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Subject: PoserMcBogus Genestealer Cults (and maybe tyranids too one day)
Decided to keep my updates to the one thread, before I get into trouble for posting this so often
Finished the human(ish) cultist last night - let me know what you think!
I had a few quibbles while I was hammering out the colour scheme, but I think I've managed to sort that out, whilst keeping things suitably grim and gritty. I don't have a name for their planet though, so if any of you could throw something my way (especially something classical!) I'd love to hear it!
I see the cult as kind of having already happened - I like to attach stories to all my armies - and being written up in an Ordo Xenos report on how the planet fell. I like the idea of inquisitors frantically trying to pass blame to someone else, while others are truly fascinated by a chance to study how a xenos force topples a planet from the inside.
The world they inhabit is a near-perpetual night mining hive planet, battered by mighty gales and bitterly cold sleet. It's slow rotation means that the working day is significantly longer than that of earth, while a soma-like drug keeps the citizens apathetic enough to begrudgingly endure servitude on such a desolate planet.
The Tyranids infiltrate by creating an evangelical religious sect, predicting a messianic second coming of the 'black' emperor - black matching the chitin of the purer 'nids I hope to eventually do. By appearing to be just another lunatic imperial cult, they slip under the radar of the inquisition until it's all too late. (I rather like the GW image of fanatical cultists suddenly being confronted by the drooling termagant maws of the hive mind, rather than salvation once their work is done)
Anyway, I hope ya like 'em, and I should have more stuff coming soon! Thanks to everyone who's posted in my C+C threads thus far - and if anyone has anything else to contribute, please let me know!
Thanks very much for looking!
I love the color scheme and execution all the way through. Compared to some of your earlier showcases it's also clear that you've really improved with painting whites smoothly, which is a pretty commendable feat. Are you planning on making this into a full army?
Subject: PoserMcBogus Genestealer Cults (and maybe tyranids too one day)
youidiotkid wrote:I love the color scheme and execution all the way through. Compared to some of your earlier showcases it's also clear that you've really improved with painting whites smoothly, which is a pretty commendable feat. Are you planning on making this into a full army?
Cheers, dude! Hopefully I'll make an army of these guys some day, they're fantastic models, and a joy to muck about with. I love the Tyranids, and the Genestealer cults are absolutely dripping with character.
At the minute, I'm kind of hopping between projects. I don't really have the space for trying make anything into an army properly, and I've only got a few months left in Korea anyway, and there's no community out here.
As a result, I've mostly been grabbing troops boxes of armies that I'd love to have a crack at, and hammering out schemes and conversions etc.
But I think when I get back to the UK, I'll probably try to finish off my Templars and inquisition first.
I kinda wanna wait for the codex to drop (has it already? It's hard to follow out here) to see if they release anything cool, or (in my dreams) a neat-o start collecting box with the overkill cultists inside, for nice and cheap.
Finished another little dude. Pleasingly, this project seems to be clipping along pretty quickly, hopefully I'll have the rest of these finished up soon!
Though I'd try and go a bit more mutated looking for the colouration of the flesh on the 3rd gen hybrids.
Lemme know what you think!
Agonizingly close to finishing these boys up!
Did a bunch more stuff this afternoon. I'm still not entirely sold on batch painting, but this might also be the fastest I've ever done a 10-man squad, tho, so maybe I'd a dumb-dumb.
I'm hungrily awaiting the upcoming 'stealer cults release!
Anyone have any thoughts for what should join these fellas in waiting for the descent of the Black Emperor? The pit's Secretariat General is all ears... or maybe arms?... certainly eyes... and teeth....
The flesh colors and how they transition from creepy/sickly human-ish to full out alien is an utter triumph. If this was all you had done with the models, it would be magnificent, but then you went and did so much more with them. Quality Content to be sure!
Subject: Re:PoserMcBogus Genestealer Cults (and maybe tyranids too one day)
Green light flickered over Inquisitor Tacius's face as power crept into circuits that had laid dormant for centuries. A faint haze shrouded the screen as dust smoldered on copper. The sudden invasion of Aeris Mea IV had provided Hive Fleet Coelacanth a vital foothold into the Auxesis Segmentum, the loss of which had silenced the guns of fortress worlds across the Northern Frontier, and swallowed the entirety of the Crusade of St. Vonnegut.
Whispers of a cult insurrection intrigued the Ordo Xenos inquisitor, who fervently searched through all records from the lost mining hive for proof of his theory. Now intoxicatingly within reach, he watched the data screen in his hands, as a robed figure strode onto a makeshift stage, to thunderous, regimented applause.
Overseer Caelinus observed the great throng amassed before him. From pale, starlight-starved faces, dark eyes, set in sockets sunken with the mine-tonic, glistened up at his podium. Their anticipation buzzed in the shadowy silence of hab-block 12's feed barracks.
"Does not," he continued, "the Pit, bestow upon us, fewer and fewer harvests?"
The assembly buzzed in agreement, each turning to his neighbor to register his assent.
"And yet, esteemed shareholders, do not the tithes of most sacred Terra, redouble every solar annum? Do not the yearly gravel-storms worsen? Do not you and your hab-blocks increasingly rely on the mine-tonic to ward off the cold and the hunger?"
The murmur grew louder, before the Overseer waved his pallid hand. As the miners fell silent once more, he flushed, deep green with satisfaction and zeal.
"The High Lords know nothing of Aeris Mea IV! From their gilded towers, they survey a universe of metric, uncaring, unthinking digits! They look upon our hive as a collapsed tunnel, a depleted vein!"
A long tongue lashed from between the serrated rows of Caelinus' teeth, wetting purple lips.
"Provenance!" He howled, "Provenance alone brought mankind to Aeris Mea! Provenance alone gave us the mine-tonic! Provenance now is our salvation!"
Rapturous cheers broke out among the amassed workers, rising to their feet, as if knowing the direction the speaker was leading them.
"Listen, now, blessed shareholders - listen to the twinkling beauty of our father, the empyrean ceiling - the provenance that lead us here. The seat of Terra is vacant! He now descends to the faithful, and blesses us with his likeness! My colleagues! Lift your skinny fists like antennas to heaven! We are the conduit of his voice, the receivers of his saving transmissions! Through the Secretariat General, he speaks to us, his trustees, his vanguard committee, will yo-"
The screen fizzed, blinked then fell dark. Tacius was, once again, alone in the darkness of the vid-archive.
Wew, got carried away with the fluff again!
Finished these guys this afternoon! First project I've finished in a while, hope ya like 'em!
C+C is always appreciated! Thanks for looking!
The recent genestealer cults releases have gotten the miners of Aeris Mea IV chittering with excitement! Reinforcements and mine tonic abound!
I've had this particular lil feller on the go for an absolute age. More on the way, probably, though I'm trying to focus on whittling down my space marine backlog, though this was a pallet cleanser of sorts.
I'm not sure I'm totally sold on the ruddy bits, but I'm happy for now. I was originally planning on doing every part of the body except the carapace with a glossy finish, but now I'm not so sure.
Additionally, vis-a-vis the bases - anyone have any thoughts about me making them glossy too? I put some 'ardcoat over the melty snow patches, but have been toying with making all of it glossy too, as I feel like that would make sense in an environment with melty, dirty slush snow, right? But I also don't want to screw the bases up because they're pretty labor intensive (oh god, why did I go for that with a horde army) and I'm otherwise very pleased with the result.
Hey. I remember these. I helped you with the colour scheme., having you mute the yellow in the colour scheme. They are coming along great.
If constructive critesicm should be aplied it is that the white is very bright and the green is very dark. The end result is that I can not tell the details on the white apart. And I can not tell the details on the green apart. Especialy when you look at the army as a whole instead of ecah model induvisually. Look at the colours sliders down in this articles. You can see your white are all the same level fo white, and all your green are very dark. They should be varied within the spectrum.
I absolutely do Niiai, don't think anyone's given me as much detailed feedback in all my years of hobbying!
I'll be honest, some of the problem is just my still being a little rubbish with my camera - should've run those pics through pixlr or something to bring them a bit closer to life.
Definitely still a work in progress though! If you could see my workbench, and all the colours I've gradually added to the Templars I've been tinkering with for the past, like, 4(ish) years, I think it'd rather lay bare how much I tend experiment once I become comfortable with a project. The white details for sure need a bit of work, and that's something I think I'll have to figure out in terms of technique before anything else.
Certainly, with the 'nids of the future I'm planning on drybrushing, because I feel like it gives a smoother tone when it comes to skin, so that'll make them a little less dark I think.
Again, cheers for the input, trying to get my head around that hue stuff now!
Today, whilst footering about doing errands, I popped into our local 'weird junk' shop. While perusing the Gundams (hunting for the Kotobukiya Metal Gear model kit, if you must know), I happened upon a model kit from Ridley Scott's alien!
It looks to be from about 1984, and honestly is in need of a little love. Well, more than a little. But hell, it was cheap enough, and the detail is actually pretty damned good. I'm a huge fan of the Alien franchise, particularly the first two films, and as a result, fell in love with the Tyranids.
That brings me onto my dilemma. While I have a broadly clear notion of how I'm going to paint this bad boy - a la the rest of my niddy stuff - what the hell should I play him as? The box reckons him to be "over nine inches", which is pretty huge by 40k standards. WHAT ON EARTH SHOULD I 'COUNTS AS' HIM AS??????
Also, any idea how big the base ought to be for something that large? It's practically knight sized, no? I didn't realize until I did a quick dry fit of the parts, just how much bigger than your standard broodlord this chap is gonna be...
I'm not all that into 40K yet, but I truly doubt you could play him as anything given the size.
An idea I had though is that you could use him as an imposing model placed at the rear of the army/hive? (out of play in a game, just off the board behind the army), and essentially be commanding it in battle? He'd be useful to scare anyone fighting against your Tyranids that way.
Subject: PoserMcBogus Genestealer Cults (and maybe tyranids too one day)
Lol, you're telling me! I've been trying to figure out if I could somehow pass him off as an imperial knight...
...maybe a hive tyrant with wings might almost be in the same size range? I could say he hasn't got wings, but those massive legs let him jump super high? Hahaha, I think you might be right in that he stays a display piece for the most part, could homebrew him some rules for mega-friendly games, perhaps...
Re-assessing some McBogus projects as reinforcements head from the UK to Japan...
...in the mean time! Look at my beautiful girl! She's pretty huge - there should be a 20p in that photo somewhere, for scale, because I don't have any push-fit marines, and it was the next best thing I could think of.
The more I work on her, the more it becomes apparent that she needs a lot of love. Gonna have to learn how to fill gaps, at the very least, as she has some pretty major issues in that department. On top of that, I was considering chopping her up and re-posing him, to make her a bit more tyranid-y and dynamic. Again, this might be totally beyond what I can reasonably do, and I'm very cautious of trying to push a (presumably?) OOP kit from the 80s slightly further than it can go. That said, I might well at least rotate a hand, and raise an arm a little. If anyone has any cool recommendations for gribbly add-ons that I could potentially salvage from GW kits, I'd love to hear them
For the most part, she's not totally glued together. I'm waiting to finish up the plastic on her arms, and then the laborious process of filling them. Once that's done, I think I can happily slap the two halves of her torso together, and start to worry about painting!
If anyone has any advice to offer for dealing with the glassy part, I'm all ears. As it stands, I'm planning to sub-assembly everything, and have the underneath of the dome painted up before I slap the transparent part on.
A few concerns:
-what kind of glue won't fog up the plastic?
-considering there are not a negligable number of gaps between parts of the dome, and the head proper, should I greenstuff it to the rest of the body?
-if this is the case, how ought I to go about masking the part off when basecoating/priming
-anyone know how to get a transition up the piece from black to transparent, beyond airbrush witchcraft? I want a slightly less cockpit-y, slightly more organic look, if I can manage it.
Anyway! Cheers for looking!
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Often, those who stumbled, exhausted, deep into the underbelly of the hab-blocks pleasure quadrant at particularly late hours of the night would re-emerge days later with freakish tales. Chittering teeth, gnashing maws, grasping tendrils and grasping claws. At first, these were dismissed as the ravings of those who had taken leave of their collective investment in The Pit too long. But as the cult's infuence spread, such conspiratorial tales became more than legend...
...they became lethal. To be caught spreading sedition about the innermost workings of the secretariat was to face the brutal wrath of the shareholders themselves. And the thing the secretariat hungered for most was justice.
Finished a little warmup gribbly! Looking forward to getting a bit more mutant-friendly in the coming days!
Twiddling my thumbs right now, so I thought I'd update this blog!
This conversion was my most ambitious to date, and NGL, I spent about 2 weeks just kind of flummoxed before things fell into place. I like the end result a lot, though. Makes for a pretty distinct patriarch, and was SIGNIFICANTLY cheaper than buying the model kit out here.
trephines wrote: That patriarch really looks fantastic. Looking forward to playing these guys sometime mate. Got anything planned next for this project?
Also, have you ever considered adding saliva/ drool using a gloss varnish/ epoxy?
Thanks, mate! I've got super lofty plans, but...
...not with these prices. I keep my eyes on Japanese second hand sites (a lotta people are liquidating their collections, seemingly started after the price hikes were implemented), but nothing for the time being. I picked up a couple of things about a year ago, In Osaka, and got one of the cool snipers from the GF from my birthday, but there'll be no spray painting for a while. Rainy season has just started
It's a bummer, too, because it turns out it's really easy to do the scheme for the nids - I could probably knock out a gaggle of genestealers in no time at all...
For sure, though, the cult is keen to get its revenge on your IG!
I gloss the tongues and claws, but sculpting drool from epoxy seems a bit tricky - and I don't know how I'd even begin to paint it...
Appreciate the kind words as ever, bruv! Hope to see some of your lil dudes on here soon!
SO! Late last night, I took to my painting desk, ready to polish off a few more bits of terrain from my current distracting-myself-from-finishing-my-last-two-orks meandering, when I was gripped, convulsed and wracked with a sudden message from the darkest, shadowiest reaches of deep space.
Nomvember, McBogussssss, participate in Nomvemberrrrr, you did it for the orkssssss, so why not the glory of the hiveeeee?
I grabbed the handful of nids gifted to my by the lovely Trephines, and went about my merry way. Since then and now (18:41 local time) I made up my mind, to try, not to finish as many nids as I can, nay, for that would be cowardly, and weak, not befitting of the shareholders of the cult at all!
But to finish ALL OF MY TYRANIDS before November ends, sometime tomorrow morning. Strap your threshing tails to your scything talons, Dakkadakka, I'm feeling manic.
I'm typing this in the middle of a taco break. 2 nids down. 10 to go. Easy peasy, no?