The Cult of the Abyssal Gaze – Part 9

It’s been far too long since I’ve added anything to my Genestealer Cults collection. Time was I envisioned it growing rapidly from a Necromunda gang into a fully fledged Warhammer 40k army. Nowadays though I envision it growing slowly, perhaps even glacially, from a Necromunda gang into a Warhammer 40k army. At the moment I have a bunch of part-painted xeno’s hybrids that I’d like to get finished but only one of them is a lady (as far as I can tell!) and so only one of them counts for Fembruary. The rest will have to wait until another month. I’m sure they can handle it – they’ve been waiting for attention for long enough as it is.

For now I’ve just painted up this Magus, although I must admit that working on her has reinvigorated my love of the Cult, and helped me work out how to paint their orange robes without needing three weeks and about 100 carefully applied layers to do it. I’ll see what I feel like doing after Fembruary (apart from wrapping up the Tzeentchian Warcry warbands that I cruelly abandoned at the end of January) but I’m feeling the temptation to add some more recruits to the misguided servants of the Tyranids right now.

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A Magus is a powerful psyker and the spiritual leader of the cult, interpreting the will of their terrible alien overlord for the hybrid masses. With her done I now have two of them, ready to take command of my nascent insurrection (if you’re curious to get a better look at the other one, who I painted back in 2018 you can find him here).

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Like the Adeptus Mechanicus the Genestealer Cults are one of those factions that I love the look of and always really enjoy painting, but when I’m not working on one I feel, quite irrationally, that painting them is going to be a chore and so I end up avoiding it. Does anyone else suffer from this problem or am I alone in my madness?

39 responses to “The Cult of the Abyssal Gaze – Part 9

  • davekay

    You’re definitely not alone. After I painted up my first squad (which I liked the look of!) I avoided buying any more, and probably won’t until my existing collection is taken care of.
    I like the second magus!

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! At least you had the wisdom not to buy any more, I bought them – I’m just struggling to link the past enthusiasm for purchasing them and the future enjoyment of painting them with the present motivation to actually pick up the brush! 🙂

  • Alex

    Yup, I know that feeling, but you’ve done a cracking job on her mate, and wow – that orange!! What’s the secret?!?

    • Wudugast

      It looks good but it’s actually ludicrously easy (which given that my previous experiments with orange really did involve about ten layers is a huge relief).

      1.Base-coat with Fire-Dragon Bright.
      2.Layer of Gryph-Hound Orange (Contrast) over everything.
      3.Highlight with Fire-Dragon Bright.
      4.Bask in the admiration of your peers. Simples. 🙂

  • Pete S/ SP

    That is a wonderful mini.

    I keep telling myself I don’t need a GSC force (even though it would work for Necromunda, Kill Team and 40k) but seeing lovely minis like this isn’t helping….



    • Wudugast

      Join us. Joooiiiinnn uuuuussss! Sorry, I know I shouldn’t be luring anyone into adding to their painting backlog when my own is such a mountain of unpainted plastic but it’s a cult and I have to play my part 😉 Glad you like her!

  • Adeo

    Love that magus! You’re definitely not alone. I’m thinking of using some GSC models as conscripts for my guard, representing mining colonists as part of the rogue traders fleet, but I’m going to follow a similar route via KillTeam first.

    • Wudugast

      Cheers! Yeah, I’m relieved to discover this is a common phenomenon. 🙂 I’ve considered the same thing from the opposite direction, adding a few units of Imperial Guard to a GSC collection so I can field either a Genestealer Cult army or, by swapping in and out a few units, an Imperial Guard army which isn’t yet aware that many of its troops have fallen under the sway of the cult.

  • imperialrebelork

    I know the feeling brother. As much as I love painting the Praetorian Guard I find it a chore to make a start on them. I think because they’re all similar but when I’ve actually painted a few I’m always pleased with the result. I strange phenomenon indeed. Love what you’ve done here mate, she’s great. How many minis have you submitted into the Fembruary challenge this year?

    • Wudugast

      It’s a weird phenomenon isn’t it? In the case of the Genestealer Cultists it may be because, until recently, I found them quite a lot of work to paint so even though I enjoy them there was probably a temptation to go for something easier. For the Ad Mech though I’ve no idea. From the look of all these comments though it seems to be fairly common so at least whatever causes it I’m not the only one!

      By my count 16 (so 17 if you include the one I’ve just finished which I’ll be posting shortly). Bloody hell, that’s a lot more than I realised! Got a few more I’d like to tackle (including actually finishing the Daughters of Khaine warband that started it all). Not sure how many I’ll manage to do in the end but I’ll just keep battering away at it and see how I get on.

  • theimperfectmodeller

    It is strange how painting some figures require much more motivation than others. I do love the orange on these ethough. It is a colour I like and should use more often but I find it such a pain but you have mastered it on these and they look great. 🙂

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! I don’t quite know why it’s harder to motivate myself to paint some models than it is others. Big complicated models are definitely a sticking point for me (how you’ve kept your enthusiasm up with the Wizard’s Tower is beyond me but long may it continue!).

      I went for orange for this force originally because I liked the idea of them wearing high-vis workmen’s overalls (it ties into the background of the faction, as miners and factory workers turned rebels) but I was regretting it for a while – it’s a colour that looks good but it’s damn tricky to get right. I think I’ve cracked it now though (see the recipe – if it’s of interest – in my reply to Alex above, both the paints used are from GW).

      • theimperfectmodeller

        Interesting. I don’t tend to look at the contrast paints, ignorance more than anything. I will need to place an order for some replacement paints in due course so I will add these to that list. Cheers. 🙂 You made me think about the Wizard Tower and how I keep it going. I think the best explanation I can offer is that every stage so far, and I expect it to continue, essentially uses a different technique so the level of variety is significant. At no,stage has it been boring and for me personally that makes a huge difference.

      • Wudugast

        I found the learning curve with Contrasts to be quite high – if you plan to use them as they were intended to be used you’ve got to forget a lot of what you’re used to, especially for experienced painters like you and I. I found in the end that they don’t really suit my style but they’re still a very useful tool to have in my inventory, I just don’t use them in the same way that their creators imagined – but I’ve found ways to make them fit my purposes all the same.

        That makes sense re the Wizard’s Tower. I think my problem is I don’t get bored per se but I do get excited about other things – and because there’s only so many hours in the day I end up working on the new the thing I’m excited about and leaving the old thing, even though I’m still enjoying it. I do tend to end up with a lot of models that are half or three-quarters painted as a result, but then again this Fembruary purge is proving that I can do something about that if I put my mind to it.

      • theimperfectmodeller

        Your take on contrast paints Is pretty much the conclusion I reached and decided not to take the plunge, I rather saw them as cheating myself in away and being lazy. Great for someone in a hurry who wants an army on the table but some what defeating the object if you like painting a single miniature. What I hadn’t considered at all was how else they could be used and if they can solve an orange problem then they tick a box for sure. 🤗

      • Mark A. Morin

        The contrast paints are a tool – to me like paint with bonuses. But they do need at times thinning and also depend on the base color underneath them. Definitely worth getting as I still do everything else (shading, highlighting, etc) so I’d suggest trying a few first on a color you normally have more of a challenge with -say Apothecary White, the oranges, the purples, the pink, and the yellows.

      • Faust

        I really like the yellows. The browns can be great for wood as well.

  • John@justneedsvarnish

    Nice to see we’re all mad together! 🙂 I consider orange harder to get right than yellow, but you’ve cracked it here! 🙂

    • Wudugast

      Yup, we’re all mad here! 😀 Aye, yellow is another tricky one but orange is harder in my book too. Quite why I decided to paint a horde of 200+ Skaven in yellow, and then decide to do another infantry heavy army in orange is beyond me. Probably has something to do with the aforementioned comment about being mad I reckon…

  • terryshithole

    she looks great, i really like her face especially.

    • Wudugast

      Cheers – it’s quite intense and uncanny isn’t it? That’s the sculpt as much as it is my efforts, I didn’t really expect her to turn out that way but the more it became apparent the more I found myself steering into it. 🙂

  • Mark A. Morin

    Love the orange and love your recipe – very similar to ones I have tried, and will again on sci-fi stuff.

  • maenoferren22

    Awesome work on the miniatures, that orange is amazing.

  • lordcommandereloth

    Great work, the face looks particularly brill, the eyes really make her look rather scary

    • Wudugast

      Thank you – her expression is just so intense isn’t it? It’s like she’s looking through you not at you. I actually think the eye on her knife looks friendlier than she does. I must admit, I didn’t really recognise how chilling she was going to look until she was almost done so it was a nice, if slightly creepy, surprise for me too!

  • Kuribo

    Everyone has a color that they don’t like painting and orange is up there for me. I need to play around GW’s oranges more as I don’t feel all that confident in using them. Everyone’s praise for the orange on the Magus is spot-on! To my eyes, she looks better than the previous psyker you painted which shows some improvement you’ve made over the last couple of years. The Genestealers Cult seem like a cool faction in 40k. I would probably play Dark Eldar if I played 40k but GSC would most likely be my second choice so I hope you’ll paint some more of them in 2021 🙂

    • Wudugast

      Cheers! Aye, orange and gold are the two toughest colours for me, I think I’ve cracked both of them recently though which is very satisfying.

      Yup, I’m proud of the old Magus but I do prefer the new one, always nice to feel that my painting is improving even after all these years and despite the fact that I’m no longer really pushing myself towards constant improvement.

      I’m not going to over-promise and claim that masses of Genestealer Cultists are on their way, I’ve made that mistake before! I will however aim to get at least a few more done in the coming months so watch this space. 🙂

  • Barks

    Yeah, I’m really happy with mine but I spend most of the time procrastinating because I’m worried they won’t come out well…

    • Wudugast

      I think that’s something a lot of us suffer from, I know it’s something that’s crippled my painting in the past. It took me a while to recognise but if a model is 90% of as good as it could be it’s still a great looking model, but if it’s completely unpainted that’s a different story. In the end I learned to accept painting a model that was “good enough” and oddly my painting improved a great deal as a result. Because I felt more relaxed about painting I ended up painting more often and the practice alone improved things, plus I found myself more willing to experiment and so I picked up new techniques because I was no longer stressing over the slightest flaw or error. 🙂

  • Faust

    That is a real nice looking model (and paints!). Not sure that I have any particular faction that I don’t like painting, as I’m painting ‘one and done’ teams. I know there have been minis or teams that I haven’t yet painted, that I’m loath to try. Some of the ones I’ve done in the past, I felt it wasn’t so bad once I got started. A lot of it is getting past that initial hump. Sometimes it’s the color (or lack of a coherent color scheme), something new I need to learn, etc.

    What I continue to find odd, is the half done models, which I stalled out at one point. Or lost interest in. Then after months, I pick it up one day, and knock it out! It’s like “Why did it take so long to get from point A to point B?!”. And better yet, “How do I get there quicker in the future!”.

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! Yeah, the “stuck at half way” models are an oddity that I suffer from as well. In the first session I sit down full of enthusiasm, I really enjoy working on the model and then I put it aside. In the second session I pick it up again, realise how close it is to being finished and power through everything else it needs. Again I really enjoy it and usually it turns out not to need very much time at all to get it done. Why then does it seem to need at least 6 months of “maturing” between session 1 and session 2?!

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  • AndSomeDoug

    Awesome thread about your Genestealer Cults. Most enjoyable read with lots of lovely referencing pics. Thank you!

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! Can’t believe it’s been so long since I worked on the genestealer cultists (I feel like I’ve said that before…) – must get back to them soon. 🙂

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