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Typhus (10) – making a detailed gaming base

9bach – llyn du


This isn’t intended to be a display-base, as such – because it needs to compliment the bases on the other Death Guard models, painted last year.

With Typhus being a centerpiece model, though, it will benefit from being a bit more detailed.

So a step-by-step guide.

Cork tile, arranged in the vague shape of a Nurgle symbol – attached with PVA glue:


Cover the cork with wood putty, and the rest of the base with sand:


Add some gravel:


Scatter sand lightly over this, to blend it with the rest of the base:


Seal the base with a wash of PVA (5 parts water to 1 part glue):


Add details – I find it helpful to dot superglue on, then add PVA before attaching plastic bits:


I added more maggots – using pieces of old plastic skaven tails:


Create viscera, by placing PVA in places:


Use a cocktail stick, and dab it in superglue – then drag the PVA around to make trails of gunk:


I think I went a bit over the top here, but nevermind:


Use greenstuff to create any additional details – in this case, intestines:


I then used UHU stretchy glue/epoxy glue to make finer pieces of slime (see a previous post for more on this method):


I’m going to put a nurgling on the base, but haven’t attached it yet:


I will go through painting this base in the next post.


Typhus (9) – almost finished

The Junket – Punk Micky


Just the base to go – which I still haven’t figured out yet:

I will try and put together a short guide on making detailed bases, but I’m not sure when it will be finished.

Typhus (8) – painting the hive

REM – green grow the rushes


To paint the hive smoke, I used the following colours:


The green fumes were a bit experimental – I would have liked to spend more time trying different approaches, but time is a bit constrained at the moment:



Basecoat – Rakarth Flesh +Moot Green (1:1)

Wash – Rakarth Flesh + Black + Smoke

Layer – the basecoat mix

Highlight I) – basecoat + Yriel Yellow + a bit more Rakarth Flesh

Highlight II) – add white to the above mix

Glaze – I) Yriel Yellow II) Moot Green

I then gave the fumes a final highlight, by painting select areas with a watery layer of Rakarth Flesh.


I have noticed that a fair few versions of Typhus online are missing the cloud of flies – perhaps because they are so fiddly to paint.

But the pink flesh is just Bugman’s glow, then Cadian Fleshtone; wash with a mix of black + smoke + Khorne red + Xereus purple.

Re-highlight with Cadian Fleshtone, then Kislev Flesh; edge highlight with Krieg Khaki.

I finished by glazing over them with a Moot green + Smoke mix , to try and make it seem as if the fumes were clinging to the flies’ bodies.


Typhus (7) – main part finished

Dig – I’ll Stay High


I’ve finished the body of Typhus, now – and just have the hive and base to do. Though I haven’t figured out a design yet.



Typhus (6) – painting white + using spot colours

Deus – Via


White can be an awkward colour to paint. So a step by step guide – plus, a bit about spot colours.

Colours needed:


Base – Earth + Fenrisian Grey (1:1):


Wash all over with USA Olive Brown:


Wash the recesses with Smoke:


Layer – Earth + Fenrisian Grey (1:1):

Add white to the above mix:

Add more white to the mix:

I avoided taking this up to pure white, as the helmet should be the focal point of the model – and so needs to be slightly lighter in colour than any other white areas.

It also looked a bit clean for an ancient set of bandages – so I shaded them down, with washes of brown/ochre:


I thought painting it up as a regular scythe looked slightly bland – so I turned it into a deamonic weapon. Painting the wooden area up as flesh; with eyes on one side of the handle:

And an unhealthy green glow on the reverse:


White was the spot colour on this model. But it kind of involved breaking the rules, really.

A spot colour is intended to make the model look more distinct, by contrasting with the main colours of a paint scheme – which usually compliment each other.

However, in this case, that was the green armour and the fleshy pink – which are polar opposites. So white was a neutral shade, falling between the two.

It’s usually best to imagine a triangle shape before placing the spot colour – such as the head, and the two hands. In this case, it was the helmet, the skull, and the bandages on the scythe.

It’s not life-changing information – but it may prove helpful, when planning-out painting in the future.