Aaron Dembski-Bowden

Don't worry. None of this blood is mine.

First Claw Concept Sketches

Oh, look. Some concept sketches.

Mercutian. He will most definitely fuck you up with all that Dakka.

Variel, the new guy. The doctor will see you now.

Uzas. When life gives you lemons, BLOOD FOR THE MOTHERFUCKING BLOOD GOD.

Cyrion. "So. How are you?"

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  1. These are beast. Especially Variel.

    He’s a terrible doctor.

    Comment by RayeRaye | April 30, 2011 | Reply

    • You have some reading to do next week, dearest. About, y’know, the other 5-man squad. The ones in grey, who are a bit knighty.

      Comment by aarondembskibowden | April 30, 2011 | Reply

      • Awesomesauce. I’m excite. 😀

        Oh, also, I love that sketch of Cyrion, so very much.

        Comment by RayeRaye | April 30, 2011 | Reply

  2. Uzas strikes me as the kind of guy who likes lemons, though.

    Comment by Khestra the Unbeheld | April 30, 2011 | Reply

  3. Uzas. My new favorite character. Don’t ask how it happened, I’m not quite sure myself.

    Comment by Nick Sharps | April 30, 2011 | Reply

  4. You know, Variel has a very similar caption to Dr Kyle Pondsworth.

    Coincidence? I think not…

    Comment by G | April 30, 2011 | Reply

  5. These are wicked. Cyrion’s pose is class, and I love Uzas. Always have. In that manly way. Not THAT manly way.

    I’ll shut up now.

    Comment by timkenyon | April 30, 2011 | Reply

    • Bit of a Bromance there Tim? 😉

      Comment by Craig | April 30, 2011 | Reply

      • If anyone on the Covenant is wearing the “Free Hugs” sign, it’s Cyrion.

        Comment by Khestra the Unbeheld | May 1, 2011 | Reply

  6. These are Shane’s too?He is a master of pencil fu,gives me something to shoot for.
    Just read Savage Weapons,hell yea I love how
    Little Boy Blue might just have shades of grey in him after all.

    Comment by Bigwill | April 30, 2011 | Reply

  7. Awesome. But is Talos really the only one with an imperial eagle on his armour?

    btw. “When life gibes you lemons” ?
    Is this just coincidence or did someone play Portal 2? 🙂

    Comment by Apfeljunge | April 30, 2011 | Reply

  8. Very nice art, congrats – his works go well with your prose. Too bad there isn’t a sketch of Talos too.
    I agree, Uzas is pretty cool, but then I always liked the damned.
    Blood for the Blood God! Lemons or not.

    Comment by Erminio | April 30, 2011 | Reply

  9. I love these sketches! I want a t-shirt with them on it!

    Comment by Ryan Parkinson | May 1, 2011 | Reply

  10. saw these on B&C and i’m loving them!

    you definitely need the artist to draw or paint a Malcharion!

    kudos on Blood Reaver, i thought it couldn’t get any better after Soul Hunter, but boy was i mistaken.

    and Uzas is fastly becoming my new favourite of first claw.

    Comment by Wicced | May 1, 2011 | Reply

  11. Cyrion needs a spin-off sitcom after this series finishes.

    Cyrion slides in through door.

    *Canned laughter*

    Cyrion: “So. How are you?”

    *Canned laughter*

    Phoebe: “Oh Cyrion!”

    *Canned laughter*

    Seriously, it’ll be brilliant.

    Comment by Tim Sweeney | May 1, 2011 | Reply

    • Then proceed to kill each and everyone in the room.

      Comment by Lulface:P | May 10, 2011 | Reply

  12. I love First Claw. What a crew of bad-asses!

    I’ve been trying to figure out who I imagine playing or voicing them in a film, and I think I’ve got a few of ’em figured out:

    Talos: Doug Bradley (of Hellraiser fame).
    Cyrion: Christopher Lee.
    Uzas: Jason Statham.
    Mercutian: Sean Pertwee.
    The Exalted: Alan Rickman.

    Comment by Derek C. F. Pegritz | May 1, 2011 | Reply

    • See, I think I’m in the minority with this, but despite Soul Hunter actually stating that Cyrion has a deep voice, my head keeps translating his lines in a lighter-toned, almost mockingly playful voice, even after listening to Throne of Lies. Xarl, yeah, ultra-bass voice; Cyrion, my head doesn’t buy it. Maybe my treble dial is broken on Channel Cyrion.

      Comment by Khestra the Unbeheld | May 3, 2011 | Reply

      • I think Cyrion has a light tone, too–which is why Christopher Lee is perfect for the voicing: Lee can sound both apocalyptic and humorous at the same time. Ian McKellen does a great job of that, too! I might swap Lee for McKellen and save Lee for voicing Variel or The Exalted.

        Comment by Derek C. F. Pegritz | May 3, 2011 | Reply

  13. Once your Grey Knight novel comes out, tell this guy to look into making these psychic superhumans come to life on the paper.

    Comment by TheSGC | May 2, 2011 | Reply

  14. Fantastic books, any more in the pipline for Talos?

    Comment by Derina | May 2, 2011 | Reply

  15. Wow, that makes my artistic talent look sad. anywho, amazing pictures all in all (not to mention hilarious captions). Ave Dominus Nox

    Comment by D. Slye | May 18, 2012 | Reply

  16. Conversion oppertunity!! woo!
    i love these characters!! Uzas i have sympathy for.

    Comment by rob wiffen | October 12, 2012 | Reply

  17. These look awesome. I always imagined Variel with more flayed skin on him – I don’t know if it was the description or just my way of picturing him. But I am pretty sure Cyrion is missing the lightning bolts on his helmet and armor.

    Comment by Horrortech Heretic | December 11, 2014 | Reply

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