Realm of Chaos – The Death Guard #1: Poxwalkers #1-3 (Zomtober ’19) (Contrast Paint Experiment #12)

Nurgle Poxwalkers

And with this trio of figures, my force of modern Death Guard officially begins! Initiated as part of my Contrast Paint Experiment series after seeing and being inspired to get started on them by what Krautscientist did with his GW sample models, not to mention seeing painters like Wudugast and Ann pound them out for month after month – but even so, they kind of stalled a bit on the desk – I’d planned to finish these in August, then September as part of Squaddie September, but they missed both marks. Now, thanks to the Zomtober Painting Challenge over on Brummie’s Wargaming Blog, I’ve got the first three of my initial half-dozen of the suckers finished this afternoon. For those who are unaware, the Zomtober Challenge is to paint up a Zombie or a Survivor each week and have them posted up by the Sunday.

Nurgle Poxwalkers

Thankfully, there appears to be enough flexibility to allow people like me who are more likely to get the zeds (or poxies) painted up in a single or pair of batches to participate as well as allow non-standard Zombies like these Poxwalkers to contribute. So I’ve been able to leverage that into some painted models. Of course, “Poxwalkers” and the new, “horny” design tweak is simply GW’s slight reworking of the previous “Plague Zombie” concept into something more trademark-friendly for their own purposes. So it’s all the same, pretty much.

On the Contrast Paint front, these models are pretty much perfect for the stuff – organic, mutated, discoloured, not-quite-right, and highly detailed. All factors that make the Contrast Paints work perfectly with them while being quite forgiving of the colours looking a bit off or improper here and there. It’s pretty much guaranteed that once the other half of the six I started are done, I’ll be starting on some more, regardles sof whether they get finished during Zomtober or not.

And yeah, since these things aren’t Nurgle Daemons but are instead part of the chaff from the Death Guard, they officially mark my beginning to paint the 40k-Mortal half of my Nurgle forces…

21 thoughts on “Realm of Chaos – The Death Guard #1: Poxwalkers #1-3 (Zomtober ’19) (Contrast Paint Experiment #12)

    • Yes, it is a sorry business, I have gotten rather stalled about pounding out new zombies to join the Nurgle wing of my Combined Forces of the Damned. But as chance *makes a certain cryptic sign of warding* I started working on another hapless victim that I left to rot some months ago. Even one of my cats put in a paw to help, so that bodes well and I hope to introduce another victim, er, fighter into my irregular ranks soon.

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  1. Cheers for the shout out! Really nice work on these, perhaps it’s just because I’m so familiar with the models by now but I really “get” what you’ve done with them – and you’ve given me a few ideas for painting my own 🙂

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  2. The contrast paints have worked well in this setting and helped on getting plenty of tonal variation in the skin. Look forward to seeing what else you add to your mortal Nurgle forces

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  3. I’ve never been a fan of Nurgle but I really prefer to see these kinds of minis with lots of different shades and lifelike rottenness instead of a pallid skin and some green shades as I more commonly see. You did a great job of that with these three as the skin looks disgusting and as if there are all kinds of infections going on underneath the skin. This is another job well done and you should have a great looking army between these and the demons you did a while back! 🙂

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  4. Looking great! As you say, these really are ideal Models for Contrast paints, and you’ve shown that off wonderfully here.


  5. Nice work! Can’t wait to see what’s on store for the rest of your Death Guard army. Surely you’ve got some lore or backstory to share with us, right?? 😁


  6. Damn, those are nice. I keep forgetting I have the Blood Bowl team. You make it look so easy. Maybe that’s the first team I should tackle when I get back into painting. I’ll have to take a look at some Contrast paint tutorials as well.


  7. Cheers for the shout out! Your contrast test models are looking fantastic — far better than mine (no surprise there). One small suggestion: Some thinned-down Blood for the Blood God does wonders for those yellow boils, making them look even more icky 😉


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