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.
Tzaangors, a form of Beastmen, reappeared in the game in the 7th Edition with the War Zone Fenris: Wrath of Magnus supplement. Standard Beastmen later appeared as Chaos units in Warhammer Quest: Blackstone Fortress.
Tzaangor miniatures (7th Edition)
Beastman miniature (Blackstone Fortress)
Epic Scale Beastmen
- 1: Warhammer 40,000: Compendium
- 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