So I recently came into the possession of an Imperial Knight, but it unfortunately didn’t come with any instructions or decals. I had gotten some centurions in a similar predicament, but they weren’t as complex of models and I was able to fuddle through their assembly.
After trimming the bits and cleaning up the flash, I was left with a pile of indistinguishable parts (before you suggest it, I didn’t receive them on the sprue–just a bag of parts that were allegedly enough to complete a knight titan.
I did try to figure it out on my own, since I’d had success with assembling the Centurions without directions, and might have possibly had the gray matter to make a reasonable go at it, but I figured it was better to ask for directions before I got myself into trouble. Surprisingly, I didn’t find them immediately, but I did eventually stumble onto a post from the Plastic & Paint blog that had almost all of the pictures–leaving me to figure out only the “melta” weapon (or whatever you call that thing).
I was pleasantly surprised that the model was designed so that the arms were interchangeable without needing the use of magnets, but found out quickly that the resin was frail enough that it broke while I was fiddling around with it. Yes, I said resin. Now you know why I needed assembly instructions, eh?
So, a couple of quick magnets later and I had the arms removable. I did originally assembly it so he was fully adjustable, but remembered that generally only leads to models breaking or falling limp in battle, so I found a position that didn’t look too horrible and glued him in it. The arms and head still swivel side to side at this point, but that may change in time. I also opted not to glue all of the little hoses in place, as that’s just more stuff to break as well.
The armor plates will eventually go on, but I figured they were better to paint them while they were detached. Likewise, I’m not gluing the top on–in case I need to get into the body again in the future (presumably to salvage magnets?).
Now I just have to figure out how to paint this guy up. I’ve done some research which indicates that knights have no affiliation with Titan legions and there aren’t any preset required colors for them. As such, I’m free to paint him in whatever scheme I want. Of course, BLOO is an obvious choice, but despite the lack of affiliation, I still think I’m going to paint him up in the scheme of a titan legion. Now I just have to find one that has an appealing scheme and some history of fighting along side the Ultramarines. Any suggestions?