It looks like I had quite a productive weekend! I completed two ‘batches’ of models, and it would have been three had I not boxed my Flesh Tearers Terminators for ‘later’ and started on a brand new Horus Heresy army. However, focussing on what was actually done, the Death Guard now have some allies:
Some Daemons of Nurgle to march alongside the Death Guard!
Daemons of Nurgle, and Plaguebearers in particular, are quite simply the easiest models to paint. Start with a Corax White undercoat (important, don’t use plain white), then pick out the weapons in Leadbelcher, horns in Zandri Dust, eyes in Averland Sunset, and the hanging guts in Bugman’s Glow, then drench (and I mean drench) the whole thing in Athonian Camoshade.
Touch up the guts with a dash of Bugman’s, add some Nurgle’s Rot in the gooey bits, and you are done! Drying time takes longer than the actual painting.
For the bases, I did the same as for the Death Guard – Stirland Mud, drybrushed with Screaming Skull, and a nice thick dollop of Nurgle’s Rot in the puddles (you may need to do those twice), with some Mordheim Turf round the edges of the pools. Steel Legion Drab round the rim of the base.
You could do a veritable legion of these guys in one weekend.
For ‘serious’ play, I should perhaps add another ten Plaguebearers to this unit (not a massive chore) as I have already seen that they are -1 to be hit in large groups, and putting a Herald with them to cast Miasma means they will be -2 to be hit – most people won’t even bother (though Flamers will be their bane).
Speaking of Heralds…
I just had to have one of those leading this little force. And, to round it out…
Nurglings are always fun – painted in the same fashion as the Plaguebearers and, if anything, are even quicker to do.
I also added one more unit to the Death Guard proper:
Typhus himself. As a single model, yet another that is extremely quick to get through. I have a feeling he may be replaced in the very near future with a grander plastic model, in which case this one will become a second Lord of Contagion. But he looks quite funky for now.