Would Humans stand a chance against Orcs?

Shad’s coverage of orcs vs humans on shadiversity youtube channel.

Tradeoffs

Superior Human Traits

Throwing

Running

Intelligence and Dexterity

Roman shield wall, effectively protecting against enemy arrow volleys.
A crossbow man with a pavise shield. These were maid to stand up by themselves giving the crossbow man two hands to operate his crossbow, while being able to take cover when reloading.

The Problem with Muscles

Human Tactics Against Orcs

  • Slings
  • Throwing spears
  • Bows
  • Crossbows
Examples of the effectiveness of formations used by a well trained army. Would orcs be able to create effective formations against human cavalry? I don’t think so.

Orc Tactics Against Humans

Orc Weapon Choices

  • Swords. We seldom see orcs use these in fantasy, but that also makes sense. Swords are very versatile weapons which require a lot more training to master than say a spear.
  • Bows. I counter Shad, here as he would recommend bows due to their strength. But we also know that english longbow men trained since childhood. In fact the king mandated archery competition and training. It is hard to see any training regiment like this happening for orcs.

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