G2 Pink Horror of Tzeentch Champion – Project Change XIX

Trish Morrison’s Pink Horror Champion. His trademark grin was self-inflicted because he wanted to show his facially-scarred girlfriend he still found her attractive.

Pink Horror of Tzeentch Champion

I can’t put my finger on when Lesser Daemons first got their Champions, as I still need to find a copy of 4th edition Fantasy’s Warhammer Armies Chaos. But I know the first official Daemon command models came out in 1997. (Ahhh. 1997 – when Minotaurs had great models.)

The Pink Horror Champion had an extra WS, BS, S, I and A over the standard Pink Horror. This was back in 5th edition Warhammer Fantasy, when Champions could regularly take magic items of their own rather than just being the guy at the front with a different name and an additional attack. But Daemon Champions couldn’t take magic items (unless they were a Daemon Battle Standard Bearer) and didn’t get access to any Daemonic Rewards (the Daemons’ equivalent of Magic Items). And so, with the exception of the improved stats, I can’t work out why people took them.

In modern Fantasy the Pink Horror Champion has been renamed to Iridescent Horror, and can also be fielded in 40K. There is no model for Iridescent Horrors yet, or Heralds of Tzeentch, so the Pink Horror Champion tends to crop up in both these roles. (Though the cheaper and more common approach is just painting a Pink Horror a different shade of pink – tsk.)

I did originally feel a little guilty that so much of Project Change seems to be Daemons. So, I counted up all the models the project’s scope includes, and then counted how many of them are categorised as Daemon. It’s a whopping 83% at present (not including the Daemon Engines, dragons possessed by daemons, sorcerers riding bound daemons or those weird Man O’War things I really ought to research more). And, as with this model only 74% of Project Change is classified as Daemon, I’m okay.

And, I realised that two Horrors ago I collected enough to field a 7th edition Fantasy regiment. Here they all are on a movement tray celebrating their new-found gamable status.

Weathered Rogue Trader Space Marines

This is one of my Warhammer turn-offs. You spend an age painting your army, only those not in the front rank to be hidden away where the painting goes unnoticed.

Project Change VII

And this morning, it’s something that isn’t a Tzeentch demon to add to the project file. I present, Bowie Inconstatine – Champion of Tzeentch.

Am I freaking you out Bret?

Champion of Tzeentch! Yes, he has been blessed with the Hand of Tzeentch and Bird’s Feet. They’re blatantly on the miniature, and some others like Withering Gaze are difficult to model, and I’m a stickler for wysiwyg. I did his armour (which may or may not be Chaos Armour at this point) in the classic Tzeentchian blue and gold scheme, that’s really come to the fore as the Thousand Sons developed their Egyptian vibe.

And because I’m super awesome cool, I’ve also transliterated his name into the Dark Tongue’s phonetic Runes with the help of the language section in The Lost and the Damned.

Inconstantine Bowie in Dark Tongue phonetic runes

Not too sure about the runes for e and i, so I may change that. And I might kern some of the letters too. There wasn’t a typographical notes about kerning in the book. I don’t think you can kern runes. I think more research is in order.