40K: Mortarion Unboxing

The Daemon Prince Primarch of Nurgle, Mortarion, is here and we’re taking a deep-dive into this box full of goodies!

Mortarion, Primarch of the Death Guard and Daemon Prince of Nurgle is heading to the tabletop. We’ve got a copy of the kit already and let me just say that it’s down right intoxicating:

Games Workshop has been crushing it with these new Primarch Kits. Magnus and Guilliman were ARE show-stopping. Mortarion is no different. Not only is this kit massive, it’s just oozing with details like only a Death Guard unit can. Battle-damage, pox-marks, divots, dents, fumes and flame – it’s got it all. I mean, just look at Mortarion’s face above – it’s gross in all the right stylistic ways!

“Oh that’s just cause it’s painted!” Sure, but even the bare plastic is really impressive. The materials GW uses hold that detail really well and are easy to work with. Also, thanks to how they sculpt and produce these kits, they are able to do things that are just ahead of everyone else in the game. When you assemble this model all the the seams are hidden in really smart ways. This isn’t new for Games Workshop but that doesn’t mean it’s any less impressive from a technical stand point. That’s another thing that’s really impressive the more you think about it: the quality and consistency of these kits (all of the newer, large models) is just fantastic.

If Mortarion had come out a year ago it would have blown everyone’s mind. Now – as impressive as this kit is – it’s almost becoming routine. It’s Games Workshop’s fault! As a fan of just building models I feel like we’re being spoiled. I have to remind myself to take a step back and look at what everyone else is also doing to remind myself just how amazing these kits have become. And folks, when you see Mortarion in person it’s going to be very hard to NOT be impressed.

Pictures just don’t do him justice. Video helps. But nothing will be as good as seeing it live. Mortarion hit stores next week and you’ll get a chance to see it for yourself. If you get a chance to go to your FLGS and see it – DO IT. You’ll be thanking yourself you did. If you’re a Death Guard player, I would say that this model is your centerpiece model. In your entire army if you’re going to splurge on ONE thing with this release, other than the book, Mortarion better be at the top of that list. I haven’t even touched on the rules but he’s a beat-stick and worth every point in game. He will go toe-to-toe with pretty much anything else on the tabletop and has a strong chance of being able to walk away, too.

Mortarion, Daemon Primarch of Nurgle is out this weekend – are you ready for his arrival?

Mortarion, Daemon Primarch of Nurgle $140

For ten thousand years Mortarion, Lord of the Death Guard, has crushed his enemies upon the field of battle. Surrounded by chittering Daemon mites, droning flies and noxious plague vapours, Mortarion swoops into battle on vast, creaking wings. the thudding beat of these foul pinions fills the enemy with crawling dread, even as they waft the reek of death across their lines. To even stand in the presence of the Death Lord is lethal, opponents choking and collapsing as they succumb to the myriad plagues that churn the air around him.


This kit is awesome. Thumbs-up from us – and GW, Keep it up!

  • piglette

    Maybe it makes me a pariah, but I just don’t like this model. His face is too small and obscured so there’s no focal point to look at.

    • AEZ

      I dislike the paint job (colors heme, technically ace ofc) and the scythe.. It should have a sharp tip not this odd stub. Also his legs seem long for his body.

      • Peter

        U might want to look at his 30k model when it comes to the silence, they are following the same design but altered as with rest of him due to his transformation and as for his legs again hes a daemon prince so his dimensions dont necessarily have to follow logic and anyway even as a mortal he had fairly long legs

        • AEZ

          I might… or I might just say I find his legs on this model too long 😀

    • carlisimo

      It’s not just you. Magnus worked great, imo, Guilliman’s armor is too busy and the proportions feel odd, and now Mortarion is also too busy and his face is completely lost. The decorations are surprising because he was one of the more austere and utilitarian guys out there. But this model might work out with a different paint scheme, not sure.

      • piglette

        Agreed. Typhus is similar, I think the new model is just awful, and the classic is exquisite.

  • ValidUsername1674

  • ValidUsername1674

    He looks kinda ret*rded with his insect-wings and whatever-stuff coming out of him just to have him not touching the ground…

    His apperance should be a threatening lord of death and decay and not a hippie-clown on gardening duty