GW: Rumor Engine “Rumor Team, Assemble!”

Games Workshop has sounded the conch – It’s time for another Rumor Engine!

We’ve got another mystery on our hands courtesy of Games Workshop and this time GW has gone with something that could be a but nautical in nature.

via Warhammer Community

“Okay, this is mysterious…”

 

I’m certainly leaning towards something from the sea with this one. But if that is true, would that make this some from the Realms of AoS or could this be some type of deep-sea/warp creature from 40k? The High Elves and the Dark Elves also had a few Sea-based themes for armies way-back-when, too. What ever it is, Ron Burgundy would be proud.

 

My first thought: “What the Shell is that!?”

  • shauni55

    Dark elves from dreadfleet. the swordfysh was captained by a female with spiny skin and who had cut off her legs and replaced them with sword fish blades.

    • ZeeLobby

      Lol. Is that real?

      • shauni55

        Yup. The ship even has a sawfish blade on the front.

      • Txabi Etxebarrieta

        https://1d4chan.org/wiki/Dreadfleet

        “Swordfysh which was… kinda spiky. It was crewed by a woman named Aranessa Saltspite born with Chaos mutations giving her spiky skin and weak mermaid-like legs. She replaced those legs with swordfish spikes, making her the only being that even Slaanesh wouldn’t bang (or would he?!).”

        Well I’ll be damned.

        • shauni55
          • Ty Hayden

            I wish I had never seen the word ‘mermanticore’… It has been a while since I have read much GW fluff. I forgot how bad it could be, but that and the ‘swordfish’ peg legs is just about one of the dumbest things.

          • ZeeLobby

            Haha. I mean dreadfleet is supposed to be goofy. Of course so is AoS, so don’t be shocked when DE are released with swordfish stump legs.

          • Ty Hayden

            True, in some ways I feel like it is part of the old GW resurfacing, but I am still used to their angsty teenage grim-fest and anything tongue and cheek seems out of place, let alone outright silliness.

          • ZeeLobby

            Yeah. I dunno. They kind of have an identity crisis when it comes to models vs fluff compared to their old selves. Their old fluff was pretty goofy to match the goofy models. No​w their new fluff tries to be serious comic book heroic with goofy models. Dunno if that fits all that well.

          • Muninwing

            if a character’s sole existence is for a mediocre one-off joke, or to make someone say “wow, isn’t that cool…” and then forget about it, then it’s not really professional quality.

          • Muninwing

            yeah. but it’s jarring when you aren’t expecting it.

            so many people i know have invented their own worlds, their own gaming settings, their own fanfic-level-writing novelas… and maybe one in ten are worth the time to assess them. professional-quality stuff is expected (at times erroneously) to have strained out that 10% and refined it.

            so it’s really disappointing when it just looks goofy and shoehorned in.

          • Badtucker

            girl in kingsman had sword legs 😀 and that was pretty cool…

          • shauni55

            I don’t understand what they mean by mermaid legs. like were they legs with fins? or was it a full on tail? if it was the first one why not just wear pants? If it was the second then she wouldnt have stumps to attach the swords to

          • Muninwing

            suddenly the eerie laughter of the not-dead tau commander, or the inane retcon of the nameless soldier into a perpetual, look good in comparison…

    • Badtucker

      well she wasnt a Dark Elf …. just a mutated human.

      • shauni55

        Was she? I remember it saying she was a dark elf? I could be totally wrong because it’s been a long time since I looked. Ill have to find my copy and look

        • Badtucker

          yeah , someone posted her info above 🙂

        • Emperor’s Champion

          yeah, they got a bit inventive with some of the ships rather than just having every warhammer faction have their own representative ship, the swordfish and flaming scimitar to be precise. the only elven ship was the sea drake crewed by high elves.
          I always did think black arks would have made that game a bit more interesting than a made up on the spot vampire davy jones.

        • Cristhian Mario Landa Rivera

          I don’t know, you remember?

          (Be careful using “?”).

  • orionburn

    All hail the magic conch shell…

    • Red_Five_Standing_By
      • orionburn

        “Magic conch shell…will I be able to get a copy of Shadow Wars: Armagedon?”

        “Maybe someday.”

        • Red_Five_Standing_By

          “What do we have to do to acquire a copy of the game?”

          “Nothing.”

  • Shinnentai

    Fishmens!

    Or could be exploring sea elves for sure.

  • ZeeLobby

    Clearly a Slaaneshi sex shell.

  • Severius_Tolluck

    Tis a tuffy, could some how tie into the theme of the nautical stuff with our new dwarf kin. Probably it goes with that net dragging in the ground. Hmm… Dark elves or seafaring elves / goblins may be the source. But it is a wild card.

  • euansmith

    It would be unconchionably shellfish of GW to bring out something else for Order or Chaos; though something for Death or Destruction would be whelkome.

    • ragelion

      In my opinion as a Death player I think what GW are doing they want to get the “main” things out the way. The humans, dwarfs and then highly likely elves and chaos. Then they are free to look at other factions.

    • Kritarion

      That comment seems fishy

      • ZeeLobby

        Seems pretty kraken to me!

    • MechBattler

      I think you’ve fished out all the obvious fish puns, mate.
      You’re a superb clambassador and conchoisseur of humor.

      • euansmith

        Cod puns are my sole vice; but it is a hard halibut to break.

    • Seb

      Oohhh Euan…. (slow facepalm..)

      Haha well done.

  • ragelion

    Scourge privateers. They fit like a glove.

  • piglette

    Tentacle fun

  • shauni55

    I guess I was wrong, she wasn’t a dark aelf. Still I could see this being a race or the basis for an aelf race: http://image.issuu.com/130829081650-48af7e9cf4af1c1dadf3b564f1cb786e/jpg/page_68.jpg

    • Muninwing

      she’s not an aeoiulf. she captains a ship called the swordfysh though, so silly alternate spellings are still in there…

      • Cristhian Mario Landa Rivera

        Aelf, Which is still pronounced as “Elf”, from an original word “Æ”.

        No silly spellings, but silly people.

        • Muninwing

          … except if it’s pronounced like that from the germanic, it’d be an “aaaaah” sound.

          meaning that they would be alfs.

          like the old sitcom about the alien.

          sure there’s silly people, but i don’t think they are who you think they are…

          • Cristhian Mario Landa Rivera

            …Except that “ae” is popularly pronounced like “e”, thanks to latin and greek and Æ has still a debatable pronunciation.

            Meaning that they are still “elves”, or worst, “elves” has always been wrong.

            And it would be aweome to see Melmac miniatures, honestly.

            Oh, that’s so silly of you, silly-silly.

          • Muninwing

            we’re talking about the latin usage versus the germanic. the latin (and greek transliteration) was used to denote the vowel “ai” in “mine” thus, AEolus would actually sound more like Aiolus to us.

            not the flat “e” sound in “elves”

            and the uppercase is pronounced the same as the lowercase. there’s no doubt nor debate about that.

            even in modern english, it’s usually regional accent or mispronunciation that get it anywhere near a “e” sound. like in “archaeology” — a word that once was written with the AE. the correct pronunciation is “ar-kAY-all-uh-gee” (emphasis mine) matching with the sounds in the word “archaic” (ar-kay-ik).

            lots of people commonly pronounce “Chimera” with a “ch” or a “sh” sound. doesn’t mean it’s right. doesn’t mean it’s pronounced that way for any reason other than people getting it wrong. the real debate is whether it’s ki-mee-ra or ki-meh-rah, but that’s ot even on most people’s radar.

            and in the germanic (and the traditional “fair folk” elves are heavily germanic/brittanic in source material), the letter was instead used to denote the flat-a vowel in “cat”

            note the flat “e” sound in “elves”

            meaning that if this is a greek/latin pronunciation, AElfs is “ailfs” out loud. and if it’s a germanic root, it’s “alfs”

            and both are awkward-sounding.

            but there was a vowel shift… a great one in fact… and now many of the words that were pronounced that way have been changed. their spellings usually changed to show this change. going back to an older spelling doesn’t magically change the pronunciation problem. but, as i said, most of these are actually common mispronunciations or dialectic.

            then again, i bet most of the mistakes are really linked to the fact that people who read come up with their own pronunciations in their heads, having never heard certain words aloud. so they double down on the “right” of the word without any frame of reference as to what was meant or intended.

            find me a source that shows an english word with an AE that is pronounced “eh” — for that matter, find me a latin or greek one. betcha you can’t, aside from seriously variant dialectics.

            so yeah, it’s realistically pretty silly because it sounds silly. unless you’re icelandic, in which they still use the AE as a mid-front-rounded (the “e” in “bet” or “elf”) that we’re looking for

          • Muninwing

            though, knowing what i do of english, i know there are exceptions everywhere. so i bet you will be able to find one or two.

            though most of those words in american english that would have been pronounced with the “elf” e were just shortened into an “e” (like “estivation” for instance)… but to find them spelled with the AE even in british english you’d have to go back centuries if at all.

          • Cristhian Mario Landa Rivera

            Spoiler alert: Æ is latin, then it was extended to German-descending languages, but still is the union between “A” and “E”, which then was corrupted, therefore german-anglo languages are used to mispronounce “E” as for latin “I”, example; say “May” instead “Mei”.

            Hey this is actually a fun and interesing topic tho.

          • Muninwing

            AE is latin.

            it was then used by the Romans (etc) to transliterate certain characters from greek. so it appears in greek translations by those who want to keep things as authentic as possible.

            and it was used, quite differently, to represent the letter Asc, or Ash, from the germanic languages as the roman empire expanded and their historians (such as Saxo Grammaticus) encountered those “northern barbarians” and had to write down an approximation of their language.

            so… which one is AElf? it’s either one or the other, since the loan to the germanics was used for an essentially different sound. it’s not both.

            but neither is the relaxed e that we use today to say “elf” — so is the army the Alfs? or the Ayelfs?

            they both sound silly.

            if you can’t tell, this is at least adjacent to my area of specialty. i’m not just complaining about change. they used a symbol because they thought it would represent something… not realizing that it already had meaning(s) that were not what they wanted.

          • Cristhian Mario Landa Rivera

            Trivia: Alfred means “Elf cunning” (or a similar adjective).

            The points is that there are lots of meanings and lots of uses, but people are still unaware of that and condemn them simply as stupid.

          • Muninwing

            we’re talking about the latin usage versus the germanic. the latin (and greek transliteration) was used to denote the vowel “ai” in “mine” thus, AEolus would actually sound more like Aiolus to us.

            not the flat “e” sound in “elves”

            and the uppercase is pronounced the same as the lowercase. there’s no doubt nor debate about that.

            even in modern english, it’s usually regional accent or mispronunciation that get it anywhere near a “e” sound. like in “archaeology” — a word that once was written with the AE. the correct pronunciation is “ar-kAY-all-uh-gee” (emphasis mine) matching with the sounds in the word “archaic” (ar-kay-ik).

            lots of people commonly pronounce “Chimera” with a “ch” or a “sh” sound. doesn’t mean it’s right. doesn’t mean it’s pronounced that way for any reason other than people getting it wrong. the real debate is whether it’s ki-mee-ra or ki-meh-rah, but that’s ot even on most people’s radar.

            and in the germanic (and the traditional “fair folk” elves are heavily germanic/brittanic in source material), the letter was instead used to denote the flat-a vowel in “cat”

            note the flat “e” sound in “elves”

            meaning that if this is a greek/latin pronunciation, AElfs is “ailfs” out loud. and if it’s a germanic root, it’s “alfs”

            and both are awkward-sounding.

            but there was a vowel shift… a great one in fact… and now many of the words that were pronounced that way have been changed. their spellings usually changed to show this change. going back to an older spelling doesn’t magically change the pronunciation problem. but, as i said, most of these are actually common mispronunciations or dialectic.

            then again, i bet most of the mistakes are really linked to the fact that people who read come up with their own pronunciations in their heads, having never heard certain words aloud. so they double down on the “right” of the word without any frame of reference as to what was meant or intended.

            find me a source that shows an english word with an AE that is pronounced “eh” — for that matter, find me a latin or greek one. betcha you can’t, aside from seriously variant dialectics.

            so yeah, it’s realistically pretty silly because it sounds silly. unless you’re icelandic, in which they still use the AE as a mid-front-rounded (the “e” in “bet” or “elf”) that we’re looking for

  • Jonathan Loquet

    “Are you afraid of death?” – Davy Jones

    • Fexxo

      If only, love that tentacle face bastard.

  • Ty Hayden

    [Hermit] Crab People Confirmed.

  • Commissar Molotov

    Inquisitor Halifax attempts to solve the mystery of the three seashells in the bathroom…

    • ZeeLobby

      Lol +1

  • thereturnofsuppuppers

    Nurgle Snail thing with the plough from the last rumour.

  • SilentPony

    It’s part of Morty’s base.

  • Christie Bryden

    heres hopeing undead horrors from the deep… becouse we really need new death stuff.

  • Flan man

    Marienburg. Totally nautical themed.

    • Muninwing

      is there a Marienburg again? i didn’t know that they’d actually come up with a real setting yet…

  • zeno666

    Considering the airbubbles its perhaps Finecast making a return? 😛

    • Commissar Molotov

      Oh, you!

  • Amber Sbriglio

    Still saying Slaaneshi with an ocean/siren theme

  • Mr.Gold

    beastmen…

  • amaximus167

    Aren’t some of the Aelves supposed to be Lovecraftian in nature?

    • Dan Wilson

      I sincerely hope so!

  • Emperor’s Champion

    I want my Shadow Aelven fleet

  • rtheom

    Here’s hoping this is a return of Slaanesh and his sea-creature themed minions! 😀 (see Keeper of Secrets octopus head and crab claws EVERYWHERE)

  • Bayne MacGregor

    Plastic BFG Tyranids based on the betters 1st ed Ammonite designs. http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-aUk9p0FFTD8/Vp4ob44PkSI/AAAAAAAAfZA/Vm0RgTy2S20/s640/attack.png