A Plague On All Their Houses

Long, long ago, when I first started this blog, I painted up a squad of Plaguebearers. For anyone who doesn’t want to dig that far back into the archives – and who could blame you? – here’s a reminder of how they look.

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I like to think my painting skills have developed a bit since then but on the whole I reckon they hold up fairly well. However for some reason I stopped working on them after completing 18 models, rather than rounding them up to a squad of 20. The other day however I spotted the remaining pair looking lonesome and dejected in a box of odds and ends and decided that it was well past time I did something about them.

For the first one I tried to keep it fairly close to the style of the originals, albeit with a few new flourishes. This turned out to be harder than I expected, recreating the old style from memory taxing my brains and memory to the extent that the whole thing turned into a bit of a chore.

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For the second one I decided to say “stuff it, let’s just get it done” and abandoned the old style in favour of painting it entirely in various styles of disease-ridden, bruised and tortured flesh.

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He looks a little different to the older models but he ties in fairly well with some of my newer servants of Nurgle.

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With these two done the whole squad is ready to get out there and spread some diseases.

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This also brings me another squad closer to getting my Death Guard army up and running so at some point I’ll have to dig everything out of their boxes, tally it all up and have a think about what else I want to paint up. In the meantime however I thought this was a good moment to turn my attention away from 40k to look at a game I actually play instead, and put together a little Warcry warband of Nurgle daemons.

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Lead by a Sloppity Bilepiper (still the most fun thing to say in Games Workshop’s catalogue) the warband also includes four Plaguebearers, two swarms of Nurglings, a Beast of Nurgle (the converted tree creature) and the Daemon Prince of Nurgle who normally leads my Death Guard, currently moonlighting as a Plague Drone.

20 responses to “A Plague On All Their Houses

  • davekay

    They look great by themselves, and I like how they form a bright point amongst the older models in their unit!

  • John@justneedsvarnish

    All looking good (I don’t generally use the word “nice” for the followers of Nurgle)! 🙂 A like the colours of the older Plaguebearers, different from how they usually seem to appear, but the last one does look good as well!

    • Wudugast

      Cheers! Yeah, Nurgle is many things but nice looking is never one of them! My plan with the old colour scheme was to come up with something that looked a bit different to the norm for these models, and could be used for a variety of different daemons so they’d all look good together. Normally Nurgle is painted in green, Khorne in red, Tzeentch in pink and blue and Slaanesh in lilac and purple. Put them all together and you end up with a bit of a riot, which can work well if you pull it off – or can look uncoordinated and jarring. A grey base works for all of them though so my plan was to roll it out in time to all of the different kinds of daemon. In the end though the project has evolved in new and – for me – interesting directions but I’m still pleased with the models I painted back then, and I reckon they still hold up fairly well. 🙂

  • theimperfectmodeller

    Interesting to see how things have moved on in terms of your style and seeing the contrast between the new and old colour scheme. Well done for revisiting and completing an old project and good luck with the new one planned. 🙂

  • Alex

    Jolly good mate – can’t really go wrong with Nurgle as a painting project 🤘😁

  • Mark A. Morin

    Very cool in your usual fine manner

  • g

    play skirmish game, deploy daemon prince

    • Wudugast

      I know right, and a daemon prince originally built for 40k at that! Overkill anyone? Still, at least this way he’ll actually see the tabletop from time to time, these days I reckon the chances of me rolling some dice in 40k are slim.

  • Pete S/ SP

    Love those. The rotten flesh effect looks really good.



  • Kuribo

    I agree with TIM, you can see your growth as a painter in the new ones. The old ones are very grimdark but the skin is a little colorless and they actually look more “smoky” than diseased to my eyes. I love the flourishes of sickly flesh on the new ones. It really draws your eye to their diseased parts just like Nurgle wants! Great job getting these done and it is awesome to see them all together as well 🙂

    • Wudugast

      Cheers! Yeah, I think I’ve come on a fair bit as a painter, even just in the last few years. Oddly, as soon as I stopped trying so hard to paint everything to my best and just relaxed the quality of my output improved greatly. I’m feeling quite inspired about Nurgle at the moment, might try to do some more soon.

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  • patmcf

    I do remember the older ones and I did like them but your new way is horribly gruesomely good!!

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