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.
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.
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.