It’s a good time to be a Chaos player. The past year has seen the forces of Tzeentch, Slaanesh and Khorne all receive their own allegiance abilities, artefacts, Warlord Traits and more, through a pair of new battletomes and the General’s Handbook 2017. And soon, Nurgle will be joining his brethren with a battletome of his own:
Battletome: Maggotkin of Nurgle is your guide to collecting and playing with a Nurgle army.
With expanded and updated rules for the Rotbringers – Nurgle’s most dedicated mortal servants – as well as the Daemons of Nurgle, you’ll be able to build a powerful, thematic collection dedicated to the God of Plagues.
Fans of the Rotbringers will now have a much wider tactical toolbox to work with, and while there are plenty of benefits to be had by mixing your army, a pure Rotbringers force is now more viable than ever, with new units to patch the tactical holes, magical spells of their own and a range of warscroll battalions.
Our favourite of these is the Lord of Blights, who adds much needed ranged capabilities to your Nurgle army. While this baleful figure looks like a close combat juggernaut (and, in all fairness, he’s no slouch in melee!), his real strength lies in the clutch of severed heads he carries with him. The Lord of Blights hands out these heads to nearby units of Putrid Blightkings, letting them bombard nearby foes.
We’d recommend combining this with the new Rotbringers spell, Blades of Putrefaction, allowing the Blightkings to inflict some extra mortal wounds when they attack in this way. Given that Blightkings have also seen a points reduction in the book, they’ll make for a very flexible core to many Nurgle armies.
Meanwhile, the Daemons of Nurgle can benefit from the updated Great Unclean One as well as their own warscroll battalions, magical spells, artefacts and more. The Great Unclean One, in particular, is worthy of a closer look – just look at his new profile and weapons options!
The Doomsday Bell is particularly potent new option, lending an additional 3” of movement to nearby Nurgle units and compensating for their generally poor mobility. Nurgle players can now also add a named Greater Daemon to their army, akin to Skarbrand or Kairos Fateweaver, with Rotigus, a gigantic creature who deals a deluge of mortal wounds to any units that dare stand near him:
Finally, there are loads of extra content in the book for mortal Nurgle armies. As you may know, the Chaos God keywords in Warhammer Age of Sigmar allow you to take incredibly diverse armies drawing from any force that shares their keyword, and Nurgle is no exception. Thanks to the Nurgle keyword, Slaves to Darkness and Clans Pestilens units can be added to your army with ease, whether you’re grabbing some ranged support from a clutch of Plagueclaw catapults or just need some fast-moving Chaos Knights to capture objectives further up the field. Even if all you collect is Slaves to Darkness, this book is for you, with tables of spells, Warlord Traits and artefacts just for you. Our personal favourite is a Chaos Lord on Manticore with The Eye of Nurgle, an unpredictable but effective foil to Nagash, Archaon or anyone that dares stand before your Chaos Lord!
In short, Battletome: Maggotkin of Nurgle is a great toolbox for any kind of Nurgle player, opening up a vast array of options when building your army. From daemonic hordes to elite forces of Rotbringers and mixed armies drawing from a variety of sources, you’ll be able to make your mark on the tabletop. If you fancy a closer look at some of the new Nurgle models, make sure to come back every day this week as we count down the Seven Days of Nurgle!