Warhammer 40,000 has some really talented fans. You can add Richard Boylan to the list thanks to his series of animated shorts built around the audiobook narration of the novel Helsreach by Aaron Dembski-Bowden. The art is stunning and unique—Dembski-Bowden was blown away by them, saying that the shorts were “absolutely incredible”.
A personal fave moment, and one that really drives home how Richard’s animation and direction elevates the material way above the source material, is the arrival at Helsreach in Part III. The head tilts, the body language; the sense of weight and emotion from guys in freaking helmets with their faces masked. That moment when Grimaldus is silent in the gunship, with Bastilan answering on his behalf, conveyed everything I wanted to express about his despondent fury and the directionless, guilty discomfort at his exile – and in this it was all done without the main character speaking a word. Just great direction and editing.
Annoyingly humbling… But mostly just awesome.
Check out the first three shorts in the series below. And keep tabs on Boylan’s YouTube page fourth installment which should be arriving soon.