40K: Genestealer Cult Invades White Dwarf

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We are already seeing images pop-up from the October White Dwarf and it’s got a “Cult” of personality this issue!

Well the Goliath Transport is here as we saw earlier and now let’s take a look at the rest of those White Dwarf Pics that were spotted.

via ImAGeek

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Here we have some quick modeling tips on converting Cadians into Genetealer Cultists. Now, are these going to be a actual “indoctrinated” Guardsmen or are these just going to be stand-ins as cultists? I have a feeling they could be used as both. If you want to go with a more military themed Genestealer Cult look then these converted Guardsmen would be perfect as Cultists. But depending on how the Allies Chart pans out for the Genestealer Cult you might be able to fill your ranks with Astra Militarum units. Time will tell.

Next up we have a look at the Genestealer Cult’s Armory. I want to break these down row by row:

  • Seismic Cannon (?) – I’m guessing on the name based on the “mic” I can make out and the mining theme. It makes sense to me. This is also a new weapon in the arsenal.
  • Webber – it’s BACK! I’m not sure what the heck it’s going to do but another classic returns with the ascension of the Genestealer Cult.
  • Web Pistol – I had a feeling that’s what that gun was when we saw it earlier. Again, super excited about this one!
  • Hand Flamer – Probably going to be used as a Web pistol in a lot of cases.
  • Rock Drill – Again with the Total Recall vibe. Maybe I WAS onto something. It’s also common mining equipment so there is some common sense instead of crazy theories for ya.
  • Autogun – As expected. More Weapons from the Astra Militarum line.
  • Autopistol – Cultist’s need their Gats!
  • Needle Pistol – We knew they had access to those based on the Overkill boxed set. Probably pretty limited in use – or maybe it’s what they use to spread their genes around! Or maybe they just really like to party…
  • Rock Saw – This is the big “Buzzsaw” spotted earlier. I guess we can all retire “Buzzsaw” now too. Proper names > “names in quotes.”
  • Flamer – These could be fun…
  • Mining Laser – We saw this from the Overkill box, too. It’s a shorter range Lascannon. The Genestealer Cult has less trouble with armor than the Great Devourer does!
  • Heavy Stubber – Because More Dakka is More Better!
  • Shotgun – I’d like to find out the Cult’s stats on these puppies. The could be pretty fun, too!
  • Blasting and Demolition Charges – The Cult loves creating explosions. I love watching explosions. I’m liking this already!
  • Rock Cutter – Jaws of life, eat your heart out? That thing looks pretty nasty!
  • Power Hammer – Yep, seen it before from Overkill.
  • Power Pick – More Overkill weaponry.
  • Bonesword – I don’t know how the Cult snuck that one past customs!


Well there you have it folks. The first wave of Genestealer Cult is here. Are you ready for more?

  • Deez

    This looks it will be a fun army to play as or against. I am looking forward to this. The Goliath is also a pretty cool looking little cultist transport. I just may have to put a Stealer Cult together myself. Thanks GW. I wasn’t planning on blowing any money until Prospero came out. Decisions and dilemmas… What’s a nerd to do???

    • benn grimm

      Not sure how you can tell that before seeing the rules. Eldar look pretty fun as well if you just look at the models…

      • Xodis

        As true as that statement is, its also why 40K needs a complete overhaul. No army (new or old) should ever be not “fun” to play in a game.

        • benn grimm

          Agree 100 percent.

        • ZeeLobby

          Here here!

  • Thomas Gardiner

    I *really* want to play my Haemonculus Coven against a Genestealer Cult.

    It’d be fluffy and awesome. Battle of the gribblies!

    • benn grimm

      Or a 3 way with a chaos cultists too! 🙂

      • memitchell

        Gee, Chaos Cultists. We kinda already decided this would be just two armies. But, you can stay and watch. And, if we finish early, you can watch us play again!

        • benn grimm

          How nice of you.

      • RobO

        so, so wrong…

        • benn grimm

          Slaaneshi cultists…;)

  • Horus84cmd

    Ooo return of the web-category of weapons. Neat

  • Aezeal

    As long as these new weapons aren’t really strong.. I mean.. if they where good weapons the spacemarines and IG should be using them too.
    And it would be a pretty screwed world if non imperial armies end up fighting these stealers… I mean.. how much bad luck can 1 world have (only in dawn of war you see all 1000 different armies fighting for 1 planet).

  • Carey_Mahoney

    Oh boy… CLASSIC STYLE FLAMERS!!! And they’re even IG size, not Marine size like those from FW. Yes, NOW that has got me really excited. More IG or Inq. acolyte conversions ahead!!

    • Mike Salamandrin

      Shotguns and respirator heads; what acolyte could ask for more!

    • Mike Salamandrin

      My first thought when seeing the orangeish yellow neophytes was “Chem Dogs”

      • Carey_Mahoney

        The new GC generally have very cool new (and “old”) gear alltoghether. Tempting, but I’m probably not going to completely start with a new army (you know, money and stuff), so either they have to be a counts-as allied detachment (which doesn’t make sense due to them being CTA allies with Imperium) or the Inquisition and IG seriously need to widen their arsenal now. After how GW is behaving recently, I even consider this possible by now, though not likely.

  • These would be really killer for Necromunda!

  • Abe Killian

    Autoguns aren’t in the Astra Militarum line. Those are lasguns.
    This is the first time we’ve had plastic autoguns (apart from Overkill) since Necromunda.

    • Mike Salamandrin

      Plastic chaos cultist, but point taken 😉

      • Abe Killian

        Good point – I will take that on board 🙂

  • Mike Salamandrin

    Anybody else thinking how easy it would be to proxy these units as Chaos Cults?

    • memitchell

      No. What is it with you people? We wait over 2 decades for revised Genestealer Cult models, and you’re talking about converting them to Chaos Cultist! Here’s a hint. I converted my Dark Vengeance Chaos Cultists into Chaos Cultists by building and painting them. Before that, I used Redemptionists Cultists from the Necromunda line. The world is NOT hurting for Chaos Cultists. Let the GSC players bask in minor glory for at least a couple of days. For Cult’s sake, this GSC stuff is still only on pre-order!

      • TenDM

        Let them have their fun. Hopefully GW see all these Chaos players buying Genestealer Cultists and Ork players buying Goliaths and realise that they can make some good money putting out Genestealer Cultist stuff.
        They’re a lot more likely to get more models if they’re being sold to Chaos, Ork and Imperial Guard players at the same time. If next month they release a new Imperial Guard kit that comes with a GSC sprue it’s going to sell a lot better than if it were just an Imperial Guard kit, or vice versa. Little things like that should allow GSC to piggy back on other releases and stay up to date instead of having to wait another two decades for an update.

      • Mike Salamandrin

        What do you mean “you people”? The major love I have for GW games IS in converting miniatures and every AOS/W40K release is wonderful because of it 🙂

        Besides, what I’m saying is with human cultist (neophytes), psykers (Magnus), mutants (abominations, metamorphs, and acolytes), and rumored PDF elements the rules looks like they could be used to proxy Chaos Cultist in a narrative campaign.

        • TenDM

          Yeah. I think narrative campaign players are really going to do well with the Genestealer Cult releases. Soon I’ll be able to have a battle where Imperial Guard defend miners against Orks. Hopefully I’ll also be able to play Kill Team matches with PDF models.
          In a perfect world I think Genestealer Cults would give us models for miners, PDF, Imperial citizens, gangs and high society members like governors. That’d be a narrative writers must have toolbox.

        • memitchell

          “You people” is a euphemism for people who don’t think, act, vote, worship, or look like “Us.” What if “Everybody” up and started converting miniatures? Why, there would be Chaos and Anarchy! GW makes models to be made ONE way (THE Right Way!). What “You people” call your “major love” is actually Conversion Perversion.

          • memitchell

            And, don’t get me started on the Black Holes that are “anything goes” narrative campaigns. That way leads to perdition. Stick to the script ya’ll, resist your imagination temptations.

      • Ben_S

        I’ve been waiting for non-push-fit Chaos Cultists since DV came out. But these will do.

  • memitchell

    Is it any wonder the GSC is revolting?