An Acolyte hybrid is a Genestealer hybrid born in the first or second generation after infestation of a human host organism by the Genestealer patriarch's "kiss". Unable to pass for human, they often serve as shock troops and the patriarch's inner circle.
Repulsive, cruel, and obsessed with animal cunning, the Acolyte Hybrids are the Genestealer Cults' principal disciples. They are the descendants of the very first hosts to become infected. Although the parents of the Acolyte Hybrids are physically intact and healthy members of their species, part of their minds have been taken over by the Genestealer Curse. Her love for her hideous alien offspring is even more intense than the usual parent-child bond due to the Broodmind's psychic influence.
The first generation born to them is twisted beyond recognition by the dreadful alien seed brought to fruition in the implanted parent; These hybrids resemble mutated Tyranids more than altered humans. Those that do reach maturity will congregate and breed, in turn spawning more generations of the Genestealer breed cycle.
Too obvious xenos in form and demeanor to blend into human society like third- and fourth-generation hybrids, the Acolytes instead haunt the dark places beneath urban and industrial sprawl. They learn the art of stealth and ambush warfare by preying on the unfortunate ones who stray into their hiding places. They do not kill with impunity, for nothing needs to alert the ruling classes of their world to the hidden threat that lurks beneath them until the time is right.
Those invaders not cut in bloody ribbons are dragged into darkness to meet a far darker fate: the horrific embrace of a Purestrain Genestealer.
The acolytes closest in spirit and body to their patriarch form his inner circle - though fierce and ferocious, they have a cold intelligence that makes them powerful agents of the cult. Having assimilated an echo of their parents' brains during pregnancy, they are often capable of wielding complex machinery and Imperial weaponry - some even carrying industrial tools into battle, wreaking havoc on the flesh of those before them.
Huge drills, cutters and buzzing stone saws have proven devastatingly effective against even the most formidable armor, chewing through the ceramic armor of Space Marine Power Armor in seconds and pulverizing even the thick metal hulls of Imperial tanks and troop carriers.
Though acolytes typically favor the clashing of brutal hand-to-hand combat, their nimble limbs are well suited to the use of ranged weapons. Many wield handheld flamethrowers and sadistically enjoy the screams of enemies cloaked in fire, while others wield crude but effective autopistols harvested from their gene-cult's underground armories. Some of them enjoy the devastating explosions of mine explosives and charge into battle with high-yield demolition charges.
This multi-part plastic kit contains the components required to assemble 5 Acolyte Hybrids, armed with autopistols, melee weapons, demolition charges and ripping claws. Included are hand flamethrowers, a heavy stone saw, a heavy stone drill (with backpack), a heavy stone cutter and options for an Acolyte Leader - this model can use one of 2 special heads and can be armed with a bone sword and a whip.
This kit can optionally be used to build 5 Hybrid Metamorphs. Supplied with 5 Citadel 32mm Round bases.