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"Gnoblar fighters, hmph, right. Need to be taught their place. Still, funny when they die though."
Anonymous Ogre[1a]
Warhammer Gnoblar Fighters

A drawn depiction of a Gnoblar Fighter.

Gnoblar Fighters are the bigger Gnoblars in a tribe, and form bands in order to try and steal shiny things during battles.

Overview

The larger members of Gnoblar society have a tendency towards independence. These Gnoblars forsake their baggage-carrying brethren and band together into loose but numerous groups that take to the battlefield in the hope of stealing some particularly choice shiny things before the Corpse-Harvest.[1a]

Gnoblar Fighters arm themselves with an assortment of broken bottles, swords, spear tips, false legs, fangweasel teeth, pointy sticks and rusted daggers - basically anything they can get their grubby, grasping hands upon. Most of the time the Gnoblars will loiter behind the Ogres, making threatening yelps and menacingly shuffling forward.[1a][2a] They can unleash a hail of sharp stuff, ranging from bristlehogs or sharpened horshesoes to jagged rocks - while short-ranged, such pointy rubbish can occasionally cause some real damage.[2a] In extreme circumstances (i.e., actual conflict) Gnoblar Fighters will frenziedly jab their enemies in the nether regions with their 'weapons' until either they or the enemy stops moving. Every now and then, their sheer numbers enable them to pull down their foes in a tide of snapping maws, stabbing blades and pure malice. When things do not quite so well and they start to die in their droves, well, they're only Gnoblars...[1a]

No matter how many Gnoblars meet the endless variety of violent deaths promised by the hostile lands of the Ogres, there always seem to be more to take their place, which means when Ogres go to war, so do Gnoblars. It's rare for an Ogre Tyrant to trust Gnoblars to do anything important, especially in battle. Nonetheless, Gnoblars have their uses; a common tactic is to send them ahead of the army, so they can attack with missile fire, and perhaps even in close combat before they inevitably run away. Some Tyrants even use them in hopes of exhausting an enemy's arrows, though this fact is never mentioned to them as part of their duties.[2a]

Wargear

Gnoblar Fighters take to the battlefield in mobs of at least 10 Gnoblars, all armed with hand and throwing weapons. One of them may be a Groinbiter, another a musician and a third a standard bearer. The unit may include Gnoblar Trappers.[2b]

Miniatures

  • 6th Edition.

Sources

  • 1 Warhammer Armies: Ogre Kingdoms (6th Edition).
    • 1a pg. 42
  • 2 Warhammer Armies: Ogre Kingdoms (8th Edition).
    • 2a pg. 48
    • 2b pg. 90

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