I was rummaging around in a game store bits box sometime in late 2016 or early 2017 when I found this thing. I did the white prime job shortly after slapping my two bits on the counter as payment in full. From there it continued to languish for maybe about a year until I started working on plaguebearers.
This miniature struck me as being pretty old so I poked around a little trying to learn more about it. The notation M22 1984 was on the bottom of the base. I found out that the model was produced by Grenadier Models with M22 referring to the model and 1984 to the year it originally came out. Further, this rather humble (by today’s standards) little bone waver had a name: Sebelex, Devourer of the Dead, and was one miniature that came in a boxed set of ten demons.
I also acquired a few other old looking pieces at the same time. One turned to be a colleague of the Devourer, the somewhat frightened looking Mxomyceles, Duke of the Mire, and the other a humanoid brain thing with fairy wings. I thought they were all part of the same set but I guess Brain isn’t as it turns out.
I’m thinking the Duke of the Mire will declare his fealty to Slaanesh while the Brain, appropriately enough, will enter the service of Tzeentch. Goodness knows I have plenty of Nurgle minor champion types in the ranks and/or in production so I don’t need more of those.
Below is how our ancient demon turned out. Since the metal Sebelex is going to be joining the Swelling Horde as a plaguebearer I applied a coat of gloss varnish and then a matte layer for protection against grasping fingers and rolling dice. The thing I like best about this miniature is its age: it is older than many of my regular opponents and we all know in 40K that the older something is the better. Let the galaxy boil (break out in, that is)!
As I said in my previous post, Sebelex here is a double threat. It is a natural to fill the role of a plaguebearer, and as for being a neglected miniature I wouldn’t be surprised if it has a neglected history of decades before it fell into my greedy clutches, where I duly neglected it in turn. So I declare my little lead demon grist for both Squaduary and the Neglected Model Challenge. Let it be written, let it be done!
The blurry plaguebearer lurking in the background of the picture above is yet another body I finished for the Squaduary challenge. She’ll be one of the worthies in the group shot of the completed mob (hope festers eternal!) I’m planning for tomorrow to get in under the challenge deadline.
Then the plan will be to inflict/feature a few posts of individual plaguebearers or small groups, as is my normal practice. I’m not sure yet what I’ll be working on for March.+ I accepted a job offer to drive a bus and if everything goes well I should start soon. I imagine that will cut at least somewhat into my painting time, but we’ll see.
+ Because I truly haven’t had enough plaguebearers in my blog so far!