Model Tactics
Chainmail Set 3: Orc Champion
By Bruce R. Cordell and Rob Heinsoo

Model: Orc Champion

Faction: Drazen’s Horde

Why It Rocks: He’s the Orc who breaks the rules for how the Horde usually fights. Instead of being fast, he’s got high armor. Instead of being difficult to control, he’s a troop who’ll follow orders.

Tricks and Tactics: If you’re going to play just one Orc Champion, he makes a great bodyguard for your leader. If you opt to play multiple Orc Champions, you’ll have the most disciplined force Drazen’s Horde can field. You’ll probably even have the command to take advantage of the Orc Champion’s one-shot ranged attacks. The Champions aren’t Fearless, but unlike faster Orcs that run off the table when they fail a morale save, a routing Orc Champion likely will stay on the table.

Though the Orc Champion is slower than other unarmored Orcs, it’s still quicker than Dwarves. If you’re not going to take advantage of the Hobgoblin Adept’s 4 command points and bull’s strength spell, team up the Orc Champion with the Hobgoblin Fighter for a medium-speed warband that has a chance of beating the Dwarves of Mordengard at their own melee game.

Enemies Who Hate to See It: No one seems particularly scared of the Orc Champion until it has carried the battle against them multiple times using multiple tactics. It’s just a solid all-around fighter.

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