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The Death Guard are a faction in the Warhammer 40,000 universe. They are a Chaos Space Marine Legion that pledged their allegiance to Nurgle, the Chaos God of decay and corruption. They are characterized by their resilient and diseased bodies, able to survive even the harshest of environments. They are known for their use of biological weapons and their willingness to spread diseases across entire planets. The Death Guard were once loyal Space Marines who turned to Chaos during the Horus Heresy, led by their primarch Mortarion. They continue to serve Nurgle in his quest to bring about a new cycle of life through decay and pestilence.

The Death Guard is one of the Traitor Legions of Chaos Space Marines in the Warhammer 40,000 universe. Originally known as the XIV Legion, they were once loyal servants of the Emperor of Mankind during the Great Crusade but fell to the corruption of Chaos and became devoted followers of Nurgle, the Chaos God of decay, pestilence, and rebirth. Here are some key characteristics and features of the Death Guard:

Nurgle's Blessings: The Death Guard have been heavily blessed by Nurgle, resulting in grotesque and resilient forms. They are marked by bloated bodies, festering sores, and a high resistance to pain and disease.

Plague Marines: Plague Marines are the core infantry units of the Death Guard. They are heavily armored, armed with noxious weapons, and often carry iconic plague knives and boltguns.

Chaos Space Marines: The Death Guard also includes various types of Chaos Space Marines, such as Terminators, Bikers, and Havocs, all of whom are devoted to Nurgle and carry contagions into battle.

Death Guard Cults: The Death Guard have different cults within their ranks, each dedicated to a different aspect of Nurgle's blessings. These include the Tainted Sons, the Poxwalkers, and the Blightlords.

Typhus, Host of the Destroyer Hive: Typhus is a notable Death Guard character and the Herald of Nurgle. He leads the Death Guard's First Plague Company and spreads his contagion wherever he goes.

Plague Vehicles: The Death Guard field various plague-ridden vehicles, such as the Plagueburst Crawler, which is armed with plague spitters and a heavy slugger, and the Foetid Bloat-Drone, a fast and agile flyer equipped with deadly weapons.

Grandfather Nurgle's Gifts: Death Guard units often use poisoned and pestilential weaponry, spreading contagion and disease among their foes. They also have access to psychic powers that further their mastery of plague and decay.

Iconic Color Scheme: The Death Guard are typically painted in a sickly green color scheme, often with rusted and corroded details, symbolizing their decayed nature.

Nurgle's Patronage: Nurgle's blessings grant the Death Guard resilience, making them difficult to kill. They can endure incredible amounts of damage and regenerate from grievous wounds.

Moral Ambiguity: The Death Guard's fall to Chaos and their devotion to Nurgle have made them morally complex characters in the Warhammer 40,000 universe. They believe they are liberating humanity from suffering by embracing the blessings of Nurgle, even though their actions often result in suffering and death.

The Death Guard are a distinctive and iconic Chaos Space Marine Legion, representing the grim and pestilential aspects of the Warhammer 40,000 universe. Their dedication to Nurgle and their unending pursuit of spreading disease and decay make them formidable adversaries and compelling characters in the lore of the setting.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • 1. Who is the Death Guard?

    The Death Guard are one of the Traitor Legions of Chaos Space Marines. They worship and devote themselves exclusively to the Chaos God Nurgle and as a result of his mutational "gifts" they have become Plague Marines; Astartes who are eternally rotting away within their power armour and infected with every known form of disease and decay but who are immune to all pain or minor injury. Their bodies are hives of filth and decay, their flesh eternally rotting away even as it is renewed by the ceaseless process of death and rebirth. The Death Guard are entirely steeped in the power of Nurgle, the god of death and plagues, their very essence the epitome of all that vile Chaos God stands for.

  • 2. What is the Death Guard playstyle?

    Death Guard have lots of great mid-range shooting and the ability to maintain double shots on rapid fire bolt weapons while on the move, but lack some heavy weapons and long-range firepower. Death Guard are extremely resilient. The main idea is to soak up dozens of wounds with troops' disgustingly resilient rolls while protecting your characters for their aura abilities. Death Guard is an army that can be very beginner-friendly

  • 3. Best way to start playing a Death Guard army?

    The newest Death Guard Combat Patrol box would probably be the best way to start building a modern Death Guard army. Alternatively you can pick up a box or two of Plague Marines.

  • 4. Who are some popular Death Guard characters?

    Mortarion, Typhus, Nauseous Rotbone Plague Surgeon

  • 5. Is the Death Guard a good army to play with?

    If you are seeking a competitive army, then the answer depends on the meta at the time, as every army has its ups and downs in the competitive community. Casual players should not worry about good/bad as it's all about fun.

  • 6. Death Guard colours?

    Usually dark green armor with browns to show dirt & decay, along with purples and reds for diseased fleshy parts typical of the Nurgle.