Faction Focus: Daemons of Nurgle

It’s been a pretty great few months for fans of Nurgle, with the mortal servants of the Plague God seeing some reinforcements last summer in the form of the Death Guard. Now, Nurgle’s Daemons are getting similar treatment, with army abilities, Hellforged Artefacts, Stratagems and new units of their own.

As we’ve discussed before, the Locus of Virulence is a new ability for those detachments dedicated wholly to Nurgle Daemons. Nurgle players are used to relying on their high durability, and now they can match that with several potent offensive bonuses.

For example, standard units of Plaguebearers make for an effective core to any Nurgle army, and their excellent durability can now be accompanied by several upgrades to damage from Stratagems, supporting abilities and Daemonic Loci.

The Plague Banner Stratagem, for instance, allows you to give a Nurgle unit a devastating damage boost on a single turn, and combines superbly with the Locus of Virulence.

What’s more, they’re very effective when fielded with the Spoilpox Scrivener. This is one of the new Heralds in Codex: Chaos Daemons that improves the fighting prowess of your infantry by relentlessly criticising them for not meeting their tallies. On the tabletop, this means you’ll move faster and hit more frequently, turning a unit that’s usually fulfilling the role of an objective-holder or defensive screen into a very respectable offensive option.

The new codex also brings an iconic hero you may recognise from the Mortal Realms into the 41st Millennium (the nature of Chaos is strange indeed…). You’ll be able to add Horticulous Slimux to your Daemons army, and he comes festooned with feculent features that’ll help your army out. For one, the Grand Cultivator provides significant bonuses to nearby Beasts of Nurgle, and for another, the Daemon can set up Feculent Gnarlmaws every movement phase, allowing you to quickly turn the battlefield into a foetid forest.

The Feculent Gnarlmaw is a new piece of scenery that fits into your army’s Fortification slot. On the battlefield, it’ll provide significant cover saves to your Nurgle units, shielding them against deadly first turn attacks, and when you want to counter-attack, you’ll be able to advance then charge (and shoot!) offering your usually slow Nurgle units a surprising turn of speed.

Finally, the Great Unclean One is the ideal option for Nurgle armies looking for a leader. You’ll be able to customise yours with new psychic powers, Warlord Traits, Hellforged Artefacts and wargear, allowing it to fulfil a range of roles. One particularly nasty option is the Horn of Nurgle’s Rot, which has an ability that allows you to bolster nearby units of Plaguebearers as you carve through the enemy.

In short, Nurgle armies are durable, relentless and surprisingly effective in close combat, combining superb infantry choices with deadly, and highly customisable, leaders. You’ll be able to find the rules for your Nurgle forces in Codex: Chaos Daemons, available to pre-order this weekend – in the meantime, why not start your army with a Start Collecting! Set?

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