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Calling it a Knight

Calling it a Knight

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My New Big Stompy Robot project.

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'The Knight With No Name' the lore.

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Inquisitinal record 101 id 90001456160# 37A 174.

‘The Bounty Hunter’ , sometimes known as ‘ The Knight with No Name’.

Home planet Unknown, one of the many known lost Knight planets. , speculations ‘Avalon, Mercia, Narnia, Westros, Rohan.

The ‘Bounty Hunter’as both and his support  prefer to be called all hail from the same world, but even their mechanus adepts avoid any mention of the exact source world.

# Iq ref 100410, believed to be one of many Knight Worlds overrun by Chaos!

#History , although never confirmed by Knight himself, intelligence gained from his support serfs , mechanus adepts etc, believe he is illegitimate son of noble, when planet overun by chaos demons , he with other survivors found Knight abandoned or left when household wiped out. Machine spirit selected individual despite lack of noble heritage and bonding accepted.

Survivors used Knight to fight way of planet, became Mercenaries to survive , salvaging equipment initially until bounties were of sufficient value to upkeep Knight.

Current Knight, Twin Autocannon layout favoured, even if Renegade configuration, initially based on available salvage on home world escape.

#Motivation , Inquisition believes loyal to Empire, motivated purely by acquisition of credits or salvage , for the prosecution of revenge against any agents of Chaos.

Although seems to have a total lack of respect for conventional Imperial heiracy, is an effective agent for Inquisition if targeted correctly. Has an Impressive kill list.

Chaos forces call him ‘Mr Sudden Death’ based on his incredible speed with all his weapons, no foe has ever been able to get the 1st shot in any sort of even contest, combined with his deadly accuracy and a natural tactical ability makes the Hunter one of the Inquisitions most valued assets and allows for his occasional lack of respect.

#Knight Livery and Heraldry,  Has similar style to Obsidian Knight, (believed they have worked together)

Unicorn symbol exact origin unknown but belived to be the insignia of the Lost World Mercia hences above listing for possible source planets.

101 number again exact origin unknown though when once asked it is believed to be something from pre Age of strife.

 

#Personal appearance:

Taller than Human average, appears to be currently around 30 std Terran years old , Rarely talks unless he has to, when not in his Knight carries an arcane pistol, in a fast draw style hidden under a battered army poncho. Believed to be as fast and deadly with this as his with his Knights weapons

 

 

'The Knight With No Name' the lore.

The 'Knight With No Name' complete.

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After a bit of phaffing , finished him

The 'Knight With No Name' complete.
The 'Knight With No Name' complete.
The 'Knight With No Name' complete.
The 'Knight With No Name' complete.
The 'Knight With No Name' complete.
With Optional carapace wpn , whitetack!With Optional carapace wpn , whitetack!

Nearly Done.

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  • Well doing a bit each free night this week (no pun) and theres not been many.Put on transfers, using micro set and sol, ala Johns demos.
The bodyThe body
ArmourArmour
The leg armourThe leg armour
The restThe rest

I also downloaded some wanted posters off google, I gave them a coating of diluted pva and brown wash on reverse. I also tried a new Matt Varnish and was really impressed with results.

Nearly Done.

The Black Knight/Knight with no Name

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Been a bit since I added to this project, more Knights have been acquired, this Knight idea awaited having enough Avenger auto cannons, with there being a spare in the Canis Rex I was able to proceed. I this time decided to take a few of Johns Ideas:

1 I left of the armour to paint separately

2 I undercoated black and dry brushed Gun Metal rather than base coat gun metal and then black wash.

The Black Knight/Knight with no Name

The King Done

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King Tybalt nearly finishedKing Tybalt nearly finished

Update 1st Knight Completed and Castallan ready for decals

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During week finished the final bits on Knight Crusader and hsve Castallan ready for decals,

Although I took my time on the decal application , doing it in stages, realised that the Imperial Aquilla needs to go last , particularly on the legs as they have to be in precise locations, its far too easy to accidentally touch and move them out of place when adding the other markings.

 

Crusader out for its 1st WalkCrusader out for its 1st Walk
Update 1st Knight Completed and Castallan ready for decals

With the Castallan I again frehanded the personal emblem, this time with s nod to the old Knights Mercian battletech Regiments Unicorn over thr shadow of the Cross of Cameron  (Star League) the old 101st Royal Hussars .

In fullIn full
Return of the 101stReturn of the 101st

Stage 4 First Knight completion and Castallan on the go

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Half way through applying the transfers to My Knight Crusader, As it may be my personal Knight, decided to go for my personnal livery, which became the club emblem for a while ( I paint all the minis) This meant that I had to catefully hand paint the White Unicorn on both the Left Knee, and Right shoulder, good thing I’ve had a lot of practice (I put the emblem on the Knees and sheilds of both my Raven Guard and Grey Knights). The design goes back to the mid eighties when or group put on a lot of medieval skirmish game with a set or rules called Retinue , and led to our groups name ‘Knights Mercian’.

The KneeThe Knee
The Shoulder!The Shoulder!

Stage 3 1st Knight and Finishing the Squires

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I decided to start the project with the squires, to try out the way I was going to paint them etc. As such it helped in the learning process on painting their bigger brothers. One of the things I realised was needed to better seal the base material as bits were flaking off when dry bushing. I already mentioned that I needed to paint the base colour on the base prior to inking. So last night did that on one of the Knights and then coated the rubble piles with Army Painter Strong Tone dip using the thick varnish to seal it to the base.

Stage 3 1st Knight and Finishing the Squires

Next day I put an all over Nuln Oil black wash on both model and base, then once dry , dry bushed model with Plate metal, and the base Greatcoat grey.

Later I put on the base colours including the Gold

Model after block Colour and Soft Tone wash On GoldModel after block Colour and Soft Tone wash On Gold

Leaving that model for a bit I returned to the Armigers , now ready for applying the transfers, the models have nice flatish areas but having found it easy to use, still used the John Tutured method of prep area with Micro Sol before putting on decal , then putting another layer on after they are in place. Leaving them for a couple of hours for the backing film to Disolve, finally sealing them in with Micro Set.
Some of the unused transfers such as some thin White lines an half of A White Aquilla were added to the Base to give it a more Imperial Industrial setting

Stage 3 1st Knight and Finishing the Squires

I then varnished the whole model other than the Gold bits in Army Painter Anti shine, the Gold being done in Gloss. To give a bit of a sheen to the metal areas I then Dry brushed Gloss Varnish lighly over the areas to put slight shine to exposed areas.

Now I originally said that I wanted the Bases to be a mix between Urban and Desert.

My Idea was to show an wrecked Urban area where the Sand had begun to blow in from the surrounding Desert, so around the rubble , mixed in with it and in patchs on tarmac, so painted pva over areas and spinkled on librally my desert mix.

Stage 3 1st Knight and Finishing the Squires

Believe it the mix is over 20 years old , originally made when I actually flocked my Hexon Terrain at the time. A friend at the Club had been working as a consultant at a Lime Stone quarry and had been looking at the bags of powder accumulated on it extraction,to see if it had any commercial use, so had given me a bag to try. On the test tile it had looked a bit flat, so a whim mixed a big bag of fibrous flock that I had brought at Partizan a year earlier, in the Dark not well lit main hall it looked a good sand colour, but on getting outside it was nearly bright orange!

I thought the fibrous nature of it would give a bit of body to the Limestone powder and the powder would dull its bright colour, and boy did it work, the whole terrain ended up with différent layers such as wind and water, plus lumpy rock layers etc

Stage 2 The Squires

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Having let the base coat properly dry over night, gave them an overall black wash with GW Nuln Oil, and painted the base Formala P Greatcoat grey, in hindsight and on the larger knights will do base 1st and Wash the lot.

Pre base coloursPre base colours

Then I dry brushe the model Army Painter Plate Mail, before block painting MP paints Exile Blue and Army Painter Dragon Red, and a wash of GW Reikland Flesh on the Exhausts melter barrels and the fuel tank on base, then Washed wit Nuln Oil base hence earlier comment.

Waiting base wash to dry.Waiting base wash to dry.

Base colours done, time for cup of tea, start detailing in part 3, gold is P3 Solid gold, and faces used Army painter Skeleton bone.

Stage 2 The Squires
Stage 2 The Squires

Been busy today with detailing and highlighting. On the Blue an Red areas , began highlightig by putting on a lighter blue shade , initially with a 20 year old citidel blue , found by a mates sister, no label on it! Then edging and raised surfaces GW Mccragge Blue, likewise with the Red , using P3 Khador red and then mixing Khador Red Highlight, The heads were highlighted wit P3 highlight white( very pale cream) the transparency on the cockpit cover was a base ghost grey by Vallejo and a P3 blue ink put on top

Stage 1 A knightly Throne

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By that I mean the bases, Usually for me that is left as an afterthought after I have finished painting the Mini, but with these bad boys , figured I’d get grubby I finger prints all over the nicely painted livery if tried that.

I could have just done a base sand base to match the Hexon Terrain I flocked many years ago, or did I base them to match the Urban Terrain and new Club purchased Deep Cut Studios Mat brought at Games Expo (yes spotted by Eagle eyed Justin).

 

 

 

The decision had to be amended by the maxim ‘Wot I had got in the box’.

After a bit of rummaging found two tubs of Antenocitus Worshop Cork Ruins, Army Painter Battlefield Rocks and a tub of Resin Ruin bits from an unknown source on ebay.

With what I found I decided to do a compromise, bits of ruins and detritus, with bits of the desert encroaching.

 

Stage 1 A knightly Throne

I Put down a liberal layer of Thick Super Glue on the bases in places, then placed appropriate big bits of cork ruin in random areas on glued areas.

Then placed and sprinkled the Resin bits in gap and then finally sprinkled on the Battlefield rocks over the top and let it set for a bit.

To finish off I added some unused fuel tanks from finished Dust kits and spare weapon from the Mars Attack Robot for dramatic effect

I have now Sprayed them with GW Leadbelter, Not that normally would photo that as dont think anyone needs to watch paint dry, but the picture is more about the turntable underneath, Built by my Father before He died, not sure what he intended it for, and it has a rather novel turntable device, found it when clearing his work garage when he went into care.

Stage 1 A knightly Throne

House Terryn Begins

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Models for the build !Models for the build !

Well here I am with 1st project for my up coming 60th.

Well it has to start with big stompy robots, and lets start with the Glorious Imperial Knights.

Been buying the original Knight models when seen them on offer and now with the release of Forgebane and the codex, decided to let rip the Dogs of Whatever. Did think about doing a Lance of Freeblades but decided on House Terryn led by King Tybolt, partly because they renowned Aliies of the Raven Guard, another ongoing project , but also because they were not red, yellow or off white!

We have the Old Kings Knight Warden, a n other Knight Crusader, a new Castellan Model and two Armigers from Forgebane.

I have one more Knight to build but as he will be a Freeblade , possibly ‘The Knight with No Name’ or Bounty Hunter. which will be another project.