Painted Patriarch

This mighty monster is a (or perhaps ‘the’) Patriarch, head and founder of my Genestealer Cults army for Warhammer 40,000. The Patriarch is, as you might expect from a beastie who is basically the Alien Queen from the Aliens film, a terrifying murder machine in game… at least if he can get close enough to engage in melee. He does have the options for some psychic powers to give him something to do when he’s not eating fools, but basically his happy place is engaged in close combat. Despite Cults being a somewhat new army in 40K, the Patriarch has long been in the lore thanks to one of the expansions to Space Hulk from the early 90s and even had a lead miniature sitting iconically on a throne from back in the day. I like that this sculpt still embodies that ‘patient predator’ look rather than an all-action pose.

I really enjoyed painting the Patriarch. I took cues from the other members of his cult in terms of the overall colour scheme but his sheer size let me play around a bit more with the specifics of which colours went where. In retrospect I think that I made the tongue a bit too blue and would have been better off going for a redder shade as it blends in too much with the carapace. The Space Marine helmets could be no other colour than yellow since that is the colour of my best friend’s Space Marine army, but I think that they would have looked a bit more satisfying if they weren’t the same colour as the cult icons littered around the base.

Next on the painting table: Crimson Dynamo.

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8 thoughts on “Painted Patriarch

  1. Lovely job on him mate, he’s a great mini – well on his way to being a classic I’d say!

    • Thanks Alex. The original Patriach mini (fat old Genestealer on a throne) also has a classic status so there is obviously something about the source material that inspires the sculptors.

  2. I was going to say the same thing as Alex in that, I think this is a modern classic from GW that will stand the test of time. There’s something about this mini that really encapsulates the entire faction’s personality as well. Great job on this one and I like the variety in what you’re painting as of late. We seem to both like that in our painting queues! 🙂

    • Thanks Jeff, I’m very pleased with how this one turned out. I quite like that the sculpt is just a patient hunter rather than ‘in action’ as so many minis are.

      I’m really enjoying the variety of minis at the moment, though MCP has my main attention since the game is so good.

  3. As others have said, great figure. 🙂

  4. Now that’s a beast! Nice work, the greys in some parts make it look like it’s partly mechanical. Which is an interesting contrast to the wet organics. I love Crimson Dynamos classic armors, so I’ll be curious to see this one!

    • Thanks Faust. It is very interesting that you see those sections as greys – they’re actually the same colour as the Patriarch’s head, albeit with more places for the blue wash to pool into. But I like the overall alien appearance, it’s perfect for how this force is represented in the stories.

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