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Personal logo Pictors Studio Sponsoring Member of TMP18 May 2017 8:11 a.m. PST

There hasn't been a real 40K movie done yet. I think a good one could be done but my guess is that if they tried it, it probably wouldn't be just going on other franchise stuff that has been done in the past.

Still there are a number of movies out there that can inspire 40K scenarios.

The most obvious one is Aliens. Not much more needs to be said about that.

Ghosts of Mars is another one. Despite some pretty crappy action scenes, some of the most fake looking fire I've seen in a big budget film and some really bad dialog it isn't a bad movie over all. It gives a pretty good scenario for a campaign involving a Genestealer Cult, if not an almost perfect one.

You could set up a series of SW:A games playing out all the scenes in that movie. Have a team of guard with some of the original gangers from Necromunda. You could have a pretty neat campaign.

Another film that seems like it is almost set in the 40K universe, if maybe prior to the original expansion of mankind beyond the Solar System. It is a pretty good story, one of my favourite movies actually.

You can imagine something like this for a game of Inquisitor or even a game of SW:A if you came up with some rules for daemons, although you'd have to be pretty inventive. It would be much better for an RPG than a tabletop battle game.

However if you were to expand it and say it was a whole ship that went through the warp without a Gellar field then you might have something with all of the crew being daemons. Almost a Space Hulk game with daemons instead of Genestealers.

There have to be tons of others. What are some of your favourties.

nvdoyle18 May 2017 8:23 a.m. PST

What's the third movie?

nvdoyle18 May 2017 9:00 a.m. PST

Oh, you mean Event Horizon! Yep. :)

I'll throw in:

Chronicles of Riddick

When one of the guards tries to shoot Riddick in a building, I thought, 'Well, that's obviously a bolter…' The rest of the movie is really rather 40K as well.


C'mon, it's IG vets versus demons, and the twist is actually pretty good! That, and the weapon handling is shockingly well done.

Split Second

Arbites vs. Xenos/Chaos, featuring Rutger Hauer – what's not to like? And while we're on the subject of Arbites…


Veteran Arbites Sergeant and Sanctioned Arbites Psyker versus an entire block of stimmed-up crims.

I'll have to go through my DVD collection to find more…

Stryderg18 May 2017 9:09 a.m. PST

I think a lot of movies could be 'converted' to 40k. It's just a matter of altering the background and setting. ie. Avengers … instead of Loki finding the Tesseract, some chaos minions dig up a really big void grenade. Instead of SHIELD recruiting the avengers, the Adeptus Ministorum recruits some Ultra Marines, an assassin or two and maybe a tech marine. Let the battles begin.

I'm getting my resume together, what's the address for Hollywood?

PMC31718 May 2017 9:37 a.m. PST

Don't forget THE LORD INQUISITOR fan-film and DAMNATUS: THE ENEMY WITHIN fan-film. Both available on YouTube.

JSchutt18 May 2017 9:43 a.m. PST

Mutant Chronicles has a wealth of possibilities! A "space hulk" inspired crawl….

Personal logo Pictors Studio Sponsoring Member of TMP18 May 2017 9:45 a.m. PST

I did mean Event Horizon. I wrote it. It must have gotten deleted somehow.

I hadn't seen Doom and forgot that they made a movie about it. I'll definitely have to check that out now.

And I never even heard of Split Second.

I've seen Chronicles of Riddick. That was definitely very 40K, I forgot about that one. I'll have to track that down and watch it again now that I'm more into 40K

Fifth Element also has some 40K moments in it too. It might be more of a 30K pre-grim darkness film more than straight up 40K though. Pre-heresy. It has Orks.

Skinflint Games18 May 2017 9:51 a.m. PST

Priest. Hive cities, suspiciously genestealer like vampires, holy warriors with genetic enhancements… Not much of a film, but the setting is cool as hell

28mm Fanatik18 May 2017 10:05 a.m. PST

Paul Verhoeven's 'Starship Troopers' (IG vs. 'Nids) is more 40K than the novel it borrowed its name from. The perfect bug hunt flick. The two sequels were horrible.

And you might call 'Rogue One' a "40K" story.

CAPTAIN BEEFHEART18 May 2017 10:25 a.m. PST

Anything with conflict will do. Seven Samurai, Them or Santa claus vs the Martians.

ROUWetPatchBehindTheSofa18 May 2017 11:33 a.m. PST

Chronicles of Riddick, probably the most 40K film that 40K doesn't owe some debt too. Though I'm bugged with a faint memory of another film that I thought was really 40K but I can't remember what it was annoyingly!

Dune, though obviously 40K owes the source material a debt!

Solomon Kane, switch the black powder for las or bolt pistols… Again obviously 40K / WFB again owe the source material something.

Enemy at the Gates and similar films have the aesthetic of seemingly endless war.

Jupiter Rising – not 40K as such but some the imagery is quite appropriate.

Mick the Metalsmith18 May 2017 11:57 a.m. PST

Aren't you getting the imitation process backward? All of 40k Is a big pastiche, there is nothing particularly original about it. You can go back to Excalibur and see where they stole the Spacemarines from. Definitely borrow from films but don't ever think that the game setting is on the par with originality or particularly novel that films or books should imitate it!

Personal logo Pictors Studio Sponsoring Member of TMP18 May 2017 2:25 p.m. PST

I don't think anyone is getting the imitation process backwards.

nvdoyle18 May 2017 2:30 p.m. PST

@Pictors, I'll warn you, Doom isn't good, but it's fun in parts, and oddly self-aware.

Personal logo Pictors Studio Sponsoring Member of TMP18 May 2017 2:54 p.m. PST

Thanks for the heads up. I'll watch it in the spirit it was made.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP18 May 2017 4:30 p.m. PST

I have loved Split Second since I first saw the poster.

"He's seen the future. Now he has to kill it.

He's going to need bigger guns."

Go see Split Second forthwith.

Sadly, an authorized 40K movie would feature the sort of music they used to play when the GW mail order trolls put me on hold.

Stryderg18 May 2017 8:54 p.m. PST

They need the sound track that was used on the Epic 40K Final Liberation video game. I still listen to that on occasion.
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