Typhus: Herald of the Plague God

Now, to get into the thick of it. I think it was over a year ago at this point that I mentioned I wanted to paint a version of the infamous Typhus – and while I had started to suspect that maybe I was reaching the limits of what I could do with sponging as inspired by Spekd, I instead decided to double down on it since I felt like it was something that had made my Death Guard feel unique compared to my other armies and projects. I feel thrilled with the results and I think if anything this shows that my formula and Death Guard alike have a pretty solid life ahead of them.

Pictured: Typhus, with a retinue of Plague Marine Reinforcements for scale.

First, to talk about the sculpt. I love it, and can’t say enough good things about it. The flies were a pain to work with, but I feel like they’re a necessary evil because that cloak of flies up over his shoulder just look brilliant. The bright pop of the green there also ends up contrasting nicely with a lot of the more muted tones on the model. Typhus also has a pretty spectacular size, even as a Lord of Contagion, and even if I’m not running this model as Typhus it’s one that I’m going to be running with as a Warlord moving forward because it really stands out on the tabletop.

I ended up taking a couple liberties with this too – I added a scenic base that I picked up from Troll Trader and used a spare Nurgling as an extra throwable. Not quite an Orb of Dessication, but at least Typhus isn’t empty handed. And I’m pretty sure if you threw a Nurgling hard enough, it could be an Orb of Dessication. I also tried a slightly different method for the flies than I’ve done with green glows in the past – finally broke down and tried Hexwraith Flame as a technical paint, because the longer I’m at this the more I try to work smart, and not hard.

Pictured: The humble Nurgling, still the best part of painting Death Guard.

In the end, I’m happy with how this one turned out, and I think out of my existing Lords of Contagion and Lord of Contagion proxies this has become a favorite. The pose is dynamic, the sculpt is big and imposing, and I just had a lot of fun with this project in general. Looking forward to running this on the tabletop soon, and giving Typhus an excuse to throw that Nurgling at somebody.

4 thoughts on “Typhus: Herald of the Plague God

  1. Dave Stone says:

    Excellent work Mick, the model has evolved over time, and have to say I like this latest incarnation. Great use of the Nurgling in the hand, it really adds to the sculpt, and good use of the putrid colours and the techniques you use to create a really characterful model

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    1. mick says:

      Thanks muchly! Compared to my earlier Lords of Contagion I’m thrilled with how this one turned out, and it’s gonna be a staple of my tabletop Death Guard – whether I run it as Typhus or not, lol. And thanks, the Nurgling is my favorite part of this.

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  2. Muskie says:

    Good work. I doubt I’ll ever paint Typhus, I’ve been anti-named characters since they started popping up in every combat patrol from Terra to the Pariah Nexus. I do think they make good bases for conversions, I did at least one, I hope to get to paint a character model again, I think I have a Plague Surgeon in my queue, but it has taken me so long to get to, our campaign may end before I get it done. Anyway keep up the good work.

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    1. mick says:

      They are definitely nice to have for conversions. With Typhus I’m probably just going to be running him as a normal Lord of Contagion most of the time, admittedly! And thanks!


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