The followers of the Dark Gods understand the immense power that lies within words and numbers, weaving together incantations and arcane numerology. Among these devoted individuals, the number seven holds a malevolent significance, particularly revered by the followers of Nurgle. Those who preach this doctrine are known as Tallymen, a unique blend of priests, demagogues, metaphysical scribes, and quartermasters. These zealots, adorned with the peculiar trappings of their craft, march into battle, their presence announced by reams of parchment scrawled with meticulous tallies of seven in an eerie, crabbed hand, meticulously recording the horrors inflicted upon the foes of the Death Guard.
Within this multipart plastic kit, you will find everything you need to assemble Scribbus Wretch, an embodiment of the Death Guard Tallyman. Even among the ranks of the Death Guard, Scribbus Wretch’s appearance is particularly unpleasant, as he revels in the macabre act of gleefully counting and cataloguing misfortune. A massive ream of paper rests on a clipboard, cradled in the crook of his left arm, while his right hand wields a bone stylus, endlessly adding to his tallies. A peculiar contraption hangs from his back, terminating in a tentacle that tightly grasps an abacus. Upon closer inspection, one discovers that the beads on the abacus are actually tiny skulls, each representing a sinister tally. Adorned in the customary corroded armor, riddled with boils and adorned with Nurgle’s icons, Scribbus Wretch is accompanied by a Nurgling, dutifully carrying extra ink and paper. Atop a stack of books, most likely penned by his own hand and brimming with tales of atrocities, Scribbus Wretch takes his stand.
What’s in the Scribbus Wretch, the Tallyman box
- x8 plastic components that make Scribbus Wretch, the Tallyman.
- x1 Citadel 40mm Round base
How to paint the Scribbus Wretch, the Tallyman set
- Step 1: Basecoat the Armor
Start by basecoating the armor of Scribbus Wretch with a dark color, like Abaddon Black or Chaos Black. Apply multiple thin coats until you achieve good coverage, allowing each coat to dry before applying the next.
- Step 2: Paint the Parchment and Clipboard
Using a lighter color, like Rakarth Flesh or Zandri Dust, paint the ream of parchment on Scribbus Wretch’s clipboard. Use a fine detail brush to pick out any details or writing on the parchment. For the clipboard, you can use a dark color such as Rhinox Hide or Doombull Brown.
- Step 3: Highlight the Armor
To add depth and dimension to the armor, use a lighter shade of the basecoat color. For example, if you used Abaddon Black, you can highlight with a dark gray like Eshin Grey. Paint the raised areas of the armor, emphasizing the edges and details.
- Step 4: Paint the Bone Stylus and Abacus
Paint the bone stylus in Scribbus Wretch’s hand with a suitable bone color, such as Ushabti Bone or Screaming Skull. For the abacus, use a dark metallic color like Leadbelcher or Ironbreaker for the frame, and paint the skulls with a bone or off-white color.
- Step 5: Detail the Face and Nurgling
Using flesh tones like Bugman’s Glow or Kislev Flesh, carefully paint the facial features of Scribbus Wretch, including the eyes, nose, and mouth. For the Nurgling, you can paint it with a combination of green tones like Warpstone Glow or Moot Green for the skin, and a lighter flesh tone for the exposed areas.
- Step 6: Add Weathering and Decay
Using a wash or shade color like Agrax Earthshade or Nuln Oil, apply it selectively to the recessed areas of the miniature, such as the folds of the robes or the crevices in the armor. This will add depth and create a weathered, decayed look.
- Step 7: Final Touches and Basing
Inspect the miniature and make any necessary touch-ups or adjustments. Add any final details, such as highlighting the edges of the parchment or adding additional weathering effects. For the base, you can paint it to match your preferred theme, whether it’s a grim and decayed landscape or a more vibrant and thematic base.