With Battletome: Blades of Khorne out this weekend, it’s a great time to start an army dedicated to the Blood God. But where to begin? Well, we’ve got some ideas for you…
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The Goreblade Warband
This Start Collecting! set is, by far, the simplest way to start a Khorne army. This box contains a Mighty Lord of Khorne (or, if you fancy, Korghos Khul), a Bloodstoker, an ever-useful Bloodsecrator, plus a Khorgorath, Bloodreavers and Blood Warriors. In short, a balanced selection of units that have a place in pretty much any Khorne army. For first steps, we’d recommend adding a pair of Slaughterpriests. These guys are pretty much essential in any Khorne army and, in this case, allows you to field the Gore Pilgrims warscroll battalion. This extends the range of your Bloodsecrator’s Rage of Khorne and Loathsome Sorcery abilities and, as a warscroll battalion, gives you a command point and an additional artefact pick!
From here, you can go pretty much wherever you like with the army. We’d recommend stocking up on Blood Warriors and Bloodreavers – both are great for claiming objectives and fighting on the front lines. They also synergise well with the units you already have and fit into the Gore Pilgrims warscroll battalion, allowing you to keep your army down to only a few “drops”* – meaning you’re more likely to finish deploying first, thus giving you control over who gets the first turn of the game!
Naturally, to make the most of your Slaughterpriests, you’ll want to stock up on Judgements of Khorne! For maximum awesome, why not take all three?
The Daemonic Legion
Many popular (and powerful) Khorne lists revolve around hordes of Bloodletters – they hit hard, synergise well with other units in the book, and they’re super simple to paint. Start Collecting! Daemons of Khorne is a great way to kick off such an army.
We’d suggest adding a Bloodmaster and Skulltaker to the contents of the set in order to maximise the effectiveness of your Bloodletters. From there, build up your army in line with the Murderhost warscroll battalion, which gives your units +2” to move and charge, allowing you to get stuck in (and thus, generate Blood Tithe points) much earlier on in the battle!
A Murderhost can contain up to 8 units chosen from any combination of Bloodcrushers, Bloodletters, Flesh Hounds and Skull Cannons you like, meaning either Wrath and Rapture or more Start Collecting! Daemons of Khorne sets are a great way to expand your army.
The Blood God’s Elite
For our final army, we’re using Start Collecting! Khorne Bloodbound as a base. This set contains some of Khorne’s most elite mortal servants, with a unit of Blood Warriors, some Mighty Skullcrushers, and an ever-useful Slaughterpriest.
This is a solid basis for loads of collections, but we think it’s particularly awesome as the basis for a Juggernaut-focused force. Grab yourself a Lord of Khorne on Juggernaut to turn Mighty Skullcrushers into a Battleline unit, grab a couple more boxes of them, and you’ll have the makings of a Brass Stampede warscroll battalion. This offers you a very powerful ability that allows you to inflict even more mortal wounds on the charge than before.
Meanwhile, we’d advise bolstering your Blood Warriors to a unit of 20, making for a practically unshiftable unit that’s great for holding your back lines while your Juggernaut-mounted units run rampant!
From there, grab some support characters, like Aspiring Deathbringers, a Bloodstoker, or a Skullgrinder. Don’t forget about the Slaves to Darkness, either – many of their units can be given the Mark of Khorne and thus added to your army, with the Chaos Lord on Manticore and Chaos Knights, in particular, making for a swift and deadly addition to this fast-moving army.
Let us know your plans for your Khorne army on the Warhammer Age of Sigmar Facebook page, and make sure to pre-order your new models and battletome this weekend.
* If you’re new to the game, this is worth briefly explaining. In Warhammer Age of Sigmar, any number of units in a given warscroll battalion can be deployed at once, in what is referred to colloquially as a “drop”. Deploying more units at once means you’re more likely to finish set-up before your enemy, giving you control over who gets the first turn.
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