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Black Orcs

Black Orcs are the biggest and strongest of all Orcs, and get their name from their dour, grim demeanour as much as from the colour of their skin, which is extremely dark green or black. [4a]

They are bigger and stronger than normal Orcs and pride themselves on being the best fighters of all. They are more disciplined than other Orcs and have better equipment. Many of their fearsome weapons are captured in battle, and carried as a mark of their self-evident superiority, while others are paid in tribute by subjugated tribes. Black Orcs are the greatest among a race already bred for battle; injuries are ignored and enemies crushed beneath a walking mass of green muscle and heavy armor. The greatest of Black Orcs are Grimgor Ironhide and his mighty Immortulz.


The first Black Orcs were created by Chaos Dwarf Sorcerers in -150 IC, who were hoping to make a race of superior slaves more resilient than the Goblins and Orcs that had already enslaved. However, the Black Orcs proved to be far too independent-minded, and only fifty years later led an armed revolt that raged through Zharr Naggrund, before they were driven back. Afterwards, many of the surviving Black Orcs fled to the mountains. [2a][2b]

The Black Orcs' sturdy constitution would allow them to prosper in the harsh land of the Chaos Dwarfs where other Greenskin workers would perish. They first appeared in the Old World during Sigmar's time, as a whole tribe crossed the World's Edge Mountains and conquered other Orcs living in the hills to the northwest of Stirland. When Sigmar first united the Men of the middle Old World into the Empire, he first had to drive out the Orcs and Goblins that lived there. Those battles against the Black Orcs were by far the hardest fought, and only won at terrible cost to Sigmar's armies.



Black Orcs regard other Orcs and Goblins with contempt, especially Goblins, who are always running away instead of standing and fighting. In battle, Black Orcs keep a constant eye out for bickering in the ranks, and it takes little more than a dark scowl or a throaty growl from a single Black Orc to bring the lesser Greenskins into line. Should that fail, Black Orcs are perfectly willing, and exceptionally able, to wade in and smash some heads together, thus restoring order "quick-smart" at the insignificant cost of the lives of the wrongdoers. [4a]

Weapons and Equipment

They are usually equiped with better weapons and armour than other greenskins and favour fighting with two weapons rather than a hand weapon and shield. [4a]

  • 3rd Edition: Hand Weapon, Light Armour, may have Additional Hand Weapon, Double Handed Weapon, Halberd, Shield. May have a Magical Standard. [1a]
  • 4th Edition: Chaos Dwarf Slaves: Hand Weapon, Light Armour, may have Additional Hand Weapon, Double Handed Weapon, Halberd, Shield, Spear. [2c]
  • 6th Edition: Choppa, Heavy Armour. May have Additional Hand Weapon or Great Axe. May have Shield. May have Black Orc Boss, Musician, Standard Bearer. May have Magic Standard. [3a]


Black Orc Miniatures

N.B. In 2007, new Black Orc miniatures were released in plastic, sculpted using Games Workshops new computer sculpting technology. These were based on the same basic design as the previous metal Black Orcs. A new metal generic Black Orc Boss model was released alongside the new plastics in the summer of 2007.



Orcs & Goblins
Units Arachnarok Spider - Black Orc - Black Orc Big Boss - Black Orc Warboss - Cave Squig - Colossal Squig - Doom Diver Catapult - Forest Goblin Warboss - Goblin - Goblin Archer - Goblin Big Boss - Goblin Fire Kobold - Goblin Great Shaman - Goblin Shaman - Goblin Wolf Chariot - Goblin Troglagob - Goblin Warboss - Goblin Wolf Rider - Hill Goblin - Mangler Squig - Nasty Skulker - Night Goblin - Night Goblin Big Boss - Night Goblin Fanatic - Night Goblin Great Shaman - Night Goblin Netter - Night Goblin Shaman - Night Goblin Warboss - Orc Arrer Boy - Orc Battle Chariot - Orc Big Boss - Orc Big Un - Orc Boar Boyz - Orc Boar Chariot - Orc Boyz - Orc Great Shaman - Orc Shaman - Orc Warboss - River Troll Hag - Rock Lobber - Savage Orc Big Boss - Savage Orc - Savage Orc Boar Boy - Savage Orc Great Shaman - Savage Orc Shaman - Savage Orc Warboss - Snotling - Snotling Pump Wagon - Spear Chukka - Spider Rider - Squig Herder - Squig Hopper - Troll
Characters Argor Foespike - Azhag - Big Red 'Un - Black Tooth - Borgut Facebeater - Borzag - Brak Batwing - Cragtooth - Crazy Spider - Cruzzik Cacklespit - Dagskar Earscrapper - Dork - Durgath Spine Cracker - Durkol Eye-Gouger - Funglus - Git Guzzler - Gobbla - Goggrul Skarlug - Gorbad Ironclaw - Gorfang Rotgut - Gorgog - Grabnatz Sourbelly - Grimgor Ironhide - Grom the Paunch - Grotbag Dungbreath - Grotfang Skab - Grua Gribbleback - Grulsik Moonclaw - Gulag - Little Gork - Masked Chieftain - Morglum Necksnapper - Oddgit - Ogdruz Swampdigga - Oglok the 'Orrible - Radzog - Ratscrote Boggobbler - Roglud - Skabend - Skumwort Skabbad - Slygit - Skarok Gnawrock - Skarsnik - Slygit - Snagla Grobspit - Spinecracker - Squatting Troll - Taugrek the Throttler - Torgoch - Urk Ironskull - Vagraz Head-Stomper - Vish Venombarb - Wurrzag
Strongholds Black Crag - Iron Rock - Mount Bloodhorn - Mount Grimfang - Red Eye Mountain - Thunder Mountain - Black Pit
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Chaos Dwarfs
Units Bazuka - Black Orcs - Bull Centaurs - Bull Centaur Lord - Bull Centaur Renders - Chaos Siege Giant - Chaos Dwarf Berserker - Chaos Dwarf Blunderbusses - Chaos Dwarf Crossbowmen - Chaos Dwarf Lord - Chaos Dwarf Hero - Chaos Dwarf Mortar - Chaos Dwarf Swivel Gun - Chaos Dwarf Warrior - Daemonsmith Sorcerer - Death Rocket - Deathshrieker Rocket Launcher - Dreadquake Mortar - Earthshaker Cannon - Hellcannon - Hobgoblin Archers - Hobgoblin Bolt Thrower - Hobgoblin Cutthroats - Hobgoblin Khan - Hobgoblin Raiders - Hobgoblin Warriors - Hobgoblin Wolf Riders - Infernal Castellan - Infernal Guard - Iron Daemon War Machine - K'daai Destroyer - K'daai Fireborn - Lammasu - Magma Cannon - Sneaky Gits - Sorcerer-Prophet - Tenderiser - Whirlwind
Characters Abnagg Hellbeard - Astragoth - Bazherak - Black Dwarf - Cinderbreath - Drazhoath - Gargath - Ghorth - Gorduz Backstabber - Thymbrin Snakebeard - Tordrek Hackhart - Vraznak - Zhatan - Zochaz
Cities and Strongholds Black Fortress - Tower of Gorgoth - Uzkulak - Zharr-Naggrund - Zhugulzar
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