Tallyman & Plague Surgeon: Character Review

By James Rodriguez | October 9th, 2017 | Categories: Uncategorized

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The Death Guard releases from Games Workshop continue to roll in with the elite characters Tallyman and the Plague Surgeon!

The diseased frolicking of Nurgle lovers continue with the additions of the Tallyman and the Plague Surgeon. These clam packs retail for $25 each, have excellent detail, and have decent stats. Are these choices a must have for your Death Guard forces? Here is a sample of our quick and dirty review to give you the lowdown on what you can expect to see in this kit.

For our complete review, be sure to scroll down and press play on the full video below.

Tallyman sprueThe Tallyman is an 8 component kit and is easy to assemble. The head option can be swapped out for whichever option you want. It is statically posed and comes with no customization options included. What this kit does have is great detail on the armor, the abacus on which he keeps count of slain foes, and his sassy nurgling helper.

He clocks in at 60 points base, has Strength 4, Toughness 5, and 4 wounds. His Festering Zealot ability allows friendly Death Guard units within 7″ to re-roll failed hit rolls in the Fight phase. His Seven-fold Chant can refund the Command Points of a used Strata gem with a roll of 7 with 2D6.

Plague Surgeon sprueThe Plague Surgeon is the same sort of kit as the Tallyman. His head bit will slot into the hooded portion of the front torso so don’t expect to swap out that bit. The detail is also something to talk about with this kit. His balesword is textured with disease and filth. His right shoulder pad even has a one-eyed plaguebearer head on it. Again, the lack of options is a drawback but the detail does begin to make up for that.

He clocks in at 59 points at base. His Tainted Narthecium will let friendly Death Guard Infantry units within 3″ re-roll failed Disgustingly Resilient rolls of 1. He can add 1 to all hit and wound rolls when targeting Adeptus Astartes Infantry or Biker units his Gene-seed Thief ability.

Scribbus Wretch, the Tallyman: $25


The worshippers of the Dark Gods know that there is power in words and numbers, incantations and arcane numerology. Seven is the unholy number of Nurgle, and the preachers of this doctrine are the Tallymen. Part priests, part demagogues, part metaphysical scribes and quartermasters, these festering zealots stride to battle festooned with the trappings of their strange craft – reams of parchment, crawling with tallies of seven in a strange, crabbed hand, counting the horrors inflicted on the Death Guard’s foes.


This multi-part plastic kit contains the parts necessary to assemble Scribbus Wretch, a Death Guard Tallyman. His is a particularly unpleasant model, even for Death Guard, with a morbid focus on gleefully counting and cataloguing misfortune – he carries a massive ream of paper on a clipboard in the crook of his left arm, with a bone stylus in his right adding to his tallies.


A strange apparatus hangs from his back, ending in a tentacle that grasps an abacus – its beads, upon closer inspection, reveal themselves as skulls. His armour, as standard for the Death Guard, is covered in corrosion, boils and Nurgle icons, and he is accompanied by a Nurgling, busy with the task of carrying extra ink and paper. Scribbus Wretch stands atop a pile of books; likely written by him, and full of atrocities.

This kit comes as 8 components, and is supplied with a Citadel 40mm Round base.

Nauseous Rotbone, the Plague Surgeon: $25


Sinister, hooded figures, Plague Surgeons drift through the mayhem of battle like ghoulish spectres of death. They were once Death Guard Apothecaries who brought healing to those who could be saved, and absolution to those who could not. Damnation transformed their order, rendering them the dark antithesis of what they once were. The very touch of a Plague Surgeon is virulently infectious, while every breath they exhale teems with spores and Daemon motes.


The miasma that drips from their weapons and surgical instruments only adds to this effect. Any for foolish enough to engage a Plague Surgeon in combat will soon be crawling with empyric disease. This multi-part plastic kit contains the components necessary to assemble Nauseous Rotbone, a Death Guard Plague Surgeon. He carries a bolt pistol and balesword, but where the real fun lies is in the various corrupted medical instruments he carries – narthecium-like instruments containing horrific plagues are all over his armour, with an ancient, rusted reductor perfect for stealing gene-seeds on his right arm.


Much of his armour is concealed by a cowl and cloak, but the armour that is visible is covered in the pits, rust and corrosion expected from such a devotee of the Death Guard. His right shoulder bears a vile plaguebearer’s head, and the device on his back… the less said about that, the better.

This kit comes as 9 components, and is supplied with a Citadel 40mm Round base.

Moonbase Klaisus is available now online and in local Games Workshop stores. Be sure to press play on our quick and dirty unboxing and review video below for the full review.

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About the Author: James Rodriguez

I'm a huge fan of anything tabletop. I play strictly Chaos in Warhammer, and Imperial in anything Star Wars. I spent 8 years in the military. Now I'm happy to be a civilian working with a great group of people. "We are all tyrants. Do not fool yourself. We were bred for nothing else." -Mortarion
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