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Several mercenaries defending their pay chest.

Mercenaries, often called Dogs of War, are an important aspect of warfare in the Old World, mostly made up of Tilean soldiers of fortune.


The larger part of regular armies are common militia, whose training and equipment is often lacking. Most of the standing regiments tend to be elite units, and therefore many times simply too few in numbers. Therefore most rulers, facing an arduous campaign, will employ free companies of mercenaries.

Regular Bretonnian armies all but refuse to hire mercenaries considering them dishonourable (and most Bretonnian lords care precious little for their peasants anyway - treating them as disposable 'cannon fodder').

On the other extreme are the Tilean city-states which simply don't have a regular army at all, employing whole mercenary armies, composed of several mercenary companies. These armies are sometimes even commanded by an experienced mercenary general. The majority of Mercenaries tend to be Tilean as well, noticeable by their trademark golden or bronzed armour. Tilea has produced the greatest Mercenary Generals and Paymasters.

In the Empire the standing of mercenaries seems to vary; skilled and professional free companies tend to be respected by most Imperial commanders while disorganized or unwilling rabble is often despised.

Dogs of War

The Dogs of War army is comprised of:

  • Pikemen
  • Crossbowmen
  • Duellists
  • Heavy Cavalry
  • Light Cavalry
  • Cannon
  • Halfling Hot Pots

Regiments of Renown

The most famous of these cutthroat units are known as the Regiments of Renown.



It's the hero's job to die gloriously; it's my job to get paid.

~ Marcello Finetti, Tilean mercenary. [2a]


Almost any army in the game can hire these mercenaries for their own use, but there are certain restrictions; For instance, the vampire hunters Johann and Wilhelm are not allowed in a Vampire Counts army, for obvious reasons. The Bretonnian army does not allow the use of any mercenaries because they see this practice as dishonourable (though they are allowed to hire Gotrek and Felix). There is a wide variety of troops available, including assassins, Dragon riders, mutated bearmen, Corsairs, Goblin Wolf Riders and Orcish crossbowmen. Many of the Dogs of War regiments hail from Tilea.


Dogs of War
Units Dark Emissary - Dogs of War Giant - Duellist - Fenbeast - Halfling Hot Pot - Hireling Wizard - Hireling Wizard Lord - Irongut - Leadbelcher - Manbiter - Maneater - Mercenary Cannon - Mercenary Captain - Mercenary Crossbowman - Mercenary Dwarf - Mercenary Dwarf Sapper - Mercenary General - Mercenary Halfling - Mercenary Heavy Cavalry - Mercenary Light Cavalry - Mercenary Ogre - Mercenary Paymaster - Mercenary Pikeman - Mourngul Renegade - Norse Marauder - Ogre Bull - Paymaster's Bodyguard - Truthsayer
Characters Ahmed Shufti - Alphonso Garracha - Aranessa Saltspite - Asarnil the Dragonlord - Arnulf Schwarz - Beorg Bearstruck - Borgio the Besieger - Bruno Hauptleiter - Deathfang - Edvard Van Der Kraal - El Cadavo‎ - Ennio Mordini - Fernando Pirazzo - Fleugweiner Sonderblitz - Ghazak Khan - Golgfag - Golthog - Gossippa Lotta - Hrothyogg - Ignatius - Isrogdal - Jack O'the Sea - Jacopo d'Arezzo - Jaego Roth - Jeremiah Tusk - Lars Mortensen - Lietpold the Black - Long Drong - Louis di Burgundum - Lorenzo Lupo - Lucciano Soprania - Lucrezzia Belladonna - Lucky Levi - Luka Silvaro - Malakai Makaisson - Mann Hirsch - Marco Colombo - Lumpin Croop - Marquand Volker‎‎ - Matthogg - Mengil Manhide - Muhannad Ru'af - Mydas the Mean - Oglah Khan - Otto Steinroth - Rienzi - Roque Santiago Delia Fortuna - Ruglud Bonechewer - Sheerglas - Torgoch - Toxote - Ulli Leitpold - Varis - Willi Ziege - Wolfgang Von Neuwald - Zara Bok
Notable Mercenary Companies Al Muktar's Desert Dogs - Alcatani Fellowship - Anakonda's Amazons - Bearmen of Urslo - Birdmen of Catrazza - Bloodaxe Alliance - Blue Herons - Braganza's Besiegers - Bronzino's Galloper Guns - Cursed Company - Giants of Albion - Golgfag's Maneaters - Grevenfeld Company - Gorskull's War Trolls - Grudgebringers - Leopold's Leopard Company - Long Drong's Slayer Pirates - Lumpin Croop's Fighting Cocks - Manann's Blades - Marksmen of Miragliano - Matthogg's Payswords - Mauls of Morr - Oglah Khan's Wolfboyz - Pirazzo's Lost Legion - Red Talons - Reivers - Ricco's Republican Guard - Ruglud's Armoured Orcs - Schmidt's Renegades - Star of Victory - Tichi-Huichi's Raiders - Toxote's Hellmounts - Torston Treehaka's Sea Axes - Van Klumpf's Buccaneers - Vespero's Vendetta - Voland's Venators - Von Kragsburg Guard - Wythel Warriors
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