Warhammer 40K Artwork

Games Workshop has announced that an official Warhammer 40K animated series is in the works, with a premiere slated for 2019.

Games Workshop is renowned in tabletop gaming for just how terribly they have handled their epic sci-fi universe in the past ten years. The Warhammer 40k universe is a truly fun and brutal setting, but, much like the Imperium of Man itself, it seems to have given way to decay and stagnation. However, coma patients can always wake up, however unlikely that seems, and we may now be seeing the first signs of a working mind at Games Workshop, as an animated series for 40k is in the works. 

Firstly, what is Warhammer 40K? It is a sci-fi universe based on the popular table-top game. It is set in the 41st millennium, where mankind has spread itself across the galaxy and inhabit millions of worlds. Not all is well, however, as humanity is beset on all sides by armies of advanced but arrogant Eldar, brutal Space Orks, Daemons from other dimensions, and much, much more.

The Imperium of Man itself has devolved into an authoritarian nightmare, where all must worship the deified Emperor or face immediate execution. This setting has spread beyond its tabletop origins and has been turned into hundreds of books, video games, and slash fan-fic, but Warhammer 40K has always struggled to be adapted into film or television.

Warhammer 40K Blood Angels

Now Games Workshop have announced that an animated series, titled ‘Angels of Death’, is being developed, with a release date set for 2019. The series will follow the Blood Angels, a chapter of genetically altered super-soldier knights known as Space Marines. Space Marines are the most popular faction in 40k, so it seems that Games Workshop are making a safe bet by picking them, though it will no doubt lead to every fanboy bemoaning why their own favourite chapter was not chosen (Imperial Fists 4 lyfe).

Games Workshop has also hired Richard Boylan, who has made two popular Warhammer 40K fan films previously, ‘Guardsman’ and ‘Helsreach’. So far, so good. I can’t wait to see how Games Workshop bugger this one up.

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