Nurgle Battalion

With the completion of the Spoilpox Scrivener and the Poxbringer my Nurgle Daemons Battalion, which I started back in June, is now complete and ready for the table.

It’s felt like a long slog but I’m pretty proud of it.  The painting isn’t going to win any prizes but I’ve gone from nothing to having over forty completed miniatures ready from gaming in about three months.

Did I learn any lessons?

Well I think I did learn an awful lot painting up Rotigus, I think I noticeably improved my skills with that.  Other than that I think that just painting so many models so quickly is an achievement for me.  Another squad of 30 Plaguebearers is on my mind, but let’s see how this lot does on the table first.

In the meantime the question of what next raises its head once again.

The List

Total: 39 PL, 723pts

HQ [25 PL, 450pts]

  • Poxbringer [4 PL, 70pts]
  • Rotigus [17 PL, 285pts]
  • Spoilpox Scrivener [4 PL, 95pts]

Troops [14 PL, 273pts]

  • Nurglings [3 PL, 54pts]: 3x Nurgling Swarms [54pts]
  • Nurglings [3 PL, 54pts]: 3x Nurgling Swarms [54pts]
  • Plaguebearers [8 PL, 165pts]: Daemonic Icon [15pts], Instrument of Chaos [10pts], 19x Plaguebearer [133pts], Plagueridden [7pts]

Rotigus Part 5 – The stick, detailing and basing.

The Stick


A base coat of Dryad Bark, a wash of Nuln Oil and then drybrushed with Ushabti bone.  This came out a lot darker than I thought it would but, all told, I’m satisfied.  I definitely didn’t want it the same brown as the base would be so that, at least, did work out.


Teeth and nails got a base coat of Rykarth Flesh, a wash of Agrax Earthshade and then some light drybrushing with white.

The glowing eye socket was first washed with some old Goblin Green thinned with water.  This was allowed to overspill a bit.  A tiny dot of Goblin Green mixed with White was then painted right into the centre of the eye.  It seems to work nicely.


The Nurgling Hot Tub was filled with multiple layers of Nurgle’s Rot, at least half a dozen, maybe a lot more.  I think it works pretty well.

And I think that’s it, we’re done.

I might return to touch up the model some more or add more detail to him, but for now I’ve called time and moved on to my next project.

Rotigus – Part 4 – Tentacles and Fabric

For the tentacles I went for the intestines scheme given on the box and for the fabric I went for the same colours as my Death Guard.  The latter was a deliberate effort to link my Death Guard and my Daemons together.

Tentacles – Base Screamer Pink, Wash Druchii Violet, Drybrush Cadian Fleshtone

Fabric – Base Screamer Pink, Wash Agrax Earthshade, Drybrush Changling Pink

The recommended scheme also has a final layering of Fenrisisian Grey for the tentacles, but I didn’t have this so skipped it.

I think that these colours have ended up far too close to each other.  I think that if you layer you’ll shift the tones more and they’ll end up further apart, but I didn’t do that.  I’m considering retiring for some heavier drybrushing on the tentacles to help differentiate them.

Rotigus – Part 3 – Wounds and boils

Well that’s delightful title.

The next part of painting Rotigus was working on the wounds in his flesh and the boils that he has.

After some research I settled on the following colour schemes.

Open Wounds – Base coat of Bugmans glow, wash with Carroburg Crimson & highlight with Cadian Flesh.  Around the wound I then faded in some Druichii Violet.

Cracked Wounds – A wash of Athonian Camoshade faded into the surrounding flesh.

Boils: Base coat of Avaland sunset, wash with Reikland Fleshshade & highlight with Ushabti Bone.

Overall I’m quite please with it all.

Rotigus – Part 2 – Painting the flesh

Base coat and wash

I still use the drybrushing method of painting rather than the layering or edge highlighting route.  The instructions on the box for this model are for layering, but I’d seen people online using the same colours for dry brushing so I went for them.  The colours would be:

  • A base coat of Zandri Dust
  • A shade with Seraphim Sepia
  • A drybrush with Ushabti Bone
  • Another drybrush with Screaming Skull

I treated myself for the base coat and bought a can of the Zandri Dust spray paint.  It’s not cheap, but this is an expensive model that I want to do as good of a job as I can on.  I normally prime with a white Humbrol spray paint, but after some research I found that people were saying you can prime with the GW sprays too so I skipped that step.  It took about three careful thin sprayed layers to get Rotigus undercoats.  And when done it did look very good indeed, a nice smooth and solid colour had been laid down.

The wash of Seraphim Sepia was then applied fairly generously, no problems again and I think it’s looking good.

Finally there’s the drybrushing.  For this I also tried to up my game.  I normally use an old tatty brush to drybrush.  For this miniature I decided to dedicate some unused flat brushes to the job.  I then went at it fairly heavily with the Ushabti bone.  The skin of the Unclean One is packed with texture and detail and it took the highlighting really well.  Finally I did a much more careful and lighter drybrush with screaming skull making sure that I could the really raised areas and the edges of the wounds.

How do I thought it turned out?  Pretty good, not perfect but pretty good.  He’s much darker than the GW photos of the same paint scheme appear.  I think that’s because they’ve layered properly and the Ushabti bone then really lightens the model.  Dry brushing does not lighten as much so more of the base and wash remain visible.  But I’m still pleased with how this has gone.

Dry brushing complete

Rotigus – Part 1 – Construction and Basing

So, Nurgle Daemons it is then, and for my birthday I was given a Great Unclean One.  This model can be built in two ways, as a regular Great Unclean One and also as the named character Rotigus.  I’ve painted an awful lot of Green with my Death Guard, and will be painting an awful lot more with the Nurgle Daemons, so Rotigus’ lighter flesh tones were appealing.  He’s also carrying a great big stick, which makes sense in the dakka filled universe of 40k, he wouldn’t want to face a machine gun without that.  So it’s a go for Rotigus.

The initial build is all pleasant enough, it’s quite  nice model to put together.  At this point it could be either Rotigus or the “generic” Great Unclean One.  But I’ve made my decision and I’m sticking to it.


When it comes to the base I’d like to have a Nurgling sitting in a pool of goo, a miniature Nurgle hot-tub.  My first attempt to do this is to use a sand and PVA mix to build up a “crater”.IMG_4543.jpg

But this looked really unsatisfactory, it was clearly a raised bump over what was a very flat area, it just didn’t look right.  So I took the bold decision to strip the base and start again.  Sometimes you do have to go backwards in order to go forwards.  This model was going to be a big centre piece in my army so I wanted to be as happy with it as I could be.

So my next plan was to cut into the base and actually recess the “pool” into it.  I took a spare round base and made sure that it would fit underneath Rotigus’ base, this took a little bit of cutting.  I then cut a hole in Rotigus’ base and glued the other base underneath it as some kind of a cup.  I glued and sanded the base again and then added extra glue and sand to smooth out the sides of the pool and to build up a little bit of a rim around it.  And that looked a whole lot better.

Next will be the painting…