This is Wailer – Pink Horror of Tzeentch. Another of the first generation of orkoid Pink Horrors by the talented Kev Adams. He’s unusual that he’s got a very sullen face more befitting a Blue Horror.
His arms are awfully gnarly and have lots of texture I can only describe as ‘unintentionally crumbly’. It’s odd, as the main body is nice and crisp and a joy to paint. Meh.
He’s accompanied by a second of my iridescent Harpies, which aren’t really Tzeenthcian so don’t really count towards Project Change.
My collection of Tzeentchian artefacts is growing like some sort obscene shrine, and now it’s even jumped media. Here’s a piece Tony Ackland artwork I bought.
This is the Lord of Change that appeared in Realm of Chaos: the Lost and the Damned. Yep, it’s the original (not a print or reproduction), as you can see the pencils where Mr. Ackland changed the pose.
My friends have recently started referring to my pad as the Didsbury Warhammer Museum because I take such fetishistic pleasure in collecting and displaying all this stuff.
Three arms. Bird head. One armoured foot. Magic rings. It must be some classic Chaos goodness, today in the shape of Balamir de Storchion, Sorcerer of Tzeentch.
Again, this is a casting that’s visibly aged. The scroll is quite pudgy with rounded corners – the original clean crisp lines having been eroded by years of man-handling, stripping and casual abuse. I suppose old plastics keep their shape much better than classic lead.
In the Dark Tongue, you would write his name out as…
The last three runes representing (left to right) Tzeentch’s Gift of Magic and the Chaos attributes Beaked, Multiple Arms and Feathered Hide. I toyed with the idea that instead of Beaked it would be the Tzeentch Gift Face of a Lord of Change, but figured his head wasn’t quite that impressive.
Here’s the chap with the most recent additions to Project Change, neither of which I felt photographed well originally.
When I get nine of the Fantasy Sorcerers painted, I want to field them a squad of Thrall Sorcerers for a power-armoured Sorcerer. Soon…
Back into the big pile of Horrors of Tzeentch to paint for Project Change. This Blue Horror has been done in Liche Purple through to Jade Green. Not blue as such, but both colours are almost there.
Games Workshop have just released their new plastic Horrors. It’s a big departure from the third generation of truly disturbing Horrors. But, oddly, there seems to be no tip-of-the-hat to their splitting any more. I’ve yet to get my hands on the sprues themselves (but it’s my birthday soon so fingers crossed) so I could be wrong. There’s no game reason to paint them blue these days, but I’m sure people will. Here’s how they appear in blue with a little Photoshop magic.
Now, how to capture that effect with paint?
And back to Project Change the Thousand Sons with a modern Sorcerer from the current boxed set.
I’ve used a similar scheme to my classic Thousand Son. I mentioned I’d spent months trawling eBay for a squad of those classic models, only for Games Workshop to rerelease them alongside the other classic Goodwin traitors.
I love Ork artillery.Â As a kid they were the fullest blisters on the shelves, and they contained an alluring wonder – what did those assortment of parts look like when assembled?
Well, I’ve got a squadron of converted oldskool Smasha Guns (count as Zzap Gunz) in my Ork/Stealer Hybrid army. They’re great fun – they fire a traktor beam which picks up its target, then drops it on its friends, much to the krew’s amusement.
The krewz aren’t converted (I figured they’re crewed by very late generation grot/stealer hybridz) – but the guns are.Â They’ve had their hideous old Fantasy-style cartwheels replaced with modern chunky Ork tyres (from the Trukk I think).Â Plus, to make them work with the Genestealer theme, I’ve added a third claw.Â This was simply done by cutting an old Smasha Gun in half.
Here’s the classic Studio Smasha Gun by way of comparison, and also for a bit of retro Orkiness.