Video: The grim dark future of the 41st century needs a weapon as ludicrously gritty as the setting of Warhammer 40,000 — and the chainsword, standard melee weapon of the hulking Space Marines, definitely fits the bill. But now such a silly weapon has been made in our reality, and it's just as awesome. The latest pop culture weapon crafted by the folks at Man at Arms — who've brought everything from lightsaber-inspired katanas to Voltron's blazing sword to life through the power of hitting things really hard with big hammers and giant cutting tools — is a little different than their usual fare. After all, there's no real blade to a chainsword — it's just a ginormous chainsaw you wield like a sword.
But it's still a fascinating process to watch them put it all together, and then clad the sawblade in the traditional markings of the Emperor's finest sons, from the Blood Angels livery to the wax-stamped scriptures. It might be hugely impractical in real life, but a chainsword is still totally rad.