Factfile: Battleforce Genestealer Cults Insurrection

Who doesn’t love Battleforces? Aside from the undeniable satisfaction of opening up a REALLY BIG box of miniatures, saving money when building an army is always welcome – particularly if you can then use that money to get even more models. This week, we’ll be breaking down what’s in each Battleforce, how you might like to build them and the best next steps to take after you’ve got yours, whether you’re getting one for yourself this Christmas or you’re expecting one from a friend (lucky you!). Today, we’re checking out the Genestealer Cults Insurrection.


In a gigantic and uncaring universe, the Genestealer Cults are nothing if not tenacious. Going into battle for the “Star Gods” – that’s Tyranids to you and me – armed with nothing more than scavenged weapons and armour, some dubious biological advantages and a lot of planning, these guys are true underdogs. If you’re tempted by the thought of overwhelming your enemies with cunning guerilla tactics and a little help from the Great Devourer, the Genestealer Cults Insurrection set is a great place to start.

Inside the box, you’ll find:

  • A Goliath Rockgrinder, featuring a heavy stubber, mining laser, drilldozer blade, clearance incinerator and seismic cannon – this can instead be built as a Goliath Truck
  • A Broodcoven, a 5-model set including a Patriarch, Primus, Magus and 2 Genestealer Familiars
  • 5 Acolyte Hybrids, which can optionally be assembled as Hybrid Metamorphs
  • 10 Neophyte Hybrids, armed with autoguns, autopistols and blasting charges
  • 12 Neophyte Hybrids, armed and armoured as members of the Astra Militarum, including a Heavy Weapons Team

There are lots of ways to construct your Genestealer Cults Insurrection. Firstly, do you want to build your Goliath Truck as a Goliath Rockgrinder instead? The former has a higher transport capacity and is great for mounting up a squad of Neophyte Hybrids, while the latter trades the Open-topped ability and some small arms for a deadly melee attack and some heavier firepower. We’d recommend taking the Rockgrinder and using it to transport the Acolyte Hybrids, as they’re by far the deadliest unit in the set in close combat.

There’s also the question of how you equip each squad of Neophyte Hybrids. Your lasgun-armed Neophyte Hybrids are best used as a long-ranged objective holding and support squad, and a Heavy Weapon Team with something like an autocannon should serve them well in this purpose. This frees up your other unit of Neophyte Hybrids to fight as a close-ranged unit, armed with shotguns and possibly a couple of seismic cannons.

As for your Acolyte Hybrids, these can also be constructed as Hybrid Metamorphs if you want some additional close combat bite. We’d recommend sticking to Acolyte Hybrids, however, thanks to their ability to deliver a deadly deluge of mortal wounds with the unstoppable heavy rock drill or to turn squads into mincemeat with demolition charges.

From a collector’s perspective, Genestealer Cults are a very easy army to expand thanks to their range of allies. You’re welcome to take detachments from both the Astra Militarum and Tyranids, meaning where you take your army next is up to you.

As a matter of fact, the Astra Militarum Battlegroup is far from a bad choice for growing your cult horde. With a couple of Genestealer Cult Upgrade Frames, you’ll be able to transform your tanks with cult symbols and your infantry with extra heads, making for a varied and interesting choice. If you fancy going all out, the Genestealer Cults Leman Russ only costs a hair more than its loyalist counterpart and comes with a full upgrade frame, including heads, making it the perfect partner for any other Astra Militarum set.

Of course, the reverse is also true, and there’s a range of Tyranids boxed sets which suit your needs perfectly too. The recently-released Start Collecting! Tyranids set fits nicely into a Patrol Detachment and suits the sneaky, infiltration-based style of war favoured by the Genestealer Cults very well indeed.

Finally, if you’ve got a friend who collects Deathwatch, consider Deathwatch: Overkill. This set contains another set of cult leaders – perfect, now the 1-per-army restriction has been lifted on the Primus, Magos and Patriarch – as well as a range of extra infantry. This includes 4 Aberrants, exclusive to this set.

The Great Devourer is calling – pick up your Genestealer Cults Insurrection today.

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