As you can tell by the sudden flurry of activity on the blog, Deathwatch Overkill, and the Genestealer Cult models more specifically, have me excited about the Warhammer 40K modeling hobby again. I haven’t actually played the game yet (I actually don’t even own the game), but these guys take me back to the halcyon days of Rogue Trader and 2nd Edition.
My latest Ebay acquisition are the 1st and 2nd Generation Genestealer Hybrids. These guys are much more like what people think of Genestealer Hybrids, whereas the 3rd and 4th Generation models are more akin to the old Brood Brothers. The fluff hasn’t really changed, just the way they are named as models.
This kit is also frustratingly monopose, but unlike the 3/4 Gens, they are a lot easier to modify. Like the others, I kept the bodies intact, and removed the arms. On certain kits I kept maybe one of the arms in its original configuration, but otherwise I just cut them all off and made two rows. One of left arms and the other of right arms. The arms will need some gap fill as well,but these models just look strikingly better when their arms aren’t jutting off at the kinds of unnatural angles that are necessitated by the molding process.
So the Cult Coven is coming along nicely. I picked up a couple sets of the autogun Chaos Cultists from the Dark Vengeance boxed set to fill out the ranks as proper Brood Brother thralls. I’ll just eradicate the Chaos symbols from them. They’re not likely to see much other modification though. They’re cool looking models, and I was similarly stoked to see Chaos Cultists come back into the lore too, but they just don’t have a lot of potential. At least the guys with autoguns.
So far, I’ve wanted to give my Genestealers a hunched-over look to them like they had been trying to do a lot of sneaking around in human-sized areas, and were lurking. So none of the more common “arms wide open” looks for them.
As always, let me know what you think, or if you have any questions about the process in the comments below.