Ive started using a lightning millwood axe in mainhand and the earthseeker in offhand on a 40/40 str fth build. The axe is great for rollspammers and the Greataxe has crazy hyperarmour. That in addition to the Warcraft r2s make it a really fun setup.
Brigand axe would be better than the battle axe or Millwood, due to it's wooden handle. Wood absorbs vibrations better then metal. When using an axe with a metal handle for too long your arms will start to hurt.
The hand axe is the only axe that I would recommend. Battle axes are NOT meant for cutting wood. Their blades are too thin, so that they would bend or receive damage when chopping wood. Just because they are axes doesn't mean they work for both wood and flesh. I mean it doesn't really matter in-game, but still.
Seeing people saying that Warcry heavy attacks on weapons like the Battle Axe, Millwood Battle Axe, and Brigand Axe have hyper-armor, but I can't seem to get it to work. Does it exist, or do I not have enough poise?