Nurgle & Slaanesh : These Greater Daemons Are Getting OLD

We are turning the clock back 30 years to see the history of the remaining finecast Greater Daemons – hopefully soon to be replaced.

Today we’re going all the way back to the late 1980s, to the original Realm of Chaos books to look at the original Greater Daemons of Slaanesh and Nurgle.

Slaves to Darkness (1988)

This is the tome that gave us Khorne and Slaanesh. Let’s take a look at the Dark Prince:

Just look at those big daemons in the back row of the three spreads.



All bull heads all the time.

The Lost and the Damned (1990)

Two years later in 1990, we got Tzeentch and Nurgle.


Nurgle however has gotten a bit browner over time.

Not just heads but plenty of gross belly options. This guy weighed a TON in metal.

The “Middle” Daemons (1997-1999)

Almost 10 years later we got the replacements for both of these that first showed up in the 1997 5th Edition Realm of Chaos army book for Warhammer Fantasy, and the 1999 3rd Edition Codex Chaos Space Marines.


The bullhead remains…And this one’s head is just… weird.

The Great Unclean Ones got fatter, slightly taller and more “juicy” 


The Forge World Additions

Finally within the last decade, we’ve seen Forge World jump onboard with the oversized “UBER” daemons for both Ruinous Powers:

I’ve never been able to tell if those are “nipple eyes” or “nipple-cuts” – in both cases.. EWW!

Someone REALLY needs a doctor and some stitches – really strong metal wire stitches.


We’ve come a LONG way in 30 years. We have plastic giant Bloodthirsters and Lords of Change, but the Great Unclean One and Keeper of Secrets still soldier on with ancient metal/finecast minis that are LITERALLY 20 YEARS OLD. Hopefully one of both of these will FINALLY get a long deserved plastic mini with the arrival of Codex Chaos Daemons. My fingers are crossed.

~What do you hope to see GW do with the Keeper of Secrets and Great Unclean one when they finally get replaced?

  • Michael Campbell

    Wasn’t the pictured Great Unclean one the redesign for Finecast? I only ever saw the ’97 Metal GUO with the “tongue and antlers” head (also the one I own).

    • Patriarch

      I think each of the greater daemon models in that generation were given alternative heads whilst they were still metal. I guess the easiest way to “freshen up” the line without redoing the whole model.

      Not sure if both alternative heads were packaged with each model or production just swapped from one to the other.

      • sniperjack

        Both heads were included in later boxed sets.

      • Michael Campbell

        Not sure exactly, I just know that when it first came out it only had one head, and when I picked up the Finecast version later on it had both head options packed in.

    • LordKrungharr

      I’ve never seen that GUO with that tongue before!

    • The finecast kit is identical to the ‘97 kit, just cast in resin, it had multiple heads

  • Alexis Muscat

    I do think the plastic GUO will come with other nurgle daemon releases , and be mixed in a nurgle battletome for AoS . Could be very nice if it’s added into the Codex .
    Sadly for Slaanesh gw will deal with him in last. Maybe next year (when we will know his AoS fate ) ?
    Until then I will keep using my converted Keeper.

  • Jack

    The one model that needs a new cast is abaddon

  • euansmith

    A little ditty ’bout Nurgle & Slaan’
    Two Ruinous Powers growing up in the Warp land
    Nurgle he’s gonna be like cancer
    Slaanesh debutante in the back seat of Nurgley’s car
    Suckin’ on Khorne dog outside the Tseentchey’s
    Slaanesh sitting on Nurgley’s lap
    Got his hands between his knees
    Nurgle he says:
    “Hey, Slaanesh, let’s run off behind a plaguy tree
    Dribble off those bondage locks
    Let me do what I please”
    Saying oh yeah
    Life goes on, long after the thrill of killing is gone
    Sayin’ oh yeah
    Life goes on, long after the thrill of killing is gone
    Now war on

  • disqus_HUXMdKxsPG

    Love the forgeworld one

  • benvoliothefirst

    Really cool to see all the options that came with the first versions, I’m hoping the updates include lots of variants too!

  • Hagwert

    The Forge World Slannesh figure really is perfect ….elegant, scary and not covered in too much detail. The only way to improve on it would be to make it in plastic !!

  • Spade McTrowel

    The Avatar feels your pain…

  • KombatWombat

    That Slaaneshi daemon is just about the best daemon model GW makes. It is everything Slaanesh should be.

  • Coltcabunny

    Also the pope was discovered to be catholic, water is wet and bears poo in the woods. More at 11…

  • marxlives

    FW Greater Daemons had my heart for a long time.

    • AEZ

      So.. who took it away from them….. and how?

      • marxlives

        Kingdom Death with Sir Mix-a-lot playing in the background for atmosphere.

        • AEZ

          Aw you poor soul…. no accounting for bad taste I guess.

  • usGrant7977

    Ive always thought the Keeper of Secrets should be hotter and more revolting at the same time. Like a cockroach with a great rack. Also some of the arms should be offering people things they desire, like jewels and wine.

  • Nightshade878

    Knowing GW’s recent history of neglecting Slaanesh, it’s foolish to hope Our Lady will get new models for her Daemons.They’re trying to appeal to a younger demographic (who mostly cant afford Warhammer) and their parents (the key), and Slaanesh is too “innapropriate” for that.

    • Funnily enough, Slaanesh has gotten more content from Black Library over the past years than even Khorne. A Lucius trilogy, a Fabius trilogy, Emperor’s Children prominent in a Horus Heresy novel, an audio drama, already a Primarchs novel for Fulgrim…

      It wouldn’t surprise me one bit to find out that 2018 will host a campaign supplement for Ynnari vs Emperor’s Children with Fulgrim at the top.

      • Nightshade878

        I don’t really care much about CSM, honestly. Got sick of Spehss Mahreens of all varieties ages ago. It wouldnt surprise me if you were right, though. And the Daemons will be neglected as usual.