Aaron Dembski-Bowden

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“So who’s Kargos?”

Most people got the reference to who Kargos is, in the Betrayer prologue yesterday.

Obviously, like most 40K reference characters, he’s basically… no one. Most characters are guys or girls from images and/or quotes from 5-25 years ago, and just to have a little slice of continuity, their names get used as cute nods to old material. But there’s never any real detail. (I think that’s also a key detail between the varying levels of “tie-in fiction” that get tossed about. Using an old name for continuity is a different beast from using characters with several seasons of TV behind them.)

But anyway, Kargos started out as one of my favourite pieces of artwork from way back in 2nd Edition, and a great quote that shows a little of Chaos’ depth and appeal. The artwork is a little dated now – especially in regards to physique – but it still rocks. It’s also pretty charming that he lives on a planet made entirely of fire and skulls. His 3G reception is probably shit, and no, I don’t think that’s an unfair assumption.

“Though the gates that stand between the mortal world and the immortal Realm of Chaos are now closed to me, still I would rather die having glimpsed eternity than never to have stirred the cold furrow of mortal life.
I embrace death without regret as I embraced life without fear.”
— Kargos Bloodspitter, Champion of Khorne

A lot of people are asking who Skane is, too. And who the Legio Audax are. And why is an ursus claw on a Titan? And what’s a Destroyer? And and and…

Well, you’ll have to wait for all that. Jeez.

June 7, 2012 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , ,


  1. Classic piece of artwork that, and it still looks fantastic even now!

    Comment by Fluxeor | June 7, 2012 | Reply

  2. KARGOS!!! I wonder if he has Draigo come over every now and again to help weed out his planet-wide skull garden.

    Comment by Khestra the Unbeheld | June 7, 2012 | Reply

  3. Amazing artwork. Mark Gibbons came out with so many iconic pictures in that style; the Eldar Avatar being another personal favourite.

    Comment by bittermanandy | June 7, 2012 | Reply

  4. He’s got NO regrets.

    Comment by Guillermo De La Peña | June 7, 2012 | Reply

  5. That was one of the first images that got me interested in Chaos Marines way back when. So much more interesting than their goody goody Imperial lapdog cousins.

    Comment by furyofmenasa | June 7, 2012 | Reply

  6. I’d been trying to find this picture for ages, to me it sum’s up perfectly what a khorne berserker looks like.

    Comment by nurglez | June 7, 2012 | Reply

  7. Man I cant wait for that book. Goodbye money, hello amazing and addictive books from adb

    Comment by harry | June 7, 2012 | Reply

  8. Yeah, until I get answer on “Destroyer’s black,” I’m leaving the Teeth of Khorne unpainted.

    Who am I kidding? As if I’ll have them painted before Betrayer is out…

    Also, I like that he’s replaced his narthecium with a power fist. “Trust me, I’m an Apothecary!” *crunch*

    Comment by G | June 7, 2012 | Reply

  9. Oh freaking hell of a awesome tie-in! 😀

    Comment by Forkmaster | June 7, 2012 | Reply

  10. Wasn’t Skane the guy responsible for killing the legion’s librarians?

    Comment by Jared | June 7, 2012 | Reply

    • I think you mean Skyrak the Slaughterer, if i remember the name correctly. He was the one who fragged the last Librarian.

      No idea who Skane is.

      Comment by justsomerandomdude | June 11, 2012 | Reply

  11. That is a really cool piece 🙂 I like how you’re tying in old bygone WH40K stuff with new. Can’t wait to read this book 😀

    Comment by Christopher Meyer | June 7, 2012 | Reply

  12. Its amazing how the art guys created such stubbornly amazing lore with just sketches and drawings back in the day. And it continues to this day.

    Comment by Lysander45 | June 7, 2012 | Reply

  13. Makes me want to dig out my old Codex Imperialis really, god I remember the chaos section, that needed to be much fatter if I recall.

    Loved those one spread short stories in thevwargear and the rulebook too, the Blood Angels Sergeants piece was epic. Actually tried basing a short of my own on the description of ‘the World that died in one night’.

    Comment by Mark Grudgings | June 7, 2012 | Reply

  14. see, now, *all* of 40k and my 15-year-love for it kicked off because of a Mark Gibbons pic from 2nd ed. The Khorne Berzerker Terminator at the start of the 2nd ed codex chaos colour section – it used to be printed on little leaflets in blister packs? I mean, that’s what chaos should be. Evil and stupid-powerful, and incredibly characterful. 3rd ed codex was ok, but since then it’s lost its way. I hope the next one gets back to the roots.

    Oh, and ADB – this is why you will always get props in my hood (I’m using this language because ‘ADB’ sounds like your MC name, and I’ve recently started watching the wire, go me with my stereotyping) – because your love for Chaos is old-school. Because you haven’t lost the burning understanding I developed at age 12.

    Big ups man. BIG UPS.

    Comment by Roderick Hamilton | June 7, 2012 | Reply

  15. We’re rocking 4G these days. Get with the program.

    Comment by SourImplant | June 8, 2012 | Reply

  16. Sweet! I love Kargos!

    Comment by John the Great | June 8, 2012 | Reply

  17. Now that is one badass Berzerker. And that quote is one of my all-time favourites, because I also think that it truly sums up what Chaos truly offers. It offers a chance to go beyond a mortal existance and glimpse the realm of the gods, and the truly strong will ascend to that realm and become Daemons in their own right. Chaos offers freedom from the chains of mortality, for those strong enough to take the chance despite the risks and fight to achieve the ultimate power.


    Comment by Lord of the Night | June 12, 2012 | Reply

  18. I converted him for a competition a little while back. Need to get pictures!

    Comment by Grindgodgrind | June 21, 2012 | Reply

  19. I always saw that line as the best version of the common at the time saying “No Fear”

    Comment by superawesomeguy | February 19, 2015 | Reply

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