When the Imperial Knights Renegade box came out I couldn’t resist picking one up with how good of a deal it was for two Imperial Knights with a Knight Warden sprue and some nice terrain. I procrastinated for a while on beginning assembly as I knew I wanted to magnetise the weapon parts to cater to my indecisiveness.
The large task of learning to magnetise things and painting such a large model was very daunting but now that I have finished I think all the effort was worth it. I followed the guide from the blog From The Fang found here. Additionally, I added some magnets to the alternative face plates and shoulder shields for maximum variations. My fingers were coated in a thin later of superglue and I had a lot of frustrating moments with magnets that kept coming loose over and over despite the glue being dry. Gel superglue ended up saving the day with the thicker viscosity and nicer applicator being easier to control.
I chose to paint my first Imperial Knight as Ferrous Maximus, the Princeps of the Mechanicus aligned House Raven. This particular design drew me as House Raven is my favourite house in the law and I plan to them my other knights to fit the House Raven hierarchy. I have painted two Armiger Warglaives to serve as squires to Lord Grevan, the pilot of Ferrous Maximus, which I hope to share soon. The references for this Knight Warden is below:
Using the Leadbelcher base spray made painting a lot quicker as a very large bart of this model is just Ironbreaker layered over Leadbelcher with Nuln Oil shade and Runefang Steel edge highlight. I tried using the Mephiston Red spray on the non-metallic shell, but I found the colour came out a lot darker than the potted paint and I had to coat over it a few times anyway.
The stripes were somewhat intimidating to do. I started out trying to use masking tape to divide the sections bit this ended up being messier than freehanding it with a long lining brush. The large white section in the middle that denotes the princeps rank was a little daunting as I have always had trouble with the White Scar paint. In the end I painted it Ulthuan Grey then layered/highlighted it with White Scar.
I think some of the transfers are slightly rotated and off centre, but it is not too noticeable unless you are looking for it. There is some Blood for the Blood God technical paint splattered over the chain sword which I applied by flicking it from a thick brush, and I really like the effect it gives.
The base was done with crackle paint layered over red and orange streaked base and topped with black paint. If there are any ideas for extra bits of scatter to make it look more interesting, I would love to know as I am coming up blank.
Overall, I am very happy with how this model turned out and I am looking forward to painting the Knight Princeps model when my preorder arrives next week. Thank you for reading!