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This page details every individual Plaguebearer model that Games Workshop have produced. Additionally I have included models that could be used to represent Plaguebearers without needing any conversion work, and also models that include Plaguebearer features as part of their decoration (typically Chaos Space Marines with mutated heads resembling Plaguebearers). 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.
Models missing from this page: two-piece prototype; 1st release Plaguebearer riding a Beast of Nurgle; 2nd release Plaguebearer command group; Epidemius; Herald of Nurgle (Poxbringer); Forge World Pox Riders; Sloppity Bilepiper; Spoilpox Scrivener
|Unreleased prototype model|
|Prototype Plaguebearer (unreleased)|
(Photo by Orclord - pending permission)
|1st release (1991) designed by Kev Adams|
|2nd release (1994)|
|Plaguebearer 1 (2nd release)|
|Plaguebearer 2 (2nd release)|
|Plaguebearer 3 (2nd release)|
|Plaguebearer 4 (2nd release)|
|Plaguebearer 5 (2nd release)|
|Plaguebearer 6 (2nd release)|
|Plaguebearer 7 (2nd release)|
|Plaguebearer 8 (2nd release)|
|Mordheim: Carnival of Chaos|
|Plaguebearer 1 (Carnival of Chaos)|
(Photo by Illuminatus - pending permission)
|Plaguebearer 2 (Carnival of Chaos)|
|Plaguebearer 1 (3rd release)|
|Plaguebearer 2 (3rd release)|
|Plaguebearer 3 (3rd release)|
|Plaguebearer 4 (3rd release)|
|Plaguebearer 5 (3rd release)|
|Plaguebearer 6 (3rd release)|
|Plaguebearer 7 (3rd release)|
|Plaguebearer 8 (3rd release)|
|3rd release command group (2007)|
|Plaguebearer Standard Bearer|
|4th release (2012)|
|Plaguebearer sprue 1 (4th release)|
|Plaguebearer sprue 2 (4th release)|
|An example set of models that could be made with these sprues follows...|
|Model designed by Jes Goodwin / Colin Dixon. Included for the sake of completeness, the model produced for the Plaguebearer in Epic-scale could never realistically be useful for modelling them in Warhammer Fantasy or Warhammer 40,000.|
|Included for the sake of completeness, the model produced for the Plaguebearers in Warmaster-scale could never realistically be useful for modelling them in Warhammer Fantasy or Warhammer 40,000.|
|Warmaster Beasts of Nurgle|
|Included for the sake of completeness, these Warmaster-scale models of Beasts of Nurgle have Plaguebearers riding them.|
|Pestigors are beastmen that have been touched by Nurgle, a troop choice for the Beasts of Chaos armies in Warhammer Fantasy Battle. These beastmen have single horns and single eyes: mutations granted to them by Grandfather Nurgle, that make them suitable substitute models as bestial Plaguebearers. The bladed weapons with which they are armed are suitable representations of the Plagueswords that Plaguebearers wield.|
|The Pestigor Champion is just as suitable for use as a Plaguebearer as any of the other Pestigor models. In a Chaos Daemons army, this model could be used to represent a lead Plaguebearer, or perhaps even a Herald of Nurgle.|
|Pestigor Standard Bearer|
|The Pestigor Standard Bearer is suitable for use as a Plaguebearer bearing a Chaos Icon of Nurgle. Note that its standard is not depicted in this image.|
|The Pestigor Musician is suitable for use as a Plaguebearer bearing an Instrument of Chaos.|
|Manikin Head Nurgle Renegade|
|Models designed by Michael Perry. These Chaos Renegades all have the heads of Plaguebearers.|
Note that the first of these also has a manikin as a personal chaos attribute, replacing its horn. With the appropriate painting, this could be used to represent a Nurgling instead.
You may wonder what a manikin is. Here's an explanatory description from Realm of Chaos: Slaves to Darkness (1988), Personal Chaos Attributes, page 125:
"Most of the mutant's facial features atrophy and disappear, until only the mouth is functional. Meanwhile, a miniature body sprouts from the mutant's forehead or crown. This manikin torso is perfect in every detail, with its own arms, head and face. This miniature torso and head do all the talking for the mutant, and the lower mouth in the atrophied face is used only for eating."
|Plaguebearer Head 1 Nurgle Renegade|
|Plaguebearer Head 2 Nurgle Renegade|
|Palanquin of Nurgle Chaos Renegade with Plasma Pistol and Meltagun|
|Model designed by Michael Perry with Jes Goodwin. This is one of four different models that could be used as the rider of the Palanquin of Nurgle. This Chaos Renegade has mutated to look almost entirely like a Plaguebearer.|
|Model designed by Aly Morrison. Epidemius, the Tallyman of Nurgle, is a Herald of Nurgle that rides on a palanquin borne by Nurglings. This is a redesign of the original Palanquin of Nurgle, and is liberally festooned with Nurglings. Epidemius himself is an oversized Plaguebearer, obese and maggot-ridden.|
The throne back is decorated with Nurglings clinging to the scaffolding that supports the standards. There are several maggots squirming amongst them, and note that the tallest banner pole that forms part of this component is topped with the severed head of a Plaguebearer (a bell hangs from a chain below this).
This model is part of the current range of Chaos Daemons and is available to purchase from Games Workshop.
(Component photos by Stelio, since component images are no longer available from the Games Workshop online store.)
|Epidemius throne back|
|Grey Knight Strike Squad|
|The Grey Knight Strike Squad includes a variety of components on its sprues, one of which is a Nemesis force sword that is embedded in the severed head of a Plaguebearer. How touching! The same sprue includes a severed Daemonette head being held aloft.|
This model is part of the current range of Adeptus Astartes: Grey Knights and is available to purchase from Games Workshop.
|Showcase Series Plaguebearer|
Model designed by Daniel Cockersell. This huge model of a plaguebearer measures a full 10 inches (25cm) in height and was part of the Showcase Series of display figures that Forge World used to produce. Sadly it is now longer available to buy. When it was on sale, its retail price was an impressive £150.
Model designed by Sean Green. This distended and corrupted walker is the Nurglesque counterpart to the Soul Grinder. Its head is that of a huge and bloated Plaguebearer, with a single eye and single horn. However do also note that its powerful arms are more reminiscent of the Great Unclean One Lord also produced by Forge World.
|Great Unclean Ones; Plaguebearers; Nurglings|