Tabletop Spotlight: Mortarion

The Death Guard’s big daddy is in stores now – Mortarion has arrived!

Our friends at Dragon’s Lair Comics & Fantasy were just as excited about Mortarion coming as we were – that’s why they brought him over to show off in all his Nurgle-filled glory:

Mortarion is a fantastic kit. We’ve gushed about him already in more details here. He’s also a complete beast on the tabletop as well. He doesn’t seem to boost this troopers as much as Guilliman and he’s not as Psychically Powered as his brother Magnus – however, he is very deadly!

For our Mortarion we went with a color scheme that was a throwback to his Pre-Heresy colors. The details on the armor and weapons just beg for that dirty look which is well suited for using washes and weathering. It’s just an amazing kit with every bit oozing with details and character. If you’re a Death Guard player, I don’t know how you can resist picking this kit up for your army!

We also took a look at the Death Guard dice from Games Workshop in the video as well. I know lots of folks were curious about these dice – they look weird! Plus there were a lot of questions on “how they rolled” when you use them. Are they balanced? What are they made off?

So let’s talk about materials first – the dice are made of two parts, the outside green part is plastic. The inside yellow “pips” are actually rubber! They have quite a bit of give and you can squeeze them. So how do they roll? They are bouncy for one thing. Now, we didn’t do any full experiments with them to try to determine if they favored a side or anything – that would require thousands of “mechanically perfect” dice rolled and a statistical analysis of the results. Frankly, I didn’t want to spend my weekend doing that. We did play around with them and they did seem to roll fairly with lots of “action” on the roll, probably because of the bouncy interior. But let’s be honest, if you’re buying these dice it’s cause they look different – keep a back-up set of regular dice on hand and use these for counters and no one will care.

Both the Dice and Mortarion are in stores everywhere now, so if you want to pick him out go out there and do it!

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.


Death Guard Dice $20

20 high quality 16mm dice, in the colours of the Death Guard. These dice feature a hard plastic shell, with a soft inner core providing an unpleasant rotting effect – entirely appropriate for the vile machinations of the Death Guard.


Mortarion is here! I hope you’re up to date on your shots…

  • SilentPony

    ‘High quality dice’.
    Saw one shatter when it fell off the table over the weekend. Little rubbery parts were fine, but the cheap thin plastic casing was in pieces.

    • jonow83

      Oh damn, the only time I ever though of buying special dice and now its crap. I guess Games Workshop salles things meant for display and collecting more than for actual gaming.

    • mrbleak

      Wait, those are balanced? you can actually play with them? I thought they were just gonna be used for wounds and stuff since they do seem super-unbalanced

      • SilentPony

        They actually roll fine, given a flat surface. Just can’t take a fall of a playing table

  • Krizzab

    the thin plastic casing is awful and cheap. You even can crush them in your hand. No joke.

  • eMtoN

    I finished putting mortarian together today. Pretty easy build.

    I both like and hate the base for him. When I finished Magnus, I put him on a base from dragonforge – looks slick. However you’d have to do some work on Mortarian to be able to put him on anything other than the base he shipped with. That said, the rock base is good enough as is – but I’ll probably go ahead and add some more rock around it.

    I should start painting morty this weekend. Looking forward to it.

    Now, just need battlefoam to put together something to hold the three primarchs….

    • LankTank

      Just mount him to the front of your car like a hood ornament from mad max

  • defensive

    Just to top off the ugliest model line in years, they release the ugliest dice of all time.

    GW never fails to disappoint.

  • Fergie0044

    The 5 and 6 sides put me off the dice. Seemed just a little to hard to read ‘at a glance’.