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Minister
02-03-2007, 22:19
It has been niggling at me for some time: what's with the recurring theme of fish? In artwork, on models, in weather rules... why? Is there something I'm missing, or has GW just made an arbitrary decision and run with it?

Rabid Bunny 666
02-03-2007, 23:18
I think because its nice and abstract, and to be fair, they do look cool if done correctly.

Fastforward rlz
03-03-2007, 04:30
I agree. The guys who made Mordheim seem like they had a laugh or two while making it and fish could just be one of them.

jp22102000
03-03-2007, 04:36
i think the fish symbolizes repentence, although i can't remember where i read it.

TKitch
03-03-2007, 06:14
No it really doesn't.

and you're remembering the pennance kit from the Yahoo group :P

(It involves a large, wet fish and a nail. be creative after that.)

t-tauri
03-03-2007, 08:57
It's an in-joke. Jes Goodwin started putting them on figures and they spread. If you remember the converted warbands from WD lots of them had fish added. Quite a few of the released figures feature fish in one way or another.

Asuril
03-03-2007, 09:08
Ah.. Mordheim... truly the most brilliant game GW's ever made...

Just slap fish on everything remotely warbandy. It's fluffy. :-P

anarchistica
03-03-2007, 21:29
It's -in my mind- a reference to both Monthy Python and ichtus.

Auzu
03-03-2007, 22:52
IIRC Mordheim is set during the year of the fish or something like that.

Darkhorse
03-03-2007, 23:51
Monty Python is one possibility, there's also So Long and Thanks for all the Fish by Douglas Adams.
The MP reference is probably closer as the first model to feature a fish was the witch hunter IIRC.

Gensuke626
04-03-2007, 00:33
You got a problem with Fische, punk?

scarletsquig
04-03-2007, 04:40
I don't know why they're there, but I love the fact that they are :D

"Die fischerschlapper"

|twynsic|e
04-03-2007, 08:46
i agree with t-tauri=, i'm pretty sure it was an in-joke, something that is missing from gw of late

Galadrin
06-03-2007, 18:17
Why bears standing up right wailing on drums? Mordheim is supposed to be weird and apocalyptic. Fish out of water is just another facet of weirdness.

Sir_Turalyon
07-03-2007, 21:30
Fishes tails are twin-split - almost like they were twin-tailed...

Zanusiekk
10-03-2007, 17:14
If you necessarily have to delve deeper into it, take a look at all the half eaten apples that lay strewn around mordheim- the fish-out-of-water is probably a flirt with the memento mori aesthetics of baroque art.

Toppan
11-03-2007, 06:10
half eaten apples? i dont recall ever seeing any

care to point a few out?

jullevi
12-03-2007, 10:32
half eaten apples? i dont recall ever seeing any

care to point a few out?

For example, the first pic on Mordheim rulebook's back cover has a pile of apple cores. Also, some of them were featured in Aly Morrison's Possessed Warband in one of the first Town Cryers. They also appear in artwork occasionally, for example page 122.

One of my favourite "easter eggs" in Mordheim rulebook is the zombie with Batman shirt in the inside cover pic.

Rascal
12-03-2007, 10:49
I guess it is no different to big Orks always having little red and white mushrooms/fungai on their bases. It's a theme thing I think.

Speaking of which, I heard one of those mushrooms got kicked out of a party the other night .. He couldn't believe it. He was always told he was a fungai!

Rabid Bunny 666
12-03-2007, 15:34
For example, the first pic on Mordheim rulebook's back cover has a pile of apple cores. Also, some of them were featured in Aly Morrison's Possessed Warband in one of the first Town Cryers. They also appear in artwork occasionally, for example page 122.

One of my favourite "easter eggs" in Mordheim rulebook is the zombie with Batman shirt in the inside cover pic.


Yeah, that was cool :)

Jedi152
12-03-2007, 15:41
Me and a few friends sat down and spend ages looking at all the weirdness on the Mordheim box. It's brilliant!

I think it's just GW's take on crazy baroque art, like Zanusiekk said. Just them trying to re-create Hironymus Boshe or something.

I love it! It's an apocalyptic time for the denizens of Mordheim, and it's just plain madness everywhere!

WarbossKurgan
12-03-2007, 15:55
There's also a really nice disclaimer at the back of the paper Mordheim book (page 2 of the online version (http://www.specialist-games.com/mordheim/assets/lrb/1Rules.pdf)):

"No toads or rats were harmed during the production of Mordheim. Several fish were consumed."

:cool: