The 40K film is imminent. A vision realized. A new journey begins.
Greetings Fellow Wargamers:
Caleb with White Metal Games here, and I had the great pleasure of being allowed to view The Lord Inquisitor a few weeks before it’s general release. I was invited by the development team to share my impressions with the wider population of wargamers.
Part of the reason for this Golden Ticket was that a concept artist on the project came to work under the White Metal Games banner in early 2016. Before this, I knew exactly as much as you knew did or do about the Lord Inquisitor, which was not much. This project has been veiled in a layer of secrecy that even the Inquisition would have a hard time discerning.
What follows is a spoiler free review and analysis of the project. For those that have not yet seen the project, I would encourage you to wait to read this review until afterwards, so as to not allow my personal sentiments to color your opinion one way or the other.
Before we even get into the project, I want to say that like any project this long in the making, expectations are high. So high in fact that I would argue that no presentation, no matter how great, will please every viewer. In this day media is churned through at an alarming rate. Viewers devour content like never before, and they think little about how much hard work goes into the creation of that content. In this case a select few indiviauls gave over years of their life to a project which, frankly, doesn’t cost me a dime to watch and enjoy. So my expectations should be limited to ‘did I enjoy this free video’. And I absolutely did.
So my initial feeling about the project after watching the prologue is it’s a beautifully made fan film with incredible scope and design. As a ‘prologue’ it shows great promise for the future. Ultimately it can’t live up to the expectations I have been heaping on it for 6 years. And perhaps I only have myself to blame for that.
THE INSIDE SCOOP:
A PROLOGUE, NOT A STORY; AN AMINATION, NOT A FILM
ENDORSEMENT IS NOT THE SAME THING AS SUPPORT:
HOPE FOR THE FUTURE? . . TIME WILL TELL
What Erasmus has done has pioneered the way for others to follow in his footsteps and like anyone crashing through a glass ceiling, he’s bound to get cut up (ie, judged) in the process. So Erasmus, before the haters and trolls do their worst, I’d like to just say thank you for leading the way. Thank you for blazing the trail that others may follow.
What this tells me is that GW is not against fan made fiction IF it matches their standards of excellence. I think we can all agree that GW produces a high quality product and they demand the same from those who represent them in any way. In this case, while the film is in no way official, it does in a way represent the Grim Darkness of the Far Future and all that entails. So indirectly they are saying ‘if the quality is high enough, we’ll let you have your fun. Just don’t take money out of our pockets.’ Which is, in my opinion a fair trade.
Look, we’re fans and as fans we WANT to participate in the world these stories exist in. I’ve seen some good fan films and some bad ones, but in every case the passion is what drives the project. And this project has plenty of that.
Will GW allow other fan films to be made in the post Lord Inquisitor era? Only time will tell, but my hopes are high. In fact, from what I’ve heard the Prologue hype has renewed interest in the project and now the development team is actively seeking help on the project to keep momentum going. With your support, the support of the fans, this dream can not only stay alive, it can thrive. But it relies on the support of you, the fans, to see that happen.
So if you love the project and have high hopes for it moving forward, say so! Let the team know how much you enjoyed this brief glimpse into the project and tell them YOU WANT MORE!!!!
If this is JUST THE PROLOGUE’ then I can’t WAIT to see the rest!!!
ALL YOU HATERS!!!!
I feel your frustration. I really do. After 6 years, my assumption would be the project is done, right? WHERE THE HELL IS THE MOVIE YOU PROMISED ME!!!
Okay, do you feel better? Let’s call a spade a spade, gents. Is the film/animation/prologue (whatever you want to call it!) everything we hoped it would be? No. While there was never a promise of what the film would be, I think we can safely say this isn’t it. There are the inklings of a story, but from a narrative standpoint it doesn’t so much fail as never get going.
But rather than let that negativity drain us, let’s channel that energy it into KEEPING THIS PROJECT GOING! The door is still open, our foot is in the doorjamb! Don’t quit now! Do as Erasmus did. Press on, press on!
~And maybe, just maybe Lord Inquisitor Part 2 will be in our futures very soon.
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