New Typhus: May be Hidden in Plain Sight

Today’s white hot question is WHO is Typhus. GW may have already given us the answer.

OK, let’s take a stroll down memory lane.

Here’s Typhus current (ancient) model…

and artwork…

Now let’s look at Heresy era Typhon, and some Death guard Terminators to set the frame for what to expect from 40K models:

30K Calas Typhon

30K Death Guard Grave Wardens (note their top vents, and chainmail detailing)

30K Death Guard Grave Wardens (note the scythes and heavy armored “loincloth”)



Today’s Mortarion reveal gave us this guy who many are saying is Typhus:

There are a lot of superficial similarities. The vents, the scythe, the Cataphractiii armor, the single horn But overall I think this model is a bit plain to be Typhus.  It has a single eye, no helmet and tentacles which Typhus has never possessed. I think this guy is more likely a 40K version of the Death Shroud. The armor has a lot in common with the 30K model above.

Typhus Revealed?

Now take a look at these two in-focus and out-of-focus shots of a mini that is standing behind the Tallyman on the right:


Whatever it is, it’s in Cataphractii termy armor, has the vents, and has more ornate gold detailing, and a fancy cape.  Now that you’ve seen that in focus, you have a better frame of reference for the below image of that same model – way out-of-focus and from a more frontal view.

This model appears to be holding a scythe in both hands, and looks to have lots of gold detail across it’s front , kneepads and shoulders.

I’m putting my bet on that at Typhus

~What do you think? 


  • SilentPony

    Deathshroud. Come on kids, Deathshroud. Typhus will get his own release in due time

    • Parthis

      Yes but need to get that sweet, sweet AdRev.

    • My thoughts as well.

  • Mathew G. Smith

    Scyth, scythe, everywhere a scythe…

    • Krizzab

      and nurgle fart launchers aka plague weapons. The chickpea one must be oustanding.

      • Mathew G. Smith

        That doesn’t really scan.

  • Ironhalo

    That model behind looks too ‘generic’ to be a Typhus model. I am guessing it is another Death Shroud/Cult Termie.

    Happy to stand corrected though.

    • Kiskatona

      I agree. Compared to the Lord of Contagion and the other Death Guard character models in Dark Imperium, this looks far too plain to be a character, let alone a named one like Typhus.

      • That’s my feeling as well. As the main mortal character of the Death Guard, I expect Typhus to dripping with details.

        That front model is very plain. For comparison, look at the amount of decoration the new plastic Lord of Contagion from the starter set has. Typhus should be more ornate than that guy – not less.

  • Atogrim

    I must admit at first i thought: mh, might be a new Typhus model. But when Mortarion “showed up”….nah. They would give him his own release and not just as byproduct of the motarion release.

    • MarcoT

      Arhiman and Magnus were released in the same window too

  • Rafał Pytlak

    Well Typhus should be the same size as Lord of Contagion. Just swap the axe for a scythe and vóilá!

  • euansmith

    I really like the old Typhus model.

    Edit: though, having said that, the Blight Kings are some of my favourite models from GW; so, maybe a new model with be even better.

  • Andy Wise

    I don’t think they’d give us sight of a new Typhus mini with such a lack of fanfare. Good spot on the potential alternative.

    • Wolf-Assassin

      So good enough for a primarch but not good enough for Typhus? 🙂

      • Andy Wise

        That’s a perfectly fair point.

        I would say that more is made of the Mortarion model and it is actually named as him. It’d be a bit odd for them to come out later and say ‘oh and by the way that model with the scythe is Typhus’

        Like I say – fair point on your part.

  • Darth Bumbles

    Isn’t Typhus just magical flies in power armour now?
    Dude in the photo has tentacles.

  • MightyOrang

    The pose plus way they have him talking with contempt about Morty in the video suggests he’s Typhus

    That said, sad that they’re not doing any reimagining of the sculpt.

  • Dennis J. Pechavar

    I really would have gone with a less pastel pallet when painting Death Guard. That purple is (IMO) horrible.

  • Drew_Da_Destroya

    I kinda dig the old model, always thought it was the best of the Cult Champions models. Old Kharne gets 2nd place.

  • Mike Salamandrin

    Even though it’s done in a humorous manner, I’m going with the model being Typhus based on narrative elements from the video:
    •he’s referenced as the overall commander of what’s happening on Kandor, reporting directly to Mortarion, which fits Typhus
    •he has a tallyman, which going with previous fluff for Nurgel makes sense Typhus would have someone supernaturally tracking the victims of the plague he’s responsible for
    •he behaves like the power behind the throne to Mortarion.
    •the 30K deathshrouds look more like the classic Typhus than this model, and the chain and groin plates are a hybrid of the different deathshroud units, which begs the question how does he not look unique enough in comparison?
    •The hive on his back looks more elaborate if you zoom in
    • If you zoom in the helmet has a purple visor-slit, like Typhus’ helmet if he bolted a grill on the font and put a hood on his head

  • Randall Glenn Preston

    I’m pretty sure that second model is a second death shroud model. The gold on the knee and the cape are shared with the sudo typhus. I’m sure if they release a new typhus model we will know it when we see it.

  • Vepr

    I don’t see how anyone can deny it. That is definitely a picture of Typhus The Mexican Staring Frog of Southern Sri Lanka.

  • I_am_Alpharius

    High odds that that model is Typhus. I would hazard if it is then the kit comes with two head options – Bare and helmeted.

  • Bootneck

    Its not Typhus as the old finecast one is still up for sale, and the new codex is due in a matter of weeks.

  • Spacefrisian

    Now all just take a look at Typhus left leg, the part where stuff is sticking out…I dont think Nurgle is about surgery.

  • LankTank

    So with the new CSM Legion Traits does Mamon and Necrosius (when he is Apostles of Contagion/The Tainted as opposed to DG) get the Renegades Dark RaidersTrait? Obviously if you take PoxW in the detachment you would lose it as they have the DG Legion, but what about Plaguebearers? They are in the CSM codex and don’;t have a ‘different’ legion trait (having none) but then do you still lose the Dark Raiders Trait?
    Same with World Eaters. Does my Kharn force lose BUtchers Nails if I take bloodletters?