AoS: Something Fishy This Way Comes

Games Workshop is back with a mysterious new video and it’s certainly fishy.

When it comes to the video production side of things, the folks at GW are certainly having a good time and this latest video is as intriguing as it goofy:

The video is titled “From out of the blackness they come….” It opens with the bell you see above and then cuts to what appears to be a boat wreck:

Then we get a cut to the Figurehead from the boat. It certainly looks like an image of Sigmar with his twin-tailed comet engraved on his bracer and warhammer in hand. But I must say, those water effects look REALLY good…

Another cut to more of the boat wreckage. This looks like a pretty cool kit none-the-less! Are we going to get some type of naval themed release from GW?

Now, if you haven’t watched the video, you should stop reading now and check it out. I don’t want to spoil the ending but let’s just say it leaves me with more questions than answers.

Anyhow, let’s focus on the clues and hints in the video. Everyone got their tinfoil hat out? Good! Let’s dive in. *Minor Spoilers for the video ahead*

So either we’re getting new aquarium supplies from Games Workshop or we’re getting some type of Nautical themed expansion for AoS. The title of the video, I think, is a big clue. Clearly this is a reference to the deep or the depths of the oceans. That’s backed-up by the fact that, well, we’ve got a boat wreck and a fish in the video. I mean, c’mon man it’s pretty clear.

Now, “Fishmen” have been a running gag for a few editions. Always mentioned in half-jokes and GW seems to have been in on the gag. However, Aquatic Races aren’t entirely unheard of in Warhammer Lore:

via Lexicanum

Chupayotl is an underwater city located in South-Eastern Lustria. Formerly a surface city inhabited by Lizardmen it was engulfed and submerged by the sea.

A major nexus of the geomantic web, Chupayotl was an important part of the Lizardmen empire. Through it the Slaan of Lustria were able communicate with their counterparts of Zlatlan and vice-versa.

The city started to sink slowly and the Slann were unsure if this development was according to the will of the Old Ones. As the situation worsened the Skinks decided that the population and artefacts were to be evacuated for their own safety.

The Saurus gathered their Slann masters and began to carry them away. However it was too late: a sudden earthquake led to a gigantic tsunami which engulfed the city.[1]

It was a terrible blow for the Lizardmen; the loss of Chupayotl effectively divided the Lizardmen empire into two lesser realms. Both follow the Great Plan to the best of their knowledge and ability but are unable to coordinate their efforts.

Chupayotl didn’t remain uninhabited for long; an unknown aquatic race seems to have colonized the city. (emphasis added)

It was recently sacked by a Dark Elf expedition led by Lokhir Fellheart.

So perhaps an aquatic race did survive the End Times. They could make a great addition to the game and maybe even bolster a certain faction that is light on allegiances but heavy on the “Force of Nature” idea.

Something Else Entirely?

Okay – that’s not a completely crazy idea – however, this isn’t even the first time we’ve seen GW dip their toe in these waters. Naval Games were a thing they have done before:

Man O’War is a game that was produced back in 1993, and it had a bit of a cult following.

Dreadfleet was another naval game. It was published in 2011 and was a new spin on the Man O’War concept. It came with a handful of boats and a really nice “sea map” to play on:

Unfortunately, it wasn’t the commercial success that fans would have liked and so it was silently “squatted.” But, as we’ve seen in recent weeks, things that were once squatted are coming back.

Also, anyone else notice the Empire ship on the cover?

That sure is an interesting Figurehead, isn’t it?


What do you think of this Nautical Adventure? New Fishmen on the rise or are we looking at something else altogether?!

  • disqus_HUXMdKxsPG

    Malign “Port”ent

    • Grasshopper

      I sea what you did there.

  • Grasshopper

    Fishmen confirmed

  • Timotheus

    “AoS: Shadow over Innsmouth” confirmed

    • Rasheed Jones

      That might actually draw me into AoS

    • Scarlet Wong

      I was thinking of the deep ones as well mate

  • orionburn III

    Whooooooooooooooooo lives in a pineapple under the sea?

    Sigmar Squarepants!

  • Sonic tooth

    A sly dig at pp,s awful elfy pirate boat?

    • Severius_Tolluck

      It does look like a sunken version of the Stolen flagship from dread fleet. But I agree, interesting release date to fall alongside PP big model!

      • Right!?

        It’s like that summer when both the asteroid movies came out back to back…

  • BaronSnakPak

    Yeah, definitely looks like the wreckage of the Heldenhammer from Dreadfleet.

    • Simon

      Which begs the question: what is the wreckage of an Imperial ship doing in the Mortal Realms?

      • euansmith
        • Matthew Pomeroy

          you have found another gem 😀

        • Andy Wise

          Ah man. I opened that YouTube link and now my entire feed is jammed packed full of music videos from the late 70s / early 80s. My least favourite music era.

          Why I oughta…..

          • euansmith


            (Mwhahahaha! My work here is complete! Quickly, Twiki, to the Airwolf! We have more lives to ruin!)

          • Andy Wise

            Airwolf theme you say? Buck Rogers theme you say? The two finest pieces of music to emerge from that troubled time.

            Having checked them both out on Apple music they both still stand up incredibly well. Also noted they were both done by the same outfit who also did hill Street blues cheers and all sorts.

            Every day is a school day.

          • euansmith

            Aw, Hill Street Blues; what great series.

            “Let’s do it to them before they do it to us.”

          • euansmith

            No love for the themes from the “A” Team, Magnum PI or Miami Vice?

          • Andy Wise

            Man there were some good tv theme tunes back then. Game of Thrones aside I’d struggle to say that I can hum along to any these days.

          • euansmith

            There is a current series called “Death in Paradise”, but, whenever I hear the opening bars, I think it is going to be “Take The Skinheads Bowling” by Camper Van Beethoven. I don’t know why; they don’t even sound very similar, but it gives me a smile.


          • Tothe

            You opened the door to the Ruinous Powers? That’s on you, mate.

      • Brandon Rutter

        i dont know if it was a retcon, but, at least now, isnt the story that the Realms are made out of the remains of the Old World? Or there are fragments i guess would be the case. Id imagine the Realms are actually larger. So GW can just take w/e and throw it in there. Wait… Mordheim confirmed!

    • Kabal1te

      Looking close at it, the wreckage is much smaller, has fewer decks, and is single masted so it can’t be the dreadfleet ship, but is clearly designed to be similar. The bigger question is with all the magic and gates and whatnot why do you need a boat in the mortal realms, things that fly seem to be easy to find.

      • There are oceans and naval forces in the Mortal Realms. Whatever they renamed Dark Elves still are naval raiders and they mention them having fleets and Fleetmasters.

        Now if only Lokhir Fellheart would return with his Black Ark…

  • Severius_Tolluck

    Interesting, you have my attention. Just terrain, or something …. else?

    • orionburn III

      Somebody on the FB page pointed out that this old rumor could be tied into it. Maybe there’s a lot missing from the kit yet. Could end up being a somewhat floating ship like the Ironclad. Ghost pirates seems a bit much, but who knows.

      Definitely has me puzzled but intrigued.

      • Severius_Tolluck

        That totally must be connected for sure!

      • Kabal1te

        That rumor engine was confirmed to be the plow that drags behind the snail dude.

        • orionburn III

          Ah…that’s right. Gawd it’s hard to keep up with them all.

          • Kabal1te

            They need to put the rumor engines on their own page or something with the ones that have been revealed and the ones that haven’t in seperate places and like have the revealed ones link to whatever they end up being so we know. That would be a good start to making them more worth paying attention to. As it is they are kinda pointless.

      • SacTownBrian
      • With Malign Portents in the air, I could see some new ghost ship in the next campaign expansion.

        They made Dwarf sky-pirates right?

  • Chris

    It’s a space marine.

    • Xodis

      Space Sharks incoming!!!

  • Izak Lazarowski

    could it be a death expansion? zombie pirates and the like? or is it just a terrain piece?

  • ZeeLobby

    This is SUCH a better teaser than the black and white photos, lol.

    • Kabal1te

      You can say that again

  • aidan sweet

    wasn’t there a former hint picture with a seaweed coated anchor? Maybe some sort of link. Maybe the aelves are getting another army into the mix with a possible scourge privateer battletome.

  • D. B.

    Gonna call it now and say Marienburg Landship.

    • AEZ

      Except for the marienburg part ofc 😀

      • D. B.

        What is dead may never die. 😛

        • euansmith

          Man, those Strange Aeons come around sooner than you expect, huh?

    • Wow, I totally forgot about that.

      That kit was discontinued a long while back. I bet there are only hundreds of them in the world – if even that.

  • Rainthezangoose

    Undead pirates.

  • Slaanesh Devotee

    Citadel fish tank scenery.
    That’s really diversifying their business..

    • Now that I think about it – quite a bit of the Age of Sigmar terrain sets would look great in aquariums.

  • Simon

    Probably undead. Only ghost fish can fly in the Mortal Realms.

  • AEZ

    Hey.. is GW advertising for that half-ship character PP made?

  • Arthfael

    Really GW’s advertising has been getting more and more entertaining in the last 2 years. Keep it up!

    • euansmith

      It is great seeing them bringing back the humour underlying the grim darkness.

      • Simon Chatterley

        I’m a bit late to this party…

        I watched it and thought “wows…they are getting good at trolling us in really funny ways, way to go GW” and thought no more about it.

        Seems the community sees a lot more than I did in this…..

        • euansmith

          I’m assuming that this is going to be a “thing”; either a unit or terrain. If not, they’ve gone to a lot of trouble making a gag.

  • Leics Fox


  • Evil Otto

    Oh man, if they release an undead ship I’ll buy it before the plastic has time to cool down.

  • Spacefrisian



    Astra seafolkari?

    • Kabal1te

      Clearly it would be afishyani

      • good man – and well remembered!

  • Tothe

    GeeDubz gonna copy-cat Mantic’s Trident Realms. No doubt about it!

    A Man O’War revival would be sweet though.

    • Jesse Cavazos

      I’d be okay with them making their own fishman faction. I don’t like Mantic’s models, which is why I never started Trident Realms. I’m leaning toward picking up Wyrd when it comes out to play Gibbering Hordes, but an AoS fishmen army would be a dream come true.

      • euansmith

        Those Gibbering Horde minis for the Otherside are looking pretty darn cool.

        • Jesse Cavazos

          They so are. The first time I saw them I had to check myself in the mirror to ensure I wasn’t hallucinating and acquiring the “Innsmouth look”. Although the renders for all their models look great!

    • I have a feeling Dreadfleet’s sales figures have sent any plans for naval games right to the bottom…

      • Tothe

        Which is why there’s a ship at the bottom of a fish tank?

  • It’s just scenery?

    • euansmith

      Some freaky scenery would be okay with me; but I’m expecting this to be more like the Mortis Engine, a big, creepy, flying units.

      • SacTownBrian

        Flying Dutchman ghost ship would be cool addition to Nighthaunts. I assume that the terrain is just additional use of the kit but still awesome to see.

  • Callum Rae

    Tau in AoS confirmed.

  • Scarlet Wong

    My shop manager murmured something about Wood Elves into Trees, Dark Elves into Snakes and High Elves into Fish…

  • Mathew G. Smith

    The undead pirate allegiance from Firestorm?