasn't sure where to get into: this stealer cult content is brought to you by the insistent cajoling of my dear Brother Pink, who is the single best person at getting me off my ass and back into the hobby.
He usually does it with a bribe (and this time it was Gal Vobrak models! YES!), but I choose to believe that behind the bribes lies his faith in my modeling mojo and his understanding of my intrinsic pressure motivation.
It was his challenge that got these first few cultists painted, and—now that I've seen them with paint on them—I'm inspired to make MANY MORE!
So, here I am, back on the hobby horse, and we all have Brother Pink to thank :D