Knight Titan Update – Finished!

Can it really be true?

Am I really done painting my Knights?!?

Of course, they’re not 100% done because they still have to be based (excuse the fact that one of them is on two small bases–I misplaced his large base early in the painting process and never bothered to go searching for it after the fact.  Rest assured that he’ll be on a proper sized base when all is said and done).

And on top of that, despite my normal disdain for transfers, I actually went ahead and purchased a few sets for these bad boys.  In fact, I’m softening on the idea of transfers altogether.  I think it was when I saw the backs of my Centurions and the sloppy Omega on the sergeant, that I toyed with the idea of replacing all of my hand painted omegas with transfers.

It’s weird to think that after so many years of utter prohibition, I could flip-flop on the issue.

Well, anywho, this post includes the photos of the finished knights.  Of course, the ones taking inside under “warm” lights look a little off, but you can click on the quick light-box photos for better pics.

The arms, as always, are magnetized, so they can be swapped and position freely between the models (which is why you see different armament on them between the various photos).

Looking at them now, I can’t honestly choose a favorite.  I’m keep on the one that’s hunched over (he should eventually be re-positioned to be stepping up onto something big–like a rhino or the like), but I really do like the “leader” with the two white stripes as well.  If I had to pick one that I liked least, I think I’d go with the one with a checkered knee-cap.

Why?  I’m not sure: maybe because his cowl is two colored?  I do find that a little off-putting.

Still, I’m very pleased with how they all came out.

You can click on any of the photos for large images (I particularly recommend you do so for those below as the light box does wonders for making models look better).

 

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Knight Titan Progress – Playing Dress Up

With all of the parts of the Knight Titans painted, it just comes down to easy part: assembling.

Except nothing in my world is easy.

Since I painted all of the different parts slightly differently, it came down to what parts look good together.  Realistically, this step might have been completely skipped by some people altogether, and I’m not sure it was necessary for me either.  Still, I like to over-complicate things a bit.

It just didn’t look right when I put some of the heads next to some of the torsos.

Does that mean I’m O.C.D.?

I’ve never really considered myself to have that affliction–nor would you, if you’d ever seen my desk at the office.  But when it comes to putting these guys together, it seemed like it was necessary.  So, I spent a good 30-45 minutes playing dress-up with theses guys in the garage and in the house.  I called my wife over and asked her how she felt about specific configurations: “Well, I really like this knee pad, and this guy is stepping up so he’ll show off that pad better–but that would mean that it would have to align with this carapace–is that too much checkerboarding for one model?”

I don’t think her heart was in it as much as mine was.

Still, it was a fairly pleasant experience, and I feel a good use of my time.  The only thing left at this point was to glue things into place and then take some final photos.  Ooooh, can you smell the anticipation?

Knight Titan Progress – Arms

With the Knights effectively done at this point, I was dismayed to recall that they were going to have to have their arms/weapons painted before I played in the Apoc game.

For those taking notes, that game happened back in June, and I still haven’t done a proper write-up on it.  That may, as of yet, be forthcoming–but I wouldn’t hold my breath at this point.

I seriously contemplated just painting the gun/arm options for those that I was planning to field in the Apocalypse game, but I didn’t know what I was going to field.  Despite all of the time and effort I’d put into these guys, my heart was really interested in playing with my Genestealer Cult before the codex became obsolete in 8th edition.

Ultimately, the Knights won out because I had put all of my time into painting them, and I never even bothered to start on my cultist characters.

The scheme was easy, as it just followed what the rest of the models did, leaning heavily on the metallic components underneath.  I backed off on caution stripes and other free hand based upon my exhaustion with the project.  Still, I didn’t want it to look like I phoned things in completely, so I added a little bit here and there.  Otherwise, things mostly stayed solid colors.

And this basically concludes my painting posts on my Knight titans.  Granted, the series will have a few more posts, but at least no more on painting/works in progress!

 

Knight Titan Progress – Bits & Gubbinz

I should mention that I’m not exactly sure what a “gubbin” is.  Linguistically, it seems an awful lot like a “gibbon,” but I have my suspicions that these miscellaneous parts are somehow related to monkeys.

In fact, I’m pretty sure that the only reason the word is even in my lexicon is because those guys at the old GW’s mail order option.

Oh man, what was that called?  The black gobbo?  No, that was a magazine…

You know, the one with the “mail trolls?”

Oh well, whatever it’s called, it clearly meant the small bits and pieces.  As much as I’d like to just be done with writing these blog posts, this was the same attitude I had when it came down to painting these little guys.

For all of these, I tried to mix up the colors where I could, using the quartering/halving scheme to inject a little extra color where possible.  For things like the helms, I tried to find examples of painted knights online that I liked and mixed those in where possible.

Since I did a little variation with all of the different pieces, I also wanted to mix in some additional color with the carapaces.  Two of them had already been painted blue (well, in fact, all of them had been painted blue at this point), but I wanted to also mix in a little something else.  So, rather than repainting everything red, I opted to add a little splash of color (well, if you consider “white” to be an actual color).

I was toggling between the ideas of a single white stripe down the center, or two white stripes (one down either side), and ultimately opted to go with the two stripe model.  I don’t recall exactly why that style won out over the other, but I’m really happy with how it turned out.

I think it’s because the extra creases and rivets that line the side of the model help to give depth to the white.  Now, I can’t rightfully say whether that was the defining reason as to why I went with the double-stripe theme over the single stripe, but in retrospect, I think I made the right decision.

At this point, I am (or was) done with painting every bit of the Knights… well, until I remembered that I hadn’t even begun to paint the arms…

Knight Titans – Shins & Shoulders

I will finish this series on my knight titans one day.  I’m fairly loathe to write these posts anymore, but I’ve already gone through the effort to take all of the WIP photos and even created skeletons for all of the posts, so I might as well push through and finish them all.

So here goes nothing…

When we last left off, I was working on the whites of the model.  I’ve also posted on the blues and golds as well, so at this point, it really became a matter of just repeating those techniques over the rest of the model.

The only other color I didn’t go over in depth is the red.  Just like the blues, I opted to go darker with the reds than I use on my typical Ultramarines.  Again, just like the blues, I achieved this effect by mixing in some black into the red scheme.  So yeah, nothing terribly fancy there.

For the Pegasus (or is that just a horse?) I wound up painting it in the classic blue-shaded style that I’ve painted much of my army in.  This let them stand out from the aged scheme I used on the checkboards and really helps pop.

Well, at least it does to me.

By the end, I’d worked on some of the scroll work as evidenced by the final photo in this post.  I should say that the order the photos appear in this post aren’t exactly the order in which they were painted in (for instance, I painted all of the gold on these bits at once, so the first photo should come closer to the end).

When I write these, I just lump the photos into an order that seems to appeal to the eye and go from there.

Well, that about does it for shoulders/shins.   At this point, I have three more WIP posts on these guys to go, plus some shots of the “finished” product.

I think I can… I think I can…