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GW: Feculent Gnarlmaws Grow in Nurgle’s Garden

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Dec 31 2017
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Come take a look at new terrain for the armies of Nurgle. Something tells me this tree’s bite is worse than its bark.

The 7th day of Nurgle is here, and what a special day it is. A chance to see what exactly that Nurgling was getting up to in that Blight Tree. The tree itself turns out to have been the Feculent Gnarlmaw, which is a pustulent, plague-ridden, plant. It looks appropriately demonic, and adorned with plague bells and the gnarled maw that is its namesake, this tree should make any battlefield a delight for the armies of Grandfather Nurgle.

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Look at this thing. It’s gruesome and amazing–with tubular, fleshy growths at its roots, and those three massive nodules that might be insectoid eyes but might also just be sacs of plague spores waiting to be borne aloft on a baleful wind across the stars themselves.

As for what the Gnarlmaw does, it’s decidedly vague, outside of “benefit Nurgle’s armies”:

The Feculent Gnarlmaw is a new piece of terrain for both Warhammer 40,000 and Warhammer Age of Sigmar. As well as allowing you to build appropriately grotesque gaming tables, the Feculent Gnarlmaw has a suite of special rules to support a Nurgle army, and work particularly well with Horticulous Slimux, who can cause them to sprout up mid-game.

If I had to guess what this does–maybe only Nurgle units can take cover safely in these things, and other units treat it as dangerous terrain (so they die if they end their move near it and roll a 1 on a d6), or maybe it lowers the toughness of nearby units, kinda like old Morty’s Aura. I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s some weird disease interaction thing like, ¬†Poxwalkers make an extra guy or plague weapons are plague-ier near one of these things–but that’s just based on those nodes. Dunno what, if anything, it’s maw would do, but it’s in the name.

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And speaking of names Horticulous Slimux, what a name. That kinda puts me in mind of those new Herald types. Earlier this past week we saw Sloppity Bilepiper and Spoilpox Scrivener. Horticulous Slimux seems at home next to those. But we’ve also seen that name in those White Dwarf leaks–Slimux was the name of the Plague Daemon who wanted to grow things in a blighted deathland, but couldn’t. And Slimux has the ability to make Gnarlmaws sprout up midgame, so it’s really playing up the Garden of Nurgle angle. Take a look.

At any rate, that brings us to the end of the 7 Days of Nurgle. Who knows what the next week will bring us, but I expect we’ll be seeing these fine friendly fellows soon enough.

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