Blades of Khorne Review : Gore Pilgrims

Hey everyone, Josh here to discuss the units that are available in the Blades of Khorne. This time we’ll coming back one final time to our friend the Slaughterpriest to talk about one of the best support battalions in the game, Gore Pilgrims. For more tactics articles, check out the Tactics Corner!

This is the third and final article in a series about the Slaughterpriest. Gore Pilgrims is one of the new Battalions for the Blades of Khorne. It’s one of the most important battalions in the book. This is mostly due to the fact that it is the only support battalion in the Blades of Khorne.

A match made in the realm of Chaos.

Gore Pilgrims is a support battalion that emphasizes the primary force multipliers in Khorne allegiance, Bloodsecrator and Slaughterpriest. The Battalion is centered around providing abilities to the Slaughterpriest that both extend the range of Bloodsecrator’s Rage of Khorne and Loathsome Sorcery and allow them to reroll both failed Prayers and Blood Blessings that they know. While it’s a powerful battalion, it cannot win games on it’s own. Gore Pilgrims is designed to support units outside the battalion and amplify their power to secure victory.

Cost: 80 Points

Requirements:

  • 1 Bloodsecrator
  • 2-3 Slaugherpriest
  • 1-2 Blood Warrior units
  • 1-2 Bloodreaver units

Abilities:

  • Acolytes of Khorne : You may re-roll dice when attempting Blood Fuelled Prayers or Blood Blessings with a Slaughterpriest from the Gore Pilgrims
  • Widening the Rift : Increase the range of this battalion’s Bloodsecrator’s Rage of Khorne and Loathsome Sorcery by 6” for each of this battalion’s Slaughterpriests that are within 8”.

The Rules Lawyer : Some interesting things to note here. The check to determine how many Slaughterpriests are in 8” proximity (line of sight is not relevant) occurs when the Bloodsecrator opens the Portal of Skulls and lasts until the next time he opens it. If your opponent kills one of your Slaughterpriests during any subsequent phases, it won’t have any impact on the range of your Bloodsecrator’s abilities until you re-open the Portal of Skulls.

Additionally, this battalion is just another example of poor rules writing. I don’t know why GW has such trouble writing rules associated with the poor Bloodsecrator. The Gore Pilgrim’s warscroll battalion states the following:

“Increase the range of the Portal of Skulls ability of this battalion’s Bloodsecrator by 6″ for each of this battalion’s SLAUGHTERPRIESTS that are within 8″ of him when he opens the Portal of Skulls.”

What’s wrong with this? Well, first of all the Portal of Skulls is not an ability with range. Protal of Skulls provides Bloodsecrator with the abilities Rage of Khorne and Loathsome Sorcery.  RAW, widening the rift does NOTHING. Fortunately (unlike the Bloodsecrator itself), it’s obvious that the intention was for Rage of Khorne and Loathsome Sorcery to gain range. GW, if you’re listening. Rewrite or Errata the last line to read something like this: 

“Increase the range of the Rage of Khorne and Loathsome Sorcery abilities for this battalion’s Bloodsecrator by 6″ for each of this battalion’s SLAUGHTERPRIESTS that are within 8″ of him when he opens the Portal of Skulls.”

Tactics


The power of the Gore Pilgrims battalion comes from a variety of different factors. Most notably, the Gore Pilgrims battalion doesn’t seem to have a perceived tax. A tax is a unit (or units) that does not serve a role in a list except to fulfill the requirement of a battalion. All of the units required for the Gore Pilgrims battalion are units that you would likely want to have when running a Khorne allegiance list.

Providing extended range to Bloodsecrator’s abilities is a pretty big deal. This means that units being supported by your Bloodsecrator will be able to traverse the entire battlefield while while continuing to receive buffs from the Rage of Khorne. In the past, tail lines to maintain buffs for the Rage of Khorne reduced the effectiveness of Khorne units, but with the use of the Gore Pilgrims this is rarely the case.

Very rarely do spells function beyond 30”-36”. Loathsome Sorcery is more irritating to your spell casting opponents than ever before. As you see Blades of Khorne enter the competitive play space I think this ability will be a pain point for many spell casting armies. I cannot tell you how useful it’s been for me.

The Rules Lawyer : Make sure you pay attention to abilities that allow your opponent to modify rolls while casting spells. Some of them, like Destiny Dice, only have an impact on a single die roll. Forcing your opponent to reroll both dice means that they’ll have to re-roll the die that was modified with destiny dice.

Re-rolling Prayers and Blood Blessings is a massive bump to Slaughterpriests’ powerful array of zoning abilities and buffs. Increasing the success rate from 50% to 75% changes the Slaughterpriest’s abilities from a gamble to a likelihood. Suddenly, you’re able to count on dealing D6 mortal wounds or pulling units across the battlefield and into the fray of battle. Your opponent is no longer taking a calculated risk when they enter the threat bubble of a Slaughterpriest. Instead, they are accepting an outcome.

Using Killing Frenzy on your Slaught Priests with this battalion is the only consistent way to emulate Lord of War with the Khorne allegiance. I have a strong feeling that you’ll see lots of potent Bloodletter and Skullreaper bombs tagging alongside the Gore Pilgrims. The hyper aggressive nature of these units are a pefect marriage with the defensive nature of this battalion.

Cons

Gore Pilgrims is a huge commitment to the Khorne allegiance. First it takes up anywhere from 3-4 leader slots. This is a large number of leader slots for a battalion as most take up 1-2. Second, 2-3 of those leaders do not work properly without the Khorne allegiance. Don’t bother with this battalion without the Khorne allegiance

Gore Pilgrims is dependant. You cannot win games on the back of this battalion alone. Between the screening units, zoning units and force multipliers the entire battalion is grounded in a defensive nature. You’re going to need to supplement this defensive battalion with faster, aggressive units or battalions (Examples: Gore Tide + Slaughterborn, Murder Host or Brass Stampede).

A Bloodsecrator protected behind Cover while three Slaughterpriests provide support for a unit of Skullreapers and harass the Liberators with prayers.

Bloodsecrator is a linchpin. If he goes down early, you’ll be hard pressed to win. Place him out of sight and press your opponent with units they can’t ignore. Force your opponent to make choices and punish them as hard as possible when they make bad ones.

The effects of the entire battalion revolve around your Slaughterpriests. They’re a lot easier to kill than your Bloodsecrator. If your opponent is going for your Slaughterpriests make sure you force them into poor positioning and punish mistakes.

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6 Responses to “Blades of Khorne Review : Gore Pilgrims”

  1. Rattlernxt June 13, 2017 6:01 am
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    Nice write up Josh. I use Gore Pilgrims, a Blood Hunt with two units of Hounds, and a Murderhost with one unit of 20 and the other two of 10 Bloodletters. The two things I like to do are take the Ritual Sacrifice prayer or Killing Frenzy. Killing Frenzy is obvious as it can get the Bloodletters bomb up to mortal wounding on a 3+ rerolling 1s. That’s somewhere around 52 mortal wounds. The other thing I like to do is take Ritual sacrifice and only field a 3 man unit of Reavers. I sa rode the whole unit essentially and get 3 blood Tithe. This let’s me move one unit. So I use that with the Wrath Thirsters ability with either the Murderhost move or blood hunt move and you end up with a blood Thirster hitting the 42″ line and flying. If he has deployed poorly, then you can tear apart artillery or a general or a wizard or something tasty turn 1.

    All of these have been great articles man. Keep it up.

    • Josh Keal
      Josh Keal June 13, 2017 6:55 am
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      I love the daemon battalions because they’re so cheap. This is really creative list you’ve got here. I imagine it’s something like this:

      Wrath Of Khorne Bloodthirster (360)
      – General
      – Command Trait : Slaughterborn
      – Artefact : The Crimson Crown
      Blood Throne (120)
      Bloodsecrator (120)
      Slaughterpriest (100)
      – Artefact : Talisman of Burning Blood
      Slaughterpriest (100)
      – Artefact : Talisman of Burning Blood
      Slaughterpriest (100)
      – Artefact : The Brazen Rune

      Units
      20 x Bloodletters (200)
      – Gore Drenched Icon
      20 x Bloodletters (200)
      – Gore Drenched Icon
      10 x Bloodletters (100)
      – Gore Drenched Icon

      5 x Flesh Hounds (100)
      5 x Flesh Hounds (100)
      5 x Flesh Hounds (100)

      5 x Blood Warriors (100)
      -Goreaxes
      10 x Bloodreavers (70)
      -Reaver Blades

      Battalions
      Blood Hunt (30)
      Murderhost (20)
      Gore Pilgrims (80)

      Total: 2000/ 2000

      Heroes: 6/6 Battlelines: 8 (3+) Behemoths: 1/4 Artillery: 0/4

  2. Gilly June 13, 2017 3:08 pm
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    Thanks for another informative article

    • Josh Keal
      Josh Keal June 15, 2017 1:42 pm
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      Thanks Gilly! I try! 🙂

  3. Steelgaze June 13, 2017 11:02 pm
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    Another great article, I am really enjoying this series.
    Generally I try to shy away from the Bloodsecrator, especially anything that depends heavily on one, as I know they are good but so does everyone else often making them feel like a dull choice when playing for fun.
    May be interesting to try running without planting the banner(early game hidden in some los blocking corner) having the army push forward with more reliable priests supporting and trying to use the bloodsecrator more as a distraction carnifex till you get forward, and if he is still alive plant up field.

    • Josh Keal
      Josh Keal June 15, 2017 1:42 pm
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      Thanks Steelgaze, I’ve tested the strategy you’re talking about. I find that the range on Bloodsecrator is so good with this battalion that having yourself possitioned to drop the banner on turn 1 is usually best. I tend to work toward building up to 3 blood tithe points and whipping my bloodsecrator so I can move up the battlefield on a run roll and re-plant my banner on the same turn if needed.