In a double bill this month, Games Workshop has released two battletomes for Warhammer: Age of Sigmar. One for the Hedonites of Slaanesh army and the other for Blades of Khorne. Just like their Chaos kin, the Blades of Khorne is a brutal, bloodthirsty army, for those who enjoy getting right into the action! So here’s a beginner’s guide for how to build a Blades of Khorne army list!

Getting Started with a Blades of Khorne Army

As a beginner starting from fresh, the best place to begin is with the new Vanguard: Blades of Khorne set. Retailing for £85 GBP on the official Games Workshop website, on the other hand, the link above will take you to Element Games where you can purchase it for just £72.25!

Warhammer Blades of Khorne Army - Vanguard

The Vanguard: Khorne kit features 24 models, providing a total of 580 in-game points to battle with. For a beginner’s army, you’ll want to up that to 1,000 points by adding a few additional models. Below you’ll find a list of the models and their respective points, followed by a few suggestions on how to up that point tally.

Vanguard: Blades of Khorne Contents

  • 1x Slaughterpriest with Hackblade and Wrath-hammer (110 points)
  • 3x Mighty Skullcrushers (200 points)
  • 10x Blood Warriors (190 points)
  • 10x Bloodreavers (80 points)

That is a great starting point. However, you want to add some more units to create a full 1,000-point Warhammer: Age of Sigmar army suitable for beginners. Below you’ll find a few suggestions to help bulk up that army.

Warhammer Blades of Khorne Army - Lord of Khorne

Lord of Khorne on Juggernaut (170 points)

There are other Lords of Khorne you can choose from but this one, on its impressive-looking steed makes the model fun to paint and deadly in battle. With an 8″ move and 8 wounds, with the new Battletome the Lord of Khorne on Juggernaut now has a 2+ save and a 5+ Ward against spells and endless spells. His Wrathforged Axe now boasts 6 attacks and 2 damage making him a great tank for your army.

Warhammer Blades of Khorne Army - Flesh Hounds

Flesh Hounds (100 points)

No Khorne army would be complete without some ferocious and swift hounds to back up the front line. The Flesh Hounds have an 8″ move with 2 wounds and haven’t changed much in the 3rd Edition Battletome. Great for cheap summons, they have Unflagging Hunters which grants a +2 to charges instead of rerolls. Additionally, they’ve gained a champion with +1 attack.

Warhammer Blades of Khorne Army - Skull Cannon

Skull Cannons (140 points)

As the name indicates, Blades of Khorne armies tend to specialise in close combat. To add a little versatility and range to your forces the Skull Cannons are a decent choice. Another 8″ mover, the Skull Cannons now boast 8 wounds (up from 7), and 4 D3 shots at 18″ (rather than one at 30″). The changes mean that the cannon can support allies with multiple shots, softening a group or cleaning up after a slaughter.

Blades of Khorne Army List for Beginners

So now you’ve got four purchases to make. The Vanguard: Blades of Khorne box set as the main purchase, then Lord of Khorne on Juggernaut, Flesh Hounds and Skull Cannons.

Army Faction: Blades of Khorne


Slaughterpriest with Hackblade and Wrath-hammer (110)

  • Hero
  • Scorn of Sorcery
  • Bloodfuelled Prayers

Lord of Khorne on Juggernaut (170)

  • Mount
  • Brass-clad Shield
  • Slaughterous Charge
  • Lord of the Brass Stampede


10 x Blood Warriors (190 points)

  • Chaos Champion
  • Icon Bearer
  • No Respite
  • Goreaxes
  • Gorefists

10 x Bloodreavers (80 points)

  • Chieftain
  • Icon Bearer
  • Hornblower
  • Frenzied Devotion
  • Reaver Blades

5 x Flesh Hounds (100)

  • Gore Hounds
  • Collars of Khorne
  • Unflagging Hunters


1 x Skull Cannons (140)

  • Crew
  • Grind their Bones, Seize their Skulls
  • Decapitating Blow


3 x Mighty Skullcrushers (200)

  • Skullhunter
  • Standard Bearer
  • Hornblower
  • Mount
  • Murderous Charge

TOTAL POINTS: 990/1000

So there we have it! Did you like our beginner’s guide for how to build a Blades of Khorne army? What do you think about the selections made? Let us know in the comments below!

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