Genestealer Cults: What is the Goliath?

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BoLS will be bringing you Genestealer Cults coverage all week. Let’s start off our exploration of the Codex with the Cult’s new ride.

This is a BIG day – with another all new army being added to the Warhammer 40,000 universe. The Genestealer Cults are back with a nefarious vengeance. They are an army that plays like no other on the tabletop and will bring a unique set of abilities to thier players and challenger to their foes.  More on that in the days ahead.

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What we will say is the GW Design Studio has done a fantastic job of updating the old classic Genestealer Cuilt army from the 1990s to fit into the modern game, while simultaniously expanding upon it and keeping it’s original flavor intact.  Look for an army full of fanatical units that may lack durability but have numerous deployment and movement tricks up their sleeves. Genestealer Cults may be THE movement army in the game with the ability to unbalance and throw unsuspecting foes so out of position they will have difficulty getting a win.

But enough of the teases – we’ll have much more on that this week.  Today let’s take a look at some basics and unveil one unit the community has been clamoring for.

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Look at that SEXY cover!  If only my magus looked so good when I painted him up.

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Here’s the table of contents to give you a head start on what to expect.  Take a good look at that FORCES OF THE GENESTEALER CULTS section to get a feel for the army.

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Every army needs a fantastic logo to get you all excited and I’m LOVING the purple four-armed menace.

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Finally GW today displayed the new Goliath and Goliath Rockcrusher transports in their latest video.  They aren’t exactly “limos” by any means, with more in common with a grimdark garbage truck or street sweeper – but I love them just the same.  This new kit keeps inline with the industrial-miner vibe the entire army has going, while still having an Imperial feel to it.  You can imagin the STCs that produce Goliaths also making Tauroxes and Arvus Lighters for example.  Ok, you’ve waited long enough.  We aren’t here to spill the beans on every new unit in the cult – you need to buy the codex for that, but here is one Goliath variant to start your Cult’s uprising plans and schemes.

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Codex: Genestealer Cults $50

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Vile chanting fills the air, marked by blood-chilling shrieks of alien beasts – the xenos creed shall rise! Thousands of cultist voices are raised in prayer to their Patriarch, a living god from beyond the stars. Shadows in the distance become a seething tide, a living wave of hybrid creatures that boils out from dank and slimy lairs. Vehicles modified with whatever weapons can be cobbled together careen around the horde’s flanks, delivering yet more terror. Sinister, charismatic leaders cast dominion over their enemies as well as their underlings. The Cult has long-prepared for this day of reckoning, and its swollen ranks will surely conquer the world.

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This 104-page, full-colour hardback Codex features a wealth of gaming content:

– comprehensive information on the Genestealer Cults, the gruesome and frankly unsettling story of their rise from a single organism to unstoppable, planet-devouring insurrection;
– rules for Genestealer Cults miniatures, the scavenged weapons they use to slaughter their victims, and army-building lists allowing for Hybrid and Brood Brother cultists drawn from the Astra Militarum;
– formations that make use of both the Genestealer Cults and Astra Militarum ranges, with notes on the wargear that Genestealer Cults scavenge and use for their own sinister ends;
– 6 new Tactical Objectives and the complete Broodmind Discipline: new Psychic Powers used by Magi and Patriarchs;
– the Cult Ambush rule: dependent on a dice roll, Genestealer Cults units can set up anywhere on the table, deploy and charge in the same turn, and burst from their hidden lairs to surprise and engulf the enemies of the Cult;
– a showcase of beautifully-painted Citadel miniatures, presenting the colours and icons of the Cults that lurk below.

~Have fun folks, and check back all week for more Genestealer Cults reviews and more.

  • Commissar Molotov

    The Goliath isn’t “open-topped?” Color me shocked!

    • Andreas Noche

      The heavy Goliath at least. We still haven´t seen the other one.

    • Brian Griffith

      It’s kind of interesting. It seems to get all the benefits of being open-topped, with none of the drawbacks.

      • Bulvi Nightbane

        If it is not open-topped then you still cannot assault out of it.

        • Commissar Molotov

          I guess an assault vehicle packed full of purestrain ‘stealers might have been a little too much!

      • zeno666

        Its the latest release, so it have to be awsome so people will spend money on it now.
        Then GW can kick its pants in the next codex, where there will be a new, bigger, better vehicle or really large model.

      • Andrew Thomas

        It is kinda doing the Stormlord thing, albeit without the option of Thunder-blitzing. Still a Tank, tho.

    • Benderisgreat

      Ditto. If the GSC can’t assault out of their transpo, they’re going to get machinegunned to death by practically everybody, including the orks. They’d better be a cheap horde army, or else…

  • Mud_Duck

    “Vile chanting fills the air, marked by blood-chilling shrieks of alien
    beasts – the xenos creed shall rise! Thousands of cultist voices are raised in prayer to their Patriarch, a living god from beyond the stars. Shadows in the distance become a seething tide, a living wave of hybrid creatures that boils out from dank and slimy lairs. Vehicles modified with whatever weapons can be cobbled together careen around the horde’s flanks, delivering yet more terror. Sinister, charismatic leaders cast dominion over their enemies as well as their underlings. The Cult has
    long-prepared for this day of reckoning, and its swollen ranks will
    surely conquer the world.”

    So they think that they’re Orks?

    “Look for an army full of fanatical units that may lack durability but
    have numerous deployment and movement tricks up their sleeves. Genestealer Cults may be THE movement army in the game with the ability to unbalance and throw unsuspecting foes so out of position they will have difficulty getting a win.”

    So they think that they’re some favor of Eldar?

    • memitchell

      Oh, you innocent child. When the first GSC arrived, Orks were silly green buffoons, and Eldar were Space Elves. Meanwhile, the GSC was a serious menace led by a bejeweled bloated fat cat Robber Barron four armed alien from another Galaxy.

      • Mud_Duck

        Shame sir, Shame! As I am neither innocent, nor a child, and do remember those days. Ah the days of half-elf Dark Angels, cards that could (and did) wipe out armies (if you where guard, because you know, the army does have protective masks, orks did, but not the gaurd), and you could buy a Warhound for 95 bucks or a Reaper for a 130…..

        I guess that my attempt at sarcasm failed…..

        • Patriarch

          *cough* The Ultramarines had a half-Eldar Chief Librarian. The Dark Angels were genetically pure, as far as we know.

          • memitchell

            I had TWO Warhounds and TWO Reavers. I was someone then. My GSC sported FOUR Conversion Beamers. I probably owe a debt to the Devil for that.

            Duck, your sarcasm was good. Your innocence is definately in doubt.

    • Randy Randalman

      Orks don’t wait in hiding until their time to strike, and definitely not at the beckon call of an extragalactic predator that’s going to eat them.

      Different type of movement than Eldar. While the elves have great speed and flicker ability, the Cult emerges from the ground and city streets to get the jump on enemies.

      Very different.

      • Mud_Duck

        I guess that my attempt at sarcasm failed….

      • georgelabour

        What about kommandoz led by a nob with peculiar dietary, and disciplinary habits?

    • Davor Mackovic

      Only if they think painting something red will make it go faster. 😛

  • memitchell

    I still have the remnants of my original 25 year-old GSC army. Over the last quarter century, they’ve infested many a Space Hulk, and repeatedly terrorized the Necromunda Underhive. If you had asked me six months ago what would be my ideal update of the GSC, my answer would not have been as exciting and interesting as is this. Epitomized by changing the theme from limousine to industrial vehicle thing.

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        • benn grimm

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          • Brian Griffith

            …funnily enough, I just discovered one of the words BOLS censors in Disqus.

            Go on, guess what it is.

          • benn grimm

            I just made the same discovery funnily enough! 🙂

          • Does it rhyme with cadLock?

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        • Stealthbadger

          Of late it’s taking me three goes just to load the page without it being a redirect. It is putting me off TBH

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          • Stealthbadger

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          • Brian Griffith

            It wouldn’t hurt my feelings if they figured out how to randomly stop serving the mobile version of the site to desktop Firefox, either.

    • The redirect exploit makes the site unusable at times. The whole site is utterly awful on mobile, it needs a redesign

    • We do not authorize redirects or pop-ups – for more information on what’s going on and how to report it: http://www.bolsinteractive.com/2016/09/25/techreport/

      • ZeeLobby

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    • pad_uk

      Definitely not just you. Almost unbearable these days

  • david

    I’d like to do one of these as a loyalist vehicle, upgraded of course.
    Every war has resistance fighters, so there must be anti cultist out there!

    • Shinnentai

      I think that with Taurox bullbars on the front and a few other alterations (search-light etc) these will be perfect for the Arbites 😀

      As someone else commented, there’s *so many* uses for this thing!

    • MarcoT

      Yep, these’ll be great for me Redemptionists army 🙂 But the GSC first ofcourse.

  • SicSemperTyrannis

    Meanwhile Tyranids still suck and are in a desperate need for a rework…

    • Drpx

      “Are you running GSC for your allies?” Expect to hear that in response when someone complains about Nids.

  • david

    The Goliath looks like a smaller version of the assault vehicle in the film Soldier.

  • Davor Mackovic

    Where are the flyers? I don’t see them in contents. Just curious who gave that rumour?

    • Brian Griffith

      An “anonymous source,” I believe.

      I wouldn’t be surprised if Forgeworld puts out a datasheet to allow them to use Arvus Lighters, though.

      • Davor Mackovic

        Thanks.

  • Seito Mohn

    Hm no Bloodbrothers tho.
    Perhaps the neophytes just can take Guard Equipment?

    • Brian Griffith

      It’s looking like they intend for you to use the fourth generation heads in the Neophytes kit to convert the Astra Militarum models in the tanks and Sentinels.

      The kit’s got twenty heads, ten each of third generation and fourth generation.

      • nurglitch

        Do the heads look compatible with the Cadian AM models?

        • WD showed how they did the conversion, they looked compatible

      • The reboxed cult vehicles and IG kits will also come with an upgrade sprue with apparently 10 heads and some GSC icons for vehicles

  • Ronnie Malone

    I am interested to know what the Neophyte Cavalcade is, in the forces list.

  • EnTyme

    Wonder what an Acolyte Iconward is.

  • Andrew Thomas

    Cool, I’ll take 5. Just bring us a formation that can field a bunch with minimal taxes and I’ll be happy.

    • Andrew Thomas

      Also, need about 8 to do a Flesh Tearers Lucifer Task Force. Jus love those Rock Crushers.

  • Mikhailkery

    The Goliath strikes me as something the Arbites should have

  • MechBattler

    So the Goliath is a slightly more resilient version of a Chimera. Bet those upgrade guns are fun though. The dozer blade is probably like the Vindicator’s Siege Shield in allowing the vehicle to ignore terrain.

  • Drpx

    Tyranids got their daemons.

  • jcdent

    As a Guardsfan, I’m jealous of the Goliath. it’s a beautifully ugly machine and the cache of explosive charges sounds hilarious. I’d love a 10-man, two-heavy-stubber Goliath as a transport for veterans to drive around shooting at stuff like drunk rednecks.

    Meanwhile, we only have a Chimera, which is cool if not exactly exciting, and Taurox which is so ugly that I don’t even care if it has “better” rules than the Goliath.

  • MechBattler

    The neat part about this vehicle is that it actually isn’t open-topped, but all 6 of the models can still fire from it. Sounds perfect for a heavy weapon squad, if there is one in the book.

  • Emdee

    Those must be done in yellow…..