The backbone of the Diseased Sons is hordes of Plague Marines. Seven squads all carefully numbered and painted. The squads evolved and expanded over time due as much to rule changes as anything. Many models specifically all my heavy weapons troopers were made illegal and so I stripped most of them and will be repainting them as Chaos Undivided troops at some point.

Diseased Sons Army

After the release of 4th Edition and the end of my MBA, I used some of my time to make the squads look better and be more useful on the table top. But before I could get all this done, another new Chaos Codex came out. The final step I thought was to be painting dedicated Icon Bearers and Champs armed intelligently for the latest rule sets. Now I plan to paint a few more Nurgle Renegades with Heavy Weapons even though I stripped some from this very army. Then sometime in 2008 I was hoping to declare the Diseased Sons done and do some undivided or Khorne and Slaneesh troops. Even with the then new rules supposedly favouring them I have zero plans to paint 1000 Sons. Alas I never had enough time and energy to paint every model I ever bought and the rules have changed yet again so I may make another attempt at finishing this army not just updating this website.

Warhammer 40,000 is now up to the 9th Edition and a second Death Guard Codex just came out so I will try in 2021 to update this army to be if not optimal at least useful. I still might try running them as Renegades again someday and I'm on record as saying skirmish scale games are just easier to get into and paint for, but more Plague Marines will be painted and more kneepads will be changed. I doubt I'll strip any model or bust off any weapons Plague Marines can not have bolt pistorls or regular flamers, I might do some "counts as". Demonic troops including my beloved Nurglings can only be allies in this latest codex, as I've been painting Nurglings for years, I was not amused to learn this.

Proposed 9th Edition Second Death Guard Codex Squads

I want to paint all the new models, but I don't want to paint many grey, brown or purple models, as I doubt I'll play any huge games, and if I do it'll not be with an optimal list. I need mostly new special weapons troopers and plus maybe a champ or an icon, as some of my icon bearers don't have a bolter currently. I will try the ten man squads but five man squads seem to have benefits in 9th Edition. I might try mixing special weapons more in 9th Edition, but if you just have a five model squad, I got lots of five man plague marine squads painted already.

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