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.

Genestealer Cult Wudugast Convert Or Die (3)

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.

29 responses to “The Cult of the Abyssal Gaze – Part 7

  • Mikko

    Great job! I love these little narratives – a Goliath gang that has fallen under the sway of a Genestealer cult is much more interesting than just a generic Genestealer cult (which is already interesting in itself).

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! Yeah, I really like putting these little hooks in, it ties all the gangs together, it helps the world to feel more alive and it inspires all kinds of ideas for new modelling projects and games 🙂

  • Alex

    Worth waiting for mate – them’s some cracking cultists, and Narlek is a superb conversion! Nicely done sir 🙂

    • Wudugast

      Thanks very much mate – sometimes I really wish I hadn’t picked such a difficult scheme for my genestealer cultists but I really do like how they turn out in the end. Orange is definitely the hardest colour to paint though (what was I thinking!)

  • Thomas

    Narlek is just outstanding. Very cool indeed. He looks like Zoidberg gone mental. Hahaha

  • theimperfectmodeller

    Great looking figures as always and glad to see you are managing to find some hobby time.

    • Wudugast

      Thanks mate! Yeah, it’s few and far between at the moment but I managed to scavenge a few hours downtime at the weekend – much needed I can assure you! 😀

  • Alexis West

    Very cool! He could also be trying to get the waiter’s attention. “Excuse me! Empty skull over here. Could I get a refill on these brains sometime in this millennium, please?” XD

    The other two are great in a much more “mundane” way. GW’s stylization aside, they could almost be from some near-future thing here on Earth. Perfect for infiltrating the oppressive power structures of the Hive!

    • Wudugast

      Or he might have just spotted a bunch of Goliaths walking in and decided it’s time to go “Check please!” 😀

      Yeah, I quite like that those two more human cultists don’t show the cranial ridges, which really helps to emphasise how the cult would blend in, and yet they still look just a little unnatural and alien. You’re right about them fitting in nicely to a “near future” setting as well, it really goes to emphasise how little things have progressed in the 40 millennia between now and then, for the common citizens of the Imperium things either haven’t changed or have got a lot worse.

      • Alexis West

        There was a pic in a previous edition (I think actually the previous couple of editions) of the Nid Codex of a Lictor that was just asking for a photoshopped in coffee mug and some office captions. “How’s it going, Bob?” “Not bad for a Tuesday, some of the Rippers in my section are behind as usual, so I’ve got to get on them, but otherwise alright. And you?”

  • Pete S/ SP

    Fantastic work all round there. The webgun is a very good weapon- faced one in tonight games as it happens….



    • Alexis West

      Yeah, I wasn’t too excited about them at first, but the more I’ve looked at the various options, the more interesting the possibilities of the Web Gun become.

      • Wudugast

        I’ve not seen it in action yet but it certainly sounds interesting. Worst case the target just misses a turn whilst they struggle out of it (which is good enough really if it snags a leader or champion, or someone key to your opponent’s tactics). It’s even better if they get taken out of play at the click of a button (and then carted off into the Underhive never to be seen again!). I’m sure you’ve spotted something even more tactical and cunning though! 😉

      • Alexis West

        That was actually more about 40K than Necromunda. They’re one of the very few auto-hit Weapons in 8th that have a long enough Range to be usable after arriving from Reserves.

      • Wudugast

        I must confess, when I wrote that I’d actually completely forgotten that webbers are in 40k as well! 😆 Blame the lack of sleep (although isn’t 40k just some obscure Necromunda spin off anyway?)

    • Wudugast

      Thanks Pete. I’m looking forward to getting caught up on your battle reports when things settle down, hope the campaign is going well for the brave warriors of House Van Saar!

      • Pete S/ SP

        Had my champion and leader webbed last night (anyone would think that my opponent didn’t like the meltaguns they were carrying) but between a tactics card and assists I got them both out by the end of the turn.

        Photos to follow.



  • imperialrebelork

    You’re really making me want a Genestealer army grrrrrr. Haha. Fantastic work. Love Narlek!!!

    • Wudugast

      Go for it! Lie to yourself and say it’s only going to be a few models, that there’s no way you’re going to allow yourself to end up with loads of them, that you’re stronger than that, that this isn’t the beginning of a slippery slope, but now you kind of want to add a few more and where’s the harm in that right, it’s a free country, you’ll get around to painting them sooner or later, there’s no way you’re going to leave them unpainted for your children to deal with in years to come when you’re finally buried beneath a landslide of unfinished projects, no way at all! (This has always been my approach and so far so good!)

      • imperialrebelork

        So is there a place to help for people like us and our addiction? Like AA for miniature collectors? Haha. It’s madness isn’t it. I’m currently thinking I need to condense some projects but easier said than done I guess. I’m also thinking to reduce the mass of sprues by spending a weekend with the kids cutting the said sprues up and organising all the bits. Then with all the many many sandwich bags I have of miniatures I’ll put them into army or project boxes. Big job but I think I’ll enjoy it and then it’s almsot like starting over. Can I ask a question? I know I can google it but you’re a bit nicer than google and easier to follow haha. Genestealers become Tyranids right? So, are Genestealers and Tyranids essentially fighting on the same side? I have a bunch of Tyranid kits to put together but I’m wondering if I can add generstealers to make them one big nasty army. I hope all that makes sense haha.

      • Wudugast

        Good shout putting the kids to work chopping up those sprues! I did a bit of that recently (had to do the leg work myself, couldn’t find any suitable children to press into service!) and it clears a hell of a lot of space. Take care not to do it with anything you’re planning to build “by the book” or anything really complicated to build, those numbers on the assembly instructions are a godsend.

        “Nicer than Google” is going on my CV!

        Short answer; yes, go for it, genestealer cults and tyranids can fight together (for a while…).

        Long answer; genestealers are the vanguard of the Tyranid hive fleets. They sneak onto a planet and start infecting the natives (often human but not necessarily) with Tyranid DNA. The genestealer cult is the result of that. They have a five generation life cycle, with the first generation being the most monstrous (hunched, big claws, three arms, etc). Then their children are a bit more human, and their children even more so, until by the fourth generation they basically look like normal bald humans (albeit with a massive work ethic as they’re devoted to caring for their “family”). The fifth generation are purestrain genestealers, ready to sneak off to infect new planets and the cycle starts again. The presence of the infected cultists helps to attract the Tyranids who then arrive and eat everything on the planet down to the bare rock. The cultists, believing that the gods have arrived at last, will fight alongside them, until they get eaten. Sometimes the affect of the genestealers wears off at this point and the cultists have an “oh shit, what have we done?” moment, sometimes they go willingly into the bellys of the star gods. Then the Tyranids head off to devour somewhere else! Sooner or later I think I might add a few Tyranids to my genestealer cult as well, it’s a fine excuse to paint some big scary monsters and the combined aesthetic looks really good.

      • imperialrebelork

        I knew you’d explain it the way I’d understand hehe. This is great and has helped me decide that yes I need a GC army as well to fight alongside the Nids. Or even to tag along as “lunch” haha. Thanks man

  • Argentbadger

    Good work. Those cultists miniatures are so characterful with those goggles and retro-spacesuit looks.

    I can’t unsee ‘taxi’ from Brother Narlek now. I do like the pose in general though.

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! Yeah, the cultists are amongst the most characterful and interesting to paint models that GW has ever released I reckon. Each one is a character in their own right – perfect for a Necromunda gang (although I’m not sure I’d have the stamina to do a full 40k army of them).

      I was about 3/4 of the way through painting Narlek when I saw the “taxi” thing and what is once seen as they say… 😉

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