Warhammer 40K Is Getting The Movie It Deserves


I tried to sit down and watch Ultramarines, Games Workshops’ official animated Warhammer 40K film, a few years ago. Made it maybe 15 minutes in. It was awful. Like bad ’90s PC game cinematics.

Where official projects fail, however, fan projects can be counted on to succeed. And I don’t think I’ve ever seen a fan project quite like this one.

The Lord Inquisitor is an animated film that, a few of years back, began as a labour of love of just one man, artist and modeller Erasmus Brosdau. He put the trailer you see up top together by himself, an incredible achievement considering it blows the official movie out of the water.

That trailer, though, was from 2011. In the years since, you might be forgiven for thinking the project, originally planned to be an eight-minute clip, fell by the wayside.

Nope. It’s since ballooned out to become a planned 40-minute film, and is now the work of a team, including Warhammer 40K authors and helping hands from employees of places like Crytek and Ubisoft.

Below is a more recent trailer, from 2012. As you can see, more hands and eyes on the project means slicker trailers (not to mention better writing than in the first clip, something you can forgive Brosdau since he’s an artist, not a writer).

The hope is that a prologue portion of the film can be released for free next year, with the final cut to follow.

You can follow the movie’s progress at its official site.


      • I am no troll, nor do I require the ability to make something in high standards in order to judge it’s qualities.

        • So you have no knowledge of what it actually takes to create such a thing, but you can sit there and criticise the hard work of what has mostly been a SINGLE individual?
          I’d say that makes you a troll, whether you are consciously aware of it or not.

          This is a massive achievement and looks beautiful, especially for what it is.

          • Who says I have no knowledge? No one but you asserted that. I only said I can’t do better, there’s a difference.
            I can’t build a car either, but if it flips when turning ever so slightly, I can judge that it’s a bad car.

            Also, labelling someone a troll simply because they voiced their unfavourable opinion to a statement made in an article is moronic.

          • As someone who DOES have the knowledge, I know that you are lying and are a troll. You are NOT fit to judge something and your opinion will not carry any weight at all if you lack the necessary skills and experience to produce work of similar or better quality.

            Be gone.

          • I can’t be bothered arguing this anymore, but if I upset you all and somehow gave you the impression that I’m a troll, I apologise.
            In all honesty, I was merely expressing my opinion (yes, rather harshly, but that was purely a reversal on the opening paragraph), I did not know that’s suddenly considered trolling.

          • How is he a troll for voicing his opinion? Who cares what skills it requires to make something like this, just because you don’t know how to make a product doesn’t mean you can’t judge it. The point is, this still looks like 5 year old game CGI, no thanks to the horrible voice acting.

          • Are you serious? So people can’t protest unless they’ve been to war? Everyone at Kotaku should just quit their jobs because they probably couldn’t even make Remember Me. He’s judging from the point of view of the audience, which always has a voice. If the creator is any kind of mature person unlike what we’ve seen here so far, he’s not going to be anywhere near as offended as you by taking criticism. Most people understand that there are individuals and then there are idiot fanboys.

    • *kicks door in*


      Yeah, i have been following this one for a long, long time now. It is looking absolutely amazing. It’s almost hard to believe that it’s a fan made project. This guy has some serious talent.
      If they can manage to get some decent voice actors it could be brilliant.

      …anything would be better than the god-awful Space Marine movie. I can’t believe that was an official movie.. the production value was just… oh god.. yuk!

          • Well to be fair, different sectors in the 40k universe are long long long since descendents of different cultures from terra.
            Like with how the Tanith have celtic accents and naming structures, or the Space Wolves (fenrisians) sounding much like those of skandinavia

            So, while other accents are cool, it’s fair enough to have American accents too.

          • I’d rather have Morgan Freemon as the narrator. Lets make David Hayter voice every single one of them at the same time.

  • I have to say, My Boyfriend was watching Ultramarine a few weeks ago. I got home, Drunk and still thought it was an awful movie. Anything could be an improvement on that

  • Leave it to the fans to make something absolutely awesome, they always do!
    Cannot wait! For the Emperorrr!!!!

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