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Foetid Bloat-drone with twin Plaguespitters

The Foetid Bloat-drone is a type of Daemon Engine of Nurgle used by the Death Guard in the closing days of the 41st Millennium. This floating engine hunts its prey with a malign intelligence.[1]


Believed to be a warped perversion of the ancient Vultarax Stratos-Automata, these foul machines created on Nurgle-dominated Daemon worlds. The cost in blood sacrifice to create these engines is significant, and the binding rituals are hazardous in the extreme. Yet their enduring popularity with the Traitor Legion’s Chaos Lords ensures that Bloat-drones are used in great numbers to the war zones in which the Death Guard fight, and deployed in swarms that darken the skies. This is especially true in forces of the 5th Plague Company, with warbands such as the Sons of the Maggot, the Suppurant Sting, and the Smogrot Brotherhood fielding great numbers of Foetid Bloat-drones in varying pack strengths and configurations.[2]

The Daemons that possess Foetid Bloatdrones are more aggressive and spiteful than most Daemons of Nurgle. Some are so wilful that they cannot be entrusted with ranged weaponry at all, their desire to smash themselves into the enemy ranks all too evident. These rebellious engines are instead fitted with the macabre devices known as Fleshmowers, which tear apart enemies caught within them at close range. The mashed remains of flesh-mower victims make excellent fuel for those Bloat-drones armed with Plaguespitters or Heavy Blight Launchers, and so the two variants often form parasitic war packs.[2]


Foetid Bloat-drone with Fleshmower (left) and Heavy Blight Launcher (right)