40K: New Death Guard Miniature Spotted

Step aside Primaris Space Marines, the Death Guard are back to show-off the next batch of Chaos gifts from Nurgle!

After yesterday’s big reveal, lots for folks were excited about the new Marines coming with the new edition. However, Chaos Space Marine Players were a little…irked. Now, we already saw a bunch of the miniatures teased in their big reveal video.

And we also got a look at many of the models from that video as well. But now, Stay Frosty Studios has posted a new pic of one of the Death Guard in all their unpainted glory:

via Stay Frosty Studios

This is the first good look we’ve had at one of the models that wasn’t professionally shot in a video or screen cap. The model looks to be freshly assembled with a coat of primer/base coat. According to the comments, Stay Frosty is saying that:

  • This model is Custodes Sized
  • This is a snap fit model
  • Yyou can swap the shoulder pads and helmet

Now, it’s hard to tell, but that base doesn’t look like bigger than a 32mm base. It could be the angle but if he’s Custodes sized, it should be on a 40mm base:

Either way, I’m expecting these new Death Guard to be able to go toe-to-toe with the new Primaris Space Marines as well:

Anyone else notice the base size of the Marine in the middle? – Hint: It’s larger than a 32mm base…

At this point, it’s looking like we can take a not-so wild stab at what’s coming in the new boxed set for 8th and I’m pretty sure it’s going to be Marines vs Death Guard based on the miniatures we’ve been seeing for the past couple days.

I don’t know about you all, but 8th can’t get here fast enough!


What do you think of the new Death Guard miniature? Do you think it’s going to be bigger/smaller than the Primaris Marines? How do you think it’s going to be point costed?

  • AircoolUK

    Yeah, that base is too small.

    • Basti Schreyer

      Just use one 28 mm base per foot.

  • SilentPony

    He looks too clean and active. Were’s the shambling, the guts, the swelling, the plague?! That’s just a normal looking chaos marine these days.

    • phobosftw

      looks like you`re going to have to take care of those things yourself this time around..

      • SilentPony


        Though wouldn’t a Word Bearer wear a bell? They’re goofy enough for that.
        And the Emp children would totally do bells on a leather collar.

        • Nyyppä

          Nah. That’s loyalist level “equipment”. WB are church goers, the proverbial amish of 40k.

          • SilentPony

            Amish have bells!

          • Nyyppä

            True. It’s just not a WB thing. According to GW CSM have no means to actually get new things and Lorgar is not big on change. You know, his father not wanting to be acknowledged as a god so he went and found 4(5) new ones out of which only one uses bells and apparently only the most dedicated followers of that god copied that.

            Now, those smoking balls, incense dispensers or what ever. Those are a WB thing.

          • 3dken

            It’s a Skaven in power armor! A plague monk to be precise! 🙂

        • dave long island

          Needs more Chaosbell!

    • Ironheaded Painting

      Just because they are diseased and corrputed, doesnt mean Papa Nurgle hasnt invested them with vitality and fitness. Leave the shambling to the cult zombies. BTW.. the guts and corruption are on other DeathGuard teaser images.

      • SilentPony

        …vitality. In a plague marine. A being said to be so close to death that killing him basically doesn’t work.
        The whole point of plague marines was they’re slow moving, but basically un-killable. Blow off a limb and 3/4 of their head and they’re still coming.

        • Muninwing

          the Liber Chaotica defines Nurgle as the god of Despair (in opposition to Tzeentch, the god of Hope and all the ways forethought can run unchecked), and disease its primary form.

          they are those who have given into their fatalism, and find freedom within this truth. it’s not unlike why some people love Neitzsche, or why nihilists are often happy people.

          it’s not just about shambling zombie flicks.

        • Hrudian

          I always understood that Nurgle followers, despite their bloated and infected bodies, are quite strong and fast.

          • SilentPony

            My take was they’re slower than normal marines by a huge margin, just twice as strong and resistant.
            One of the audio dramas had Raven Guard fighting plague marines and they were literally running circles around them, but when they’re caught the death guard ripped a marine’s head from his shoulders in one go.

          • rakshasa

            I don’t think you can trust the fluff/novels that much. In the Blood Gorgons novel some chaos marines confront some death guard which are described to be as fast as them.

      • kingcobra668

        Some people have very shallow understanding of the dark gods and their followers.

        • ZeeLobby

          Or accurate understandings poorly depicted by GW modelers. But you know…

    • grim

      yeah the blightkings were a home run this guy meh.

      • SilentPony

        100% agree

    • He’s taking a step he’s not midair or something

      • euansmith

        He is letting rip! FWAAAAAAARP!!!

    • …Do you not see the big mass of flesh bulging out/growing onto his upper thigh, behind the bell on his chestplate?

  • Balor

    Hahaha “How do you think it’s going to be point costed?” So we are going now point models off of size. Because size does matter and if she says otherwise she lied.

  • Christopher Conway

    Why do the dg marine and primaris marine both have stormcast style knee pads all of a sudden?

    • Muninwing

      lack of originality?

    • Koonitz

      Looks more like Mk III marine knee pads, where the flare is on the shin and thigh guard, not on the knee pad.

    • Ludwig Hesselbach

      Thanks for bring that up I didn’t even notice that at first. Funny how the eye and mind will slide over one thing and grab hold of something else. Like I can’t stop staring at the Bolt Rifle yet skipped over the knee pad that’s literally millimeters away.

    • Haighus

      The Plague Marine is wearing corrupted MkIII power armour, which has that style of kneepad. MkIII has had those knees since before Stormcast were developed.

    • zeno666

      Because the games will fuse next year

  • Thomas

    Welp, if the new Deathguard are all mega-marine sized, I’ve lost all interest. So, so very silly.

    Might as well be playing GI Joes in a sand pit at this stage.

    • thereturnofsuppuppers

      Really that’s what we’ve been doing all along.

      • dave long island

        Well… Minus the surprised land mines left behind by the cats in the sand pit aka neighborhood litter box… lol

    • Cergorach

      What’s wrong with that? 😉

    • Lord Elpus

      I have (& use) RT nurgle renegades in my death guard army, they’re tiny in comparison to the last gen of plague marines. Size has been increasing since the 90’s.

      • euansmith

        Mixing new and old marines up in squads could give a nice variation in height. If anyone complains that all Marines are genetically engineered to be the same size, you can just say, “The smaller are mainly female”.

        • Lord Elpus

          With Nurgle stuff, it’s no big deal as being warped creates all sorts of abnormalities. Also with my Orks well, Orks come in all sizes in the fluff, so again no problem there either.

        • zeno666

          lol, females in a GW game! Funny 😉

    • OldHat

      In a game with a dubious scale, this is where you draw the line? As opposed to just getting and enjoying these new, obviously gorgeous models? People are so strange.

  • memitchell

    BOTH sides in the 8th Edition box set are Custodes-sized marines? So, ALL previous Marines (including Terminators) are obsolete (yeah, I know, there is still a background reason for bringing puny Marines, but, c’mon). Welcome to A.D.D 40K.

    • COsteve

      Because what comes in the starter box is all you’re allowed to play with in 8th edition.

      • ZeeLobby

        Well, you’ll be able to buy both for a while sure…

    • Luca Lacchini

      They are warp-infused Chaos Marines.
      A bit of power creep, a bit of size creep, and older armies look and perform that tad less that pushes you to build (buy) a replacement.
      Some call it marketing and some call it a dick move.

      • euansmith

        “Let me introduce you to our new Head of Marketing, Richard Move.”

    • Lord Elpus

      You mean my old metal chaos terminators on 25mm base are now obsolete!?! What about some RT orks? Er no. I’ll still be using them. Anyone says otherwise isn’t worth playing against.

    • grim

      ( world smallest violin playing just for you )

      • euansmith

        In 8th Edition, the smallest violin is a little bit bigger.

    • Knight_of_Infinite_Resignation

      Its really stupid, I agree. Its all putting me off 8th, and 40k actually 🙁

      • ZeeLobby

        I mean just the god-awful fluff reasoning. Why not just say they’re redoing the range. I’d take that, lol.

        • OldHat

          Because they likely aren’t re-doing the range – especially when the new Marine stuff isn’t that old and injection molds aren’t cheap.

          This is just a new gimmick that, oddly, makes fluff sense to me (even if its an obvious retcon justification). This is Guilliman, after all. He is Mr. “I want to be like my dad!”, who carved out his own Imperium once already, led the real Imperium after that, and set up his own super-soldier program. Really fits with his MO to be just like his dad. And desperate times call for desperate measures, etc.

          • ZeeLobby

            Honestly, as someone who knows people in the business, injection molds aren’t nearly as expensive as they used to be. Especially now that costs are compensated for through much cheaper CAD design implementation.

            The thing is they can totally keep pumping out those molds for the next 4 years. All they have to do is only release cool new things for the new marines, and people will transition, and new players will simply pick them instead. I mean that’s clearly their intended goal. Look at Tomb Kings for a perfect example. I imagine they’ll continue to have rules for the next 2/3 editions of the GH, before they’re small enough that GW can cut them from the ranks. Same deal here.

            And yeah, I know you’ve liked a lot of the new fluff, but I’m just not a fan. That’s all personal preference, but I think they could have easily advanced the galaxy without having to create so many redundancies and plot holes (time-travel bubbles etc.).

    • ZeeLobby

      I mean it was written on the wall. People will still deny though…

    • David Leimbach

      Considering in the fluff these marines are vat grown, this means a major fluff change for space marines if the old ones are to be phased out.

  • Agent OfBolas

    New death guard looks terrible … At least those bells and thing smoking thing on their backpack. Jingle Bells all the way.

    Old metal miniatures are much better in nurgle style.

  • SWISSchris

    Wild stab at starter box contents? Pretty sure there was a picture of the contents a couple of weeks ago leaked. Hard to make out but I’d put good money on it being a few squads of uber marines (including jump pack equipped ones) and a bunch of new death guard and plague zombies.

    • Bryan Ruhe

      And a Blight Drone!

  • Paul Wesley Pratt

    Yes! finally. I’m throwing all my old marines models on the fire right now. Truescale forever. I’ll just forget all this “numarines” nonsense and just play my huge guys as regular marines.
    That death guard guy will convert nicely to a Horus Heresy era mark III marine.
    Ready for terminators and rhinos now.

  • biokemnia

    I’ll buy this just for Shadow War…

  • kerouac50

    It’s convenient for the Imperium that these new ‘warp-charged’ Chaos Marines only got ‘warp-charged’ up to the exact same size of a Primaris Marine, rather than to the size of, say, a dreadnought or titan.

  • Foh

    Snap fit as in single pose?

    • BaronSnakPak

      If it’s the Captain, and it’s from the starter box, then that isn’t surprising. The recent big boxes have posable troops, with single pose characters.

      • Foh

        I can handle that. Just don’t want a box of single pose like dark vengeance

    • euansmith

      For the starter set, I guess; like AoS.

  • Nyyppä

    What’s all this complaining about the dynamic stance? DG are not exactly callidus assassins but they are not classic zombies either.

  • Thedinosaur

    shut up and take my release 8th

  • BrassWitch

    You’re missing the important part here, the model is already half painted :^)