Khorne Daemonkin vs Word Bearers – 40K Battle Report

At my LGS we’re all getting ready for the 1,850 tournament next month. I brought my revision of my Khorne Daemonkin list I posted the other day.

Khorne Daemonkin – 1,850


  • Ghostwrath (Daemon Prince) – Daemonic Flight, The Blood-forged Armor (3+, FNP, Eternal Warrior)
  • Darktide (Daemon Prince) – Daemonic Flight, Warp-forged Armor, Goredrinker (gets stronger with kills)


  • Bloodletters (8)
    • Bloodreaper
  • Bloodletters (8)
    • Bloodreaper
  • Rampage (Berzerkers) (10) – Icon of Wrath, Plasma Pistol x 2
    • Skull Champion – Melta Bombs, Power Sword
    • Rhino – Combi-bolter, Havoc Launcher

Fast Attack

  • Flesh Hounds (10)
  • Chaos Bikers (5) – Plasma Gun x 2
    • Champion – Melta Bombs
  • Heldrake – Baleflamer

Heavy Support

  • Ragefist (Defiler) – Battle Cannon, Reaper Autocannon, Twin-linked Heavy Flamer, Power Fists x 2, Dirge Caster
  • Forgefiend – Hades Autocannon x 2

My opponent was running his list from Crimson Slaughter, playing as Word Bearers.

  • Chaos Lord – Sigil of Corruption, Daemonheart, The Slaughterer’s Horns, Blade of the Relentless, Prophet of the Voices
  • Possessed (5)
  • Chaos Space Marines (10) – Meltagun, Plasmagun (I think), Icon of Vengence
    • Rhino
  • Chaos Space Marines (10) – (forgot what special weapons), Icon of Vengence
    • Rhino
  • Rapier Laser Battery (2)
  • Land Raider – Twin-linked Lascannons (2), Heavy Bolter
  • Typhon
  • Sicaran

I knew it would be interesting with three big tanks and little in the way of squishy guys to assault.

The Game

We rolled up the Spoil of War Maelstrom mission (steal objectives). He got to setup first and I didn’t bother to try and steal the initiative.

Jon’s big opening was to down my Forgefiend with his Rapier Laser Battery. I sort of forgot about them when setting up and put him right in their view. The explosion in turn killed three Berzrekers. His Marines in the board center jumped out of their Rhino to claim an objective there. He got another point for another objective (I believe), to score: 3-0.

Early Board Center

I advanced forward and my shooting was ineffective. I kept my Princes back a bit to line up charges for the next turn, and to avoid his tanks for another turn. My Hounds charged the CSM who got out the previous turn and the combat stuck with a few dead on both sides.

I hate to summarize a game so early but little detail is needed for the rest of the game really. The Lord and Possessed jumped out of their Land Raider and charged the Hounds. That combat would go on until turn #6. I eventually fed in Darktide (Prince), Bikes and two diminished Bloodletters squads to the combat, losing all over time. There was an objective in the middle of the combat that kept coming up but he had objective secure units on it and I just could not shift him off to take it. In turn he kept taking the points from me, plus his own cards for it.

Ghostwrath (Warlord Prince), eventually died from tank fire. My Defiler had two charges against the Land Raider and could not destroy the thing to claim an objective and in turn Jon stole that objective from me.

The game ended with Jon winning 17-13 and I only had a Heldrake left.

Post Game Thoughts

It was a great game. I haven’t played Jon in a very long time and he’s been working on his Word Bearer force for a while. A few failed charges and bad placement on my part really did me in. The game remained close though. He had me by a few points for most of the game and at one point I actually took the lead. However, in turn #6 that damn center objective came up again and he pulled a lead I couldn’t recover from.

This was my first time seeing the Sicaran tank and I really like what it can do. It’s something that will go on my to buy some day (probably never manage it), list.

The game has me really considering my list again. I can’t help but wonder if I’m just trying to drive the square peg into the round hole with my Khorne Daemonkin. I love the army but, as I’ve said a hundred times, playing with what I have right now is very limiting. I need to use painted models and can’t proxy in things that I want.

I’m just not sure I can make KDK work for this tournament currently. I’m going to look at adjusting the list and losing the Berzerkers would be the first step. I love Berzerkers but they really need a Land Raider. I own one but it won’t be ready in time. My Berzerker replacement options aren’t all that great either.

My alternative would be to run my Warpsmith list I really love for Chaos Space Marines. Basically, throw down all my mechanized stuff with Obliterator support. It’s a list I enjoy, it’s thematic and tends to perform pretty well. Choices…



  • ming2005

    Hey, better you than me! The Typhon seems nasty – would love to have your thoughts on that!

    “A 1850 Tournament…”, LOL, it is the Standish Standoff #5! An event you helped birth! An annual event that is amazing in its showcase of painted armies, awards, and 40K camaraderie! And there are a few tickets remaining!

    If you want to have a 1 in 23 chance of playing Thor at the Standish Standoff, please get your ticket! Three different players that day will have the opportunity to play vs Thor, and it will be an amazingly good time! And if that is not enough LUNCH is included! We will also provide you with a TAC template to aid your movement! As an added bonus, you might be doubly blessed to play vs ME! Whahoo! Not to mention, entry in the tournament gives you access to competing in the painting awards! Numerous categories! Fame and more Fame! Seriously, we look to have a great time! And maybe…a frosty pint afterwards!

    • In our game the Typhon didn’t do a ton. It took out my 10 Berzerkers over the course of a few turns but that’s about it. I’d rather face that than a Knight any day.

      Well, most of my readers don’t know what the Standoff is so I tend to keep it general. Those who know what the Standoff is already know what tournament I’m talking about anyway ;)

      • ming2005

        Ah, but I want to make sure they all know they have a chance to come up to Standish Maine and meet you plus play some great games!

        • ming2005

          What was the most dangerous thing in his list?

          • The Vengeance Battery was pretty good and so was the Sicaran.

            • What did he have on the Vengeance? I can’t spot it in the pics. I’m guessing Quad Las, since it blew up the MaulerFiend. Did it just get lucky with the Snap Shots?

              • Lascannons. I know nothing of them though. Why would they have to fire snapshots?

                • Because it has Skyfire. The rules for Skyfire changed in 7th, you can now never fire at full BS at non flyers with a Skyfire weapon, even when it has Interceptor.

                  • Gotcha. I’ll have to check with him. Maybe it was a different weapon. Not sure…

                  • In checking with him I learned it was the Rapier Laser Battery. I figured I probably had it wrong.

              • I was wrong. I checked with him and it was the Rapier Laser Battery.

                • Ah, that makes much more sense. Those things are brutal.

                  • I had the “battery” part stuck in my head and listed it wrong.

                    Yeah, it was really good. The Forgefiend was the big kill but it annoyed many units.

  • Regarding the list choices I would go with your Warpsmith, you like it and have everything for it. It would ease off the pressure on the whole thing.

    Not that I think you should abandon KDK, you are getting so close to unlocking them. Once you have the models you know you need for it then give it another go.

    • Really leaning on the Warpsmith list right now. It’s a list I know better and enjoy.

      Yeah, just have to build up my KDK more so I’m not making such limited lists.

  • That’s one nasty list you met.

    Have you given any thoughts of bring a combined KDK/CSM force. I think you should be able to get some good synergies.

    • Considered it but haven’t put a ton of thought towards it. It’s tricky for me because I use my CSM as both CSM and KDK, things that aren’t Daemons. So, it’s the same paint scheme. I don’t want to have to say, “This unit is KDK but the other one that looks just like it is CSM.” That being said, any allying I’d do would likely not have a mix like that as I’d be using KDK pretty well for those Daemons.

    • The issue with combining KDK with anything else is that it tends to dilute the effects of the Blood Tithe, since you’ve got fewer Units contributing and fewer Units benefiting from it. The Blood Tithe is one of the big reasons KDK work better than CSM, so if you’re cutting that down, there needs to be a really big reason for it.

      • I agree. That is the caveat.

        • Yeah, I guess. But still, you can aliy a telepathy sorc, cultists and some oblits quite cheap.

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