Painting Plague Marines still am I.

I managed to finish one purple plague marine and I’m almost finished a more classical looking Diseased Sons…

So the last few days I have been on staycation while my mom was in town. We had a heatwave so it was tough painting to start but I managed to finish one purple plague marine and I’m almost finished a more classical looking Diseased Sons. I used some old techniques and some new techniques. I also used some old and some brand new Citadel Contrast Paints so I’ll try to recollect basically what I did below and include both WIP and a finished miniature photo.

Purple and Green armour

If you’ve been following along you’ll know I’m painting both purple and green plague marines and for the lone purple plague marine I decided to try priming it with Wraithbone and using Shyish Purple as a base. It was not an overwhelming success but painting secondary parts of the model like the tabard are much easier. Of course for the black base coated model I went back and painted a bunch of things like skulls, tubes, and yes the tabard with Wraithbone so I could once again use Contrast Paints to try and speed things up.

Lots of Wraithbone

My problem with Contrast Paints is I can’t just do one coat and done. Usually I put a wash or some edge highlights or sometimes I go crazy and use washes, glazes, contrast medium, and highlights on some minor piece like the tubing or the pustules. But I’ve seen people do this bruised skin looking tubing and I thought it looked good so I did my attempt at it. Not sure I should have painted the tubing inside red though.

I do like Contrast paints for bones, some odd skin tones, and cloth so I’m hoping to use them extensively when I get back to painting Chaos Cultists and then I’ll have to resist temptation to keep highlighting and shading.

On the purple model’s tabard I used the new Garaghak’s Sewer but it came out pretty close to Snakebite Leather over Wraithbone. I added some highlights and washes but there isn’t much difference between the two. One paint I did use a lot was Mortarion Grime, it isn’t too strong, when I want more browny green or greenie brown I reach for Baby Poop.

The green plague marine has a Basilicanum Grey tabard and I just realized I didn’t paint a unit marker on the purple plague marine, he is supposed to be a member of the Scarlet Fevers. It has been a long time since I added a new model to an existing squad, I thought I was done with plague marines purple or otherwise.

I spent a lot of time on the metallics using Tinny Tin, Gun Metal, and some GW metallics including a pretty old pot of silver, the new pot I bought seems to work less well, it is not mixed well and no amount of shaking seems to fix it, maybe I’ll have to try using a tool. I’m even tempted to get one of those paint pot shakers.

Finished the metallics on the models

Tesseract Glow was used on the slime. You have to put it on pretty thick, but then I put an old green glaze, the ones with the red lids over it, that seems to have yielded good results quickly. Nurgle’s Rot is more yellow and less opaque so I use it over other paints to tint them. I also use bright coloured paints and I have some fluorescent ink I’ve yet to try.

Both these models are mounted on resin bases but I bought them long ago and I’m not sure who made them, but one may have been from Dragon Forge Design, I’ve ordered a lot of bases off Jeff over the years.

I am almost done painting the unit markings on the plague marine with the blight launcher, the first new plague marine I’ve painted. I want to paint a bunch more blight launchers, I bought the the bits so we’ll see how easy the conversion turns out to be. I want to put two into Gangrene squad and then I’m not sure which squad I’ll add one to, possibly Jaundice or the AXE gang.

Gangrene Squad
Classic Diseased Sons

The last step is taking a picture and posting it to the Internet, specifically Flickr, but I often miss bits and I like to seal my models, so sometimes I take a picture before sealing it, in case the colours are affected, but generally the lights and the digital tomfoolery affects the colours more than Citadel sealant, that is the brand I tend to use.

Purple Plague Marine
New School Purple Plague Marine

If you have thoughts on painting plague marines and whether a black base coat is better than a lighter one, or if I should just switch to coloured primer and simplify my paint scheme, you can leave your thoughts below.

Painting Plague Marines Still

of course I’m also painting mud, skulls and Nurglings too…

Of course I’m also painting mud, skulls and Nurglings too. Always be painting Nurglings, I actually bought another box of them because I’m out of single Nurglings, the last one I had off sprue was glued on to Bob the Necessary Evil this week.

In fact that Nurgling is the only part of Gangrene that isn’t done. I don’t have to finish it tonight and there are lots of parts of the models I’d like to improve but for now they just get bigger bases with more skulls and mud, plus of course the champion of the squad gets a Nurgling on his base.

Purple Diseased Son using Shyish Purple

I’m also painting a purple plague marine. I used Wraithbone to prime him and thinned Shyish Purple as the first coat. Then things get weird, well weird if you’re a GW fanboy as I used 19B Royal Purple from the Foundary Paint System. This isn’t a great match for Shyish or for my old dried out Citadel colors but it is what I have and have used recently. Then I used Warcolours violet shade, this is probably my favourite paint of the ones I ordered from them. I used it un-thinned but it was just obscuring my tiny lines so I thinned it. Then of course would come 19A and more tiny lines and then to try and tie it together Purple Glaze with a red lid and an octagon pot. Those were great GW paints and I wish I had the whole set.

No 40K This Weekend

Bill was out of commission so I took that as a sign I should paint, but I never put in that many hours, we’ll see how the Purple Diseased Son ends up. I might paint one more Purple plague marine, but I might go back to the black basecoat. I’ll have to try a Contrast green plague marine, I keep buying paints and testing them on Nurglings or small parts of models. I tried Kroak Green Shade on my latest Nurgling, that might be a winner.

Although no Warhammer 40,000 was played at least not by us in our narrative campaign, the regulars and one extra attempted to play a 9000 point a side Horus Heresy game. I managed to watch one turn, if it doesn’t look like a fair fight it is because the Imperial Fists were late and everyone and their dog was in reserves.

9000 points of Horus Heresy supposedly

It was actually Aiden’s birthday so I walked down to the Sentry Box to wish them well, Mortarion had just arrived when I left, his Spartan had been destroyed, it is one of the grey ones but Mortarion himself and his bodyguard were painted.

As I may have revealed last week I planned on adding some more Blightlords both to my collection and to my squad in the narrative campaign and although Sentry Box had several boxes last week, when I got there this Saturday there were none, they did have Nurglings which I may eventually field, but my paint queue is going to go plague marines, blightlords then new HQ after Maceo’s not unexpected demise. I’ll paint him as a spawn but he’s back to sitting in my display case.

Maceo the Retired

This weekend I took it pretty easy but I did exercise and I did paint and now I have updated this blog. I was tying to finish off the bases on five models tonight, but I just don’t need to, tomorrow is #MiniatureMonday so I’ll probably paint again and post to the Gram. I just have the fine detail work to do on the Nurgling and I prefer to do that when I’m fresh.

I’ll also find out if contrast power armour saves me time or yields better results than my traditional black basecoat Diseased Sons’ technique. I do think contrast paint will speed up some of the secondary parts of the model like the cloth tabard but for true metallics I think I prefer painting those over black. I did pick up some Mortarion Grime maybe that will become the new Devlan Mud at least among Death Guard and Nurgle players.

If you have thoughts on painting plague marines or Nurgle miniatures you can leave them below.

Still painting Plague Marines

Although I took a break and despite the new hotness of the Chaos Codex being here I am still painting Plague Marines for my army the Diseased Sons…

Although I took a break and despite the new hotness of the Chaos Codex being here I am still painting Plague Marines for my army the Diseased Sons. I definitely am not as skilled as I used to be and I’m not sure my signature painting technique is wise when speed matters and your vision gets worse every year, but I’m committed to painting maybe a dozen more rank and file models for this army.

Painting a Plague Spewer

This model of course has the not terribly popular Plague Spewer. I must paint another one right after this for the same squad, the infamous Burning Sores because I embraced letting the galaxy burn before it was cool, so when the Death Guard Codex came out I decided despite it not being the darling of the Internet to go with the Chosen Sons. I’m still waiting for this decision to pay off, but I hope once I finish this squad it’ll start paying dividends.

If you have not been following our narrative campaign, I have not been dominating and my commitment to using my vintage models in a plague marine heavy army has been a struggle so the new sexiness has some appeal. Devin will use the new rules, I will focus on updating my army and leveraging the rules in the Death Guard codex this year.

Maceo has not proven optimal and after failing again to kill the enemy warlord despite me unleashing the toxins, I won’t be surprised if he turns into a chaos spawn. I have one new on sprew for just such an occurrence, but I also have a new daemon prince too for you optimists out there. And I believe it is a 2 in 9 chance to turn into a spawn so less than 33% of the time.

Tomorrow the Chaos Codex may be physically available. I did pre-order a copy from the Friendly Local Game Store but I’ve also been reading the odd blog post and in a big change from the days when we had to pray every day for a Chaos Codex, they actually sent a pile of copies to various social media influencers so I’ve already seen battle reports and reviews on YouTube.

Always bet on black

Painting Challenges

Before I engage in speculation I’ll point out that I decided against the Plague Marines backpack being all metal but then one of his leg pieces of armor was just too tough to paint in the tiny line style so it is going to be a big piece of brass. The armour plating is basically done, I did not use the exact same recipe as the terminator and I think I’m in the market for a dark green that covers over black well. Either that or I go full on contrast paint for my plague marines, I think I can just paint tiny lines over that.

Blightlord Terminator
My previous Diseased Son

Next up, likely tomorrow as this is Canada Day long weekend, is the metal bits starting with some iron or steel coloured metal. I’ll do the trim in a tin bitz plus brass just like always then it looks like I may have to use some copper or even some gold as these new models are both big and detailed. I will possibly be simplifying my Nefarious Fire paint scheme, maybe even use some dry brushing.

I’ve been painting these models and this army for so long there isn’t a recipe that is in-print, but I did use one of my secret weapons, Black Green Game Ink, which I did not use on the terminator.

Chaos Codex Potential

If you’re a long time follower of this blog or Muskblog or my online activities in general you’ll know I’m not really a Death Guard player. I’ve long been a Nurgle guy, but I developed my own chapter, paint scheme, fluff and never used any of the Death Guard special characters though I definitely used their model bits.

I also thought I was done painting more Nurgle guys, I’d painted them all, I converted all the conversions, tried all the schemes, I’d moved on to Chaos Undivided and painting other models I’d collected over the years like Noise Marines and Bezerkers. But then my life changed and I basically got out of the hobby for many years, but I never sold my models, I just put them in storage until things got better.

The Phantom of the Rock Opera
For those about to rock, we salute you.

Now I’m back living in Calgary Alberta and one of the few people I knew who lived here was a gamer and after dabbling in Warcry and various board games the big game must have called to Bill as we’ve completed eleven weeks of our narrative campaign and I think 9th Edition is the version I’ve played the most since perhaps 5th edition Warhammer 40,000.

I was of course following the rumours over at the B&C but the plan was to use the DIY rules to may own renegade chapter for both the Diseased Sons and the Nefarious Fire then when the book finally comes out, it turns out there are no DIY chapter rules, so you must choose a legion and then just paint it however you damn well want and forgo special characters which I do anyway. I wanted to use all my models or as many as I could so the Chaos Legions devoted to a single god were out, that still left several options and I’ve pretty much decided the best fit is the Iron Warriors, oh the irony.

How many times can I make that joke? You see back in 2nd Edition and even more so 3rd Edition the Iron Warriors were infamous because they could take an extra heavy support choice and they could thus have more big guns than any army and this was a big deal on the original Grand Tournament circuit. I believe I played against Iron Warriors in Vancouver, but Jeff supposedly chose the legion because it was easy to paint. I’m going to choose it because it is tough, Iron Warrior rules plus Nurgle rules will be the Diseased Sons.

If you played against the Diseased Sons in 2nd Edition you’d know not only did my Nurgle Renegades have heavy weapons I had a quite a few and they were mostly missile launchers too, because I had developed a Rad Missile strategy even won a tournament with it. But after many years I stripped a lot of models both because I thought I could paint them better and the missile launchers and other heavy weapons couldn’t be Nurgle anymore. Then GW changed the rules…

Games Workshop has changed the rules many times since, but if I want to field as many painted models as possible I must use two or three or possibly even four codices. I have many many Nurgle daemons on square bases, I doubt I’ll ever rebase them, but if we keep playing 40K and they release another Chaos Daemon Codex who knows, but right now I’m focussing on Death Guard and planning to use the new Chaos Codex to field an army with Plague Marines, Bezerkers and eventually at least one squad of Noise Marines and I will use the Iron Warriors rules to do it.


Although I don’t have the book yet, it doesn’t matter as I mainly go with the rule of cool so I’ve decided now that I’m an Iron Warrior I need a Warpsmith. I also must have the Cultist Coven as I still plan to paint up two squads of twenty cultists. That just leaves the warlord and I don’t know, it might be a terminator lord because that is what I want to do with the Death Guard rules, I want to field the Lord of Virulence, but I could just go with a Daemon Prince as they’ve released a new snazzy model, but that would take me a month or more to paint, so what I want/need to paint is a consideration and I already have suitable terminators painted.

Old School Chaos Terminator Lord
The Oldest Chaos Lord in Terminator Armour


I can field over seven squads of plague marines and my goal this year is to try to get them all on the board and funky fresh, but when I use the Chaos Codex I generally only use one or two squads max. This is when painting my models a different color for their battlefield role actually proves useful. I also bought the White Dwarf and may get my one squad of painted Khorne Bezerkers on the table again. I believe I have every Khorne Bezerker ever made which is way more than one squad but my goal is ten in a rhino. We’ll see if I remember how to paint evil dark red.

Long have I thought Noise Marines were the best, but the Rubric marines could be the best now I don’t know, we’ll see after people get a few more games with he new rules. I doubt I’ll ever do 1000 Sons but I will get my Tzeentch Renegades on the board again and maybe I’ll run a Tzeentch Daemon Lord as my supreme commander. But eventually I’ll paint my collection of Noise Marines as just like Bezerkers, I believe I have collected them all. Playing in the narrative campaign has made me a big fan of max sized squads, why not have all the toys?

WE Assault Marine in Nefarious Fire Colors
People hated these models when they came out, but now they are collectable.

The problem with the Elite section of the codex is there is too much good stuff. I of course have Chosen including a whole squad with combi-meltas which may no longer be an option, but I’ll probably come up with something new and a big block of ten terminators may be returning, they are just too strong or too tough not to field and I already have them painted. Using models I already have painted is a big theme for me in 9th Edition 40K.

All the Nurgle Terminators I rebased
Don’t they look Right Hard?


If I’m spoiled for Elite choices I have even more troops as basically every squad in the Diseased Sons can be fielded as Plague Marines or Nurgle Renegades plus I have a bunch of Undivided and other god worshipping models. My plan still remains to paint more cultists. I will go for two squads of twenty, half armed for H2H and half armed with long rifles. That leaves me four troops choices, my Tzeentch lascannon with Icon may be legal again so that is interesting, but I’ll also do at least ten Nurgle renegades, then how can I not do a squad armed with chainswords but they may worship Slaneesh as I pretty much want the Balefire Tomb or whatever it is called, to have a mini psycher. I could conceivably field six psychers.

Converted and Fallen Space Marine
Back in 2nd Edition Nurgle could have Lieutenants with Jump Packs

Fast Attack

I will bulk out my spawn more, I want to get a full squad of five. I also will build a squad around my lone Nurgle model on a bike and my Nurgle models with jump packs. Then I’ll probably do another bike squad, I think based on the what I’ve read I may be a big biker user in this Codex.

Heavy Support

Even before I became an Iron Warrior I already had quite a lot of heavy support choices including by my count three havoc squads, two devoted to Nurgle and one undivided the legendary Longed Four. As I plan to run a Warpsmith I was thinking a daemon engine but he apparently can boost any vehicle so maybe a new predator or land raider or defiler instead of a Mauler Fiend. Lastly I do have a lone Obliterator and fielding him and possibly some new mates will probably happen, basically the plan would be to max out everything in a detachment.

My lone Obliterator

What about Chaos Knights?

Painting a Chaos Knight seems to now be a part of my three year plan. I own the codex but have not read it. Basically I’ll paint if not the biggest one then the coolest one, maybe the psycher one as I plan to field an army of psychers, but the Knight player in our campaign Aiden says it is less useful if you aren’t running a pure knight army…

If you have thoughts on painting plague marines or how to use the Death Guard codex or the new Chaos Codex you can leave a comment below.

Rebasing Plague Marines Continues

We are pretty busy at work, but I made some time to paint more mud and skulls…

We are pretty busy at work, but I made some time to paint more mud and skulls. This time I put the Wraithbone right out of the pot onto the plastic skulls and that made a mess, so I can’t recommend that. I’ll probably use the spray on Wraithbone again next time or some brush on primer.

The bases were enbiggened using the adapters I got from Tabletop Adapters. They fit pretty good, but you still have to fill in some gaps with filler, then glue and sand. Then you re-drybrush and it looks pretty good. The skulls are from GW, they come in a big box, this actually might be the rare good deal from GW, but there are other miniature skull manufactures.

For those following our 9th Edition Narrative campaign or Warhammer 40,000 this will give me two ten model squads of Plague Marines. This is Syphilis who became my maximum Plasma Gun squad which in 9th Edition is three. The champion can now have one and then one per every five models in the squad. The rest of this squad will have bolters and then a banner/icon, the Sigil of Decay.

Syphilis Squad
Fresh Recruits for Syphilis Squad

Narrative Campaign Week 5

Attacker: Hostile forces continue to hinder the progress of your crusade. You must disrupt their supply lines or their forces will over-power you and leave you unable to push forward.

Defender: A vicious counter attack has been launched against you. Muster your army and defend vital supplies.

Players will play one mission of Sabotage as either the attacker or defender
Blight Bombardment marker
My Blight Bombardment marker

I want to get back to converting new champions as I do think especially using Power Level the Power Fist may be worth it. You can actually give a model a fist and a plasma gun whereas in the past you could only give your champ a plasma pistol and a power fist, so I might have to build that truly overarmed champion either to lead Syphilis or some other squad.

The next Plague Marine squad I add to the campaign will be a melta gun armed one, but that might not be for a week or two as I also want to bulk up my cultist squad and I still need to paint the new plague marines I have on my painting table. I plan to convert more as I’ve yet to try the Blight Launcher out in battle. If you have thoughts on arming plague marines and champions you can leave them below.

Painting New Plague Marines

That is correct, apparently I do not have enough painted and converted plague marines…

That is correct, apparently I do not have enough painted and converted plague marines. I used to have them all, now I don’t, but I did buy thirteen of the new models, a box of regular ones and a box of heroes. And since I’m the plague flamer guy apparently, they all have plague flamers.

I’m not sure I want to be the plague flamer guy after spending all afternoon assembling three models. I cursed the Redemptionist with a flamer, it was a pain to assemble and tricky to paint too, then all three of these models have a similar design with tubes that must connect to the backpack so you must position everything perfect and glue multiple spots at once.

Redemptionist with Flame Thrower
Flamers have become hard to assemble and paint

Some of the models have plastic pins and grooves to make it harder to screw up but I still made some minor mistakes. The Space Marine Hero has lots of these plastic pins and holes and when you test fit it, you may need an exacto knife to pry it back apart. These models required pins, I had to get out saws, needle files, knifes and of course super glue, but hopefully they’ll look good.

They are being primed black. I was encouraged to change to a different primer but I already have a hundred or so models I’m trying to match these three to, but for most anything that isn’t black (or very dark armour) or literally in black robes like the Redeptionists and the many many night goblins I’ve painted, you probably are better off with a white, off-white, or light grey primer. There are also coloured primers so I have used Dark Angels Green in the past on vehicles and I still have a partial spray can of it, not sure if it would be enough to do another tank…

The Plague Spewer

I couldn’t figure out why more people don’t field this weapon. The model is a challenge to assemble but I can’t see the drawback to this guy. Moving and shooting heavy weapons is now possible, but the minus one to hit is completely negated because it is a flamer style weapon and automatically hits. Then because it is a plague weapon you can re-roll wounds especially if you are near the Arch-Contaminator. Apparently plasma guns remain the most popular special weapon.

The Assembled Plague Spewer armed Plague Marine

All these models are going in the Burning Sores, I’ve decided to max out flamer style weapons in one squad both for visual appeal and for shock and awe in our narrative campaign. The optimal plague marine squad is still to be determined. Most online run either five man barebones squads or they go with as many of the good H2H weapons as they can afford. I’m not anti-five man squad, but I want a wall of models so my Lord doesn’t have to take a Vanquisher cannon again anytime soon.

Metal Pin in Plastic Model

The resin bases were in my toolbox. Based on the colour and plain ziplock bag they were in I have no idea who made them. I’m not sure why I even had some 32 mm bases. They are actually a tad small, I measure them at about about 31 mm. But I own them and supposedly bases and faces is what matters when painting an army, so I’m always upping my basing game and only one of the models I assembled has a face.

In order to get the plastic models to attach well to the resin bases I had to pin them. When I was painting before I was working through all the Chaos Renegades I’d collected or the plastic models were sticking to the resin bases fine. Not all resin bases are created equal. I definitely have bought some I don’t like. They may never be used, because even after washing them in soapy water, paint just does not stick. I never washed these ones, hopefully I won’t regret it. It is these strange yellowish resin ones that are basically worthless and I should chuck.

I have more bases coming from Poland, Micro Art Studios makes nice but very elaborate bases. I got some more 32mm, but also 40mm and even larger. Other base companies I like include Scibor and Dragon Forge. I’ll order from both of those again, in fact I think I have a lot of Jeff’s bases.


I missed these models when they first came out as I was out of the hobby and living abroad or just not dialled in. They sold out quickly in Calgary but then I read on the Death Guard Facebook where I could get some in British Columbia and ordered a set. I never opened all the boxes, but each one has a unique base with an unique Nurgling and probably two heads.

Morslug Assembled!

I was today years old when I learned three shields means you have an option of which part to use. I’d previously assembled Cultists, Nurglings, Necromunda models, Gloomspite Gitz, and a Chaos Spawn without figuring that out.

Morslug is not quite as hard to assemble as the previous model. I’m not sure when it was decided Chaos Plague Marine shoulder pads should be multiple pieces, but that is one more thing to glue. Morslug fits very snug to his base and together in general. You may have to pry him apart with a knife after test fitting. This also meant I didn’t glue every piece.

He doesn’t have two tubes like the regular Plague Marine with a Plague Spewer and due to his pins you almost have to bend the plastic into place. Both the head and the tube going into the gun have to be put in before you glue the two halves together. I got this wrong once, but realized in time to fix it. The backpack and one arm are just on their pegs, the other arms and the tube should hopefully hold everything in place.

The Plague Belcher

This is plague marine number six. He also got pinned to his base, then because Morslug has a spare head I decided to just use that, but due to the way Morslug’s head fits and regular plague marine heads fit, I ended up pinning it too. This is the most pinning I’ve done in ages, I thought GWs models all went together perfectly now, but in truth a metal pin and if I took the time epoxy would be a very strong join, as it is I just used super glue, because did I mention it took me all afternoon to assemble three models?

Of course this model has a tube going from an arm to their backpack. I again left one arm loose and I think I may have shaved off the little nub that was put there to guide me, but if your arm join isn’t perfect you can usually cover it up with a shoulder pad, then the shoulder pad comes in two pieces…

Hopefully this model stays together I put extra super glue where I thought it was weak and you can’t see the poorly attached arm because of the shoulder pad and once primed black most little imperfections should disappear. I’m not sure I like this face and I may have clean off a bit I wasn’t supposed to clean off, but I like my models to look different and if I buy another box of Plague Marines they’ll all get head swaps.

Plague Belcher Plague Marine with swapped head

Yesterday’s Game

Apparently once again we played the mission wrong, you can’t score VPs on the first turn of this mission, this makes sense as it makes the random roll to go first a big deal. Devin got to go first, but I still think the biggest reason I lost the game was I took an army list I knew was worse, just to try out different models. I’m still learning the rules and almost every game I play, I have a new set of rules to learn. Not every single mission can be completed with seven Death Guard and a Daemon Engine.

I did field a counts as Plague Spewer once before and that model almost made it into Syphilis and thus the start of the campaign, but I decided I wanted to keep Syphilis as the bolter and plasma gun squad, so the Scarlet Fevers when they join the campaign may not max out plasma guns and bolters.

What’s Next?

Well obviously I am painting four models, the fourth model has a heavy flamer and uses the Forge World Death Guard terminator bits, I bought them, even built three models but never got them painted. Since we are using PL and I’m apparently the flamer guy, I threw in a black primer-ed model to my campaign force. I’ll get him painted as fast as I can but Plague Marines and terminators are bigger than cultists and those cultists took me weeks.

After that it is back to mud and skulls. I want to get five more green guys rebased and then five purple guys then maybe five more of each. I’m not sure the optimal plague marine squad is bolters and plasma guns or all the flamers. I think a mix may be interesting because you face different armies and different missions so you need to perhaps run your Plague Marines against all comers.

Me personally I suck at killing heavy armour, I always have. My abundance of flamers dates all the way back to 2nd Edition when I would play against Harlequin Jetbikes on Vancouver Island, these were incredibly hard to hit, but they had to go in a straight line to do their drive by slashing or whatever it was called. My solution was to give just about every squad in my army a flamer. Because flamers auto-hit even back then, you just take your beating then burn the bikes out of the sky.

I’m not sure I’ll run a plague belcher in every squad but that would be very old school, I like my squads to be different and have personality, but with the removal of the combi-flamer on the champion, I may spread out my flamer type weapons in the future. Giving your champion a plasma gun is new and quite powerful. I have a number of champions with a plasma pistol, but it was never my favourite option in previous editions. If I’m going to crawl within twelve inches of the enemy I’m going to melta them.

A plague marine squad with one plague belcher, one melta gun and one blight launcher has appeal, the blight launcher as an assault weapon seems good. I like assault weapons and obviously plague weapons are good. Some do prefer the plasma gun but now that the champ can have that you can pack quite a few guns into even a small plague marine squad. I still like the bolter boosted by Malicious Volley, Inexorable Advance and a banner, but in a campaign the temptation to max out on goodies is strong.

If we switch to using points in the future I may have to look at trimming some fat, but for right now, I plan to paint all the goodies, including more icons and eventually a H2H focussed squad. The big three guns seem to be plasma, spewer, and meltagun, so why not have a blight launcher or plague belcher too? If you have thoughts on the optimal five and ten man plague marine squad you can leave them below.