Hey everyone, it’s Adam from TheDiceAbide.com! Today we’re going to talk about my favorite faction in all of 40k (at the moment), Khorne Daemonkin.
As many of you know, the army is an amalgam of all the Khorne units from both the Chaos Space Marine, and Chaos Daemon codexes. Instead of just giving the army the units of the two codexes and letting them go, GW has gone through a bit of work giving the army a unique set of rules, allowing them to more accurately portray the ravening madmen, zealously butchering planets in the hopes of summoning countless daemons and gaining favor in the eyes of their patron god. These aren’t just any Khorne followers, they’re devout and praise Khorne with every drop of blood spilled in his name.
The are are three main special rules in this book:Skulls for the Skull Throne!, Blood for the Blood God!, and Blood Tithe.
Skulls for the Skull Throne!
This special rule is much like the Champion of Chaos rule found in Codex: Chaos Space Marines. Simply put, every character in the army must issue a challenge whenever possible, and you may never decline a challenge if a model with this rule is capable of accepting one. Keep this in mind when you’re equipping models, if you know you’re going to be in a lot of challenges, weapons that make you strike at I1 are going to be very risky. In the end, win or lose, Khorne is pleased as long as the blood is flowing, as you’ll see in the next rule…
Blood for the Blood God!
The core mechanic of the Khorne Daemonkin, Blood for the Blood God! allows the generation of Blood Tithe (the third rule today). Generating these points is straight forward, you will generate Blood Tithe when:
- A unit containing at least one model with the rule is completely destroyed, or completely destroys an enemy unit.
- A character with the rule is slain in a challenge, or slays an enemy in a challenge.
Pretty simple! As long as units are dying, friend or foe, you’ll be generating points to use to gain all sorts of bonuses from the Blood Tithe rule. Often times this means you’ll spend a bit of extra effort needed to finally kill the last model in a squad for precious Tithe, but it also means sometimes a canny opponent will refrain from obliterating one of your units if it means it will keep you from summoning a Bloodthirster or other nasty daemon unit.
So, what do you do after you rack up all this Blood Tithe? At the beginning of any of your own turns, you can spend your Blood Tithe to gain favor from Khorne. The more Blood Tithe you have, the more powerful the ability. When you spend your points, you can select a single item from the table, equal to or lower than the amount of Blood Tithe you have saved up. After you pick the power, all extra Blood Tithe in your pool is lost, so if you have 5 Blood Tithe saved and select the Unstoppable Ferocity reward, the remaining 2 points will be lost.
Alright, lets hear about these rewards! For rewards 1-4, the special rule granted will apply to every model with the Blood for the Blood God! special rule.
- Infernal Contempt – Adamantium Will.
- Insatiable Bloodlust – Furious Charge and Rage.
- Unstoppable Ferocity – Feel No Pain (5+).
- Apocalyptic Fury – +1 Attack.
- Daemontide – Summon 8 Bloodletters or 5 Flesh Hounds within 12″ of any friendly unit with the Blood for the Blood God! special rule.
- Harbingers of Blood and Brass – Summon 3 Blood Crushers or 1 Skull Cannon within 12″ of any friendly unit with the Blood for the Blood God! special rule.
- Dark Apothesis – Select a model with the Character rule in your army and take a LD test. If the test is failed, the model is slain and a single Chaos Spawn is summoned within 6″. If the test is passed, the model is slain and summon a Daemon Prince (with Warp-forged armour, Daemonic Flight, and any relics the owner previously had) within 6″.
- Fury Unbound – Select a model with the Character rule in your army and take a LD test. If the test is failed, the model is slain. If the test is passed, the model is slain and a Blood Thirster of Unfettered Fury is summoned within 6″
You can see right away that this table is AWESOME! Provided you have lost or killed a combined total of 3 units in a turn, your full army is going to gain Feel No Pain. Often times on turns 3-5 a lot of damage is going to be happening, as most of your army will be engaged in combat and you will have the ability to summon reinforcements to replace lost units and score objectives.
Picking the right power at the right time obviously will take some practice, but here are some situations to keep in mind. If there is a small unit of bunched up enemies with weak armour saves huddled up in good cover, summoning a Skull Cannon might be a great idea, it can fire the turn it arrives so might even score you a Blood Tithe for the next turn. If you have a Maelstrom point you want to score, summoning any unit next to it isn’t a bad idea, and generally speaking summoning hounds is going to make a harder target for the enemy than summoning Bloodletters. Insatiable Bloodlust sounds like an amazing power, but it’s only 2 points for a reason, all the units in your army already have either Rage or Furious Charge, and some even have both, so don’t get too caught up by stacking the rules that you often already have. Finally, when in doubt, Unstoppable Fury is amazing, army-wide Feel No Pain makes the Khorne Daemonkin far more resilient than people expect.
There you have it! Army-wide special rules are what makes each faction a special snowflake, and KDK are a blood red snowflake wielding a double headed chain axe! These special rules turn what would be a sad melee army, into one of the most effective armies in the game, savagely eviscerating the enemy in the often ignored Combat phase.
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