Monthly Archives: June 2019

The Cult of the Abyssal Gaze – Part 7

Remember Kutter, the outlander Goliath who joined up with the Irondogs after his old crew were wiped out to a man by the rise of the genestealer cults? For those who don’t, here’s a quick reminder of what he looks like.

The model for Kutter originated as an attempt to convert a leader for my Goliath gang (a project which, on the third attempt, turned into the mighty Korak Kingbreaker). The first version knocked around the bitsbox for a little while before being rescued and reused as the basis for Kutter. However between the dismissal of the Kutter version and the eventual success of the Korak version a second model was attempted, butchered, sworn at, and hurled back into the box from when it came in a fit of disgust. There it lay, biding its time, until I came up with the back-story behind Kutter and his old gang’s ill-fated encounter with the Cult of the Abyssal Gaze. Did all the Goliaths die in those rusting, ash-choked tunnels, I found myself wondering. Were some taken prisoner, or fell willingly or unwillingly under the sway of the cult, coming in time to worship new masters, take on new forms and bear the mark of the alien…

Meet Brother Narlek, former Goliath ganger and now the “muscle” behind many a raid by the cultists. Of course, if you find him too fearsome looking you can always imagine that he’s shouting “Taxi!”

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As one of Kutter’s former gangmates his transformation represents a profound and personal insult to the Goliath and a vicious rivalry is bound to follow.

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Whilst I was working on Narlek I decided to focus my bolstered enthusiasm for the cult to get a couple more recruits finished. After all, you can always use another rank and file cultist with a shotgun…

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…meanwhile a webber brings a bit of tactical versatility to the cult (and should be handy for keeping those rampaging Goliaths tied up – both figuratively and literally).

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As previously mentioned work and family commitments remain extremely busy at the moment so snatching hobby time is proving a challenge, as it stands I’m not even finding time to keep up with my fellow bloggers let alone paint much of my own. Hopefully things will settle down over the next little while but until then expect updates to remain somewhat sporadic.

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Blackstone Fortress: Espern Locarno

Next to emerge from the labyrinthine depths of the Blackstone Fortress, my partner’s favourite character – Espern Locarno. I must admit, I don’t think she was entirely sure about her choice to begin with but once she saw the kind of effect a glance from a Navigator’s warp-filled third eye has on a hapless traitor guardsman she was sold. Given her enthusiasm for the character I probably should have painted him sooner but, in my defence, I was terrified of messing up the pattern on his cape. It still isn’t perfect but it looks good in hand and that’s good enough for now.

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The Navigator households are one of the most interesting parts of the Imperium for me, and ripe for future exploration by GW’s miniature’s designers. I’m also pleased to see that a novel featuring them, Rites of Passage by Mike Brooks, is forthcoming – given his masterful handling of Necromunda in Wanted: Dead and A Common Ground (itself apparently a prequel to Rites of Passage) this will definitely be on the “to read” list as soon as it’s released.