Aaron Dembski-Bowden

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

Betrayer Cover (for real this time…)

Here are some words you’re not reading.

Here are some more.

I’ll post the prologue soon, but I want to finish The Prince of Crows first (for the Shadows of Treachery anthology later this year). Posting the cover and prologue to Betrayer was supposed to be my reward for finishing it, but there was a cosmic combination of me writing too slow, and you all clicking Like on my Facebook page too fast.

So here you go. Click to zoom in, obviously, for all the little details Neil is so famous for.

I’m sure you’ll really, really struggle to guess what it’s about – or who is fighting who (and who, uh, looks like they’re losing).

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  1. Fuck yes.

    Comment by bittermanandy | March 28, 2012 | Reply

  2. Love the cover; that is such an interesting expression on Angron’s face, I don’t know what to think about it.

    Comment by Brian | March 28, 2012 | Reply

  3. Love it, especially the halo around Mr. Mace’s head.

    Comment by majestyk0012 | March 28, 2012 | Reply

  4. Allow me to be the first to say AMAZING!

    Also, bonus dead ultramarines. The only thing that could have made this better is if Lorgar was dragon punching them instead of using his mace.

    Comment by Stuart Clark | March 28, 2012 | Reply

    • Still can’t get around to liking Lorgar, AD-B’s dialogue between Konrad and Lorgar in First Heretic expresses my disgust for him perfectly. He’s just too much of everyone’s tool to be likable, I think. just my opinion.

      Comment by majestyk0012 | March 28, 2012 | Reply

      • Don’t make the mistake of seeing how he was at the lowest point of his life to how he’ll always be. People change.

        Comment by Aaron Dembski-Bowden | March 28, 2012 | Reply

      • I actually like Lorgar as a character, he came across as a child/young man seeking approval from the various father figures in his life and his brothers. Maybe I’m reading into that wrongly but I see him as a tragic character betrayed by everyone he trusted and is now going to extremes to find acceptance.

        Again, just my opinion and I’m fully aware I’m likely getting it totally wrong 🙂

        Comment by Stuart Clark | March 28, 2012 | Reply

      • I guess those are fair points, I’ll try to keep an open mind. it would be cool to see his progression (traitor point of view) into his full identity as the high priest of chaos-ness.

        Comment by majestyk0012 | March 28, 2012 | Reply

      • Imagine pouring all of your heart into creating a gift for your father, literaly worshiping him, only to have him display his distaste and have your big brother destroy it. That heartbreak is who lorgar was, now bitter and twisted, seething with the hatred that comes with being shunned by the man that created him. Shrugging off their disapproval he settles for revenge. Sending his agents to pollute his fathers sons, twisting the best off them to his own ends. The subvertions and corruption of the emperors greatest creations.

        atleast thats how i see it anyway 😛

        Comment by Jay | March 29, 2012 | Reply

      • All right, you’ve all convinced me. I’ll give Lorgar another chance.

        Comment by majestyk0012 | March 29, 2012 | Reply

  5. Love how that ultramarine is looking at his buddy all like “dude what the fuck are we suppose to do here?”. Finally! You’re forgiven (i know you could’nt sleep without me telling you that)

    Comment by ratmeatcuisine | March 28, 2012 | Reply

    • How about “shoot them in the head!” I still can’t see Primarch Head > Mass Reactive Bolter Shell.

      Great cover though!

      Comment by Chinh Tran | March 28, 2012 | Reply

  6. @Stuart: I totally agree with you (although I can’t answer your post directly…) In fact, my first reaction on seeing this was “Oh, ickle Lorgie all grown up”…

    Comment by Liliedhe | March 28, 2012 | Reply

  7. Holy shit.

    Comment by Tyler Moore | March 28, 2012 | Reply

  8. I’m pretty sure laughing out loud as my immediate response to this indicates that I might have a more than slightly unhealthy dislike of Ultramarines.

    Fantastic cover!

    Comment by Cat | March 28, 2012 | Reply

  9. quality cover man worth the wait! Good to see Angron and Lorgar are continuing their little affair from The Butcher Nails, Also loving how Lorgar is finally dishing out the shit as opposed to taking it!!! 😀 his transformation from aurelian has been nothing short of badass.

    Comment by VDOG | March 28, 2012 | Reply

  10. I must say, Angron is looking much more imposing here than he does on the cover for The Primarchs. I’m almost disappointed by this – I liked the idea that Angron was so angry because he had height-related inferiority issues…

    Comment by automatonsleuth | March 28, 2012 | Reply

  11. Bloody love it! Neil Roberts is getting better and better with every release.


    Comment by Lord of the Night | March 28, 2012 | Reply

  12. Ultramarines – born to be owned. I love this cover! 😀

    Comment by eFTy | March 28, 2012 | Reply

  13. Angron?! Thats obviously Kharn,who is a pretty swell guy.

    Comment by skig | March 28, 2012 | Reply

  14. Is it wrong to want to sleep with a picture? sexualy and otherwise

    Comment by Alex Kostyuk | March 28, 2012 | Reply

  15. It oozes awesomeness…90% of my body fluids abandoned me upon setting eyes on this cover.

    Comment by Dr Monkey | March 28, 2012 | Reply

  16. Fun fact: Ultramarines, on average, have 47 gallons of blood . . .

    I kid, this is amazing! Wallpaper? Oh yes . . .

    Comment by Joe Wright | March 29, 2012 | Reply

  17. Ah nuts… i love the ultras but you got to say that they should of took a left at Cath not the right if they end up fighting Logar,Angron, 3x warhounds and a boat load of word bearers but great picutre i bow down before the amazinness lol

    Comment by Jon Mault | March 29, 2012 | Reply

  18. I like the ambience Here. Good use of Ultramarines, best consumed with a FRIKKIN’ MACE ! Now allow me to pass the bottom armor piece to my servitors for cleaning, I think I might have “left the valve open” upon looking at this perfection.

    Comment by Warsmith Kondexus | March 29, 2012 | Reply

  19. Those are some pretty sweet robots.

    Comment by MythicFox | March 29, 2012 | Reply

  20. Amazing cover……

    Comment by Juan Manuel Vallejo | March 29, 2012 | Reply

  21. I’m pumped for this. More inspiration for my soon to start Heresy Era Word Bearers army.

    Comment by Rupert Ebery | March 29, 2012 | Reply

  22. Wow! Nice art! How much more betrayed can the poor ultramarines get? They’re getting slapped around by everyone!!

    Comment by allaboutwh40k | March 29, 2012 | Reply

  23. Well I always was (and still I am) great fan of the good guys. But the tale of Lorgar (in First Heretic) was great and I can’t wait to see how it will continue. It saddenes me to see that many Utramarines slaughtered, but Lorgar and Angron (if it really is him) have style.

    Comment by Ondrej | March 29, 2012 | Reply

  24. That is an amazing painting. will look great on the cover of your work. Looking forward to Void Stalker though! In Midnight clad…

    Comment by jmcneice | March 29, 2012 | Reply

  25. I hate to be an uber-nerd, but since when have warhounds have guns mounted on their hips or slung directly below their heads?

    Comment by Lucifer216 | March 29, 2012 | Reply

    • Different patterns from different forge worlds maybe?

      Comment by majestyk0012 | March 29, 2012 | Reply

  26. True, it would also make a lot of sense, design-wise, especially if those guns could rotate down to attack infantry trying to melta-bomb the Titan’s ankles, like First Claw did in Soul Hunter.

    Comment by Lucifer216 | March 29, 2012 | Reply

  27. To hell with Lorgar and Angron – they are stupid corrupted idiots =) Give us more Sevatar – the coolest legioner ever! Okay to hell with jokes – i hope betrayer give us a little more action when BN. And about your answer yesterday – man i love your books but really as for today Dark Angels are the worst described legion from all the 18. Even with 2 books, 2 novellas and 1 short we dont have a normal face to Lion El Jonson and his whole legion! And AAron please tell me what the fuck Dark angels was doing in the fucking Thramas system to begin with – how they get where and why in 10 hells they was fighting that crusade when Jonson new about the danger to the emperor and Terra. Thats stupid!!!! They must be rushing to Terra the moment primarch knew the fucking truth! sOrry for bad words – and all your books are awesome! Hope you will write about Mortarion another unexplained primarch without motivation to be with Horus!

    Comment by Anakwanar | March 29, 2012 | Reply

    • Its like two people were fighting over the keyboard…

      Comment by majestyk0012 | March 29, 2012 | Reply

      • And Jagahtai Khan…White Scars.. i would love to hear more about him.

        Comment by coolnosedolphin | May 29, 2012 | Reply

    • I think you’re wrong about this. We have pretty decent grasp of how the Dark Angels operated, what organization design and tactics they prefered etc. Based on all the 17 books that were published we can divide primarchs in 3 groups.

      We know lot about them – Horus, Fulgrim, Lorgar, Magnus

      We know something about them – Angron, Leman Russ, Guilliman, Mortarion, Lion, Corax, Dorn, Vulkan, Alpharius/Omegon

      We know almost nothing – Perturabo, Curze, Sanguinius (that will change with ‘Fear to Tread’), Ferrus Manus.

      Comment by Ondrej | March 30, 2012 | Reply

      • ■And Jagahtai Khan…White Scars.. i would love to hear more about him.

        Comment by coolnosedolphin | May 29, 2012 | Reply

  28. […] In the meantime, if you haven’t done so go here and look at the wicked wonderfulness of Neil Robert’s amazing artwork.  https://aarondembskibowden.wordpress.com/2012/03/28/betrayer-cover-for-real-this-time/ […]

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  29. Wow. However I just hope the primarchs in the book have more action than just one scene. The last few hh books really skimped on the primarch kicking ass scenes.

    Comment by John | March 29, 2012 | Reply

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