40K: Kharn Vs Daenor


Traitor’s Hate two heroes duke it out – It’s Kharn vs Chaplain Daenor!

Games Workshop is showing off one of the epic moments from the new Traitor’s Hate supplement in really nice detail.

via Games Workshop (Warhammer 40000 Facebook)


This double-page artwork spread from the new Traitor’s Hate book is one of our favourite Warhammer 40,000 duels we’ve ever seen. A Blood Angels Chaplain is indeed a mighty foe, but even this hero of the Imperium might meet a messy end on the blade of Khârn the Betrayer.

To find out how this duel plays out, you can read the story of the battle in the new campaign supplement:

Traitor’s Hate

My initial reaction is that Kharn should wipe the floor with this Chaplain just based on the stats. But then I got to thinking – because Chaplain Daenor has a Crozius Arcanum & a Rosarius he might have a shot. It would also depend on which “version” of a Chaplain Daenor is as well. If he’s got 3 wounds he’s got much better odds to take it to at least round 2 and possibly take Kharn out first (depending on if his particular Crozius Arcanum is counting as a Power Maul or not).

Even if you stack all the odds in the Chaplain’s favor (give him the charge with his Hammer of Wrath attack from a Jump Pack – and possibly Furious Charge for being a Blood Angel/Black Rage & re-rolls because he could have Litanies of Hate) it really boils down to making a critical Rosarius Save or two and Kharn failing an armor save or 3. Or the Chaplain could just shoot him with his Melta-Pistol

Math-hammering aside I would like to take a look at this fight now. I’m really curious about the build-up to this new Black Crusade as well. I’m waiting to get my hands on a copy of Traitor’s Hate and while the formations aren’t super exciting for my CSM forces, I really want to find out what the heck is going on with the 40k Narrative.


Even if Kharn ‘loses’ Khorne still wins! Who do you think wins this Duel of Blood?

  • Cameron Christie

    I love my BA. I main BA. I love the new Chaplain model to death.

    There is no way he’s beating Kharn, whom is literally one of the oldest and most badass mortals in the galaxy.

    • Zingbaby

      My guess is nobody gets hurt – think GI Joe, lots of explosions and tumbling with no fatalities.

      • Runefyre

        That’s exactly what happened, kinds of. The chaplain did survive, thanks to a reaver titan. Which kharn decided to chop his way into and blow it up >:)

  • humanas

    If Kharn loses to a random chaplain we will know that Matt Ward is behind this book.

    • georgelabour

      But he has a name!

      Also I’m pretty sure Goto did it better when he had a shinig spear exarch going toe to toe with Lilith Hesperax, and actually holding her own.

    • NovaeVox

      Prediction: Daenor drops the Primarch’s Elbow and breaks Kharn’s streak.

  • Kharn wins, and get a new skull for Khorne. Considering he’s been doing that for 10.000 years, only some eldars could hope stand a chance against him.

    • Mr.Fister

      Why people think CSM are like wine? Why should time make them better? Even if you fight a constant war you reach a point where you cannot get better. You reach your limitations. By the way the gear also gets old and even wine gets bad after some time 🙂

      • LordKrungharr

        Gorechild almost certainly has Khorne’s blessing and refuses to get old! Plus it’s constantly being lubricated by blood, and polished by bone and ceramite through which it constantly cleaves.

      • Knight_of_Infinite_Resignation

        this isnt a rational universe. Kharn gets better because Khorne loves him more.

      • hmmm…Because even if Kharn has attained the best he can be, it means he’s probably a lot better at killing things than an anonymous, less than 5 centuries BA chaplain ?

    • Azrell

      Thats not really how time works in the warp. kinda like how they use it to move ships across space, you can go in and come out 5000 years later having only aged a day.

  • SilentPony

    If it goes like every other Kharn fight, Daenor will throw a few chairs and tables at him then run away.

    • SwervinNinja

      Hey, Worked for Azrael.

  • jazeroth

    woot another named character for my blood angels! how will i fit him in the already extremely crowded HQ section? (and yes i already have this model as its amazing but still!)

  • Jordan Cafolla

    I think I know a jobber when I see one

  • Nubu

    It seems that instead of looking at what people say and trying to understand their needs in the context of the game the 40k people at GW have started banning people who have criticized their products. If you go under the latest formation teasers you’ll see how all the corrections to their promotional material, all the critique is gone regardless of how it was presented and all that is left are the diehard fans and people who do not understand the rules and ask questions.

    To me this looks awfully like they are trying to censure their fans which in turn tells a lot about how they are handling their customer relations. I think they should just weather the storm. They built it many years. It’s not going to dissipate unless they either make their product satisfactory to their customer base or at least create an illusion of caring about their frustration.

    • Andrew Webb

      Oh rubbish. There are plenty of polite complaints from CSM crybabies on GW official social media.

      • Nubu

        I saw none today. Yesterday there were plenty.

  • Chaosrex

    “But then I got to thinking – because Chaplain Daenor has a Crozius Arcanum”

    Lol,…really?…, the most useless “Power” weapon of the game and you take that into account?

    • Drew_Da_Destroya

      The Power Lance would like a word.

  • MightyOrang

    Kharn has chunks of guys like that in his stool.

  • Matthew Hast

    Should have been Dante, with a new sculpt

    • Orblivion

      Dante definitely needs a new model.

    • Alan C

      Well, story-wise, if this is supposed to be part of a whole series, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Blood Angels get their asses kicked here, and then have a rebound in a later book, which would be a great time for a new Dante. Just a guess, though.

  • Deathwing

    I’ll call it out and wager this chaplain gets a messy demise in the end for the duel, but the CSM get heavily bloodied by the blood angels in the larger battle of armies.

  • Knight_of_Infinite_Resignation

    least informative article ever.

  • Grand_Master_Raziel

    Uh huh. A CSM character who’s been around forever vs a Blood Angels character who just got introduced. Right when GW is pushing Chaos too. I wonder how that’s going to go. (Rollseyes)