Lord (Dwarfs) is a Dwarfs melee infantry unit in Total War: Warhammer. In battle, the Dwarfen Lord gets lost in the melee with hammer in hand, strong as a dozen Dwarfen soldiers.
The leaders of a Dwarf throng are its Lord and Thanes. These are the most powerful fighters in the army, fell-handed warriors equipped with the finest arms and armour of the Clan's weapon hoard. As a rule, Dwarf Lords and Thanes are a grim sort, for they are leaders of a dour people. Upon their broad shoulders is carried the weight of untold debt - the inherited grudges of a long-suffering and unforgiving race. It is their lot to avenge all wrongdoing to their Clan, Hold or race, not just in the present, but also for all time. Failure to redress an injury from antiquity is particularly galling, an act of disrespect to the much-revered ancestors. While Dwarfs are notably an infantry force, there are a few exceptions among their leaders; some Lords are carried into battle by Shieldbearers - stout warriors who serve their liege by hefting a shield as a fighting platform. This is common amongst Dwarfs of the southern Holds and has been continued elsewhere, notable by King Alrik Ranulfsson of Karak Hirn. In other Clans, especially northern ones, Lords and Thanes prefer to fight atop Oath Stones, rocks upon which runes are struck - listing out the Clan's honour, or perhaps the Lord's lineage or deeds. The stone is a symbol of their homeland, a piece of their Dwarfhold made manifest.
- ↑ Armoured & Shielded: Armoured units can block damage from any source apart from Armour-Piercing damage. Shields have a chance of blocking arrows, bolts, rifle shots and similar small arms fire - but only in a forward facing arc.
- ↑ Charge Defence Against All: When standing and bracing against a charge this unit will negate the enemy's charge bonus.
- ↑ Melee Expert: Melee Experts might have a very strong melee attack or melee defence, or high values in both. Some also have melee-focused skills like Charge Defence. Use them to counter other strong melee units. When facing them, it is best to take them out before they can enter melee.
The Dwarf lord is a tanky combatant that is overshadowed by the other lord options of the Dawi. However, if one wants to invest their money into their army and cut costs on their Leadership, the Dwarf lord can be cheap. He is a strong character for holding a flank or helping in a key engagement (although his speed makes it hard for him to reach it).
His multiplayer items give him perfect vigour and reduces the melee attack of surrounding units by a decent amount. These are both underrated abilities, as the longer Dwarfs can endure a foe, the more likely they are to outlast them and win the fight. By lowering the melee attack, enemies will hit your Dawi less, therefore reducing their damage to your units. Perfect vigour for the lord helps keep him at top speed and fighting effectiveness, which can be critical in some instances.