I managed to source yet another of the 1990 hybrids from the Space Hulk Expansion appropriately named ‘Genestealer’. I generally find one or two of these models each year on well known auction sites or forums and if the price is reasonable I’ll buy them to add to my Cult Force.
As I’ve said previously when I first saw these particular models back in the day I thought they were ugly sculpts; but over the past 28 years they have grown on me and I now find them quite endearing.
It’s true that they won’t ever have the character of the original metal hybrid sculpts that emerged during the 1989 period but with a suitable paint job they make a nice addition to my army. I have to say they do respond well to love and attention and can be made to look great.
I have given this particular fella the same paint scheme as the rest of my hybrids in order to tie him into the force. Weapon-wise I like my hybrids to be better equipped than the rabble of brood brothers that they lead so I have equipped him with a nice red plasma pistol from the 1992 Assault Marine sprue.
I’ll try and source a few more of these models this year to help further expand the force... maybe next time I’ll do one with a heavy weapon so he can lead the Heavies from last week into battle!
Great job, love his cute and expressive face...ReplyDelete
He has those ‘Come to bed (and get implanted)’ eyes!Delete
Great work as always!ReplyDelete
Nice work old chap. Was there ever a painting guide for these?ReplyDelete
Cheers dude. Not to my knowledge. I’ve worked out my scheme through trial and error... I could always do one if you want!Delete
If you would that would be very generous of you. I really think you nailed the old school look there and I’d love to copy it.Delete
I’ve been trying to find an original painting guide but no luck.
No problems. My book (Outremer: Faith and Blood) is out in the next few weeks so I might be tucked up with that for a bit. But once I get a chance I’ll dig out a hybrid and do a painting guide!Delete
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Ah yes, I fondly recall these guys. I got mine from the classic Terminators & Tyranids boxed set. Except my box came with a Chaos Heavy Weapons sprue so mine are all equipped with an assortment of (currently) illegal weapons. You are right though, a bit of care and these fellows can turn out surprisingly great. Fun times...ReplyDelete
Ah yes! I finally managed to get ahold of a Chaos heavy weapon sprue from eBay so I’ll be able to kit out my next hybrid with one of these! Luckily the weapons all look so surreal and different to modern counterparts that I can go for a justifiable ‘counts as’ approach when I use them. Also I mainly play Rogue Trader or Second Edition with these guys so for my purposes they are legal!Delete
Well, of course these sculpts are what they are, but you made this one stand out with your paintjob. Really cool!ReplyDelete
Thanks mate! Maybe our Genestealer cults will meet one day!Delete