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Imperial Knights for 40k… a loooooong term project!

Imperial Knights for 40k… a loooooong term project!

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About the Project

My attempt to squeeze some hobby in, and try to get back into 40k gaming. Hopefully before they get to 10th edition!

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Doing a test-fit of the armour plates...

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Then I got some blu-tack, and test-fitted the armour on the legs… which worked! I reckon it looks pretty good, but I decided to leave the dangly tabard bit off; I’ll be adding a banner to one of the shoulders instead.

Doing a test-fit of the armour plates...

Then I tried it all blu-tacked together. It looks good enough, so the next job will be to take it apart again and get it undercoated. No idea when I’ll find time for that, though!

Doing a test-fit of the armour plates...
Doing a test-fit of the armour plates...

Adding a pet...

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I decided that all the Knights in my household would have a bonded cyber-lion as a companion. So I converted one using an AoS Gryph-hound. I’ll be adding him to the Knight’s base.

Adding a pet...

Finishing the sculpting...

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The only bit of sculpting which still needed to be done was the shin armour, which involved a couple of stylised lion heads, and an Imperial Eagle chopped in half…

Finishing the sculpting...

I had a bit of putty left over, so I used it to add a few extra details to some of the other parts.

Finishing the sculpting...

...and the other shoulder.

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...and the other shoulder.
...and the other shoulder.
...and the other shoulder.

Adding the shoulder heraldry...

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Next, I did the shoulder plates and the dangly tabard bit. According to the Codex, both shoulder plates get half and Imperial Eagle. And one plate gets the Household symbol (a lion’s head for my household) and the other plate gets the Knight’s personal symbol.

The tabard gets the Household crest, any battle honours the Knight’s earned, and the symbols of any important Imperial organisations that the Knight has served with. As he’s a close combat nutter Gallant, I figured the Flesh Tearers symbol was appropriate.

Adding the shoulder heraldry...
Adding the shoulder heraldry...
Adding the shoulder heraldry...
Adding the shoulder heraldry...

The little bits...

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I also added the House symbol to one knee-pad, and the personal crest to the other. And some random ‘heraldic’ bits to the groin plate, because I had spare putty left over! 🙂

The little bits...

I’m planning to use the regular ‘Canis Rex’ head for the model, but as I had the AdMech style heads spare, I decided to convert one to be a bit more lion-ish… honestly not sure whether I’ll use it though. It might be a bit over the top.

The little bits...

Adding the Household crest to the carapace armour...

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Next, I added the Knight Household’s heraldry to the main body armour. I did this in three stages, letting the Green Stuff fully cure between each stage.

Adding the Household crest to the carapace armour...
Adding the Household crest to the carapace armour...
Adding the Household crest to the carapace armour...

Testing the pose...

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With the legs converted,  I built the rest of the model in three sections; body, left arm, and right arm.
Then I blu-tacked it together to test the pose.

Testing the pose...

Legs, fists and a little blokey

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You get an model of the pilot in the kit; he’s meant to be used for the Knight’s special character, Canis Rex. Instead, I’ve converted the pilot (he’ll have no use in the game, but this is supposed to be a relaxing hobby thing for me, and I felt like having a pilot mini!).
Legs, fists and a little blokey
One of the problems with the Knight kit is that the legs are fixed in a single pose. So I’ve  reposed the legs, which required a far bit of cutting and was pretty fiddly too. It’s obviously been too long since I tackled anything like this!
But I’m happy with the finished leg pose.

Legs, fists and a little blokey
I also coverted the fingers on the fist – I didn’t really like the ‘fingers straight down’ look. I also started on adding the heraldry to the fist armour and the tilting plate.
Legs, fists and a little blokey
Legs, fists and a little blokey
That’s as far as I’ve got for now.
But I’ll only get a couple of hours a week to work on this, so it’ll be a while before there’s any more progress.

Making a start...

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Working in the tabletop gaming industry means that hobby becomes work…  so, in a desperate attempt to do some hobby stuff that isn’t just for Oathsworn and Burrows & Badgers, I’ve started making an Imperial Knights army for 40k.

‘Personal’ hobby stuff always ends up taking second place to work related stuff, though – which means this will be a very slow project! 🙂
I’ve been meaning to make a Knight army ever since they were released (7 years ago!), but kept putting it off. But last month, my wife got me an Imperial Knight kit and the Codex for my birthday… so now I have no choice but to get on and make a start!
So far, I’ve read through the Codex, and used the info in there to plan the heraldry for my household, and the personal heraldry for the first Knight. I’m building him as a Gallant, with no upgrades, just the basic stubber, fist and the sword.
Making a start...