Sunday, 18 December 2016

A family like any other - First generation hybrids


Despite the pause for other subjects, the cult has been gathering forces... This time, I wanted to have something a little stranger and a bit weirder (yes, stranger and weirder than alien hybrids I know). Something a bit more sinister that would use the roots of genestealer covens.

Thankfully, I had the chance to grab this lovely pair (still talking about models here) from a private commission.


These have been sculpted by Bob Olley from concepts drawn by the excellent David Stafford from Denizen's illustrations.



With those guys done, I suppose that the next step here would be to paint a few purebreeds and possibly the father of the all coven as well... Exciting times ! ^^
I'm really glad to be able to dig this slightly different angle of the hybrid lore.
Oh and there might be a little more behind my motivations for painting this couple but this will have to wait, just check the scale creep... ;)


The clock is ticking till the end of the year but I feel 2016 still has a few models in its guts. ;)

40 comments:

  1. Oh, very well done! As I recall civilians members were suggested in the original prose. This all fits together very very nicely. I like your take on the Great Church of the Hexapodal Messiah very much indeed. The orange has surprised me from the very beginning, being so far distant from the classic genestealer palette, but it works. And you have used it very very well. Bravo!

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    1. Cheers ! The orange was a leap of faith but it worked in the end and I'm really enjoying how this group grows.

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  2. Brilliant! Great figures, given your customary wonderful treatment.

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    1. Aw thanks ! The female has a rather peculiar face if I'm honest but Bob Olley always manages to do enjoyable sculpts.

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  3. Very interesting couple of minis there JB. I like the aesthetic a lot! It'd make a great set piece/diorama to have an eclectic bunch of "family" members comprised of these guys, sitting around a campfire or coven den.

    Way cool mate :)

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    1. Great family! I love the little child with his cuddly stealer. Funnily enough, I wasn't sure if the mum was sci-fi enough, but I'm reconsidering now I've scrutinised your paint jobs!!

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    2. Ah, if only had thought about doing such a set piece with those 2 and others around... ;)

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    3. I had completely missed the stuffed stealer the child was carrying on first inspection. There's a wealth of detail in this little family. Quite the story. My hat is off to Olley and the artist who conceived them as well. I'm liking them better and better as I look more.

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    4. The mom is definitely sci fi enough for 40k, since the common people are basically medieval peasants with some advanced technology.

      Fantastic figures overall. I love subjects like this and they're not common enough in the 40k 'Verse.

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  4. Tidy job mate, them's some disturbing minis... is it me, or does that man have a touch of JB about him?? :-o

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    1. I'm not the best to judge but he actually reminds me of another oldhammerer who had just the exact same look not long ago ^^.

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  5. That's the second time that I have seen someone say that the male figure looks quite a bit like that JB guy.

    If JB didn't have a luxurious head of hair, suspicions could be aroused...

    Those are a lot of fun, nice work.

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    1. Wel, you've see me from close enough to know my ovopositor is nothing like his. ;)

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  6. These are great JB! What a loving little family. Who's daddy's good lil genestealer? Lol

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    1. Just like for Nurgle fatherly benevolence, I like the twisted sense of family values here !
      Cheers Bud. ;)

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  7. Great work you've managed to make them domesticated or even cosy, but eerie at the same time wonderful sculpting and concept.

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    1. Thanks, I wanted them to be the link between the common 40k world and the hybrids.
      Glad you like them !

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  8. Those are so gorgeous. So many details to appreciate, in both the sculpting and the painting... the dolls, the masks, the furtive looks.
    By the way, when did Bob Olley sculpt them?

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    1. Well they're typical Olley, with some weird parts and some sublime as well, always a joy to paint though!
      They're a recent private commission availabke through facebook.
      Thanks!

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  9. So creepy and scary, but so gorgeous at the same time! They are quite unsettling, and that's the value in this familiy pic. Wow, pure genius.

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    1. I really like the mixed feelings they provoke !

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  10. They are incredible! Can those casts be bought somewhere?

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  11. The stuff of nightmares! Very cool concept, and great execution.

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  12. Great concept and execution! The mom in particular has a nice "crazed" look that could alternatively be her lack of sleep from a newborn, or the residual effect of the genestealer parent.

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    1. Aha ! Lack of sleep and getting the sexual favors of a 3m tall alien might be just as mind shattering !

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  13. Words cant' begin to describe how wonderful these minis are. i find GW fluff interesting yet their miniatures only focus on the brutal aspects of their universe which is a big miss I think. Those scuplts are juste wonderful and, just like every time, your painting is just awesome. Almost a great nativity scene !

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    1. In the grim darkness of the far future, there's only war...
      We just have to write ourselves what else we want in it !

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  14. Olley's faces are always so large. But characterful, so the largeness can be forgiven almost exclusively.

    Smashing painting on these mate. The sculpts are also fantastic subject-wise. So nice to see "the other side" of the Cult.

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    1. I fully agree with you. I actually like that variety.😊

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  15. Great stuff JB, mine are sitting in a box in front of me as I type. I probably won't paint anything until next year. I've got a lot on my plate right now.

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  16. The quality of your work never disappoints. Love how they turned out.
    Oh yes ... a very Merry Christmas to you! :)

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    1. Merry christmas to you as well and thanks!

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