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8 Facts about Warhammer 40,000, Henry Cavill's New Project!

At almost the same time, there were two opposite pieces of news regarding actor Henry Cavill which surprised fans quite a bit. The first is the bad news about Cavill’s retirement as Superman in the DC Universe. And the second is the good news reporting that Cavill will be starring in the series Warhammer 40,000 or what is often called Warhammer 40K. Apart from the bad news which is definitely sad, this time we will discuss various interesting facts about Warhammer 40K. Because maybe many of us are still unfamiliar with this popular title.

Debut As Miniature Wargame

The first interesting fact, Warhammer 40K was originally a board game created by Games Workshop whose first edition was released in 1987. Different from Dungeons & Dragons whose character pawns are abstract, from the start Warhammer already comes with miniature characters that are detailed and have a lot of functions. That’s why in the end this one board game became the most popular ‘miniature wargame’ around the world. In 2020, Game Workshop released the Ninth Edition with new character miniatures and revised rules from the previous 8 editions.

Unlike Warhammer Fantasy

Before it was as popular as it is now, actually Warhammer 40K is part of the board game Warhammer Fantasy which was released earlier in 1983. Where 40K described as a futuristic version and is a continuation of Warhammer Fantasy. However, one year after 40K release, Games Workshop decided to keep the universe separate to today. We can see this from the origin 40K which begins on an Earth-like planet called Terra. Whereas Warhammer Fantasy takes place in a medieval universe called the Old Ones, like the universe The Lord of the Rings.

Lasts Around 40,000 Years

If earlier Warhammer Fantasy takes place in a medieval universe like Middle-earth in The Lord of the Rings, Warhammer 40K even more recent than that. To describe the universe 40K we can imagine a combined universe between, Star Wars, Aliens, Starship Troopers, The Evil Dead, Clash of the Titans, Nazi politics, and World War II, all packed with blood and other brutality. The title itself actually represents the year the events took place Warhammer 40Kwhich takes place around 40,000 years in a very distant future, where everything is noticeably darker.

There are 7 Great Nations that Play a Role

Because basically Warhammer 40K tells the story of a galactic war between humans, aliens, demons, and gods, there are at least 7 nations that play a role in the universe:

  • Empire of Man: The human race who wants to rule the galaxy with his Space Marine troops while killing his enemies so that they are no longer threatened in the galaxy.
  • Chaos: Another, more brutal human race, where they want to rule over the Empire and make the God of Chaos, Abaddon, its new emperor.
  • Necrons: An ancient alien-zombie nation that views other nations as pests that must be exterminated.
  • Aeldari: A nation that claims to be a god, and wants to overthrow the Empire that is said to have occupied their old territory.
  • Orks: A nation of brutal orc monsters who only have one goal, which is to fight against all, because they all like conflict even in the Orks’ own camp.
  • Tyranids: A nation of insect aliens who are just as bad as the Orks. The difference is they see the enemy as their prey.
  • T’au: A nation of blue-skinned humanoid aliens who are described as Asian people, with sophisticated weapons and mecha armor.

Popular with Various Video Games

Even though it’s basically a board game Warhammer 40K is already quite famous, especially in England, but the whole world is getting to know him better through video games. Starting from video game genre turn-base strategy like SpaceHulk (1993). Then the real time strategy game is similar Warcraft entitled Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II (2009). Until the latest first person shooter game entitled Warhammer 40,000: Darktide (2022). Where everything carries elements, nations, and characters that exist in the universe Warhammer 40K overall.

One of Henry Cavill’s Favorites

Of the many Hollywood actors, Henry Cavill is one of the famous actors who really likes video games and pop culture. Her role in the series The Witcher as Geralt of Rivia he even calls it a wish come true, because he really loves the original novel and the video game. Now, for Warhammer 40K it turns out that before it was reported that he was involved with his upcoming series, he was really fond of miniatures 40K. In April, he even shared a video showing miniatures 40K hers on Instagram.

New Series in Development Amazon

Recently, not long after news of Cavill’s retirement from DCU, The Hollywood Reporter reports that the former Superman actor will both star and executive produce the new series Warhammer 40K. Where currently Amazon has entered the final stage of acquiring trade rights 40K from GamesWorkshop. So far, there are no writers or showrunners involved in the project, with the exception of film and television production company Vertigo Entertainment, which will co-produce the series. Warhammer 40K.

Who is Cavill’s character in Warhammer 40K?

For now, there is still no additional information from Amazon or Cavill regarding his role in the series Warhammer 40K. However, many fans are very curious about the character that will be played by Cavill, considering that there are so many characters in his universe. Of the many characters 40K there are at least two popular characters that Cavill has the potential to play.

The first is Aramus, a human Space Marine captain, if Amazon is going to adapt the story of the RTS game Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II. Potential second role as Titus, captain of the human Ultramarines, if the series adapts the popular TPS game Space Marines. Or a whole new role, because basically Warhammer 40K is a vast universe, where every new story is usually started by a new character as well.

Those are various interesting facts from Warhammer 40K, which will soon be adapted into a series starring Henry Cavill. Now that Cavill has hung up his Superman cape, there must be lots of filmmakers and Hollywood companies eyeing him. Warhammer 40K itself at least has become the first good news that makes fans quite happy while anticipating Cavill’s iconic role in the series. Considering that currently the series is still in the development stage, let’s just wait for further news developments, geeks.