Thursday 6 March 2014

New unreleased genestealer in Bryan Ansell's collection

The original Rogue Trader rulebook contains a section on the alien races found throughout the Imperium, and includes an illustration of a prototype Tyranid that later made it into very limited release (essentially unreleased). It now appears that the "proto-nid" was not the only Tyranid-related illustration to have resulted in a miniature: the original Genestealer or "Ymgarl Genestealer" seems to have been produced but not released. This figure was found in Bryan's collection of castings in a zip-loc bag labelled "Genestealer":

It's a 6-limbed multi-part casting, but with the miracle of blu-tac I have brought it to life. Here's a scale shot next to a Genestealer Magus and an early purestrain genestealer:

And are some more shots including close-ups of the head with tentacled mouth:

Here is the Ymgarl Genestealer as illustrated in the Rogue Trader rulebook:

A pretty close match wouldn't you agree? The head of the miniature, and particularly the tail, is more akin to the movie Alien figures, but it's essentially the same figure. Notice the miniature has the mouth tentacles of the illustration.

So, what do you think? I want one!


  1. Incredible this find, you 're a real hunter of lead treasure.
    Bye Nico.

  2. Ohhh this one get my juices flowing, so tasty :)

  3. Wow, thats cool. Its less cool that none of us will ever get one, but it is cool to know that one was made. Like the Administratum scribe from a while back, its interesting to think that there may be other miniatures based on RT illustrations knocking around.

    Thanks for sharing.

  4. great find never even seen one of those ever

  5. Real shame it wasn't put into (mass) production.
    Thanks for posting

  6. Fantastic! Great mini and it does really resembles the Ymgarl. Thanks for sharing this great find /Hans

  7. What more lies in yonder treasure chest me wonders......

  8. Is there any chance of getting some of these old pieces cast for the rest of us! I imagine we'd all want 1-200 of those stealers?

    Are the technically copyright?

  9. Speechless.

    Maybe best post I've seen on a blog for the last decade. Thanks for sharing.