Progress on My Garden of Nurgle

As I mentioned in my recent hobby update, I’ve taken a wee break from my Gloomspite Gitz to work on my Garden of Nurgle army. I last posted about these guys back in April when I was putting together my Plaguebearers. The reason for this break, and the immediacy of my return to this project is down to an event being run by our local games club. The event was introduced thusly:

It's time to settle this once and for all, put an end to the age old debate, paint miniatures for an elaborately explained reason and to throw down in the heavens/hells of your chosen deities.

That's right, it's time for: The Clash of the Gods!

Starting today, you have until Sunday 3rd of October to join in one of the godliest painting competitions of all time. This competition will see envoys from all the deities across the realms coming together to finally see not only who the most powerful god is, but who is the most populous god!

The rules are simple, you can paint whatever the hell you want, be it a character, behemoth, lord of war, squad or single mini, there are no restrictions to size/bases or number, you can kitbash as much as you please, but there are few rules to follow:

It must serve, represent (or be) a god/deity! (E.g. Khorne, Slaanesh, Tzeentch, Nurgle, Horned Rat, Sigmar, Malal, God-Emperor, Gork or Possibly Mork! Anyone as long as they have a godly claim, it doesn't even have to be GW! D&D has a massive pantheon!) 

Your entry must be completely finished before Sunday 3rd of October! (NO EXTENSIONS, you have a full 2 months to plan and paint!) and as usual cannot be a mini that has been entered previously/completed prior to the contest start.

That’s it! Get your photos of your minis in before the end date and join the battle to make your god the most powerful or summon more allies to make it the most popular! Can you trust the other maniacs/zealots though, do they worship as feverishly as you do or does their loyalty lie elsewhere?

At the end we will do a vote, crowning our aspiring hobby champions (1st, 2nd, 3rd etc.), choosing who is the most powerful god (combined scores) and seeing which god is the most populous (most entries).

To make it even more fun, there will be some additional prizes/highlights once the contest is complete, but for now, start serving your god(s) and make sure to post up your works in progress!!!

I do feel that the spirit of this event lies with Chaos, so I was prompted to dig out the Nurgle boys and start putting paint to plastic. I’d already built much of the army, but I had not started painting them. I began, of course, with the core of any army of Nurgle Daemons, the Plaguebearers:

A mix of Plaguebearer, Dryad, and Revenant parts (with the occasional Kurnoth part mixed in), the Plaguebearers represent what can happen when Sylvaneth parts are used correctly. I promise I’m not just bitter over my recent defeat at the hands of the Sylvaneth

I mean, I am bitter, but it’s not just that.

They were a lot of fun to make and, given that I’m mostly just using contrasts, they are proving quick to paint. I’m keeping things simple and relying heavily on the contrasts in order to do this quickly. Some of the best contrast paints are the greens and browns, so I’m quite hopeful about this!

Among that group of Plaguebearers is a converted Poxbringer and a homemade Sloppity Bilepiper made of parts from the Plaguebearer, Revenant, Kurnoth Hunter, Poxbinger and Squig Herd kits. I didn’t think to fish them out before taking the photos, so here’s a look at the models, along with Horticulous Slimux, the only non-converted miniature in the army thus far:

I’m quite happy with how my Sloppity Bilepiper turned out! I also love the Horticulous Slimux model. He’s so overcosted in the game, but he’s gorgeous! Here he is with a wee bit of paint on him:

One of the miniatures that first put me on this path was my Drycha-based Daemon prince. The insectoid look of Drycha combines well with the Plague Drone wings and head to create a fun little model:

What kept me from progressing with this model for quite some time was how to stand it up. The original miniature came on a much larger base than would normally be used by the Daemon Prince. A friend gave me a set of the old Citadel Woods to use for another conversion (see below) and it occurred to me to try mounting the Prince on one of the trees.

It worked!

It looks a bit precarious, like it’s about to fall over, but it was actually really quite stable. Despite this, I did decide to play it absolutely safe and stuck a couple of 2p coins into the base. Solid.

I’m really happy with this mini, and my favourite part in the the wee Nurgling under him seems to be imitating him. Might try to find him a wee set of wings to really hammer that home.

The conversion I had originally intended to use the trees for was this imposing Glottkin:

It was easier than expected to get the tree into place, and a little green stuff saw it firmly fixed in place. The Glottkin might be horrendously overcosted and may lack coherency with the rest of my list, but it’s also one of the best models in the range, so I’m going for it! I#m not far into him yet, having just started putting down the larger areas of bone, tooth or horn.

Finally, I’m also working on a trio of Feculant Gnarlmaws, because what is the point in a Garden if you can’t grow some trees. The first of my Gnarlmaws is the standard miniature. The second will use the tree-like spell from the Sylvaneth with some bits, pieces, and tentacles on it. The third uses the standard Gnarlmaw again, but this time it will be mounted on the floating island from the Lumineth Realmlords’ faction terrain piece:

Looks alright! Also, you can’t tell from the picture, but there are some Nurglings frolicking in the pond. It’s going to be a bit of a faff to finish and it’s certainly been a lot more expensive than a normal Gnarlmaw would have been. I just want to have some different stuff in the army, you know?

So what am I working towards? Well, I cooked up this list. This is not competitive at all, and is firmly in the realm of fluffy and/or thematic rather than actually, like, good. I haven’t looked at artifacts and whatnot either.

Poxbringer Herald of Nurgle (135)
Sloppity Bilepiper Herald of Nurgle (130)
The Glottkin (395)
Horticulous Slimux (225)

10 x Plaguebearers (110)
10 x Plaguebearers (110)
10 x Plaguebearers (110)

1 x Beasts of Nurgle (125)
1 x Beasts of Nurgle (125)
1 x Beasts of Nurgle (125)
1 x Beasts of Nurgle (125)
1 x Beasts of Nurgle (125)
1 x Beasts of Nurgle (125)

Total: 1965 / 2000

Yeah, lots of fun, and almost everything is already built. You’ll notice two things about this list. First, for all of my love for the Daemon Prince that I’m made, he just didn’t make the cut. I’m still building him, but I seemingly won’t need him for the actual army. The other thing is the 6 Beasts of Nurgle. I have idea for these guys that involves Plague Drone parts and a lot of Green Stuff. I picked up this handy tool to help with the plan:

I’m a bit nervous to start this one, just because although I’ve been using some green stuff for the rest of this army, I’m actually going to have to use it reasonably well for these guys. We’ll see how it goes, I suppose.

Well, that’s where I am for now, but I’ve also got some ideas for expanding this army into a Slaves to Darkness force. I’ll jot those down and we’ll discuss later in the week!


  1. What is the best way to submit entries for the Clash of the Gods? Also, is there an Instagram hashtag or anything you’re using for it?


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