Tuesday, 12 June 2012

THE FIMIR: Armylist, background and WFRP adventure

Today its all about the Fimir. 

I was inspired to write about them after listing my Top 10 most wanted miniatures and my delvings into ancient issues into White Dwarf. I have gathered together quite a pile of articles that I feel readers of this blog will find interesting.

The article I have uploaded today comes from WD 102. It contains full background for the race, a 3rd edition army list (with full colour shields and banner page) and an adventure for Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay that introduces the race to PCs. Useful stuff indeed for the retro minded.

If you don't know much about the Fimir and their history have a look at this extract from their wikipedia entry;

The Fimir were created at the behest of Games Workshop's then-owner, Bryan Ansell who wanted a race "to be as distinctive of Warhammer as the Broo are of Runequest" [2]. However, the Fimir did not prove popular, and disappeared with the 4th edition of WFB, although this did give them time to make a guest-starring appearance in Milton Bradley'sHeroQuest. Very few (official) sources on Fimir exist and include the WFRP Bestiary, an article in White Dwarf No. 102, the third edition of WFB (Bestiary and Warhammer Armies) and some references in supplements.
There are two Fimir miniatures at the "correct scale" i.e. a size between 1.8m and 2.1m (in-game scale): Fimir (actually Fimm Warriors) from HeroQuest and some limited edition Fimm Warrior miniatures sold separately. One can also find Fimir by Nick Bibby the size of ogres, although these obviously do not integrate well with the "correctly" scaled models. Original concept sketches of the miniatures made by Jes Goodwin represented human-sized creatures and the published characteristics of the Fimir reflected this fact. However, when Nick Bibby started to sculpt the Fimir miniatures, he made them ogre-sized, leading to them being disproportionately weak for the size of their figurine in WFB. It was officially decided that this was the fault of the authors. Ultimately, WFRP was published with Fimir, but the race disappeared from the next edition of WFB.
Another theory as to the disappearance of the Fimir is due to the change in focus of GW's marketing. As 3rd edition drew to a close the focus became less on the older gamer and more towards the mid-to-late teens demographic, and as such it may have been thought that a race which reproduced via rape was not appropriate for the new target markets.
The last official appearance of the Fimir was in the WFRP sourcebook Marienburg: Sold Down the River, published in 1999. Since WFRP 2nd edition, the background has been brought into line with WFB and races such as Zoats, Gnomes and Fimir have been quietly dropped. Games Workshop described such races as being in "interminable hiatus"[3]. In response, several fan-written creations have been published, including a "Fimir special" issue 25 of the WFRP fanzine Warpstone.
There appears to be another reference to the Fimir in UK White Dwarf 310. Where in the article on the Gnoblar Horde, a new army list, there is a background piece on boglars, a sub-species of gnoblar that live in marshes. It says that "A large tribe in the Marshes of Madness have been rumored to be in alliance with strange, cyclopean creatures." While not being specific, this is almost certainly a reference to the fimir.
The Fimir were mentioned in the time of Legends novel 'Empire', where creatures matching their description were encountered living in the marshes.
Fimir are referenced by name in the "Marshland" entry of the terrain rules section of the 8th Edition Warhammer Fantasy Battles rulebook.
The July 2011 "Storm of Magic" supplement has, at last, reintroduced Fimir into the Warhammer tabletop game, in the form of a Dirach wizard called a Balefiend, which can be used as a bound monster by any Warhammer army. The character is now a full-fledged monstrous infantry (i.e. ogre-sized) model, rather than regular infantry.
In December 2011, Warhammer Forge revealed three new models to be released in Q1 of 2012 as part of the supplement titled Monstrous Arcana.

Here is the article on my Scribd account.


Additionally, a big thanks to Mr Ballista who noticed that there was a page missing from the Magician's Son short story by Barrington J Bailey. I check my original magazine and lo and behold, there was indeed a page missing. Luckily, I own a second copy and used that to add the missing page. I have deleted the old version of the story from my Scribd account and included the new one below.


Until tomorrow,



  1. Thanks for sorting out The Magician's Son - I'll finish it tonight. I ordered one of the Brian Craig books based on your recommendation - looking forward to it.

  2. Plague Demon and also a more recent one - Wine of Dreams just because the title was so un-Warhammer.

    1. Never read the Wine of Dreams. I recall reading somewhere that BL won't reprint it due to the 'lack of battles etc'. Tell us if its worth a look once you've read it!

  3. Another great upload, although this is one of the old WD's I do own. Love those illustrations - especially the one with the Orcs. I reckon mine could do with some Fimir allies...

  4. Lovely stuff, thanks! I do own this issue, but handy to have it in digital form nonetheless. I believe hammer and bolter issue 20 has a story concerning the fimir, though I haven't heard it yet.

  5. Plenty of good Fimir stuff in the WFRP BOOK 'Dying of the Light', there's a PDF on Scribd somewhere.