1 year of building and painting my Iron Warriors (nurgled) project

It’s nearly been a year since I’ve started this project alongside my Primaris Crimson Fists project. At the time it was just a side project for fun as I already had a Death Guard army that I was building. I wanted to try out a colour scheme I’ve planned to see how well it looked on a Death Guard model.

Little did I realise however, that this project would soon grow into a massive army project. By March I had amassed a fairly decent sized force, half way through this year I included model from my old Death Guard project into this project.

I had a lot of passion and enthusiasm for my Death Guard project due to my interests in the Iron Warriors Legion and the Death Guard. Mashing these two into one was like an unholy union of trench siege warfare and infantry endurance warfare. Soon enough I had enough models to rival my combined Sons of Dorn collection (Black Templars and Crimson Fists).

Now in December of 2019 I’ve just about reached my goal that my project has come to it’s creative end. There’s a point when you’ve done all you can to build something your proud of, investing time and patience to paint at your best, to build to your standards and assemble an army you’d proudly display in games of Warhammer 40k. For me, I feel like I’ve reached the peak for this project after months of adding models and adding neglected models for a new or kitbashed character.

Although I will be adding a few more models to this project before I finish it for good. Just small stuff to fill in the gaps that should give me enough options for when I play my Iron Warriors.

Here’s my current batch of painted models. Enjoy!

This unit was once part of my old Death Guard collection for The Harbinger Legion, until it was moved over to the Iron Warriors project. I didn’t paint this unit until inspiration came to me when I came across an issue of Warhammer Conquest. There’s only one shop in my county that still sells Conquest, unfortunately it’s difficult to buy weekly as it’s quite far from me to go to. But as luck would have it, I managed to grab a copy last week and assemble a Plague marine with an Icon of Despair.

Now that the unit is fully painted I have three troop units ready for gaming, four if I wanted to include my historical miniature unit of cultists. After playing a few games with my dad I’ve noticed that the Plague marines were pretty easy to kill off, even with their special ability to save roll. I wasn’t sure if it was worth me boosting my units to seven or ten models a unit, but because each set is £30 for seven models, I wasn’t keen on boosting them unless I really needed more options.

I forgot to include this disgusting and disturbing chap in my last post on the collection, it will be my Greater Possessed unit as a lieutenant for the Possessed side of the army. I think the picture can fill you in on the rest……

My second Daemon Prince needed a new base to add more intimidation and a suitable circle base that fits a Daemon Prince for balance. A spitting image of Mortarion as winged grim reaper who could melt your lungs just by seeing and breathing in his presence.

Because The Noxious Blightbringer is currently exclusive to the Warhammer 40k starter set, I’ve decided to kitbash my own version to save money and time waiting for the official model to be release. Rather than sticking a huge bell on a single model, I’ve gone for the ancient standard bearer look.

Just to make sure that this model at least had some bells, I’ve used some spare bitz from the Plague monks kit that had some bells. I think it looks pretty cool!

I think I might do a command squad to my Iron Warriors Collection to represent the warbands strongest and favoured soldiers. Currently I have this model and my Tallyman done, just three more models to add to complete my command squad.

Recently I’ve also added a unit of Chaos Spawns to my Iron Warriors project, my third first attack unit which I won’t show here as I’ve post pictures of them countless times before. My Daemons of Nurgle will also be transferred from AoS to my Iron Warriors project, which will give me some units to summon as support or backup units.

Now we come to the last of the batch of Iron Warriors that I’d consider to be my best painted unit from the whole project, the Death Shroud. Now lore wise this unit has deep ties to the Deathguard as they’re the tallymen of Nurgle, and Mortarion’s inner circle of trusted warriors.

The Iron Warriors don’t have a unit like the Death Shroud, so what made me go for this unit and how could I justify it? There was a way I could justify as the pre Heresy Iron Warriors had a special role in the Legion called the Trident, three exceptionally gifted and reliable leaders who Perturabo trusts as his advisors. It’s the greatest honour an Iron Warrior can achieve, but it’s also a great burden for if you mess up and waste valuable time and resources on failure, Perturabo would personally take away everything out had and sent you to the front line as a mere marine.

The Trident in the current 40k timeline isn’t known as of yet, the original three left Perturabo as their own warband led by the Warsmith. Who knows wether Perturabo still has a Trident, or wether he’s too self reliant to rely on mere mortals now that he’s a Daemon Primarch.

My Death Shroud unit will act as the Trident to my Lord of Contagion or one of my Daemon princes, three capable warriors who enact the will of their lord and advise him in turn. I like the idea of making them a Trident Council, it’s a Legion custom that in some way has carried on by this warband of Nurgle worshipping Iron Warriors.


That’s it for this years 12 days of Winter! 12 big posts that I’ve been working very hard to bring together and share with you guys. I hope you have enjoyed this and others too, I wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year!

Thank you for reading this post,


3 thoughts on “1 year of building and painting my Iron Warriors (nurgled) project

  1. i dont come across many people that are doind a nurgle army, i recently painted a set of 6 and Noxious Blightbringer over on my blog, not been doing it long, i will checkout more of your stuff..

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