Death Guard Strategems & Relics

Come see the latest Death Guard goodies from the the upcoming codex. Drip, Drip, Cough

The codex is arriving this Saturday and here’s a quick glance at some of the Strategems and Relics the XIVth Legion is bringing.


Death Guard Strategems

I expect at least 20 of these, but this trio are very spice (in a Nurgle Way)

101 uses for this one.  Nurgle is slow, but tough and any way to screen a key unit from enemy attention for a turn or two can make all the difference.

An answer for packed MSU opponents. It’s expensive at 3CP, but in the right curcumstances could drop a lot of elite units with pricy low model-counts.

Let’s just enjoy this for what it is – a bit of Nurgle humor on the tabletop.  Now Death Guard players can purposely push vehicles towards the heard of enemy armies with certainly of the explosive results when they inevitably do down.  Not a bad way for a Helbrute to go.

Death Guard Relics

Hmm, Daemon-princes just got a fantastic birthday gift from Grandfather.  And you thought they were annoying now.

You already made Death guard Faster and messed with enemy Leadership. Now hand out some Mortal Wounds, and make the bad guys fail Ld checks even more.

Short and sweet- Every Malignant Plaguecaster won’t leave home without it.

Warlord Traits

I’m just saying that’s yet another way to hand out Mortal wounds in this book.  I bet there are more…

You can see more of the Warlord Traits over on GW’s site.

~What do you think of those Strategems? I think Cloud f Flies is going to be very generically useful. 



  • I like the fact that it looks like you will be able to build a mini Primarch. Lord of Contagion, Warlord Trait to re-roll plague weapon attacks – so much buffing

  • Prasert Boriboonsongsin

    Please… don’t make the mortal wound to be common like AoS

    • Nyyppä

      They are not common in AoS. The units that dish them out are just overplayed.

      • Antoine Henry

        You are such a GW lover… Yet, this is common and they are providing “better saves” than invulnerable (5+++ ?) for whole armies. Its such bad game design… Invulnerable means what it means normally.

        • Nyyppä

          Actually no, I am not. You would know this had you read anything I have written before. That being said I am a truth lover and the truth is that mortal wounds are not common in AoS, most units are just not played because they can’t dish them out.

          And yes, I think that the mortal wound system needs adjustment.

    • PiotrekEtoo

      Mortal Wounds replaced Instant Death somehow. Units with large model count can resist suffering 1 or D3 mortal wounds ocassionaly, but imo mortal wounds are here to deal with high priority targets which are resilient. Wounding on 2+ is not common and “army commander” type of units often have inv saves (not to mention they are characters also). Ofc there are (and will be more) ways to throw out masses of mortal wounds, but such lists would either be glass cannons or very expensive and specialized, where loosing units will significantly cripple them.

  • Nyyppä

    That is just….boring.

    • LankTank

      You mean doing mortal wounds? Or did you mean doing mortal wounds? Or possibly mortal wounds? Having said that still excited to see how my apostles can run with this. Think that armor relic seems a little game breaking fir a, free upgrade

      • Nyyppä

        Nah. I mean it looks like a 1 trick pony that has been seen through and trough in 10 or so games.

  • Chris Nordmann

    Will it be possible to use cloud of flies on Mortarion? If so, we’ll at least have one early game answer to him getting nuked off the board right out of the gate…

    • Dan Brugman

      I’d be surprised if he had the infantry keyword.

    • TenDM

      He’d be a character, so wouldn’t he get the same thing by default anyway?

      • LankTank

        No as he has more than 9 wounds

        • TenDM

          For some reason I always forget that.

  • LankTank

    Putrid detonatiom will be so much funn. I still remember when my morkanaut blew causing 5 wounds and killing a landraider, 4 wounds and killing a stormshield captain and also 2 nibz, 4 boys and my painboy. Such an angry explosion =)

    • euansmith

      I like that it is a Stratagem rather than a random occurrence. I’m all for adding more choice and less random to games.

  • Fergie0044

    That’s a worrying amount of mortal wounds. I hope they don’t become super common as the codexs roll out.

  • Marco Marantz

    Putrid Detonation is awesome. Not game breaking but useful…and its chaotic. Cant believe im saying this but the armor is a bit strong. Is it me or is 8th Ed Mortalwoundhammer?

  • I_am_Alpharius

    Interesting opening salvo from inside the Codex. Looks fun already.

  • Mike Forrey

    Cool more ways to smite spam from your army. Just what everyone wants to play against. 🙁

    • V0iddrgn

      I guess Elite armies will take another hit once this codex comes out. GW is definitely pushing to remove spamming, which is good IMO.

  • Chaosrex

    I like DG, but this and other stuff i’ve seen so far shows that Mortal WOunds are becoming out of control.

    There is too many things that inflicts Mortal WOunds.

    AS long as it was like 4 models or so in the whole game, and maybe like 3 rules that would use those i was okay, but now?, everyone and their dogs can inflict Mortal wounds all day long!

    WHy even bother with a Thougness stat and invul saves now?, if 60% of the things in the game are gonna flat out ignore it?

    I mean, they allready got rid of initiative, so why not get rid of these two?…

  • V0iddrgn

    You know which units laugh at Mortal Wounds? Cheapish (5-15pt), single-wound troops. This army just looks like a straight-up counter to Girlyman and other Elite-focussed armies. Nothing wrong with taking an OP list down a few pegs.

  • Thyran204

    Can someone clarify something for me? Is there a rule that blatantly says that stratagems can only be used during your turn?

    Or can Nurgle’s Rot be used during the enemy shooting phase?

  • Tushan

    Sheesh, they are going to start handing out mortal wounds like candy now.