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Menfish – Another Lost Warhammer Race


Menfish? Yes, that’s right. These creatures were briefly a part of Warhammer lore. As well as the ad above from the first Citadel Compendium (1984), they were written up in the first edition Warhammer rules:

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FF65-2 “Ferocious Man-Fish” miniatures were apparently re-coded from the older “Fiend Factory” range, which supported the White Dwarf column of the same name.

A few other humanoid fish types were released, such as the Fishman in the C38 Chaos Beastmen release and the early WH40K minitaure “Zhar d’uin, Piscean Prince,” but there was no further attempt to develop the Menfish concept or to create another aquatic or amphibious race.

Blazindragon left a comment in my post on Chaos Snakemen asking if I could cover the Fishmen for WFRP 4th edition, so here goes. As always, what follows is in no way official and should be considered a fan work. No challenge is intended to copyrights or trademarks held by Games Workshop, Cubicle 7, or anyone else.


Menfish

Menfish live in the underwater caves beneath the sea, and a few communities have been found in larger lakes. They live by fishing, mounting night-time raids on coastal villages, and sinking ships. Loyal only to their own kind, they attack the communities of Humans, Elves, Greenskins, and others without making any distinction between them.

The Sea Elves and other peoples have sent embassies to the Manfish communities of the northern seas proposing alliances against the forces of Chaos, but without success. It seems that the Menfish treat all outsiders as enemies, and only a handful of ambassadors escaped with their lives.

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Traits: Afraid (Fire, Sunlight), Amphibious, Animosity (other species), Bite +4, Cold-blooded, Night Vision, Swamp-strider, Territorial, Weapon +6

Optional: Armour 1, Hatred (other species), Ranged +6 (6 yards), Stealthy


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  1. August 8, 2020 at 12:17 pm

    I can’t help but ask here…. this has to be the source of all the “fishmen” jokes that kept cropping up in WD and the like over a period during the 90’s.. right?

    …and then Ronnie went and made his own,
    https://www.manticgames.com/games/kings-of-war/trident-realm-of-neritica/forces-of-nature-naiad-regiment/
    while Workshop went on to made fish elves instead…

    • August 8, 2020 at 12:21 pm

      This is the first I’ve heard of it, although I was gone by then.

  2. August 8, 2020 at 2:08 pm

    Graeme, you want your Menfish to have the trait Afraid (Fire, Sunlight) rather than Fear (Fire, Sunlight)
    Otherwise a fascinating look into a well forgotten bit of Warhammer Mythos.

    • August 8, 2020 at 2:20 pm

      Well spotted! It’s an eternal truth that no one can edit their own work. I have made the correction.

      • August 8, 2020 at 3:41 pm

        You always need a second set of eyes, It’s incredible some of the things I miss on stuff I’ve written. I’ve spent the last month reading a lot of stat blocks so I’m just in practice.

  3. Pariah
    August 8, 2020 at 11:56 pm

    IIRC some sort of Menfish reappeared in the Bestiary of wfrp2 “Knights of the Grail”.

    In case you could make another fan-boy Happy, I would really like to see you covering the C34 Demons of Law.

    http://entierradenadie40k.blogspot.com/2020/04/c34-demons-of-law.html?m=1

    • August 9, 2020 at 11:48 am

      I’ll see what I can do. First, of course, I’d need to do something about the gods of law themselves. I haven’t seen much mention of them since the WFRP 1st edition rulebook.

      • Radosław Plato
        August 10, 2020 at 3:51 pm

        Dear Graeme,
        “[…] I’d need to do something about the gods of law themselves. I haven’t seen much mention of them since the WFRP 1st edition rulebook.”

        Sounds great! I’m waiting impatiently for you to write something about them.
        Best,
        Radek

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