SEGA AND RELIC MAKE WARHAMMER® 40,000®: DAWN OF WAR® III POWER FIST IN REAL LIFE
If you’re looking forward to Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III, but have always wanted to be a Space Marine yourself, boffins in the UK may have taken you a step closer by creating a real life Space Marine Power Fist.
Working with Relic and SEGA, UK production company REWIND built a working replica of the iconic Power Fist. This weapon is carried by Space Marines in the Warhammer 40,000 universe created by Games Workshop®.
In Dawn of War, the Power Fist is a favoured close combat weapon for the video game’s Blood Ravens Space Marines. It is a large and powerful weapon that vastly augments a user’s strength.
The fictional weapon is designed for superhuman Space Marines and is incredibly heavy. The real life version is no lightweight either and has been reinforced using an iso-elastic kinematic camera stabilising platform. This is incorporated into a harness worn by the operator distributing the weight across their body. The harness also holds two air canisters which are used to power parts from an industrial pneumatic cylinder which delivers up to 3000 PSI to the Power Fist in addition to the user’s strength.
The design of the weapon was recreated exactly from in-game Dawn of War models, and 3D printed in glass reinforced nylon monocoque. The 6KG fingers and impact elements were then CNC machine milled from aerospace aluminium to ensure durability. The in-game weapon when fixed to the mighty arm of a Space Marine, can punch through almost any defence, even hammering through the side of tanks to tear out the crew. While the real life version isn’t quite that powerful, it is capable of punching straight through a brick wall.
This isn’t the only incredible piece of weaponry available in Dawn of War III. The game immerses players in the escalating brutality of galactic warfare, where they lead colossal armies of human and alien warriors to victory, or oblivion. Alongside guns and handheld weapons, there are now huge super-walkers that tower over the front lines as screen-shaking assaults blister the battlefield in an all-out, over-the-top spectacle worthy of the iconic Games Workshop Warhammer 40,000 universe.
Building on 12 years of explosive gameplay, Dawn of War III combines the epic scale of Dawn of War, with the customisation and elite heroes of Dawn of War II. The result is a best-in-class edition giving players the rich strategic experience, stunning visuals, and catastrophic surprises that they’ve come to expect as Relic brings the franchise into the modern era.
Game Director Philippe Boulle, Relic said: “With the release of Dawn of War III finally upon us, our team and our players have a lot to celebrate. What better way to mark the occasion than by donning a Power Fist and smashing things up! We’ll just have to be very careful when giving out launch day high-fives.”
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