Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Pink Horror Evolution

Back in the Realms of Chaos days, pink and blue horrors had their own individual miniatures. The pink horrors were noticeably happier, chuckling and downright devious looking. On the other hand, the blue horrors were more morose, glum and miserable looking with a wicked depressed violence brewing under the surface. They were also slightly smaller than their pink brethren. Their dynamic was invariably a pair of raised hand and a maw of teeth surrounded by an expressive pair of eyes and a tail.

Fast forward to the early 2000's, and the miniatures got a long needed update. I liked this era of Tzeentch miniatures very much. The horrors became a whirling mass of arms, tails, mouths, teeth, eyes, and flames. Moreover, they also featured horrors-within-horrors. This type of miniature is one that I very much liked. As can be seen in my other posts, a number of them look like the inner blue horror is trying to get out of the pink one.

The modern era plastic pink horror (pictured) is a compromise of the previous iterations, with a few new touches added in. More noticeable than previous examples is the abundance of accessories such as bracelets, bangles, gemstones and feathers. This is not a bad thing, but I did have a preference for "naked" horrors. I suspect that the accessories are a throwback to the old mark of Tzeentch that granted followers a random magical item. I like the multiple arms, but on the other hand, I really miss the blue-in-pink aspect of the mid-2000's metal horrors. The new horrors are also larger than their earlier counterparts. Again, not a bad thing (unless trying to hide / get better cover saves).

Overall, their evolution seems to be a subtle blend of old and new. Some things added, and still some things blue :-)


sonsoftaurus said...

I never really cared for any of the old look for the daemons, though plaguebearers weren't too bad. The 3rd ed metals were improvements to all of them IMO, and the horrors were awesome. Disappointed that they went away from that look, but I can see how it would be hard to do with plastcs.

jabberjabber said...

I have to agree with you that the older metal models were awesome :)
(apart from the bloodletter that looked like a beastman ... that one never clicked so well for me personally).

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