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Orcs

Orcs are large, muscular creatures, with hugely muscled limbs and thick bones. Their hands are large and grasping, their arms long, like an ape’s. They hunch habitually, but when they stand tall they overtop most men, and their body mass easily twice as great as a man’s. An Orc is tireless. They are lazy creatures, but suitably motivated by the promise of war or the slaver’s lash, they can run without pause for day upon day, their shuffling run eating up leagues eagerly.

Their minds are narrow and as ugly as their faces; their greatest preoccupation being the invention of ever-greater torments for the innocent and good. Humans and Elves alike (the Dwarfs know better) mistake their inability to concentrate and propensity to sudden, mindless violence as stupidity, but Orcs are far from stupid. From their father god Garkan the Black they have inherited an affinity for making; and though their creations are crude and ugly to others’ eyes, they are strong.

Orcs are capable of awesome feats of smithying and engineering when inspired - the might of their war machines and weapons is surpassed only by the twisted ingenuity of their instruments of torture. Orcs have long faces and fang-lined maws. Their tongues are clumsy, ill-suited to speech, and their language is harsh, full of rasping and barking. Above tiny, hooked noses their red eyes glimmer in deep sockets like pits, miniature copies of the Abyss itself.

Wherever there are Orcs, there are their kinfolk, the Goblins and Orclings. Lesser creatures than the Orcs, what the Goblins lack in size they make up for in viciousness. Many other sub-species of Orcoid curse the world - Greater Goblins, Hobgoblins and the vile Half-Orcs. There are many, many types of these creatures, and the scholars of the speaking peoples spend much time in categorising and describing them, but in truth they are all the same, and interbreed freely. All were forged by evil for evil intent, no matter their size or strength.

The Orcs are a popular Kings of War army, with a huge range of models available - check out the Orc section of the Mantic website! If you'd like to see how they play in-game, the Orc Force List is available for download free of charge. Orcs are one of the armies included in the Kings of War Hardback rulebook, which has a full force list along with the army's background. There are discussions, project logs and sample army lists aplenty in the Orc sub-forum over at the Mantic Forum - why not head that way and start talking about your new favourite army?

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