Aaron Dembski-Bowden

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Art Attack: In Midnight Clad


Well, that happened.

You probably know Kai Lim’s work. You probably love it, too. He’s done a storm of brutal and brilliant stuff lately, and although he does a lot of work for several IPs and licenses (as well as his own stuff), his 40K stuff is just flawless. It’s easily among the best art that GW has ever seen.

I gushed about Kai Lim in my recent Top Five Moments of My Career (So Far…) when I was mentioning the stunning cover to Armageddon. I caught sight of this yesterday, about three minutes after it was posted on his Facebook page, but sneakily sat on it in silence while hoping to think up something eloquent to say rather than reply immediately.

Unfortunately, no such wise and illustrious words of gratitude have occurred to me, so fuck it. I’m posting it anyway. Apparently our intrepid artist just read the Night Lords Trilogy. Here’s what the man himself had to say on the matter:

“A piece of fan art after finally getting round to reading Aaron Dembski Bowden’s Night Lords Trilogy. I wanted to write a note to him, but I figured painting one would be a nicer way to express my appreciation for his amazing story.”

Holy shit. I’m feeling some weird combination of honoured, flattered, and stunned. I mean, just look at that. What the freaky-deaky am I supposed to say? That it looks great? That it captures the mood of the characters perfectly? You can already see that. It’s bloody awesome.

Thank you so much, dude. It’s breathtaking.

July 25, 2014 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. you post too many photos of dudues man. do i sense a connection.

    Comment by jorawar | July 25, 2014 | Reply

    • Is that an offer? I’m married, but totally flattered.

      Comment by Aaron Dembski-Bowden | July 25, 2014 | Reply

      • I’d marry you in a hot second…
        But yeah, The Crazy Lady I Live With prolly wouldn’t approve.
        Life is cruel and unfair.

        Comment by sinsynn | July 26, 2014 | Reply

  2. Talos is my all time favourite Black Library character

    Comment by Adam C | July 25, 2014 | Reply

  3. You seriously get the best fan art.

    Comment by Khestra the Unbeheld | July 25, 2014 | Reply

  4. Holy shit that’s awesome. Makes me want to read the full trilogy again.

    Comment by sephIOM | July 25, 2014 | Reply

  5. Now all we need is this done on a giant canvas and put up on muh wall.

    Comment by Mark Lund | July 25, 2014 | Reply

  6. Looks like a real well done movie-poster!! 😀 I must re-read Void Stalker soon.

    Comment by Forkmaster | July 25, 2014 | Reply

  7. Why do you get all the best fan artwork? Nobody ever paints me super cool artwork.

    Comment by Gareth Bradshaw | July 25, 2014 | Reply

  8. That is absolutely stunning. The little lightning arcs playing over the armour are just too cool for words.

    Comment by sycopat | July 25, 2014 | Reply

  9. Too much awesome in that illustration. It hurts my brain. The Night Lords were the only CSM chapter I ever had interest in modelling/painting/playing, and where your trilogy cemented my ideas, this image just seals the deal.

    Comment by Carl Croushroe | July 25, 2014 | Reply

  10. Sweet !

    Comment by BBF | July 26, 2014 | Reply

  11. Wonderful artwork, btw, I just realised that, in Soul Hunter, when u write about Night Haunter death, it is Malcharion who welcomes Talos back into the covenant, and Malcharion is supposed to have been “dead” since the siege of terra, is a gap or I am missing something?

    Comment by Piccolon | August 5, 2014 | Reply

  12. My god, that is incredible!

    Comment by coddswallop | August 5, 2014 | Reply

  13. Why hasn’t FW released a 1st claw kit yet? Base it off this! I love the helmet Talos is wearing.

    Comment by coddswallop | August 5, 2014 | Reply

  14. Saw this work on his deviantart page first, this is the perfect tribute to the majestic night lords omnibus. I’m perplexed by how good this is! In mignight clad!

    Comment by Asuras | August 17, 2014 | Reply

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