Id like to think the face is more of a Facade. Here is a direct quote from his fluff, which is found on battlecollege.
"The last of the Defiers to spurn Menoth, the Heretic is a self-styled god who rebelled against his creator. Believing all are able to become divine, he fashioned himself into a paragon of his own distorted virtues. Now the Heretic wishes to dethrone the God of Man and free all of his creation from his laws."
I know the Grymkin book has every explanation for each model and very wonderful fluff if you want to know more!
Post by HubertJFarnsworth on Mar 15, 2018 13:15:01 GMT
Basically it's a spit in the face of Menoth. Menoth is always depicted as masked which is why all the priests and other religious figures in the Protectorate wear masks. The Heretic was a Priest-King of Menoth, one of the most powerful and devout sovereigns of his age. What he realized eventually though is that despite Menoths teachings insisting that humans are basically useless except for how they contribute to Menoth's war, humans actually have the divine spark. He basically stumbled across the same knowledge that Morrow and Thamar did a few thousand years later; humans can learn to become gods.
Unfortunately he did it while Menoth was still taking an active role in humanity so he got smacked down to hell. From my understanding his current appearance is basically saying "Menoth wears a mask to hide his face because it makes him seem powerful, but all humans have the chance to be just as powerful." Inside each human is a god, so he's removed his human face to show the mask of a god. It's an inversion of Menite iconography.
Thanks a lot for the replies. I think I have a certain understanding of the model now. His face is the face of a god (that looks like a human face, only a little bit older (like a some thousand years)) and he is covert with a mask to look human. But the skulpt is holding up the mask to mock menoth and show everybody that he looks like a human and thus humans can become gods.
I will definately play him against Menoth tonight.
Post by HubertJFarnsworth on Mar 16, 2018 13:29:59 GMT
Well the sculpt is holding his face and his face is a mask instead. Because Menoth is presumably a human behind the mask and the Heretic is a god behind the mask. Either way the idea is that he's holding his actual face because metaphor. But yea, he's got some really cool fluff.