Of course I couldn’t resist buying the Imperial Knight when it came out. It’s everything I love about 40k – great looking models, the anachronisms – medieval knights in giant robot battlesuits! – and a cool centrepiece for my army.
Now, I like my armies to look unified, and as anyone that knows me will tell you, I have a lot of Imperial Fists. So House Hawkshroud it was! I decided to the same colour scheme as my pre-Heresy Imperial Fists, using the same techniques described here and here. GW has obviously put a lot of thought into the kit, which makes the job of painting it much easier than it first appears. All the armour plates are separate components from the endoskeleton, with very little crossover between the two sections. This means that I can spray all the armour yellow and the endoskeleton black, saving me lots of time, and providing lots of contrast! The kit also fits together beautifully – every joint is a nice clean fit and the ball and socket joint at the waist is a slight interference fit, meaning you can place them together without gluing, enabling easier transportation.
It ain’t cheap, but it’s an awesome kit.
Once I’d assembled and sprayed everything, but before applying Army Painter’s Soft Tone, I put the transfers on. The Knight kit comes with a large transfer sheet, and I have to say, they’re the best transfers I’ve ever used. They fit perfectly around the armour edges and they’re not very glossy. You get a huge variety on the sheet as well. Once these were on, I added a coat of matt varnish from a pot to seal them in, preventing the Soft Tone or Matt Spray varnish from peeling them off. I then highlighted and detailed everything as normal.
In the game, it’s a lot of fun – as you would expect from a giant robot. I think GW has done a pretty good job on the rules as it feels fairly costed in the games of 1750 I’ve been using it in. It is good, but it regularly gets blown to pieces. However, if using an army of Knights, players need to be properly equipped to deal with them, and most armies simply aren’t yet, leading to very one sided games. I’ve only used it in 6th edition so far and it”ll be interesting to see what happens with 7th. The Destroyer weapon Chainsword has been toned down somewhat, but the modified vehicle damage table means that it’ll be a bit tougher. I’ll keep gaming with it and find out!
House Hawkshroud livery.
modified House Hawkshroud Livery – I like the contrasting Eagles so much I used the Terryn ones as well.
Like all my yellow models, I’ve painted the glassware purple.
I tried to give some depth to the base, to show the Knight can simply stride over everything.
Space Marine for scale!
Lots of lovely mechanical detail. I like to think the reactor core can be slid out during maintenance