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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.

Citadel Journal 9 (1995)

Citadel Journal 9 (1995), p5-6 — Bubonis, Daemonic Plague Titan of Nurgle

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.

Special Rules

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.

WeaponRangeTo HitSave
Plague Cannon100cm8BP-1

Plague Cannon Table
1-3The plague seeps into the ground and dissipates. Remove the template from play.
4-5The 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.
6The 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.

Followers of Bubonis

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.)

Citadel Journal 9 (1995), p9 — How to Make Bubonis

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.

  • Next you will need to take the carapace and drill some holes in it. Make the holes big enough so that the tentacles will fit inside. It is also necessary to cut away the front overhang - that's the bit with the Imperial eagle moulded to the top. You can now glue the carapace to the rest of the Titan.

    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).

    The Plague Cannon

    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

    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

    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.

    The Tentacles

    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.

    To Finish

    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.

  • Bubonis (front view)

    Citadel Journal 9 (1995), p10 — Greater Daemon: Bubonis - Plague Titan of Nurgle

    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.

    Points Value 1200


    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).

    Victory Points 12

    Your opponent gains 12 VPs when Bubonis is destroyed

    A Chaos army led by Bubonis confronts an Eldar force

    A Chaos army led by Bubonis confronts an Eldar force