As mentioned previously I am soon about to run an old school retro campaign for my girlfriend which will focus on her alter-ego the noble Inquisitor Athena battling the forces of darkness with the aid of her (ever-expanding) retinue of Storm Troopers and other acolytes.
However a hero always needs a suitable villain to battle ...and personally I feel there is no foe in the Warhammer universe more insidious than the parasitic filth of a Genestealer cult, they are the perfect enemy for an agent of the Inquisitorial Ordos to annihilate!
Those of you who have been reading my blog for some time may remember that about two years ago I expanded my force of 20 purestrain (Space Hulk) Genestealers with a few third generation hybrids and a Magus in the hope of eventually building a full cult force.
Unfortunately since then I have done little to expand this force, and it has been repeatedly relegated in favour of other assorted modelling projects.... However the up and coming narrative campaign has acted as a catalyst for me to reinforce these xenos vermin in order to make them a more viable opposition.
So I have now acquired and painted two of the original plastic hybrids from the Space Hulk expansion 'Genestealer' (1990), and these will be used to represent a pair of first or second generation hybrids as they are far less human looking than their metal counterparts that I have already painted.
The first one (above) is close to a purestrain 'stealer with four arms very much in the manner of its parent species. I have equipped this beast with a plasma pistol from the 1992 Space Marine assault weapons sprue, this has been painted a deep red as a bit of a nod to Games Workshop's 'Red Period' of the early 1990's.
The second hybrid is marginally more human with only three arms and he has been equipped with a primitive looking boltgun from the 1980's Ork sprue.
Both models have been painted to tie in closely with my existing hybrids... Incorporating blue and yellow armour and grey trousers. However as these are supposed to be early generation hybrids I have made their flesh a much darker purple in order to link them closer to purestrain Genestealer genetics.
Truth be told I am not a big fan of these sculpts as I feel they are not really on a par with other models from that period, however now that I have painted them I actually find myself warming to their basic charm and they do fit nicely with the rest of the cult.
Next up I am going to continue to try and expand the cult's forces with a few more hybrids and potentially a couple of squads of brood brothers. I shall update you with how the force progresses!