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I thought that it'd be fun to share my take on thematic army compositions, starting with the Dwarfs. For me, using thematic armies is not only fun, but it encourages me to use units that I wouldn't otherwise recruit, and it adds a lot to the replayability within a single faction. I generally try and have a spellcaster hero with a melee lord and vis versa, but with the Dwarfs, a Runesmith is the closest thing to a spellcaster hero.
Disclaimer: I am not a lore expert by any means, and I am not saying that every army I list is feasible on legendary. Some armies are expensive; I do not care about multiplayer.
1) High King Thorgrim Grudgebearer
Thorgrim is technologically inclined, so he gets the more advanced unit types.
Finally, a sufficiently OP Dwarf faction to allocate basic Dwarf Warriors to! Thorek beautifully used up a lot of leftover units from the roster that I didn't use in the other lists. He greatly boosts the Grudge Throwers, Bolt Throwers, and Quarrellers, and has unique access to the Yoked Carnosaur. The rest was just infantry and heroes, and boom, there's the list. I haven't actually played as him yet, so I am curious if the ethereal Thane is just a summon in-battle or if you get one as a permanent unit. If it's the latter, then obviously I'd replace the generic Thane in the build with the ethereal one.
Tell me what you think! The Dwarfs aren't a very difficult faction to break up thematically, but maybe this will be useful to newer players. I'll post my take on other races soon.