How to paint plaguebearers

Plaguebearers. They’ve always been hideous, and as Games Workshop’s miniatures have improved, they’ve become more so. With the release of Blightwar and the ongoing Death Guard releases – you may have noticed I’ve been painting Nurgle a LOT – I thought it would be a good time to expand my Chaos force for Age of Sigmar. The good thing about the Daemons from AoS, I should be able to use most of them in Warhammer 40k too. Bonus!

The undercoat for these miniatures was Citadel Corax White spray for the most part, then Halfords White Primer for the rest. They’re pretty much the same paint.

Next came the base coat of Vallejo Russian Uniform WWII. It’s not the official colour, but I do like it, and when highlighted they look grubby without having to do anything. It’s kind of a dirty green colour.

Next, I washed the whole model in Citadel Reikland Fleshshade Shade – shade shade – then reapplied the Russian Uniform WWII, leaving plenty of the Fleshshade on show.

Using Citadel Mephiston Red, I painted all the wounds, gaping or otherwise, and the end of his trunk.

Next I mixed a little Vallejo Flat Flesh with the Mephiston Red to make a creamy, pink colour which I used to paint the innards.

Citadel Druchii Violet was washed over all the wounds, big and small, trying to avoid the more exposed areas of the innards.

With a mix of White, Citadel Yriel Yellow and Citadel Averland Sunset I painted all the boils and pustules.

Next I used Citadel Rakarth Flesh to paint the horns and claws.

Citadel Lamentor’s Yellow Glaze was used around the wounds and cuts, giving them a slightly rancid look. I also used Citadel Ushabti Bone to paint the ends of the claws and horns.

The eye was painted using Vallejo White, holding the model side on, then painting it with a downward stroke, then a small spot of Citadel Abaddon Black was added for the pupil.How-to-paint-plaguebearers

Citadel Carroburg Crimson shade was used to ring the boils and pustules and to darken the areas around the wounds, to try and make them look a little inflamed. I also used it to go around the edges of the eyes and eyelids, as well as painting trickles of it from all the wounds.

The first layer on the sword was Citadel Xereus Purple, which was then washed with Druchii Violet. I used quite a bit of Druchii Violet so that it pooled at the bottom of each section of the sword, which you can see in the pictures below where it is darker at the bottom and lighter at the top.

Next I added pure White to the raised edges of the sword to distinguish the segments a little.

Mixing a little White with Xereus Purple, I highlighted the top of each of the sword’s sections. I did two highlights with this, each time adding a spot of White to the previous mix. Ideally this should be done before the previous step, with the White highlights being done after the Purple and White mix, but I got carried away.

The final thing to do was to  paint the model with matte varnish (it’s an old bottle that the label has rubbed off from…), using  Citadel ‘Ardcoat to varnish the wounds, eyes, sword and the end of the trunk.

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Below are the finished model from this tutorial, and the finished model from the video tutorial found here.

A more recent post of techniques to paint plaguebearers can be found below:

Plaguebearer painting techniques, part 1

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