Army overview:

Worshippers of the gluttonous Pig God, Sus, orcs are extremely violent and destructive creatures who hold territories in both the Coelum and Infernum regions of the Orb. With a natural tendency to become lost in a sea of their
own rampage, a tactically astute player of Orcs will control his warriors with the use of disciplined leaders.

With each holding the Inspiring and Bestial Roar special rules, options for the General unit of an Orcs army include an Orc Warlord (40 VP) and Orc Warlord on Wild Boar (50 VP). In addition to Victory Points (VP), the differences between the two units link to Movement (M), Attacks (A) and Wounds ( W )
values; an Orc Warlord unit has a Movement (M) value of 5, Attacks (A) values of 3/ 1 and Wounds ( W ) value of 3, while an Orc Warlord on Wild Boar has a Movement (M) value of 10, Attacks (A) values of 4/ 1 and Wounds ( W ) value of 4. Wearing heavy armour, carrying a shield, armed with an axe, hammer or sword, while possessing a Hand-to-Hand Combat (H-t-H) value of 4+, however he is fielded, the army’s general is a formidable opponent in close combat.

Including Orc Champions (on foot and mounted), Orc Musicians and Orc Leaders (on foot and mounted), an Orcs army can include up to three Champions units, and it is here where the Orcs player faces options linked to the working dynamic of the army as a whole. Given the Orcs army special
rule, with more Orc Leaders included, a force of Orcs will be easier to control.

Able to field up to two, Magic Users units for an army of Orcs include an Orc Shaman and Orc Shaman on Wild Boar. Holding the Drunk special rule, and with a Magic (Mg) value of 6+, however he is taken into battle, an orc shaman is an unstable character whose spells are powerfully destructive.

Available in blocks of 5, 10 and 15, typically forming the core of an Orcs army, units of Orc Warriors, complete with their Hand-to-Hand Combat (H-t-H) value of 6+ and a Durability (D) value of 6+, are solid and dependable fighters. Meanwhile, with their Shooting (S) value of 7+, Orc Archers provide
average missile support.

Wood Pigs, with their Tracker special rule, can make for highly disruptive units for the enemy to deal with, while Blades of Sus, holding the Psychotic special rule, are all-out berserkers.

Armed with bows, axes and swords, Mounted Troops units for an Orcs army comprise of Pig Raiders, troops equipped for both close combat and missile warfare.

An Orcs army can include up to two Monsters units; options include Ogres, Giants and Trolls. Holding the Large Target special rule, a unit of Ogres comprises of 3 models, each with 2 Hand-to-Hand Combat Attacks (A) and 2 Wounds (W), making for solid and durable fighters. Lumbering,
cantankerous beasts, Giants have the Clumsy, Fear and Extra-Large Target special rules, while possessing a special Attack; Stomp, Club, Eat. Like Ogres, a unit of Trolls comprise of 3 models, each with 2 Hand-to-Hand Combat Attacks (A) and 2 Wounds (W), but special rules for units of Trolls include
Poison, Stench, Regenerate, and Large Target.

Limited to a maximum of two, Machines of War units which an Orcs player can field include chariots and ballistae. As well as the Large Target special rule, evidence of the orcs’ inattention to detail and impatience in constructing their war machines, an Orc Wild Boar Chariot has the Crash special rule. Meanwhile, an Orc Ballista, with its range of 60”, offers an army of Orcs long-range firepower.

Example Army List:

Orcs Magic Cards:

Below are Shadows of Centralis Orcs Magic Cards (Magic Spells originally printed in the Shadows of Centralis book) which can be printed out, fixed to card, and used in games.


Shadows of Centralis can be played with models from any manufacturer, below are a few ideas for armies of Orcs. Within Shadows of Centralis, upon the world of the Orb, considering them sacred creatures, orcs revere pigs, and
many orcs themselves possess porcine features. With this in mind, Gripping Beast’s Piggies models are perfect for adding swinish aesthetics into conversion projects for an army of Orcs.

Holding to the porcine side of things, another model manufacturer worth considering for their ‘piggish’ models are RPE Miniatures & Games, with examples including their Wild Boar and Warthog miniatures. RPE Miniatures & Games also have a wide range of other orc models to consider, too, such as the one pictured below.

With an extensive range of superb miniatures, sculpted by the finest modelmakers, Knightmare Games are another company which players of Goblins may wish to consider.

Further information on the Sus-worshipping Orcs, as well as the complete Orcs Army List can be found in the Shadows of Centralis book.

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