Thursday, September 30, 2010

Does a Nurgle Daemon Prince have to be bloated?

I picked up the new plastic Daemon Prince kit because I want to make a Nurgle DP with wings to lead my new Death Guard CSM army. While looking the sprues over, I realized just how thin this DP is. It would take a whole lot of green stuff to bloat this guy up into a proper follower of Nurgle. So I got to thinking, does it really need to be bloated? What makes a DP look like a follower of Nurgle? I put together this list of common traits that followers of Nurgle get.
  • Bloated
  • Rotting
  • Diseased
  • Pustules
  • Open wounds/sores
  • Sprouting Horns
  • Vents
  • Cloven Hooves
  • Tentacles (?)
I searched the web and bloating is almost always listed as the first trait of Nurgle followers, but as you can see, there are still quite a few other traits that I could use to 'Nurgle-fy' the Daemon Prince without bloating, but would it look right? I am not entirely convinced, but what do you think?


Thor said...

If you use other traits and paint the model well then I see no reason to have to make it bloated.

If I played Chaos and had Nurgle units then bloating is the one thing I wouldn't do. Personal preference but to me being resilient and corpse like doesn't mean you have to be bloated.

sonsoftaurus said...

Bloated isn't necessary. Magilla over at Table Top War did a nice one that had more of an emaciated look. I think your other ideas would work well. If you're working from the plastic DP then I think an appropriate paintjob, perhaps some pustules in the convenient three patterns, a big honkin' plague sword or scythe and maybe some adjustment to the head would look great.

Anonymous said...

I happen to think that as hobbyists we tend to get stuck in a singular frame of mind. Nurgle=Bloated, Slaanesh=Sexalicious, Khorne=Excessive Blood and Guts, Tzeentch= Well Idunno.

As long as you fit three of those traits, I honestly think that you can pass off the DP as a follower of Nurgle.

slipwing said...

Thanks for the comments guys, you have convinced me to give it a try. I must think outside the box on this one, seems like a good challenge.

Da Masta Cheef said...

Just say he has a wasting disease.

Mike Howell said...

Interesting point. The Citadel models all seem to have that bloated look, and I think it would make a cool looking dp, but.......

Are you sure a skinny demon prince won't be forcing an unrealistic body-image on all those poor impressionable Plaguebearers out there. Please! Think of the lesser demons! (/sob)

Zero said...

It's an interesting question. The Nurgle aesthetic is one of festering rot which would suggest gassy bloat. But I've often thought that plagues, leprosy and immunodeficiencies should also be represented. I think skinny is fine, but you may want to create a "skin barely holding everything together" look.

Von said...

I'm increasingly tempted to have a Nurgle army with no bloaters whatsoever - just lots of slick, dripping, fever-ridden types. Already been challenged to do Nurgle Sisters, and that Prince kit looks like it'd slim down nicely and not be totally out of place...

GMort. said...

A more skeletal look on Nurgle is as valid as a bloated look in my opinion.
As long as the symbols/icons/banners and colour scheme reflect Nurgle I don't see the problem.
Mortarion himself is meant to have a more traditional skeletal 'Death' look according to the 'Fluff'.

Dave G _ Nplusplus said...

Nurgle definitely doesn't need to be bloated. This is an "out of the box" issue for sure.

Nurgle can have all sorts of other ailments to show disease and decay. I don't know if tentacles or hooves are Nurgle's style, but if you have the stomach to google various diseases, you'll find many other options.
You could even carve fleshy areas in to make the flesh look pulled across it's bones.