Today let’s go over the bloody minded Chaos Daemons giving offerings to Khorne wherever they go, piling skulls upon the skull throne for their master.
Sitting in his brass throne, high atop a mountain of skulls, Khorne ever thirsts for blood and conquest. The oldest of the four gods, Khorne taps into creatures anger, hate, killing, and desire for war. While mostly known for his slaughter, he is also partial to those that show intense martial discipline and seek to destroy through strength and cunning. Where there is war there is Khorne, delighting in the sacrifices we all make when we shed blood.
High AP, high strength attacks and lots of them are what makes Khorne tick. Combined with some impressive speed in their fast attack units, 3d6 charge range for their bloodletters, and flying beasties and you can be in your opponents face right quick. You will cut through most armored enemies and put a good amount of wounds on otherwise. Be careful though as your mighty charging units can be left hanging in the wind to shooting if they do too much damage.
With their universal rule Unstoppable Ferocity, they also don’t care whether they charge or get charged is it activates in either situation. Many units will certainly think twice about charging units like Bloodletters with their -3 AP weapons.
They also have one of the better Loci in their Locus of Rage, allowing them to reroll charge ranges.
One of the big weaknesses of Khorne is their overall toughness value. They will whither to weight of fire if left out in the open and your charges can easily make that happen. You’ll need to use terrain, cover, and good charge selection tactics to keep them safe. While the greater deamons have a better toughness, Bloodthirsters only have T7 and this leaves them very vulnerable to any army that can put out many high strength, high damage shots. Most armies have access to seomthing like this, so Khorne can be very vulnerable to the shooting armies that are in 8th edition.
Combine their toughness with their overall low save and you can have a problem. Nurgle gets a feel no pain, Tzeentch has a better invul save, and Slaanesh are faster than Khorne, giving them some defensive edges there so be sure not to be left out in the open.
Khorne laughs at your psychic powers! Since Khorne lacks psychic powers, lets talk about the psychic defenses available to the Khorne general. First that come to mind are the great Khorne Hounsd and Karanak. Hounds each get a chance to deny a power just like a psyker. Karanak gets TWO chances. Both great options. You also have a deny chance in the Armour of Scorn. These can easily give your army many chances to send those psychic bullies packing!
What does Khorne love? Slaughter! The problem is that Khorne loves to slaughter too much and can get left hanging in the breeze if not done right. You can certainly go for a hard turn 2 blitz, but a savvy general will have screens up to take your hard hitting bombs and allow them to get shot up the next turn. You might consider a turn 2 wave of lighter deep strikers to plow the field, then a push from on foot with Hounds and following up turn 3 with your larger bombs to get to the meat. Remember you can take multiple 3d6 banners so make use of them! This style of list will also be pretty CP heavy so look for ways to maximize with a brigade or double battalions.
While your greater Daemons are pretty, they are very susceptible to the kinds of mass shooting available to armies nowadays. I’d work more with Daemon Princes and Heralds to buff your units and get into key areas of the army. A Khorne Daemon Prince with Talons has 8 attacks at AP2 doing 2 damage each! Not bad.
The Bloodletter bomb is a great tool, but too often is wasted on a unit and then gets shot up to death. Find a way to hit a chink in their armor and then hide them if need be. Come in on a corner of the battlefield or find a building that is empty and get in it. Remember you don’t have to charge the turn they come in. Probably what you are still going to do, but if you can set up something more devastating, go for it.
I ran this against a pretty standard tournament Necron list recently and had some fun with it.
The Skull Cannons were the stars of this list. We were Spearhead deployment (fat black widow modified hammer and anvil) and I tried to rush in my bloodletter bombs, only to get shellacked a bit by Deathmarks. The Skullcannons put out a lot of damage, taking out most of a unit of Wraiths, Destroyers, and whittled down a couple of other units as well. They combed with the Daemon Prince for rerolls as there isn’t a lot of ways to impact your shooting. Putting out 5d6 S8 AP -2 D3 damage shots each turn really helped put the pressure on. I think with some practice it could surprise some people.
Granted this was tested pre FAQ, so you’d certainly drop 2 skull cannons and add in 200 more points of Khorney goodness. Probably another large bloodletter bomb.
While not the bottom of the Daemon barrel, they are probably not the top either, and will take some good practice to nail down. You will need to plan your assaults well and not just throw them in first turn willy nilly. Your Bloodletter bombs can wreck a unit, but if you don’t place them well will be left out in the open.
In the world of the shooting meta that is 40k right now, you will certainly want to challenge your TO’s for better terrain, especially line of sight blocking terrain, to give your red boys and girls a better chance of wreaking havoc and giving up offerings of blood to the blood god.
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