New Primaris Marines and Nurgle Figures Available From Games Workshop

The new edition of 40k‘s starter set has the Space Marines facing off against the foul chaos figures dedicated to the god Nurgle. If you’re looking to expand out from there, Games Workshop has several new kits you can order from them. There’s some new Primaris figures, as well as Death Guard and Pox Walkers.

From the website:

A strong core of reliable and adaptable warriors that can lay down fire while advancing or holding down terrain is an invaluable aid to any tactician. In the case of strike forces bolstered by Primaris battle-brothers, this role is fulfilled by the Intercessor Squads.

All Space Marines are experts of the rapid strike, but Reivers take these skills to the next level. They are specially trained and equipped to launch brutally effective and unexpected assaults. They do this with a sudden fury and shocking violence, for the Reivers fulfil the role of terror troops that sow fear and confusion amongst their foes.

Shambling across the battlefield in reeking hordes, Poxwalkers engulf their enemies in rotting tides of grasping hands, gnashing teeth and squirming tentacles. They are the cursed victims of Nurgle’s plagues, transformed into unliving weapons by the cruel masters of the Death Guard.

No Traitor Legion stands as high in Nurgle’s favour as the Death Guard. Swollen with the Plague God’s blessings and utterly devoted to the corruption of realspace in his name, the hulking Plague Marines that comprise their mainstay despoil all in their path while chanting praise to their gruesome patron.


  • odinsgrandson

    Are the Plague Marines the same size as the Primaris Marines? They look like they’re quite a bit larger than normal marines.

    I’m really wondering if they’ve decided to up the scale of their game like they did with Age of Sigmar.

    • ZeeLobby

      I mean it’s a smart way to get people to pay more money to upgrade their armies. The gap between old minis and new is now pretty massive.

      • Jared Swenson

        To be fair, people are calling them ‘truescale marines’ for a reason. The original marines were never to scale to, say, a guardsman. So to fit the fluff, marines (along with their chaos counterparts) would need to get bigger, or regular human models would need to get smaller. Expect orks to start following suit as well. I don’t mind the new primaris marine models (or things that should be bigger getting bigger)

        • odinsgrandson

          I’ve collected various references to Marine size and posted them on Daaka.

          The “Original Marines” weren’t any taller than a normal human. In 1988, there was mention that the skeleton increases in size (probably meaning thicker, not taller) while the 2nd ed Codex Imperialis lists changes to marine physiology with no mention of height difference.

          Honestly, I played 40k for a decade before finding a reference to super tall marines (first reference I found to 7 ft tall marines was in the 4th ed era).

          There is still much disagreement- mostly GW wants to set their height at 7 foot (sometimes as short as 6’10”) while the Dan Abner wants to make them all super huge.

          I’m not surprised that people are calling these “true scale marines” because

          • Jared Swenson

            I got into 40k around the beginning of 4th edition and I remember 7+ ft tall marines were definitely cannon. I also remember finding it peculiar that the tau fire warrior (from the first army I ever bought) were not that much shorter than the old metal command squad marines (first kit I ever bought).

          • odinsgrandson

            Tall marines were accepted by the community sometime in the 4th ed days -the Black Library started presenting tall marines in the late 3rd ed days, and the BL readers spread told the rest of the community the fluff.

            I think there was a bit of a fight over marine size between the BL writers and the official fluff writers for a while (no core book or codex acknowledges marines as any taller than humans until the 6th ed).

            The first time White Dwarf presented tall marines was in the Movie Marine list (WD 300- 4th ed era). The article was explaining how the Black Library fiction is over the top and should not be taken as proper cannon- and their larger than life marines are 7 foot tall.

            There are a lot of places in older fluff where height difference should have been mentioned, but it is starkly missing.

            As for the minis- GW’s marine designs were pretty much finalized by the end of the Rogue Trader days (with the metal Mark 7 armor kits). There were design tweaks with the 3rd ed release- since then they haven’t changed. You can part swap marines from any kit 1998 onward (and you can go back as far as ’91 if you don’t mind big hands).

            Of course, everything else 40k has 30+ years of scale creep going on- Eldar, Orks and humans are all way bigger- but the marines have remained steadfast in their size.