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In the Warhammer 40,000 setting, Bubonis is a Plague Titan of Nurgle, a corrupted Warlord-class Titan that has merged with its pilot and become a Greater Daemon. Bubonis leads the Legion of Festering Death.
Since the dark days of the Horus Heresy the renegade Titan legions have dwelt in the Eye of Terror. For thousands of years they have been proving themselves to the Dark Lords in the hope that the most worthy of them might be granted the ultimate reward, Daemonhood!
Bubonis is one such Titan, once the command of Grand Master Marnic Bubon, man and machine have become one and now lead the much feared Festering Death Titan legion to war against all comers.
The legion of Festering Death, formally known by the Imperium as the Silver Scythes, had been based on the rim of Imperial space when the Heresy swept the Imperium into civil war. Overlooked by many and far away from the bulk of the fighting the Legion's commanders quickly succumbed to the lure of Chaos and entered the fray, siding with the Lord of Decay. The Legion set about bringing famine and pestilence to the worlds on the rim and unleashed ancient plagues upon the planets, thus winning their Lord's favour.
Bubonis is a Greater Daemon and all normal rules apply. The Titan is entitled to 3 chaos cards and he may use these to negate the effects of a hit; the card must be played before damage is rolled. Any units charged by Bubonis may not shoot him in the first fire phase and must take a morale check or go on to Fall Back orders.
Whenever Bubonis moves he leaves a trail of sticky contagious slime behind him; the slime trail is 4cm wide and the template that is provided on the back inside cover should be used to represent the slime. The slime remains in play for the rest of the game and any troops who are not his minions will take a single hit with a -2 save modifier if they touch the template. Also any models that are in close combat with Bubonis will take a hit on a 4+ with a -1 save modifier before combat is resolved.
Bubonis was once a Warlord class Titan and as such he can make one 90 degree turn during his movement. He has 6 void shields to protect him from incoming fire.
1200 years ago Nurgle rewarded Bubonis for his loyalty and devotion with special plague cannon. These are barrage weapons that fire a festering ball of rotting waste that's infused with many sickening diseases. This hits its target and splatters over a wide area hitting anything underneath with 8 barrage points; any model that is hit suffers a -1 save modifier. After shooting has been resolved leave the template in position and roll on the plague outbreak table at the beginning of your movement phase.
|1-3||The plague seeps into the ground and dissipates. Remove the template from play.|
|4-5||The mess of rot and disease starts to fester. Leave the template in play; anything that touches the temaplte will be hit on a roll of 4+ with a -1 save.|
|6||The plague starts to spread at an alarming rate. An outbreak is imminent! Any model that touches the template will be hit on the roll of a 3+ with a -1 save and anything within 6cm will be hit on a 5+ with a -1 save.|
Bubonis is also armed with the revolting Rot Spitters. Many writhing tentacles protrude from the Titan's carapace. These end in gaping mouths that shoot large gobbets of Rot and Goo at the enemies of Nurgle, while the huge gaping mouth that dominates the Titan's body can spit long streams of corrupted slime at anything that gets too close. Bubonis' mighty plague cannon are gripped and aimed by decaying Claws of Nurgle. These are treated as a single power fist in close combat. You may not fire the plague cannon and use the claws as a power fist in the same turn.
If you take Bubonis as a greater daemon you must also buy him followers. Bubonis must have at least 3 minion cards following him. Bubonis also allows you to purchase a Titan battle group; this battle group must be made up of Titans from the Legion of Festering Death and may be picked from the Titan Legion cards at the end of the article, as these are Bubonis' followers. Titans from the Legion of Festering Death can have general Chaos attributes and Nurgle specific Chaos attributes.
If Bubonis is destroyed then any Titans from the Legion of Festering Death will lose all of their general Chaos attributes. Nurgle specific attributes are not affected.
(Any Titan bought as a minion card for Bubonis will come from the Legion of Festering Death.)
Bubonis is made from a number of different parts. You will need...
To start your model glue the Rubble claws over the Titan's moulded feet and then attach the body section as usual. Don't glue the carapace on yet.
It is now time to attach Bubonis' main body (the Nurgle body piece). This should fit quite well on to the front of the Titan body although if you trim the Titan body and the inside of the lead part a good fit can be obtained. Try to position it so that the bottom of the Nurgle body piece fits between the Titan's legs (see picture).
These are simple to make. Take the two Titan heads of Nurgle and cut off the rear tab (the one that usually fits in to the hole in the Titan body) and the tongue. You can now glue these on to the front of the Gargant Gut buster cannon.
Attach the finished Plague cannon to the arm mounts on the Titan.
The head piece from a Beast of Nurgle is quite large and it is necessary to cut the actual head away from the "bib". To do this make two straight cuts either side of the head so that a triangular wedge (with the head at the centre) is removed from the "bib"; don't make the wedge too big as we will be using the "bib" later on. File the head down a bit and slot it in to position between the body section and the carapace, in the space left by the removed overhang.
If you wish you can now glue the "bib" on to the rear of the titan; slot it in between the carapace and the main body (see picture on left).
The arms are also simple, although you may wish to pin them in place. Your model will look better if you pose the arms a bit. To do this bend the fingers and hand so that it will look like the hand is gripping the Plague cannon, but be careful as it is very easy to accidentally break a finger or even the entire hand off (I know, I did it myself). After the hand has been posed it is a simple matter to glue it on next to the Plague cannon.
Assuming you have drilled the holes into the carapace all you have to do is cut the tentacles away from the rest of the metal and position them as you like in the holes.
This is up to you; your Bubonis model should now be ready for painting although I recommend filling the gaps in the model with some milliput. Also you may like to model Bubonis' slime trail on to his base; again milliput would be ideal, although I used some Bostic all purpose clear glue.
Following the death of Horus and the effective end of the Heresy, Bubonis fled to the Eye of Terror with the remainder of the Legion of Festering Death. There he dwells, a Prince among Daemons waiting to seek his vengeance on the mortals of the Imperium once again.
Bubonis is a towering warty filth covered Titan; his carapace is covered in slimy tentacular Rot Blasters and his two diseased arms grip the mighty Plague Cannon that were gifted to him by father Nurgle.
Bubonis entitles you to Titan Battle groups taken from the Legion of Festering Death.
The Legion of Festering Death is highly favoured by Nurgle and any Titans taken from this legion may be bought a number of Nurgle specific Chaos Attributes (see rules).
If Bubonis is destroyed then any Titan under his command will lose their General Chaos Attributes (Nurgle specific attributes are not affected).
Your opponent gains 12 VPs when Bubonis is destroyed
A Chaos army led by Bubonis confronts an Eldar force
|Creatures||Beasts of Nurgle; Blight Drones; Foetid Bloat-drones; Great Unclean Ones; Hooktors; Lords of Contagion; Mabrothrax; Malignant Plaguecasters; Noxious Blightbringers; Nurglings; Pestigor; Plaguebearers; Plaguebulls; Plague Hulks; Plague Ogryns; Plague Toads; Plague Towers; Plague Zombies; Poxbringers; Poxwalkers; Rot Flies; Sloppity Bilepipers; Spoilpox Scriveners|
|Characters||Abcellyoth; Aynthrexes; Bilerot Vomitflesh; Lothar Bubonicus; Bubonis; Vorxec Calvarius; The Carrier; The Entomancer; Epidemius; Ferrue Fayne; Tormus Fayne; Foulspawn; Nathaniel Garro; Ghulroth; The Glottkin; Goresqualor; Gulgoth; Horticulous Slimux; Jibberjaw; Ku'gath; Mamon; Adrius Meinloka; Mephidast; Mortarion; Mortius; Mulch; Necrosius; Nurgle; Pestilaan; Putricifex; Rotigus; Scabeiathrax; Septicus; Achkovas Spengh; The Thanator; Typhus; Ussax; Karloth Valois; Plaguestrangler Vilestench; Jonas Whitespore; Ystareth|
|Groups||Apostles of Contagion; The Befouling Host; Blessed Flesh; Bringers of Decay; Brotherhood of Plague; Callers of Sorrow; Carnival of Chaos; The Cleaved; Company of Misery; Death Guard; Deathmongers; Death Priests; Flylords; The Grey Death; Inevitable Order; Legio Mortis; Legion of Festering Death; Lords of Decay; Mournful Song; Nurgle's Rotters; Plague Legions; Pox Tribes; The Purge; The Reborn; The Scourge; Septicus Legion; Sorcerer-Kings; The Tainted; Tainted Sons; Vile Savants; House Zegenda|
|Things||An'garrach; Balesword; Blight Grenade; Bloodrot Rounds; Bone Maul; Corruption; Cursed Carillon; Death Head; Dolorous Knell; Doomsday Bell; Entropic Knell; Epidemia; Father of Blades; Foulswarm Grenade; Gem of Nurgle; Horn of Nurgle's Rot; Icon of Despair; Icon of Seeping Decay; Manreaper; Palanquin; Pandemic Staff; Pestilaan Light Cruiser; Pestilent Flail; Plague Banner; Plaguebringer; Plague Cauldron; Plague Chalice; Plague Claw; Plague Flail; Plague Knife; Plague Sceptre; Plague Skull of Glothila; Plaguesword; Poxwalker Hive; Puscleaver; Rot Giver; Scab; Scourge Shells; Staff of Nurgle; TP-III; Undead Heart; War Altar|