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Virginia

On the Workbench – Cult Scout Sentinel

I am putting together a Brigade Detachment for my Genestealer cult. It requires at least three fast attack units. I picked the Cult Scout Sentinel since it is the cheapest and since it has the scout rule. These Sentinels are armed with the cheapest weapon possible, the Multi-laser, although I magnetized one of the models so that I could replace the weapons if I want. I considered the Atalan Jackals for fast attack. But the Jackals take up more points and I don’t think that the genestealer cult really need fast attack except to fill out a Brigade. I could be wrong and may want to build them later.




Three Unpainted Cult Scout Sentinels




Two Unpainted Cult Scout Sentinels




Cult Scout Sentinel with Painted Patriarch


These models are ready for painting. I already painted the heads for the drivers which I will glue on later. I plan to use an airbrush for the orange colors of the body. I like the looks of the models even though I suspect they will not last long on the game board. Still, if my opponent is shooting these models, he is not shooting my more important players.

   
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Really love the brood brothers commander - good stuff.

Let's see those sentinels oranged up!

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Oranging Up the Sentinels

Thanks Tzurk for kind remarks about the brood brother’s infantry commander. He is really the only customized piece in the Genestealer Cult army so far. Also, I have oranged up my sentinels.
I used an airbrush in a portable painting booth to spray on the orange paint. I like to do this for my bigger models since it is quicker.




The Painting Booth with Sentinels




Airbrush with Sentinels in Painting Booth


I first painted the undersides of the models with a burnt sienna undercoat. Then I used a Golden Cadmium Orange acrylic paint for the orange but I mixed it with a little blue to tone down the intensity of the orange. In this case I mixed the blue with orange right in the cup on the airbrush but the orange was still a little too bright. Next time I will premix the paint before putting it into the paint cup to make sure the color is right. The result is that the model looks orange with some defined shadows although that shadow is actually the burnt sienna undercoat.




The Painting Booth with Sentinels


These models look pretty intensely orange since I also sprayed the bases and the parts that will be later covered with additional colors. Compare this to the rest of the figures which I painted with a standard brush. Notice that they are not so intensely orange.




Hand Painting Several Infantry Figures


The finished painted mortar team in the picture above is a template for the other models.

Once the Sentinel was finished with other colors and duller pigments on the base, it wasn’t so intensely orange.




Scout Sentinel

   
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Nexos

One fun thing about Genestealer Cults is the number of weird characters. In this last batch, I made up several including the Nexos. He is described as a Strategic Coordinator and has a certain ability to add command points during the game. I had fun painting this model. The character himself is painted with the standard pattern that I have on all my genestealer cult models. The map portion of the table is painted white and overlaid with fluorescent paints. This made the map look like it is glowing. It was an experiment that worked.




Nexos – Front


I also painted portions of his armor, arm, and hands white and then painted over them to mimic reflected light.




Nexos – Top




Nexos - Looking at Map


I painted the table mostly bronze with gold trim at the top so that it looked like light was emulated from the map.




Nexos – Over the Shoulder




Nexos - Side



   
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First Cult Sentinel


The main reason I made these Cult Scout Sentinels was to fill the fast attack slot for a Brigade Detachment. These are fast moving models that will die fast. Since with cult ambush all the Genestealer cult models can pop up on the board just about anywhere and will die fast, I really don’t see a real special role for these models except to grab objectives and to put some pressure on the enemy during the first turn. They are neat looking models and will be fun to play as long as they last.




Cult Sentinel – Upper Front




Cult Sentinel - Right




Cult Sentinel - Left




Cult Sentinel – Front




Cult Sentinel – Rear




Cult Sentinel – Upper Front Right

   
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Familiar


I painted this model several months ago but forgot to take a picture of him. He is an easy model to overlook, simple and small. I really like this model but it was hard to get his head in focus in the picture. The space marine helmet under his hands was fun to paint.




Familiar - Front




Familiar – Left




Familiar – Right




Familiar – Rear


The little pile of debris to the right just under his tail is looks like something that he just defecated. This was not intentional.




Familiar – Another Front

   
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Brood Brothers Master of Ordinance

This model is built using bits from the Cadian Command squad and from the Genestealers Cult Upgrade Frame. I made the braid from two strands of floral wire and was pleased with the results. The coat is blue rather than orange to make him appear more regale. I really like this model. He is an elite who will beef up the three Basilisks in this army.




Master of Ordinance - Front


He looks cross-eyed. I did not do this on purpose but actually it is more fun and sort of fits his character.




Master of Ordinance - Left




Master of Ordinance - Rear




Master of Ordinance – Left Front


This shows some of his braiding over the chest and arm.




Master of Ordinance - Right

   
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Spearhead Detachment

I have almost finished my spearhead detachment with a three armed company commander, a master of ordinance, two heavy weapons squads each with three mortars each for a total of six mortars, and a three gun Basilisk Battery. I only show two of the Basilisks but I have already assembled and have started painting and have almost finished the last gun. This spearhead detachment is intended to set up behind any terrain during the first turn and to remove bubble wrap and any other difficult targets during the first turn and to remain in place with little movement during the rest of the game taking out targets using indirect fire. The brood brother’s company commander role got clipped after the latest FAQ but he will should still be reasonably effective giving orders to the two mortar squads.




Spearhead Detachment

For 450 points, this spearhead detachment should give a real shooty backbone to the genestealer cult ambush based army.

   
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Sanctus with Silence Sniper Rifle and Soulsight Familiar

The fun thing about the Genestealer cult is all the various models that seem to fit the colors and style of painting that I do. Except for a few highlights of fluorescent green and a little red, most of my colors are shades of orange and blue. There is a little sienna yellow in the skulls and ruins at the base of most of my models and a little bronze gold in the tokens although bronze and gold are variations of orange and yellow. I actually vary the textures from the dirty base to the shiny tokens and weapons more than the colors. None of the colors are pure, however, as most are mixtures of several colors. Thus this model’s orange uniform and cape includes a base of burnt sienna and an orange mixed with blue to lower its intensity. The weapons are painted with black as a shadow, metallic blue as the light, with a touch of silver mixed with metallic blue as a highlight.




Sanctus – Left Front




Sanctus – Front


The familiar was fun to paint. To paint the pipe that the familiar is climbing, I left the black and white spray painted base coat and the accidental smears of paint from painting the rest of the model on the unpainted pipe and simply covered the pipe with Army Painter blue tone. This keeps the underlying stains and shadows that give the pipe depth but the blue tint contrasts to the orange and ties the pipe into the rest of the model. I really like the technique of using tints and shades over an unfinished base coat and simply adding regular paint for details and accents. One of these days I will paint a whole model this way. It might be great with Orcs. It gives the model a weathered look and is very realistic.




Sanctus - Right


I wasn’t sure that I liked the Familiar and the pipe when I made the model until after I painted it. Now I really like the Familiar and the Sanctus together. This model turned out better than I thought it would while I was painting it.




Sanctus – Rear




Sanctus - Left

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Virginia

Bad News – Good News

This post includes bad news and good news.

What is the bad news?

My plans for this army were to have two heavy weapons squads in my Brood Brothers Spearhead detachment and three heavy weapons squads in my Genestealer Cult Brigade detachment. The two in the Spearhead detachment are armed with mortars. The three in the Brigade detachment would include 1 more mortar squad and two other heavy weapons squads, one with lascannons and a second with lascannons or possibly autocannons or heavy bolters. I have already built two mortar squads and a lascannon squad. Although I really like my mortar squads, they are tedious to build and I wasn’t really looking forward to building the last one. I liked building the heavy weapons squad with lascannons and really like the look of them.




Heavy Weapons Team with Lascannon – left front




Heavy Weapons Team with Lascannon – left




Heavy Weapons Team with Lascannon – right




Heavy Weapons Team with Lascannon – rear


This view shows a footprint just under the gunner’s assistant butt.


Heavy Weapons Team with Lascannon – right




Heavy Weapons Team with Lascannon – front right


So the bad news is that under the latest FAQ, the rule of three has been amended so that my army is limited to only three heavy weapons squads even though the heavy weapons teams are from different codices. Since I already have three heavy weapons squads built, I will use them although for the points I would be better off with three mortar squads rather than two mortar squads and one lascannon squad. The mortar squads are cheaper and are great for removing screens around important targets. Although I like the idea of a lascannon squad with cult ambush that can pop up any place on the battlefield, I must admit that my experience with lascannons has usually been disappointing. And that has been with space marines who have a much better ballistic skill. Still, I find the mortar squad tedious to build and I don’t want to buy and build another weapons squad, at least for now.

What is the good news? Since I want to run a brigade detachment, I need two more heavy units. After considering the options, I ordered two Goliath Rockgrinders and they should be arriving today. This means I have a weekend ahead of assembling and painting these models. I can hardly wait. My air brush trigger finger is already itchy.

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Two of My Favorite Steps

I got my two Goliath Rockgrinders Friday night and was able to completely assemble one of them and get the second one almost assembled this weekend. That is a problem with this hobby. Real life interferes. I wanted to spend this weekend assembling and painting these models but my daughter had a baby shower, my house was filled with guests, I had to mow my lawn and do yard work, we went to Church for Mother's Day, and I had to spend lots of time with my wife, children, and grandchildren. So my spray painting trigger finger is still itchy. I might finish and get a base coat on the models after work this week.


When building models, certain steps are more fun than others. My favorite steps use to be assembling and especially customizing the models but lately I am enjoying the painting more. Now, two of my favorite steps are 1) painting the base with a mixture of gray gesso and model railroad ballast, and 2) painting the base with pigments. Both steps bring the model together. The gesso and ballast cover the base and unify the model so that all the bits and green stuff mounted on the base are pulled together in the same landscape. The models feet, the skulls and other battlefield debris, and any green stuff that I have used on the base are now made part of the same terrain. Painting with the pigment does the same thing for this almost final step in building and painting the models. Again, all the diversely painted parts of the model are unified into the same desert landscape.




Models with Newly Applied Gesso and Ballast


Some of the gesso is still wet in the picture above.




Models with Newly Applied Gesso and Ballast




Models with Newly Applied Pigments


The pigments on the base are still wet on the models near the front. The NOVA shot glass contains a mixture of orange pigment and old pastel grinds that I mix as the primary base components. The orange, violet, and blue pigments in their containers are also in the picture. So is the green brush that I use to apply the pigments and the pigment fixer. The fixer is not in this picture.



Models with Newly Applied Pigments


Some of the pigment is on the newspaper. Since the Goliath Rockgrinders don't have a base, I will not be using my gesso on these trucks but I will be putting some pigment on the truck, expecially on the rockgrinder front blade.


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Kill Team Terrain

Last year I ordered the Kill Team Starter set. It included a Kill Team Core Manual, a couple of spruces of Adeptus Mechanicus figures, a couple of spruces of the Genestealer Cult, some datacards, and a gothic destroyed cathedral. I have been working on this and have built and painted most of the models. I am still working on the cathedral.


I have experimented with some techniques that have been somewhat successful. I assembled the cathedral and its outlying walls and primed the cement portions of the wall with pastel primer that I had. The pastel primer is full of fine grit that is designed to hold pastels into place. I then used an air brush to paint metal portions with reds and turquoise, the red to underlay the iron and the turquoise to underlay the bronze. The pictures show the painted areas and the grey pastel areas.




Outlying Walls




Colourfix Primer – Pastel & Multimedia Primer - Elephant




Opened Colourfix Primer – Pastel & Multimedia Primer – Elephant




Walls with Pastel Primer Painted on




Interior of the Cathedral


I then actually took pastel sticks and colored the walls mostly with dark pastels to represent crumbling and discolored and flamed cement.




Wall with Pastel Stick in Hand



Wall Darkened with Pastels




Cathedral with Designs in the Roof Painted with Pastels


I spray painted on a fixture to hole the pastels. Actually, I wasn’t too happy with the results. The pastels comes off when the terrain is handled and it seemed too bizarrely colored. So I put it aside for several months. A few weeks ago, I started painted over the metal work on the Cathedral with metallic iron and bronze paint. I’ll have to take some pictures of these and post them in the next few days. The Cathedral is turning out okay but this use of pastels took too long. So overall, I wouldn't do it again..


   
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Painting the Last Basilisk

I use an airbrush to paint vehicles. A couple of weeks ago, I finished up the last of my three Basilisks and this week I assembled and airbrushed my two Goliath Rockgrinders.




Basilisk in the Paint Booth


I have a portable paint booth that I set up on my work bench. In the back is a filter that shows in the picture and behind the filter is a fan which draws in the spray paint. It seems to work pretty well. The filter is turning orange. My airbrush is on the left mounted on my airbrush cleaning jar. The Golden Cadmium Orange is on the right. I paint the underside of the model with Burn Sienna which is a dark orange and then overcoat it with a mixture of Cadmium Orange with a little ultramarine blue to cut the intensity of the pure orange.




Basilisk in the Paint Booth – Closeup


The combination of burn sienna and orange gives the model some depth. I will hand paint in the details including metallic blue on the main gun.


   
 
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