AoS: Daughters of Khaine – Unboxing the Khinerai

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Come join the BoLS Crew as we open up a box of the new Khinerai units for the Daughters of Khaine.

Step right up folks, we’re here today to show off the Daughters of Khaine–today we have their new models, the Khinerai. These demon-winged dark aelves take after their creator, Morathi, who–as we’ve learned–used blood sacrifices to warp, twist, and reshape these swift-striking furies into existence. They’re a really cool kit, and we’re excited to open them up. Take a look!

The Khinerai are winged terrors who strike with swift-wing terrors from Morathi. They are shadowy harbingers of death who can be armed with either sickles (in their Lifetaker form) or barbed javelins (in their Heartrender configuration). In either form you’ll get a fast-moving unit that’s one of the more capable skirmishers I’ve seen in Age of Sigmar. With their fire and flight abilities, and a hit and run tactic available for their melee version, you can try and keep them out of position for the enemy to be able to attack them back.

Which is good, because the Khinerai are just about as delicate as the tails upon which they perch. It kind of stresses me out a little to see how they sway atop their bases–but apparently they hold together fairly well. We put these models through three separate battles and nary a one snapped off of its base. Regardless, they are not the most resilient of units–relying instead on their mobility and the protection of other synergizing units like the Cauldron of Blood to keep them safe.

That’s sort of exemplary of the Daughters of Khaine as a whole. If you want to play with them, you have to understand how your army works–what makes it deadly, what makes it vulnerable. More than other armies, I think the Daughters can find it hard to come back from the loss of a key unit before they have a chance to be effective–but if you can leverage the pieces of your army, they will punch so far above their weight.

At any rate, that’s the Khinerai. If I had to pick one, I think I’d personally go with the Lifetakers, but either option seems super effective, as long as you can keep them away from any serious firepower.


  • Seienchin

    How does Khaine exist in AoS lore?…

    • Simon Chatterley

      GW explained it all in a community post pre-release. From memory I think Khaine is gone and Morathi has tricked them all into thinking they are worshiping him but she is stealing the worship to sustain herself.

      May be wrong but I seem to recall that…

      • Seienchin

        Thanks for the reply but Why? Any reason why she wouldnt just let them worship her as a god?
        Noone remembers the old world except for some of the heroes, right?

        • Jose Luis Camarasa

          Because they had a khaine statue in the cauldron and they had to use the kit. Other cause could be that witches have been storically related with khaine by the players for years. The equivalent would be to not make orks worship gork and mork…

        • DrunkCorgi

          She does not want to be a winged serpent abomination… vanity, and a quest for immortality, have always been her driving motivations. She has to work at projecting her beautiful, aelven form, which slips when she gets angry.

          Her son has apparently achieved true immortality, and the tespect of the other deities.

      • euansmith

        Cool! That’s the kind of twisted, smoke-and-mirrors crap I like in my fantasy. Like the Wizard of Oz… if the Wizard was a fifty foot tall snake monster dedicated to murder.

    • From the book:

      Morathi was unable to call upon khaine to restore her beauty as normal so she had to rely on shadow magic.

      This upset her.

      Temples of Khaine have been erected in Ulgu.

      Morathi felt a heartbeat in a dream. She pursued it and Khaine’s iron heart was being guarded by a godbeast. She tried to seduce it and failed so fought it and won the iron heart of Khaine.

      The heart beats. Khaine is not dead but not whole. So now she looks for shards of khaine to restore him, and in the process the prayers to khaine go to her.

      Malerion, once Malekith, is a god in Ulgu. Morathi is super jealous about this and wants elevated to god status as well.

  • Graham Bartram

    Dwarven miners often had a lone Khinerai in a cage to detect gas leaks…