Guest Display: Joel Smith’s Nurgle

As well as the professionally painted miniatures and dioramas, the Warhammer World Exhibition showcases amazing personal projects in Guest Displays. These regularly changing displays are kindly loaned by fans of the hobby, and Joel Smith?s Nurgle collection is the latest Guest Display for you to see. The Exhibition Curator spotted his army at a gaming event at Warhammer World, and now you can enjoy it too.

Joel started this army in the summer of 2016 when he worked for Games Workshop, and his manager challenged the staff to each paint a Warhammer Age of Sigmar start collecting set.  “As I hadn’t been painting much I wanted an army that could look good fairly quickly and thought Nurgle worked well for simple drybrushing and washes.” Joel’s dry, chalky look to the skin, whilst having the innards still a bit fresh and glistening, really hits the feel of Nurgle.

After a year of adding little bits to the army Joel decided it needed a centerpiece, and converted the Soul Grinder and Daemon Prince. “It took me around 8 months to complete both, to make sure they were as I had envisioned. By that time the new Maggotkin models had been released, including the Great Unclean Ones. These models were so impressive that I got them on the tabletop fairly quickly.” At last count I realised I had well over 4000 points!

Joel was inspired by both the continuing war in the Realm of Life and how Nurgles’ ethos is to destroy in order to regrow. The miniature’s bases include lots of trees and branches from the Citadel wood kit, to show the trees dying before their ‘rebirth’.

There is a sneaky Skaven contingent led by a Verminlord that are following the Nurgle daemons and biding their time before they try to usurp Glut (Joel’s Great Unclean One) for dominion over the ravaged lands of Ghur.

“At the moment I haven’t any solid plans to add to the army as I’m enjoying painting single characters, however Horticulous is sat assembled asking for some attention, and I really fancy painting up the new Nurgle daemon characters that were released. Oh, and another Great Unclean One wouldn’t look out of place. Oh, and I have a few ideas for scenery pieces…”


Come and see Joel’s miniatures for yourself at the Warhammer World Exhibition, before they leave on October 12th. Of course, you also get to see all of the other Guest Displays, thousands of our professionally painted miniatures, and around 26 specially built dioramas!

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