For over 30 years now, the Warhammer 40.000 (or 40K for short) table top game has given birth to a rich science fiction universe that has no equal. In the game players take control of fictional armies comprised of miniatures that they put together and paint themselves. Using a complicated set of rules, the object of the game is to vanquish your opponent’s army. As one of the taglines of the game is “ In the grim dark future there is only war…” you can imagine it’s not a very pleasant and cozy future either. No matter what you might think of it, no one should be able to deny the fact that a game in progress looks absolutely stunning as the picture below clearly illustrates. I have never played the game myself, simply because I wouldn’t be able to find players, as well as the fact that it’s a very costly hobby as well. The armies have a pretty hefty price tag and in order to keep up, you continually need to expand your troops with new miniatures and vehicles. Not to mention new rules sets. That said, I have played several other games that are set in the Warhammer 40.000 universe, and I might do a post for one of those somewhere in the near future.

A Warhammer 40K game in progress, looks great doesn’t it?

Even if you’ve never played the game, there are so many incredibly amazing science fiction novels published for it, you can still get a great taste of what it’s all about. Even better, you don’t even have to be familiar with the game itself to enjoy those novels. You might recall that a few weeks back I published a Raist’s Collection post for a series of books called the Horus Heresy. Set in the past of the 40K universe, it illustrates once again how incredibly detailed the worldbuilding truly is. With a universe that has such a rich background and so much lore that is available you would think that Hollywood would have already turned this into some kind of monumental blockbuster film series. Or looking at such succesful shows as Game Of Thrones at the very least an adaptation for the small screen. But as strange as that really is, so far that hasn’t been the case. In 2010 there was an animated movie called Ultramarines that featured a very respectable voice cast with the likes of John Hurt and Terence Stamp amongst others. Ultimately though that was a bit of a wasted effort, and simply put not a very good film.

A look at my own bookshelf and just a small range of the enormous Warhammer 40K library.

There are talks now that there finally is a television series in the works based on the acclaimed novel series written by Dan Abnett called Eisenhorn. Unfortunately that seems to be a project that is stuck in limbo, as there hasn’t been any kind of update for that one in quite a while now. One fan though seemed to have become very tired of waiting and took matters into his own hands. What he has created is something that your eyes won’t believe was made by just a single person. Called Astartes, it’s an animated series that so far consists of five parts and focusses on Warhammer 40k’s greatest warriors, the so called Space Marines. Released over a periode of two years, the fifth part for this came out just a few months ago. It quickly became the number one trending video on Youtube at that time, and it’s not a real surprise it achieved that either. I wanted to share it here with you all for your viewing pleasure. The video below contains all five parts that have been blended together. It’s not a lengthy video and has a total runtime of just under 14 minutes. Please bear in mind that this is made by a single human being, without any kind of big budget funding or anything like that. Trust me when I say that you won’t believe the incredible craftsmanship of this person when you see this one. Enjoy, and welcome to the grim dark future of Warhammer 40K. For the Emperor!