Beastmen (Homo sapiens variatus) are the most bestial and inhuman type of Abhumans.
Their bodies combine the features of both human and animal. Beastmen are much more variable in form than other abhuman types. They are considered Abhumans rather than ordinary Mutants, as individual Beastmen conform to a general physical and genetic standard and are no more prone to further mutation than normal humans. Beastmen warriors which worship the Chaos God frequent the armies of the Lost and the Damned. Of these corrupted Beastmen, those that worship Khorne are known as Bloodgors, those that worship Tzeentch are known as Tzaangors, and those that worship Nurgle are known as Pestigors.[3a]
Those Beastmen who have been introduced into the Imperial cult possess a simple but fierce devotion to the Emperor, regarding him as a vengeful god which demands tribute in the form of the blood of his enemies. They are driven by the need to atone for the sin of being mutants by fighting for the Emperor.[Needs Citation]
Within the Imperium however, Beastmen are subject to severe persecution and have been placed on the Register of Proscribed Citizens (Class A-G worlds) by the Adeptus Arbites. As such, they are effectively precluded from settlement on, or transportation to or from, more than three hundred thousand worlds of the Imperium and are forbidden from being conscripted as an Imperial Tithe obligation. These restrictions are a sure sign, that Beastmen will soon lose their Abhuman status completely and will be reclassified as true Mutants.
Beastmen were initially part of First Edition Imperial Guard armies. They could later be used in Imperial Guard armies with the use of the Homo Sapiens Variatus Doctrine, and in the army list for the The Lost and the Damned (as an upgrade to ordinary mutants in the codex), though these rules are now obsolete.
- 1: Warhammer 40,000: Compendium
- 1a: pg. 49
- 2: Imperial Armour Volume Six - The Siege of Vraks - Part Two, pg. 135
- 3: Realm of Chaos: The Lost and the Damned, pg. 174
- 3a: pg.261
- 4: Warhammer 40,000 8th Edition Rulebook, pg. 279 - Appendix Abhumans
|Command||Chaos Champion • Renegade Demagogue • Renegade Command Squad • Rogue Psyker Coven • Apostate Cardinal • Renegade Enforcer Cadre|
|Elites||Renegade Marauder Squad • Chaos Spawn • Disciple Squad • Ogryn Brute • Ogryn Berserker • Plague Ogryn • Pontifex Guard|
|Troops||Renegade Infantry Platoon • Renegade Infantry Veterans • Renegade Support Squad • Cultists • Mutant Rabble • Beastmen Attack Squad (Bloodgors • Pestigors • Tzaangors) • Plague Zombie Horde • Chaos Hound • Chaos Beast|
|Vehicles & Daemon Engines||Leman Russ Tank • Blood Slaughterer • Blight Drone • Brass Scorpion • Plague Hulk • Chimera • Hellhound • Sentinel • Salamander Scout • Hydra|
|Heavy Vehicles||Malcador • Macharius • Valdor • Baneblade • Lord of Skulls|
|Artillery||Minotaur • Basilisk • Medusa • Griffon • Wyvern • Bombard • Earthshaker Battery • Medusa Siege Gun Battery • Rapier Battery • Thudd Gun • Heavy Mortar|
|Aircraft||Hell Blade • Hell Talon • Valkyrie • Arvus Lighter|