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Nurgle [WHFB] [WH40k] is a Chaos God [WHFB] [WH40k] in the fictional universes of Games Workshop's Warhammer Fantasy Battle (fantasy) and Warhammer 40,000 (science fiction) wargames. He is the Great Lord of Decay and the Master of Plague and Pestilence, the embodiment of mortal people's knowledge and hidden fear of the inevitability of death. His followers are often pus-ridden harbingers of corruption and despair; as a result, the miniatures used to represent followers of Nurgle are some of the more characterful and interesting models.
The following sections detail every individual Nurgle-related model that Games Workshop have produced over the years. Additionally I have included models within these pages that could be used to represent these beings, or are related in some other way. Note that the majority of the models listed cannot be bought from Games Workshop any more as they are not part of the current range and are no longer available to purchase as "bitz". Note also that the images are not necessarily to scale with each other.
Not all of the following sections have been populated with information yet. If the section is grey then there is no link as that category has not been started.
- Great Unclean Ones: The Greater Daemons of Nurgle are avatars of Nurgle himself, like him both physically (huge, bloated figures, ripe with decay, spilling guts from their ruptured hide) and psychologically (enthusiastic organisers and sentimental fathers, proud of their corrupt daemonic hordes). [WHFB] [WH40k]
- Daemon Princes: The greatest champions of the Chaos Gods are granted abilities and powers that raise them far beyond their mortal origins. Some may even be granted Daemonhood themselves, reaching the pinnacle of their potential as Daemon Princes in eternal servitude to their dark masters. [WH40k]
- Heralds of Nurgle: The oldest Plagebearers are favoured by Nurgle and grow large with his blessings. These Heralds lead Nurgle's forces into battle, imbued with greater resilience and additional dameonic powers in order to better serve Father Nurgle.
- Plaguebearers: Nurgle's daemonic footsoldiers, each with a single eye and a single horn, and are what becomes of victims of the dreaded Nurgle's Rot. The Plaguebearers' role is to track all of Nurgle's diseases, embodying the futile need of mortals to attempt to impose order on chaos. [WHFB] [WH40k]
- Nurglings: These mischevious little imps embody Nurgle's playfulness, perpetrating pranks and tricks. They usually grow from the guts of Great Unclean Ones, and have the likeness of Nurgle just like their parents, but may sometimes grow within the body of a mortal that has been exposed to the slime of a Great Unclean One. [WHFB] [WH40k]
- Beasts of Nurgle: These hideous and fearsome-looking beasts, writhing with tentacles and slime, are highly affectionate and exuberant. But this attitude combined with their overbearing strength and the infectious contagions they carry make them deadly to the poor unfortunates with whom the beasts try to make friends. [WH40k]
- Chaos Spawn: The effects of Chaos are clearly unpredictable. Those gifted with powers by the Chaos Gods may find themselves imbued with superlative abilities, but just as likely they may be reduced to a mindless spasmotic mass of limbs and organs known as a Chaos Spawn. [WH40k]
- Daemonic Engines: War machines of all sizes that are dedicated to Nurgle's cause, whether they be manned by the minions of Nurgle, or constructions that are fully possessed and corrupted by Daemons of Nurgle. This category includes those vehicles that are more appropriate for non-Daemonic armies. [WH40k]
Other Fantasy Races
- Chaos Champions: Mortal men that serve the will of Chaos Gods may do so for many reasons, but most are looking for an easy path to greatness. Gifted with martial prowess or sorcerous magics, they carry out the will of their patrons ruthlessly. Nurgle's champions often bear deadly diseases that bloat their bodies. [WHFB]
- The Carnival of Chaos: This colourful band of misfits brings joy to its audiences but leaves devestation in its wake, as the followers of Nurgle spread lethal pestilence amongst the towns and villages that they visit.
- Beastmen: Half-man and half-beast, these twisted beings are the result of the taint of Chaos across the land. The Pestigors are beastmen that worship Nurgle, whose tender ministrations leave them with single horns and eyes like their Plaguebearer brethren. [WHFB]
- Skaven: These vile rat-men, tainted by the mutating influence of Warpstone, scurry in vast teeming hordes in tunnels and caverns beneath the entirety of the known world. One of the four major clans, Clan Pestilens, has secret knowledge of plagues that their Plague Monks first learnt in a ruined temple deep in the Lustrian jungles. [WHFB]
Other Sci-Fi Races
- Chaos Space Marines: The Space Marines are genetically-enhanced superhuman warriors created by the Emperor of Mankind to do battle on behalf of humanity. However some of these stalwart beings have been corrupted to the worship of the Chaos Gods, including Nurgle. In particular the entire Death Guard legion now fights in the service of Nurgle. [WH40k]
- Traitor Guard: If even the mighty Space Marines are not immune to the temptations of Chaos, it is no surprise that other humans also turn to the worship of these dark gods. Various soldiers, previously of the Imperial Guard of planetary defence forces, may become followers of Nurgle or one of the other powers.
- Plague Zombies: Victims of the Zombie Plague, infected by Nurgle's minions, rise from being dead to return as shambling zombies that further spread the contagion to others. This psychic disease has been particularly championed by Typhus of the Death Guard, who has led whole fleets of these deadly hosts. [WH40k]
- Assorted "bitz": This is a catch-all category for any remaining individual components that are intended for use with Nurgle models, but do not necessarily belong to one of the other categories above. Additionally included here are some decorative components (such as banners) that have a use beyond the models for which they were designed.
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