Despite the title, no, I haven't hired anyone to paint. I'm opening yet another project! (Oh, no!) A project that involves four handed people, hmmmmm...
As usual, this story begins years ago, when I got the new Space Hulk and simply put the box in storage. Right. Shame on me. Deep shame on me. But I'm doing something about it today. Finally!
I'm getting all the Genestealers and putting them in the production chain.
|Well, Picasso went through a Blue Period, that's how I felt. Days of all shades of blue|
WIP pics won't add much in this case, I guess, so I'm skipping those and going for the results. I used Vallejo Royal Blue as base colour for the chitinous parts. For the skin I didn't want pure purple though, so I tried mixing it with flesh tones. That way I would still get a classical Genestealer looking but with a more natural feeling.
|The colour combo works for me|
|I don't have any Blood Angels (yet), but I painted the Marines' armour red anyway|
I always tend to make slight conversions in this kind of projects, repositioning arms, swapping heads and things like that. I do hate having two identical minis. But this time I had to do an exception if I ever wanted to have these finished. The anonymous Genestealers can endure it.
|Besides, I don't think I could get much better poses|
|The mere simple painting work was enough endeavour for me and my sanity|
It's really amazing that the basic shape of Genestealers hasn't changed that much in almost 30 years. Well, of course that first illustration in the Rogue Trader book was different, but since the original 1st Ed. of Space Hulk was released, the changes in design have been almost insignificant. That speaks much of the original art on these creatures.
Of course the biggest change can be seen on the Patriarch. Or whatever it is called nowadays.
|For me it will always be the Patriarch|
It's been some weeks work while painting the stuff you've seen lately on the blog. I had some doubts at the beginning about what colours to use. A full black approach would be dull (besides, I -finally- received the Aliens vs Predator KS, so I'll have my chance for that). Cockroach brown looked like a fun idea, but in the end I couldn't resist to the classic blue colour. About the skin, as I said above, I think it looks more natural. But I had yet another reason. This is going to be part of a wider project, as at the moment I write this I also have all the Genestealer Cult from the Overkill game primed and in the assembly stage. The fleshy colour will help to tie in both ranges, or that's what I hope. So you can expect more people with extra arms incoming anytime soon...