40K: A Closer Look At The Great Unclean One Kit

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The Big Green Meanie got a new kit and it’s got three impressive ways to build this model!

That’s right, we’re unboxing the Great Unclean One today–we were fairly excited to get our hands on this new kit. The new daemons have all been gorgeous, and it feels like with every new Nurgle model, the designers have been trying to outdo one another.

The big guy here is no exception. Though at first glance there’s a lot of flat surfaces, there’s s ton of detail hidden in the disgusting rolls of fat that define this massive kit.

You can see some of the gory details here. The pustules waiting to burst, the torn flesh revealing putrescent innards beneath. But the most impressive thing about the big guy here is his personality.

It’d have been pretty easy to just make him horrific/disgusting and leave it at that, but no, you really get a sense of the mood and tone and personality of Nurgle in this model. He’s crawling with jovial smiles and grinning intestinal mouths. The facial details in particular belie the jolly daemon beneath the fat, fetid bulk on display.

And of course, there are the ever-delightful nurglings who practically leap off the sprue. At any rate, this kit is fantastic, and you should check it out as soon as you can–not only does this model look grand, but the daemon hits like a ton of plague-ridden bricks as well. A great support and assault unit, the GUO can easily prove to be MVP.

Great Unclean One $140

The Great Unclean Ones are Nurgle’s mightiest daemons. Towering over their enemies, these living hillocks of rotting flesh lumber across the battlefield swinging their rusted weapons, vomiting streams of filth and unleashing diseased magics upon the foe. Great Unclean Ones are terrifying when roused to wrath, wading through enemy ranks, crushing foes beneath their bulk and pulping survivors with their enormous swords and flails. Some toll rusted summoning bells to draw forth fresh daemons, while others unleash terrible outbreaks of magical plague.

This multi-part plastic kit contains the components necessary to assemble a Great Unclean One. This is a truly vile model (in the most positive sense of the word!) – it celebrates its corpulence, with rotten, torn flesh slipping aside on its enormous gut to reveal winding intestines within. 2 different heads are available – one with symmetrical antlers and a foul grin, and one cyclopæan, featuring a hideous daemon tongue which ends in a sinister head – itself featuring a sinister daemon tongue! It can be armed with a massive bilesword or doomsday bell in the right hand, and a large bileblade or plague flail (a remarkable object which is essentially 3 skulls attached to lengths of heavy chain) in its left hand. 6 Nurglings are included, clutching items such as censers, or just hanging about – these can be added to the kit in any way that you see fit.

This model comes as 59 components, and is supplied with a Citadel 130mm Round base. The Great Unclean One can be added to both Warhammer 40,000 and Warhammer Age of Sigmar armies, and the kit can optionally be used to assemble the special character Rotigus.

What do you think of the big guy?

  • cm023

    As impressive as it it, still not anywhere close 140$ impressive. This is precisely why people buy recasts.

    • wibbling

      Oh yes, no one is involved in the creation of the model. No one sculpts it. No one draws art for it. No one designsthe box cover or photography. No one manages the trademarks, writes fiction, sells to retailers, drives the lorries that take the product bakc and forth. It just magically appears on a shelf in a shop that – apparently you think – costs nothing. The staff work out of good will as well.

      • stinkoman

        im wondering how Bandai is able to put all the effort they do into building model kits like Gundam. granted the design is done, but you could argue that this model’s design is lazy and on the same level, just different scale, as past GUO. but Gundam models require a huge level of engineering design to create something fully articulate and detailed. plus there are like a hundred multi color sprues per kit.

        This product has become more about branding than any effort put into creating it.

        edit: i dont want this to sound like im negative against the kit. i love it and will most likely be buying one as soon as i find something to do with my now dwarf GUO.

        • demarcosg

          I cannot say that the design is lazy. The GUO one kit is in my view, actually a marvel of engineering and design. Taking into consideration that the GUO is, in essence, a spherical model, the thought that goes behind the design of the sprue to flat pack it, yet create a detailed, mostly seamless and surprisingly robust model is actually quite amazing.

          While it’s not articulate like gundam kits, there is a different kind of genius behind the way the GUO comes together. Alot of thought was put into hiding the joins in between the folds of fat, which i thought was really impressive.

          To raise a contrasting argument, “articulation” is not altogether that “mind blowing” as it mostly comes down to ball and socket joints.

          Is it worth the price? Id say yes, but i was probably always gg to get it but it is chockfull of details, and options, and overall quite well designed.

      • Wampasaurus

        Yes this exactly. People should also bear in mind that the cost also reflects the fact that once a customer has purchased one of these they are very unlikely to purchase another one anytime soon. So from GW’s perspective this is a one off stream of revenue. I still have the same Termagants and Genestealers from more than a decade ago. So when people are upset about this price point I think they forget both the excellent points you made and the fact they won’t be selling you another one anytime soon most likely.

    • Randy Randalman

      Except this will sell more in 2018 than all the recast and third party variants have or will combined. Do have any idea how big this model is in person?

    • Badgerboy1977

      I could never in good conscience buy a re cast no matter the price difference, just get one from an online retailer for a good discount ( up to 25% in the UK ) or save up for one.
      Stop funding the leeches who contribute nothing to the hobby.

      • Sonic tooth

        I collect bretonnia. Dont really have a choice

        • Badgerboy1977

          If it’s not available anymore then they’re not in direct competition, that’s a little different. They should still be paying them their dues but they’ve already made the investment back so not as big a deal as ripping off something they’re currently selling and undercutting then.

          • Sonic tooth

            Ah I don’t feel guilty, I buy loads of gw stuff and I feel a few Bret’s and tomb kings aren’t affecting them. I confess I bought a knock-off dread saurian and carmine dragon off eBay without realizing they weren’t the real deal

    • Pl4gu3 B4st4rd

      I wish they didn’t set miniatures prices in relation with the point they cost ingame. A single character is as expensive as half a squad, at same size

      • stinkoman

        so you think they would sell this kit for less based on the plastic and design costs? or keep it the price it is and use it as an excuse to charge us 90$ for a squad of guardsmen? probably the same plastic in comparison. that’s a dangerous thread you walk.

        • Pl4gu3 B4st4rd

          If it takes enough plastic and time to design a Harlequin troop warrior and a Death Jester, why, oh why on earth, do that unit of 6 minis costs 40$ and that single mini is 26$ ?

          • stinkoman

            Oh, i understand your complaint. but if you go that route to charge ~7 per mini based off the 40$ unit cost, it would be great. but GW would go the opposite route and scale the unit up to the character’s cost. 150+ dollars for a single 6 man unit, doesn’t work at all. so they find some where in between by charging realistically as they can for units, and higher prices for the more special units.

            one might use the argument that you would buy more harlequins, or troops units than individual characters, but we all know with the current character aura meta, thats not actually true. in fact you can buy one tac squad and fill two min troop slots.

          • Pl4gu3 B4st4rd

            That’s why I convert troops to make my characters, fack them and their “Pay to Win” policy !

      • Moik

        That’s about the correct price. A character comes with enough accoutrements to be about ‘half a squad’, and they have to charge for shelf space…

        This is assuming the squad’s fairly priced though.

    • Snord

      …and the people who buy re-casts are welcome to them. I hope they enjoy their shoddy knock-offs. I’ll pay for the enjoyment of having a customisable plastic kit of a highly detailed model that won’t weight a ton when it’s built.

      • Emprah

        That’s all good and dandy, but when Forge World refuses to use plastic and ships faulty resin…. yeah I don’t see the argument there.

        GW plastics are good to buy because they are superior in quality to recasts. FW does not do that at all, and its more expensive than GW regular stuff.

        Also, they totally should sell plastic SM pauldrons with insignias and more chapter emblems. They could even 3d print them for all I care, so that the moulds don’t cost that much, and just make it online pre-order only.

        Tl,dr, resin is a horrible material and with FW’s prices there is no reason not to recast it. You get the same (lack of) quality for half the price.

        • DJ860

          Because resin is more suitable for smaller, unique production runs, simple.

          Not really sure why you think recasting is acceptable.

          If you can’t afford it, don’t buy it.

    • DJ860

      No, people buy recasts because they have low morals and don’t care if this means companies fail and people lose their jobs.

      Every $ spent on a recast and not on the official model is a $ taken away from the company who pay the employees wages.

      If people want to buy shoddy recasts, fine, but don’t use the price to justify it. If you can’t afford it, don’t buy it.

      • Moik

        The recasts are flawless, and I wouldn’t have bought the models at the prices they are at.

        Call me when FW fails, then I’ll pay their stupid high prices.

        • DJ860

          Again, if you can’t afford it don’t buy it.

          You’re supporting someone stealing an artists work, for their own profit, with no idea where the money goes, well done.

  • I snagged one. I have the forgeworld one and I have a creature caster one as well. Glad to see I can make the caster variant and then work on getting the arm with the bell on the creature caster version 🙂

    • Apocryphus

      How do they compare in size? Is the plastic one much smaller than the others?

      • I wont know until i get it saturday, I’m not in the GW inner circle to get models early before everyone else 😀 i hope the scale is comparable. The FW resin one i saw pics next to a new one and they were basically the same.

        • Apocryphus

          If it’s about as big as the FW one then I think the price is alright. I keep forgetting the kit isn’t out yet. >.>

  • memitchell

    Sprue views only make me realize I’d be buying a lot of plastic encased air. That’s $46 per sprue. Just show me the finished product. I can regret the cost per sprue later.

    • orionburn III

      On the plus side at least it isn’t 3 seperate articles reviewing each individual sprue. 😛

      • stinkoman

        but at that price it should 🙂

  • Apocryphus

    Wow, that’s pretty big. Thanks for the pic 🙂

  • BrassWitch

    This videos where they show just the sprue and not the complete model really bugg me. It’s like a cooking video not showing you the steps or the complete result. ://