Goddam Electric – Part 1

This month’s contribution to the growing ranks of Mars comes in the form of two electro priests. Holy crusaders of the Fulgurite creed these brothers seek to reclaim the Motive Force being casually squandered by other living beings and return it to the rightful possession of the Omnissiah’s faithful. Or to put it differently the bio-electric currents which are currently keeping you alive are, to these fanatics, a gift from the Machine God Himself, a portion of His power bestowed to all living things, and if you’re not going to dedicate them to His Great Work then they’ll be having them back thank you very much.

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To be honest I made a lot of mistakes painting these two but I think I’ve managed to cover them all up and I’m pretty happy with the end result (especially when I compare them to the way they could have looked…). Will I learn from these errors or will I repeat them all over again when I get to work on the other three members of their squad? We’ll find out next month!

30 responses to “Goddam Electric – Part 1

  • theimperfectmodeller

    Nicely done mate and if there are any errors then you’ve certainly got away with it. 🙂

    • Wudugast

      Thanks mate – sometimes I think covering up errors and getting away with it is 9/10th of painting. Certainly for me if the end result looks good then I’m happy. Of course now I need to repeat the trick without the errors (or at least work out which bits of the errors I actually needed to do to get to the end result!)

  • John@justneedsvarnish

    They’ve come out really well! 🙂 I find them a bit on the creepy side!

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! Oh I think they’re extremely creepy; fanatical priests who can draw all the energy out of any living thing or machine with just a touch if they believe that the person or object in question is not sufficiently holy. You just know that’s a power that’s going to attract some very unpleasant people. Games Workshop’s studio scheme doesn’t really emphasise that whereas I wanted to make them look properly sinister. 😀

  • davekay

    Looks great, and the skin came out so well on these

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! The skin was somewhere I really struggled actually, a lot of the mistakes were made there. Glad to hear you think it turned out well in the end though, I thought I’d got it but think I’d looked at it so long I couldn’t quite be sure of myself.

  • Túbal Villar - Virakotxa

    It’s the first time I see this guys as imposing re-animated Frankenstein servitors with energy currents running under their skins! You have really elevated this guys and shown the concept… All I could see before were “American Gladiators” with “Egyptian” attire!

    • Túbal Villar - Virakotxa

      Could I dare to guess that maybe you are not so hot about the glowy weapon shafts?

      • Wudugast

        Yes, that’s the bit which I’m least happy with now, some of those highlights came out a bit fat and thick for my liking. Took me a while to work out which bits should be glowing and which not as well. To be honest though my biggest mistakes were with the skin (which I made a real bollocks of but seem to have turned around to my great relief) and the tabard (less said about those the better!).

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! I think they must be pretty ghastly individuals, their flesh tortured by all the modifications they’ve undergone and the electricity running though them, but too fanatical and crazy to care. They’re weird looking characters who don’t entirely fit in with the rest of the Ad Mech, and it’s easy for them to come out looking a bit naff. I wanted to play up the differences and really emphasise that these are outsiders even to the machine cults, and that they’re willingly destroying themselves out of faith.

  • Alex

    Looking good mate! Not my fave models from the AdMech stable, but you’ve certainly done them proud 🤘

    • Wudugast

      Cheers! Not my favourites either to be honest and I went through every stage of hating them as I was painting them – but I’m (not so) secretly really pleased with the end results. 🙂

  • Mark A. Morin

    I love what you’ve done with the sculpts.

  • Pete S/ SP

    They look great- a wonderfully bonkers cultist for 40k too.



  • Kuribo

    I get the impression that the Electro Priests aren’t super popular but I really like them. I actually bought a box and was going to put one on a junk display base and the large flat surface area on these ended up dooming that project. Regardless of that, its awesome to see you paint these and I’ll be looking forward to seeing the rest of the lads when they’re ready to be shown off 🙂

    • Wudugast

      Until I painted some of my own I must admit I didn’t really like them. If they hadn’t come as part of one of GW’s “bargain” boxsets I doubt I would have added them to the army. I really like the background for them – and they’re one of the original Ad Mech concepts going all the way back to Codex Imperialis at least – but the models didn’t really do all that much for me. Whilst I was painting them that opinion fell even lower (not the fault of the models, entirely due to my own screw ups but it was easier to blame them than me!) but by the end I’d found a new appreciation of them and now I really like them. I could even see myself getting a second set and making a squad of Corpuscarii to face off against these Fulgurites.

      Shame you decided against the project you had planned, maybe you could do something else with them instead? The religious schism between the Corpuscarii and the Fulgurites and the shadow wars they fight beneath the forges sounds like a great opportunity for a diorama for instance.

      • Kuribo

        I think the minis might be more challenging to paint than they look so don’t be too hard on yourself! My impression is that neither option from this box was very good in 40k in the previous edition or maybe even two editions ago now and so they were definitely “bargain” priced online. Unfortunately, I got rid of the box of Electropriests in a miniature purge a couple of years ago. That was my second attempt to paint Ad Mech though the Sulphur Hounds are so cool that I could maybe paint one of those one day. They somehow vaulted above the other Ad Mech minis that I already liked pretty well. I keep saying, “Oh yeah, I’ll paint that one day” but truthfully, I have projects lined up for another year at this point so I should probably stop getting anyone’s hopes up! But with that said, I do need to give Ad Mech one more try. I have to prove to you that the Mars scheme is actually boring like we’ve discussed in the past 😀

      • Wudugast

        Heretek! :-p
        I’ve probably asked this before but if you were to paint some ad mech what colour scheme would you go for instead of Mars? You’re very wise trying to keep the “to paint” pile manageable, mine will probably take about a decade to clear…

      • Kuribo

        I’m not sure if you have asked. I think I might have volunteered my color scheme idea in the past myself 😀 For some reason, Ad Mech on a desert planet is appealing to me (probably because of Star Wars, if I had to guess) so probably some shade of blue, with brown and ochre. All those Ad Mech hoods are calling out for a leather color and feel I think 🙂

      • Wudugast

        I’ve got to admit, that does sound good. The Star Wars point makes me think about putting Skitarii heads on Night Goblins to make them even more like 40k versions of Jawas.

      • Kuribo

        Now there’s an idea mate! And the Rustalkers could become robot jedi kind of like General Grevious… Star Wars Ad Mech, here we come! 🙂

  • imperialrebelork

    Very creepy dude. The paint work on the bare chests is awesome

  • mellis1644

    They look good and we all make mistakes – I make way too many, but as you said it’s usually easy to fix them. Problem is when you only see them in the photos you take for the blog, which has happened to me…:)

    • Wudugast

      Cheers! Oh yeah, I’ve done that a few times. Once forgot to paint half of a Chaos Marine’s leg, didn’t notice it until the post had been up for a couple of days. Mind you no-one seemed to have noticed either – that or they were all too polite to say… 😉

  • patmcf

    I’m with IRO in regards to the chests ,well done and it certainly was worth the effort Mate !!

    • Wudugast

      Thanks mate! Well the trick is going to be repeating it on the other three – and with all this praise I have a high bar to live up to now! 

      • patmcf

        I’m with you there mate, when i do a good paint job on one of my sets I forget how I bloody well achieved it! I’ve only myself to blame for being lazy!!

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