Watch a Warhammer 40,000 animation from Warhammer+ free for a limited time

Commissar Yarrick, as seen in Hammer and Bolter
(Image credit: Games Workshop)

When it was first rumored that Games Workshop were planning a streaming service, it seemed like kind of a naff deal. We've already got too many TV subscriptions, who wants to sign up for another one? (Even if it did end up providing a refuge for all the fan animators GW hired before the updated IP guidelines cracked down on them?) But Warhammer+ turned out to be more than Netflix with orks, providing access to an archive of magazines and ebooks, in-house hobby shows, premium access to official events, exclusive minis, apps, and so on.

Still, if it's the animations you're interested in, GW are letting us watch one for free ahead of the service's launch. It's an episode of Hammer and Bolter, an anthology series of self-contained stories. This one's called Old Bale Eye, and it involves orks retelling the story of one of their greatest enemies, Commissar Yarrick, and his long war against ork warlord Ghazghkull Thraka. If you've ever wondered what anime would be like if it was extremely British, here's your opportunity to find out

Old Bale Eye will be up for free until Sunday 12pm BST, which is 4am PT and 9pm AEST. Warhammer+ launches on Wednesday. And here's every Warhammer 40,000 game, ranked.

Jody Macgregor
Weekend/AU Editor

Jody's first computer was a Commodore 64, so he remembers having to use a code wheel to play Pool of Radiance. A former music journalist who interviewed everyone from Giorgio Moroder to Trent Reznor, Jody also co-hosted Australia's first radio show about videogames, Zed Games. He's written for Rock Paper Shotgun, The Big Issue, GamesRadar, Zam, Glixel, Five Out of Ten Magazine, and, whose cheques with the bunny logo made for fun conversations at the bank. Jody's first article for PC Gamer was about the audio of Alien Isolation, published in 2015, and since then he's written about why Silent Hill belongs on PC, why Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale is the best fantasy shopkeeper tycoon game, and how weird Lost Ark can get. Jody edited PC Gamer Indie from 2017 to 2018, and he eventually lived up to his promise to play every Warhammer videogame.