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An officially licensed Warhammer 40K animated series is in the works

Angels of Death is being made by the same creators behind a live-action fan film and the popular Helsreach series

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Games Workshop is making an animated series based on the popular Warhammer 40,000 franchise, the company announced Monday. Called Angels of Death, it is the first officially licensed series of its kind. Helming the project is the team behind the popular Helsreach series of fan-made cartoons and a live-action film released in October.

“We’re bringing the grim darkness of the far future to life like never before,” Games Workshop wrote on its official community blog. “Get ready for epic battle, heroic sacrifice, loads of explosions, brutal close-combat chainsword duels, and some pathos-laden dialogue that’ll fill your belly with fire and stretch your heart strings to breaking.”

Angels of Death will follow a group of red-armored Blood Angels Space Marines. The script will be penned by one of the many authors who contribute to Games Workshop’s Black Library series of genre fiction books.

Also involved is Richard Boylan, a cinematic designer at Electronic Arts and the man behind the live-action short film Guardsman, which has more than 1.3 million views on YouTube.

Fans of 40K will also know his work from Helsreach, a long-running animated series based on the Black Library novel of the same name.

“I’m pretty limited in what I can say, other than myself and Boman Modine, the producer/writer of Guardsman were approached to create an animated series,” Boylan told Polygon via email. “It’s basically going to be like my Helsreach series only with full Games Workshop support and an actual budget, which is awesome on their part!”

The series is expected to be available on the popular Warhammer TV channel on YouTube in 2019.

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