The Cult of the Abyssal Gaze – Part 1

“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”

The Ancient Terran playwright Oscar Wilde

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17 responses to “The Cult of the Abyssal Gaze – Part 1

  • savageddt

    Love the look of these guys!

  • Faust

    It was hard to see the guys head in the first couple pics, but after I saw it, really
    liked it. Matter of fact, I really, really like them all! Nice work, man! Kill Team, Necromunda, or a bit of both?

    • Wudugast

      Yeah, I’m really pleased with the first guy but he’s damn tricky to photograph! Plan is to start with a Necromunda gang, then tweak it so I’ve got something for Kill Team, then if I’m enjoying it expand up to a 40k army.

      • Faust

        Wow, an army? Big plans! That’s kind of a cool way to go though. Small skirmish team and grow them into something bigger. Seems with Necromunda, you can squeak by with 6. How many do you need for a Kill Team?

      • Wudugast

        Cheers – it just lets me start small and then keep building the project for as far as my enthusiasm takes me. The starting gang I’ve come up with for Necromunda is 9 models; magos, familiar, early-generation hybrid with rock saw, 1 aberrant, 3 neophytes with autoguns, 1 neophyte with a shotgun and one neophyte with a grenade launcher. Haven’t tried to cost out the kill team yet but I imagine it’ll be a similar size, just with a different mix of models. In both cases you can have more models than take to the table in any given game. A kill team must be between 3 and 20 models but it depends on the relative nature of the models taken. I think three tyranid lictors is the most elite, whereas gretchin are individually very weedy and cheap so you can pack 20 of them into a list. I’m still just reading up on it myself though so I may be mistaken!

  • James

    These look brilliant. Good look painting have inspired to me start mine. Had deathwatch overkill for ages.

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! Glad to have inspired you, these were a lot of fun to build. Missed out on Overkill when it was released, then like a fool turned down the chance to buy the genestealer half at a bargain price. Saw sense and managed to get the bits I wanted in the end though.

  • Pete S/ SP

    They look great in a brutal primeval kind of way.



  • Alexis West


    Love these guys. GW really hit a home run* with the imagery and miniature design for the Stealer Cults. Great work with them here. They’re high on my list for a Necromunda/KT project, but you know how it goes. So many ideas, so little time/energy.

    *I’m really not sure what the equivalent term in a more British sport would be.

    • Wudugast

      That’s the sound Zoidberg isn’t it? Glad I’m not the only one that thought of him when I saw that model!

      They really did a great job with these didn’t they? And judging by the look of the bikes etc, it’s the gift that keeps on giving. Not sure about the three-armed gunslinger but I may have my mind changed once I can see pictures of him from more angles.

      I know exactly how it goes, I’ve been meaning to do something with my genestealers for ages. Of course now that I am, I’m reminded of all the other projects which have been shoved onto the backburner to make space, and so it goes.

      It’s funny, I’ve been thinking all day about sporting metaphors and I’m drawing a bit of a blank (although to be honest, although I don’t know anyone here who’d say “hit a home run”, or know what a home run is exactly – beyond something which Americans want to hit – everyone would know precisely what was meant; as the saying goes we are all living in America now after all). I did think that “knock it out of the park” maybe came from cricket (not a game we play in this country either mind you, but popular down in England) but according to google’s infinite wisdom that one is from baseball as well. You’d think given the popularity of football it would have contributed more to the language, but maybe there’s something obvious that I’m just not thinking of.

      • Alexis West

        I can’t remember where I first ran across that sound. I always associate it with thing that have tentacle faces tho, so Zoidberg is entirely possible.

        I don’t think Football (either Association or Gridiron) has anything that really compares to a Home Run that occurs often enough to have its own name. In Association Football, I guess the equivalent would be something like scoring in a single kick from your own half of the pitch or something like that? In Gridiron Football, it would be scoring from the Kickoff, which is a “happens once every couple of years across the whole league” kind of event, while Home Runs are fairly common in Baseball, enough so that it’s reasonable to expect one (or more) in any given game.

        It’s not as huge of a deal, tho, since scoring in general is easier in Baseball than the other two. Gridiron Football scores look high because most of the ways to score give more than one point, and the single most common gives six to eight, but a team will often only make three or four scoring plays in a game, and it’s not rare to see fewer than that. I don’t think I’ve ever seen an Association Football score higher than six on either side, and three or less for each side seems much more common in matches that aren’t complete blowouts. Baseball scores tend to be in the seven to ten range, and double digit scores for each team aren’t uncommon. So picking up one more score in one go isn’t as big of a swing as it would be in Football.

        I saw a pic somewhere years ago that compared typical number of times scoring vs. the size of the playing field for a number of sports, and there was quite a bit of correlation.

  • Mikko

    Lovely! Are these from a genestealer cult set or what? Obviously I could google, but I prefer a more personal approach.

  • imperialrebelork

    These are very cool dude. Did you convert the head on the first guy? Looks great!

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