A few months back, Heretic_Deb posted to gauge interest in a community mini swap. What is it? You ask. Well, its like a ‘Secret Santa’ for painted mini’s. I really loved this type of thing and used to participate in the freebooters forum Christmas swap. So I joined in.

All people participating were told to list a faction/product they were interested in receiving and also that the suggested value for the project was £20, but we were welcome to spend more or to even take from our own collections. On the 1st of July, @Heretic_Deb posted the match ups…

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Deb drew @gamingking1616 for me. So we got in touch over twitter, had a chat over discord and I got my list of wants from Rich.

I decided Typhus would be a great model to go with as I’ve actually painted him before back in the days of his previous model. Here are some photographs from about 7 years ago and I painted him 8/9 years ago.

I got the new model on order and had a think about how I wanted to paint it. I like a yellowy/green colour for the deathguard or the pale colours. I had a look at what I could achieve on the feet as tests and decided to use his left foot as the basis.

I decided to use a couple of pale greens I have in my collection and then glaze the model with a yellow glaze to bring out the green sickly colour. I wanted. You can see here on the left the model highlighted and painted up to the brightest colour using the airbrush and the right was after I had finished glazing with yellow. What a difference, right?

I started to block in some of the other colours, I decided to try something a little different on Typhus that I have just started to do on my salamanders and that is a gloss varnish stage before washing the whole model with a dark black wash, then using alcohol and a cotton bud to remove the wash where it had settled in places I didn’t want it.

Then I would matt varnish the model to seal everything in and get finishing.

Overall, I was really happy with how the model came out and here is the finished product! I’ve shared this image on Twitter and my recently setup Instagram. I’ve been asked by WarhammerOfficial if they can display the image on their site! Really chuffed.

Typhus, Herald of the Plague God


  1. A neat idea, that mini swap and you did a great job painting Typhus. The somewhat brightened up scheme really works. I also liked the gloop on his base.

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  2. Very cool, such I nice job on this guy. What’s that thing to do with gloss varnish, dark wash, removing with alcohol? Where did you learn about that… What’s the main benifit of doing this and what’s the need for the gloss varnish? Doesn’t that mean that it makes any parts you remove after become glossy again?

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    1. So the gloss helps the wash settle in the recesses and then means where it has stained the surfaces you can clear it off. Means all the highlight work stays the same without any reworking. It would all be glossy but you then use Matt varnish to seal everything in.

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      1. I still do that on most my stuff. Depends on what I’m going for. The gloss just helps keep the highlights bright so it’s good for using with an airbrush as I can highlight in a zenith style first.

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  3. That glaze is really awesome. Makes me think of vomit, so I guess that means the idea worked?
    He’s a great looking model and congratulations on being asked by GW to display him on their site.

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    1. Thanks Jenn! Yeah was going for that sickly green. I’m chuffed to get something on the site. Thinking of entering golden demon next year just to see and well it gives me hope at something.


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