Aaron Dembski-Bowden

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Sevatar, In Resin Clad

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So. Games Workshop have made a mini of one of my characters. That’s a sentence I’ve basically hoped would be true since I was a little kid, and is a pretty significant tick on the bucket list. I thought this’d be a moment where I jumped up and down and shrieked in playgroundish delight, but the truth (just like the day I hit the New York Times bestsellers’ list) is a bizarre sense of awestruck serenity.

More surreal than anything else.

Well, surreal and awesome.

It’s both obvious and weird that it’s Sev. Obvious because he’s easily my most popular and asked-about character, and he has a rank in the Heresy that deserves some time on the tabletop. Weird because authors don’t always write what they love; sometimes they write what they have ideas for at any given time. I occasionally joke about not liking him the way Paul Sheldon doesn’t like Misery Chastain. That’s not true but the analogy always tickles me, and there’s at least a thread-thin sliver of truth there. I like that people like him. That matters more, sometimes, especially when you’re trying to tell people a story.

But I digress. There’s gushing to be done.

Dat mini, tho.

People will ask if he matches what’s in my head, and I’ll say no – because that’s the truth. He looks waaaaay better for a start, and secondly, as I’ve mentioned before, I don’t really have concrete and definite pictures in my head for every detail of a character’s appearance. When I see artwork or modelled incarnations of my characters, I do the same thing I do when I’m writing them: I look for the 3-4 key details and the overall vibe. Talos isn’t a clear, definite image in my mind: he’s a vague aura of characteristics and details, like the runic faceplate; the exposed cables of Mark V armour; the broken Aquila on his chestplate; and the distinctive weapons he stole – all with an aura of melancholic anger and optimistic self-delusion, which is the core of his personality to me.

Capture a handful of key details and the overall vibe, and I’m sold. That’s how it always is with the many models and pieces of artwork I get sent, depicting my characters. That’s how it is with my novel covers, too.

So… what about Sevatar?

It’s impossible to overstate just how rad and fucking brutal Sev looks in his tabletop incarnation. Alan Bligh and John French gave him awesome, characterful rules, and Forge World’s Steve Whitehead has floored me with this resin-born slice of wickedness.

What can I even say, really? He looks perfect. The model speaks for itself.

(Also, I maximum adore the bareheaded Ravenloft look he’s got going on here, and in his HH book artwork.)


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  1. That is some true badassery! It will quickly find it’s way to my collection but will inevitably not be painted to such a standard.

    Comment by Christopher | January 29, 2015 | Reply

  2. Ordered!

    Beautiful model for one of 30k’s best and IMHO most enjoyable actors.

    Write more about him – do it. DO IT, yeah baby. Right there, do it.

    Comment by plasmaspam | January 29, 2015 | Reply

  3. … Waits for Corswain. Now if we can just get AD-B to admit that Sev is master of the Eighth Grey Knight company…

    Comment by Brother dean | January 29, 2015 | Reply

  4. He is freaking gorgeous.

    Comment by Khestra the Unbeheld | January 29, 2015 | Reply

  5. I really like the model, almost as much as I love the character. The problem is that I’m not really sold on the chainglave. For me it’s like sticking spikes on chaos for the sake of sticking spikes on chaos, and in this case the spikes get in the way of the most vicious part of the weapon

    Comment by Skullreken | January 29, 2015 | Reply

  6. Specially like the Dark Angel trophy 🙂
    But his face is maybe too, I don’t know, Kharn-ish?

    Comment by Le-Captain | January 29, 2015 | Reply

  7. looks like a grey knight in the making ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

    Comment by TheSGC | February 2, 2015 | Reply

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