Genestealer Cult - Leviathan's Beacon

Warhammer 40,000 – This should be the last of the Hivefleet Levithan Genestealer Cult. (Well that is until my client here’s some other crazy list idea and decides to add to this one). These guys will be filling in the missing pieces from what I’ve already painted.

It of course includes the obligatory nine mortar teams that fills up the heavy support slot in a brigade, camps on objects and locks down your backfield. Besides the three guard infantry squads this is probably one of the most common units you see on 40k tables.

Also in this batch is a Patriarch (which is painted in the opposite colors as the Broodlord he runs in his Leviathan force), the Biophagist, Kellermorph and Sanctus.

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Ascension Day has come - Genestealer Cult

Ascension Day has come - Genestealer Cult

Warhammer 40,000 – I’ve painted Hivefleet Leviathan and Black Legion for one of my clients who was clever enough to plan ahead and have me paint his “guardsmen” to work with both forces as cultists. Now that the Genestealer Cult book has dropped his forward thinking has a good portion of his force done.

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Multipurpose Cultists

Multipurpose Cultists

Warhammer 40,000 – The ubiquitous Imperial Guardsman has been making his presence felt through out the 41st Millennium and in the last year has found his way into a variety of lists. The Imperium, Chaos and Tyranids can take advantage of the benefits this little guy and his friends bring to the table. So it only makes sense that I’m starting to see “multi-purpose “ guardsmen. Built from the Imperial Sprue, with some Genestealer Cult bits mixed in painted to match the colors of three other armies while remaining unique is my latest commission project.

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Genestealers, Spores and another Tyrant - Leviathan Rising

Genestealers, Spores and another Tyrant - Leviathan Rising

Warhammer 40,000 – Hivefleet Leviathan has spawned a few new beasties to aid in their consumption of the galaxy. One of my long-standing commission clients decided to add a large batch of models to his army to fill out his list for an upcoming GT. This batch includes some Spore Mines to annoy opponents, 26 Genestealers to rip apart opponents and a second Flying Hive Tyrant to lay waste to troops at range.

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Protect the Queen ... Hivefleet Leviathan

Protect the Queen ... Hivefleet Leviathan

Warhammer 40,000 – Much like in the background of 40K, the swarm of Tyranids on my paint table seems to be unceasing. This time around there's several Hiveguard, warriors and more 'Gaunts. While the Leviathan Scheme is a bit more tedious than others that can't be washed heavily and cleaned up, I think the look is worth the extra effort. 

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Six Legged Freaks ... Hivefleet Leviathan

Six Legged Freaks ... Hivefleet Leviathan

Warhammer 40,000 – Genstealers wreck face. There's no two ways about it if you get charged by a unit of them they are going to put a hurt on whatever they charged. There's a reason I've always loved them and can't wait to get back to work on my Genestealer Cult (I'll probably not touch them again until a codex comes out, honestly). In the meantime I've been painting more to go along with the rest of my clients Hivefleet Leviathan horde.

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The Great Devourer Returns ... Hivefleet Leviathan

The Great Devourer Returns ... Hivefleet Leviathan

Warhammer 40,000 – I remember when I got back into 40K back in third edition. A small store in Almont, MI, Carmalot Computers and Hobbies,  ran a tournament every Saturday. It was always 1500 points, $5 to enter and went three rounds. The winner got store credit and they always had a decent turn out. Back then going from 3.5 to 4th edition Tyranids ran the show. At the time I was running Chaos Space Marines and I always dreaded facing off against bugs. Sadly that store has been out of business for about as long as Tyranids have been not so great. 

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On the Painting Table ... Hivefleet Leviathan Tyranids

On the Painting Table ... Hivefleet Leviathan Tyranids

Warhammer 40,000 – The never-ending horde of bugs continues to infest my painting station. What started out as a small force Shadow War: Armageddon force has grown into a full fledged army. now that the rules are out and Tyranids are pretty good on the table my client brought by several additions to his force.

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Shadow War: Tyranids

Warhammer 40,000 - Shadow War: Armageddon seems to be a popular topic as of late. I was always a fan of Necromunda, the idea of a gang war in the Underhive was just so cool. The setting was such a different take on the epic scale conflicts that the rest of the 40K universe focuses on (if you can find them the novel series that came out with the last release of the game are really good).

That gang war idea was so appealing that I jumped into the now out of print Judge Dredd Miniature game as a replacement. It's a shame most of the models for that were so dated looking and focused on the early Dredd comics. The system was great to create whatever you wanted with the skill trees and seemed to do a decent job keeping a reign on one gang running away with it. Since this is now out of print I've been reading Rogue Stars which reminds me quite a bit of Rogue Trader with the focus more on a narrative play rather than a straight up beat down.

I'd love to have more of an opinion on the new Shadow War release but it sold out everywhere and I don't get a feel good feeling paying significantly more to get the terrain and rules separately. I'm hoping they reprint the box set with the updated book at some point. Honestly The only reason I pick up the GW box games is because they're such a value compared to buying the individual boxes. fingers crossed they listen to fans and bring it back like the "limited release" of Space Hulk that seems to come back around every Christmas. (I still need to get that one.)

This small squad of Tyranid Warriors is a team for Shadow War: Armageddon. I haven't read through the rules yet but my client is really psyched to get these on the table. His group is planning on running a campaign for the next few months and is using this as his force. At some point he's going to have me paint up some genestealers and a few more warriors which will turn into a full force once the next edition of 40K comes out. It seems that several of my clients are hovering on their next force until they are sure it will work in the next edition.

Paint on these is pretty straight forward. I followed the Hive Fleet Leviathan color scheme which constists of a Pallid Wych Flesh base with some Carroburgh Crimson in the recesses. The purple is Naggorath Night with a Xereus Purple and Genestaler Purple Highlight. The red is Khorne red highlighted up to Wild Rider Red.