Wednesday, 3 February 2010

Ork/Genestelaer Hybridz Patriark

Who better to lead my Greenstealer army than the first Genestealer that infected the first batch of Orks? I present Patriark Zurk-Seez, born aloft on a mighty palaquin.

Patriark Zurk-Seez

Starting with a little background on Genestealer Cults - the cult begins when a purestrain Genestealer infects some hosts. They are then psychically slaved to him, and spawn the first generation of Genestealer Hybrids. That first purestrain Genestealer grows in power and stature as his cult grows, developing psychic powers and acting as a psychic beacon for the Tyranid Hive Fleet. A fitting choice for HQ.

So, Zurk-Seez is much bigger than a regular Genestealer. He's built out of of the two of the metal B-Movie Broodlords and a Lictor. The pose (top right arm clutching bottom left arm) is homage to the original throned Patriarch model. I wish the plastic Space Hulk Broodlord model had been available when I started this. Ho hum.

Classic Patriarch

Oh, and the little Gretchin Magus advisor whispering advice is another homage. He's converted from a Night Goblin Shaman, with his staff replaced with another classic Genestealer Magus'.

Classic Patriarch

Now, the palaquin. I knew when I was converting him I wanted him on a throne like the classic Patriarch, but I couldn't work out why there'd be a huge immobile chair in the middle of the battlefield. But then I remember Xerxes in 300, and so searched high and low for Grot models posed as if holding something. Eventually I found a Goblin Bolt Thrower crew member that fitted the bill very nicely, so bought four of those. One of them on each side has their mouths resculpted to provide some variation, and they've got their feet reposed.

The throne itself is also homaging the classic models, with three big spikes off to each side, and skulls (albeit Ork/Genestealer Hybris ones) on the ends of each of the arm rests. Lovely.

Patriark Zurk-Seez

Here's a picture of him before painting. The copper-coloured bits (tongue and loin cloth) are tomato puree foil.

In games he's represented as a Weirdboy Warphead as he has psychic powers, and Weirdboys have no weapons.

Other bits of my army here.

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Posted by Curis at 7:51 am

9 Comments:

At Wednesday, 3 February 2010 at 10:28:00 GMT , Anonymous Lamenter said...

You are my Hero!

I hate the fact I want to blatantly copy your ideas and I can't think of anyway to better them.

Absolutely awesome.

 
At Wednesday, 3 February 2010 at 14:13:00 GMT , Blogger sonsoftaurus said...

Great stuff! Go go Ork Stealers!

 
At Wednesday, 3 February 2010 at 15:05:00 GMT , Anonymous Cohen said...

Great conversion! I love that crossbreeding project!
But the photo of the painted patriark doesn't look as impressive as the photo before painting... maybe it's just a little blurry or lacks contrast, can't put my finger on it.
I know your painting skills don't lack the awesome, the shoota boys and the deff dredd are close enough to perfection!
Would you mind showing us a shot of the whole broodwaagh?

 
At Wednesday, 3 February 2010 at 16:29:00 GMT , Blogger Max said...

Looks nice!

 
At Wednesday, 3 February 2010 at 16:34:00 GMT , Anonymous Curis said...

You can do better than this by using the Space Hulk Broodlord model. In fact, I'm tempted to scrap Zurk-seez himelf and keep the throne.

Cohen, actually I agree the first picture isn't that great. It looks quite yellowy and Zurk-Seez himself isn't in great focus. Must try harder!

 
At Wednesday, 3 February 2010 at 18:57:00 GMT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

This Patriarch is really cool. I like it! It's a great work you did on it. Not easy to modify a metal miniature, and stuffing not so easy too. Congratulations !

Alaric Cantonain

 
At Wednesday, 3 February 2010 at 22:16:00 GMT , Anonymous Warhammer39999 said...

Love it! That magus advisor is really top notch. He completes the scene perfectly!

 
At Friday, 21 May 2010 at 10:12:00 BST , Anonymous Mordheimer said...

Your work is ABSOLUTELY and POSITIVELY amazing! Pure win! Anywhere where we can see more? Thanks for the WiP picture too! Inspiring! Thanks for taking your time to take conversions to a new level, and sharing wit the world!

The Mordheimer
www.DeathSquadsGame.com (a fan-based 40k skirmish)

 
At Monday, 21 June 2010 at 04:45:00 BST , Blogger catharsix said...

truly brilliant stuff. i hope to see more!

 

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