The 41st milennium might be grim and dark to its inhabitants, but to people living here and now, it’s pretty inspiring, as these films show.
The world of Warhammer 40K is many things: grim, dark, a place where there’s only war, full of space bugs, full of evil magic, full of explosions, and in general full of various things that want to try to kill you at any moment. There’s no shortage of death and destruction or heroic and/or tragic attempts to save people from the things that are trying to kill them. In short, the world of 40K is pretty hectic, but also, in its own grim, dark way, pretty inspiring. Which is why there are so many fan-made projects that tackle a variety of subjects from throughout the Imperium. Take a look at some of our favorites.
This short, directed by Richard Boylan, whom you might recognize as the force behind the Helsreach animations, Guardsman shows off a member of the Militarum, waking up after a battle with the opportunity to martyr himself in the name of the Emperor. When his prayer to the Emperor is answered by one of the defenders of humanity, a member of the Angels of Vengeance from the look of his power armor, things take a dramatic turn for Guardsman Raines.
This fan film is a full CGI short (the first 8 minutes are shown above), that shows off the grandeur of the Imperium–as well as the cost of that grandeur. If you want to be inspired by cathedrals and gothic architecture and displays of the Imperium’s might, this is the one for you.
The T’au might be able to overwhelm the Guard, but when the Blood Ravens drop from the sky, it’s a whole other story.
What started off as an animation to accompany one of the early audiodramas has quickly become a full movie with its own distinct style.
No fan film list would be complete without showing off the amazing work that has gone into Astartes. Currently on Part 5, we’ve linked Part one above. If you’ve never seen it, you’re in for a treat. If you have seen it, it’s probably time for a rewatch.
What’s your favorite 40k fan project?