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Painting Character Models – Typhus: Herald of Nurgle

CoastDream – Soft Moon

This series of posts will go through the steps of painting character models – building on the methods and techniques used to paint the death guard army, last year.

Because special characters tend to be centerpiece miniatures, they benefit from more detail and attention than rank and file figures require.

It also aids their characterization to create thematic bases.

So, over the next few posts, I will cover these aspects. From prepping models, to more advanced painting skills – like blending, weathering, and using spot colours.

I will also try to make a tutorial on basing – but I haven’t figured out a design yet.


Helpful stuff


  • Plastic cutters, for removing bits from sprues.
  • Super glue & plastic glue
  • Pin vice
  • Precision tweezers – mainly for attaching fiddly bits and bobs
  • Craft knife
  • Metal wire
  • File – for removing mould lines

Although this model is plastic, and shouldn’t need any pinning – it can be helpful if you’re going to undertake conversions.


Painting a death guard army (9) – finished

Queen Latifah ‘Rough’ 

I’ve finished the Death Guard models, now:

This maybe hasn’t been the most enthralling series of posts; but hopefully it has at least achieved the aim of demonstrating that you can paint an army, without foregoing every other aspect of your life.

Painting a death guard army (8) – a step by step guide to the Malignant Plaguecaster (part 2)

Curve ‘Killer Baby’

Updates have proven a bit erratic lately, as I’ve been caught-up in non-painting-related things.

However, the last post covered basecoating. This one is about shading and highlighting.


To shade:

  • Paint several overall washes of Agrellan earth.
  • Wash the flesh areas/face with Reikland Fleshshade.
  • Wash the cloud of smoke, intestines, and the recesses of the face with Druchii violet.


To highlight:

  • Horns on head: edge highlight with Khaki
  • Leather areas: edge highlight with earth
  • Head dress: edge highlight with orange brown
  • Jewel (at the base of the staff): snot green + scorpion green, then scorpion green
  • Face: Pallid Wych flesh
  • Eyes: dot with Trollslayer orange, then Tau light ochre
  • Boils: dot with Elysian green


I’ve also finished the Bloat Drone:


The painting method was the same as with the Plague Marines; but as it’s a centrepiece model, I decided to add some slime.

To create the slime effect, use the following paints:

And epoxy glue: 

Plus nylon thread (i.e. an annoying clothes tag):

Attach pieces of the nylon thread, with epoxy glue; and build up the slime effect:


Paint the slime with Elysian green:


Wash with Agrellan earth:

Paint with several layers of Tamiya green + yellow:


Just one model left to paint, now.


Painting a death guard army (7) – a step by step guide to the Malignant Plaguecaster (part 1)

De La Soul ‘a roller skating jam named Saturday

I thought I would make a step-by-step guide to painting one of the Death Guard character models. This is basically just a more detailed version of the previous tutorial. I’ve broken it into two parts, though; as the Plague Marines are quite detailed models. 

Basecoat the model with Death Guard Green (or any similar colour):

Paint the metal areas with Vallejo Gunmetal, and Sycorax Bronze:

Orange has a very thin pigment; so paint the cloth with Mournfang Brown:

Then with Vallejo’s orange-brown – which makes it easier to achieve a good effect:

Flesh areas – Cadian Fleshtone:

Intestines – Genestealer purple:

Then the boils with Elysian green:

Horns/claws – ushabti bone:

Face – Pallid Wych Flesh (paint the eyes red):

Paint the smoke with Celestra grey: 

The flies were painted with Cadian fleshtone/Elysian green:

The staff – Vallejo earth:

The leather areas were painted with Vallejo German camouflage black-brown:

The string – Vallejo dark sea grey:

Paint the tubing black:I painted the jewel on the ornament at the base of the staff with snot green (not visible here).

The maggots were painted with Zamesi desert:


That’s the basecolours painted – I will go through shading and highlighting in the next post:



Painting a death guard army (6) – Plague marines

False Front ‘Maniac I’

I painted the Plague Marines using the same method as the Poxwalkers – i.e. basecoating the models, then shading them down with washes. I kept the highlighting minimal, as well – concentrating on the faces, but otherwise just edge-highlighting as and where it seemed necessary.


So, basecoat the power armour with Death Guard Green, or any similar colour (I used a Humbrol spraypaint, then painted over any missed areas with Death Guard Green):

I used orange-brown for the cloak; but the other details are painted in obvious colours:

Wash over the entire models with several coats of Agrellan Earth. I thinned it slightly with water, but this isn’t vital – it’s best to avoid letting it pool in the recesses, though; otherwise it can look a bit blotchy:

For the champion, I used the same colour-scheme:

The fly’s wings were painted with Celestra grey:

The only difference between this and the rank and file Plague Marines was the higher number of pink, fleshy areas – which were washed with Reikland Fleshshade:

Rather than go through the fairly laborious stage of layering-on highlights, I just added detail to the cloak by painting on scratches:


If I get time, I may return to the champion, and add more detail to the hood – as it looks a bit plain; but we’ll see.



Painting a Death Guard Army (5) – a quick method for painting bases

Mint 400 ‘Raise Me’

I’ve finished the Poxwalkers:



So, this is just a brief post on how to paint the bases.

Paints needed (I initially used Stormvermin fur to paint the rocks, but it didn’t look right; so just used a mid-tone grey):

First, coat the base in PVA glue, then cover it in sand:

When that has dried, wash over the sand with thinned-down PVA:

Then paint the sand with Stirland Battlemire, and the rim of the base with any similar colour:

Drybrush it with Zamesi desert yellow (this stage is optional):

Drybrush – Nurgling Green:

Paint the small stones grey:

Wash with Athonian camoshade:

I experimented with Nurgle’s rot, but didn’t really like the effect:

I’m convinced there will be a good use for this; but haven’t figured it out yet.

Finish by adding static grass:


Painting a Death Guard Army (4) – Poxwalkers.

Les Rythmes Digitales ‘Sometimes’

To paint the Poxwalkers, I followed the method from Warhammer TV – that is, mainly using shade paints; but with a few differences. These take slightly more time – but not too much more; and they add a bit of further detail.

This method breaks down into three stages: 1) basecoating areas 2) applying washes 3) edge-highlighting details.


I would say from the outset that this approach was fairly experimental – with a bit of trial and error involved. So, some parts may be unnecessary to follow.


Stage 1

As you can see, the spraypaint hadn’t coated these models fully:

So, I painted them white where needed:

Paint the horns with ushabti bone:

The maggots with Zamesi Desert:

The tentacles with Cadian fleshtone:

The cloth with orange (I used vallejo’s orangebrown):

The leather areas with dark brown; and the gas mask/tubing black:

One intestine was painted purple, just to variegate the innards a bit:

The shin guard was painted blue-grey (Citadel’s the Fang):

And then the metals – silver and brass, respectively:

Basecoating is fairly tedious, to be honest. I’m not sure there’s a way to alter that, unfortunately – I think it’s just a bit of work, that has to be got through.


Stage 2

The next step is to add colour, by shading with washes; which is much more enjoyable than basecoating:

I thinned these down slightly with water; and applied several layers, rather than one heavy application.

i) Paint the skin and tentacles with Reikland flesh.

ii) paint the horns, pox marks, and tentacles with Athonian camoshade

ii) paint the face and tentacles with Druchii violet

iv) paint the metal areas and the leather/clothing with Agrax earthshade. I also painted the hammerhead and the bayonet with Reikland flesh, and then seraphim sepia, to create a faint rust effect (this part wasn’t entirely successful).

If you look at the photos, you can see how successive layers of the washes deepen the colour:

Stage 3

Adding detail is the stage which can really become very time-consuming, if you’re not careful. So, it’s best to keep it minimal; and just highlight edges, using the original basecoat.

I thought the metal areas, tentacles, skin, and the black tubing looked okay. So I didn’t highlight these. The edge of the gasmask was highlighted using Stormvermin fur – which is a grey-brown: 


The faces did have highlighting added though – as they’re the focal point of models, they warrant a bit more attention. So, highlight the face with pallid wych-flesh. Dot the poxmarks with rotting flesh. Glaze both of these areas, and the tentacles, with seraphim sepia.

The Jewels on the Nurgle insignia were painted snot green, then dotted with scorpion green. The eyes were painted with snot green, then dotted with snot green + white.

I initially highlighted all the edges on the horns with ushabti bone, but it left them looking a bit untidy, and the colour proved a bit stark. So instead, I just highlighted the edges closest to the faces, using khaki. The horns were then glazed with sepia.


I’m not 100% happy with these – but I’m going to leave them aside for now; and maybe readjust them when I’ve finished the other models. I think this is helpful when painting a large number of miniatures, because otherwise – if you keep faffing about -you will never get them all finished.

I haven’t quite figured out how to style the bases yet; but I’m going to keep them fairly simple. With them being a gift for someone, I want them to be able to replicate the bases without any difficulty, if they wish to add further models.