The Dwarf Lords are the most battle hardened of the Dwarfs. Dwarf Lords can also have the most magic items. In this section we will have a look at the Dwarf Lords and the Warhammer Dwarf Lord Tactics.
As armies go there are not many Dwark Lord choices. Only 3. The Dwarf lord, The Runelord, and the Daemon Slayer. There are no named lords to choose from. This means that both you and most of your opponents will be very familiar with the choices.
The options that you have to mix it up to allow for some surprises is the magic items. Dwarf Lords have access to quite an array of magic items as these are mondaine items with a combitation of up to three runes. As there are a number of runes to choose from, your opponent will not know what they are facing until the first blow lands.
As the magic runes are your only chance for a surprise, you may want to earmark extra points to pay for these runes. This is contrary to my usual advice of being cautious about spending too many points on your Lords.
Dwarfs Lords are good options an your army leader. With the right equipment that are a match for most opponents if they have to answer a challenge.
Dwarf Lord vs Black Orc Warboss
The Dwarf Lords are a near equal match with the Black Orc Warboss. The points cost is the same, but the Warboss has a point more strength, and a point more speed. The Dwarf Lord get a point more ballistic skill and leadership. As I do not think much to giving your best fighter a firearm instead of a big axe, this leaves you with a small advantage with the leadership.
Dwarf don’t have magic, so they don’t have Magicians, they have rune smiths instead.
Rune Lords have another bonus. They come with two dispel dice.
The Daemon Slayer is the toughest of the Slayer style Dwarfs. Ther are still loners though, so they can not join normal units.
The Daemon Slayers stats are very similar to the Dwarf Lords with a point better initiative, but 35 points cheaper.
Look out sir!
Daemon Slayers can still benifit from the ‘Look Out Sir’ rule even though they can not join a unit. This is at the lower 50% chance of survival. This means that it is a good idea to keep the Daemon Slayer near, and may be behind a squad so he can not be targeted as easily by ranged weapons.