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…




Knight Titan – Working on Whites

The title of this email makes me feel uncomfortable.  Trust me when I say that I really only mean that it concerns working on painting white within my knight titan.  I don’t mean anything nefarious.

I’m sure that nobody thought I did, and now I’ve made it awkward…

I’ve been a little remiss on my blog posts as of late.  That’s not for lack of content, but rather lack of interest.  I really haven’t played 40k in a few months.  That, coupled with increased duties at work, a conference and a family vacation, plus a new hobby interest in a campaign of Seafall (posts on that coming one day), I just haven’t been interested in writing.  I do have a dozen or more post ideas queued up (many, if not most, of those are about my Knight Titans), but I just can’t be bothered to write about them.

I’m still not particularly interested in 40k (which is probably obvious, given my complete avoidance of talking about the particular project), but there’s no better way to delve into it than to just start working on something.

So, after I had wrapped up the blues on my titans, I switched over to a new formula for white.  If you recall, I wanted the colors to be similar to my Ultramarine armies, but not necessarily identical.  After all, knights are allied with my boys in blue, but aren’t necessarily from Ultramar.  Of course, I could paint them completely differently, but I do want my army to look at least somewhat cohesive.

So, instead of shading my white with a blue wash, I opted to revert to an older scheme that I used to use a dozen or more years ago.  This scheme involves painting the entire area white and shading it with bleached bone (or rather, a suitable generic replacement).  I then wash it with an older ink (chestnut, I believe?) that is very watered down around the edges.

The end result is a scheme that looks more worn–almost like an aged parchment of sorts.  In fact, this isn’t far off from the way that I wind up painting parchment (ie. scroll work & purity seals).

At this point, they’re far from finished, but you can start to see some colors coming into place.  The next step is to work on blocking in some checkers and other banding.  You can see a pic below that gives some idea of where I’m heading on this.  The vast majority of these accents I plan to do with the white, though I can foresee possibly throwing a stripe or two on the other areas as well.

Knight Titan Blues

These knights are one of those projects that just keeps kicking.  Not that I’m actively working on them anymore: they’ve been “completed” for months, but they did take the better part of a month to get there, and I wound up taking a load of photos throughout the process.  The main reason I took so many pictures as compared to the rest of my projects was because I was trying to use these guys as inspiration to the rest of the crew.

We typically wind up painting up quite a few models for an impending Apocalypse game, but for this game, nobody seemed to be making progress.  My hope was that, by showing my friends my updates (via text) that might help inspire them.  It was largely ineffective, but at least now I have a bunch of photos to help write up these posts.

As I’d written in earlier posts, my goal was to paint these up in a House Terryn scheme, and to try to use similar colors to those in my Ultramarines.  Since they’re not specifically Ultramarines vehicles, I wanted them to look good with the army, but not to look specifically like they’re part of the greatest chapter of marines that have ever existed.

To accomplish this, I opted to go a little darker with the scheme overall.  This meant that I used the same colors, in effect, as I did with my marines; however, I wound up holding off on the super bright highlights, and instead with with darker shadows.  The highlights were simply a matter of pulling back before I added too much of the light blue into the mix, whereas the darker areas were created by…

Wait for it…

Adding black!

Yeah, not terribly surprising, but I think it came out alright.  Looking at the WIP photos, I think they’re coming out quite well.  Knowing what I do though, I think that not having some bright highlights eventually turned out to be a mistake (from a distance, they just don’t look as sharp on the table as their smaller brethren).

The contrast against the gold seems to make the blue pop, but clearly there ‘s a lot more progress required from this point on.

Most of the pics at this point are really focused on the feet and carapace.  That’s because they’re the ones that have the most contrasting colors already painted on them.  of course, I’ve painted the blue on the various pieces throughout, but it just looks better when you have some nearby color perspective to compare it to.

My next update on the subject will most cover some of the “whites,” including those used on the various shoulder pads and the like.



Striking Gold with Knight Titans

When we last left off on my Knight Titans, it was back in June and I was still working on the knee-caps.   It’s been more than two months delay since then, but a lot of things have happened.  First of all, the Apoc game that was the initial inspiration for these models transpired (though I still haven’t finished the write-up on that), and then some family time, vacation, etc.

Heck, 8th edition came out since then!  I spent more time writing up battle reports for that then I did focusing on my Knights.  Plus, I had started a series of reviews on the Tyranid index in 8th edition (that was back before I learned that they were going to immediately replace it with a codex, which has put the reviews to date on ice).

Well, hopefully I can get back on track and catch up with some of these missing posts.  Luckily, I left myself a bit of an outline to cover the various progress steps I had made.  Next in line: Gold.

For anyone who has seen my armies, you’ll notice that I don’t incorporate a lot of metals into the schemes.  This is, in part, due to the fact that Tyranids have no metals, and my Ultramarines follow a 2nd edition yellow scheme.  But, since I was painting my knights as if they were from House Terryn, it meant that I was going to have to mix a little gold into the palette.

My typical gold scheme is to paint a base of Brazen Brass (or, if you’re not a dinosaur like myself, Vallejo’s “tinny tin”) and then highlight up from there.  In this instance, I opted to try something a little different.  Instead of starting with Tinny Tin, I gave it a coat of P3 Blighted Gold and gone over the recesses with a mixture of that paint and black (watered down).  This gave a similar effect, but it kept everything in the gold scheme.  From there I highlighted up to P3 Brass Balls (which is my normal highlight for gold).

In effect, this just gave me darker darks, which really helps to make the gold stand out (well, at least it does in my opinion).  It almost looks like I went overboard with the black, which I think was likely because I was painting in a room that wasn’t particularly well lit, but in hindsight, I really do like it.

The edge highlighting with Brass Balls is a little stark, and a little sloppy, but the contrast against the black really helps it to stand out.  From a distance, the gold on the models really pops.

There was a non-trivial amount of gold to paint though, and I took a surprising number of photos (more than I can sensibly use within this blog post), so I’ll just pick a few that I think show off the effect best, and then scrap the rest.


Kneeding Closure: Knight Titan WIP Update

Yup, that’s the title I went with.  “Kneeding Closure.”  I was trying to come up with a suitable knee-related pun, but now think that the extraneous “K” might come across as a Knight related pun.  In the realm of Dad jokes, that really is a two-for-one.

If you haven’t guessed, this post is going to be on the knee-pads of my knights.  It might seem odd to do an entire post focused on just their knees–especially because I’m not particularly known for doing WIP posts at all, and to date I’ve milked these guys for four posts already (and trust me, there are probably half a dozen more where that came from).

I’ve decided to stretch this out because these guys are taking a long time, and I’ve actually been taking more work in progress photos throughout the process.   My goal on the photos hasn’t been to create content for the blog, but rather to send them to my friends in the hopes of inspiring them to paint things up for our next Apoc game (spoiler alert, that actually just happened last weekend–expect more posts on that to come up soon).  I’m not sure how much it really inspired people to paint, but me talking about it and sharing progress truly does help me to keep motivated to finish the project.

So, knees…

They’re not an overly interesting part of the model, but they’re significant because they’re really the first time I played with many of the base colors that would be dominant through the figures.  My last post on the subject covered that I had already committed to going with House Terryn, so I knew that the scheme was going to be primarily blue, red, and white (maybe I should’ve saved this post for Independence Day?).  With the basic idea of the colors chosen, I needed to figure out what shades I was going to use.

If you recall, my goal was to make them look relatively cohesive with the Ultramarines units I already have, but also to make then distinct enough that you could tell they’re from a different army altogether.  With the blue, I opted to shade them darker than I have with the normal boys in BLOO, so I took the same tact with the red, adding black into my base mix to give it a more stark contrast.

Searching online, it appears that House Terryn, like most knight households, seems to use a lot of checkerboards and other classic heraldry from medieval times.  I suppose that makes sense, given that they are knights afterall.  I’ve had some practice with checks and the like because I used to have a Harlequin army (actually, I’ve owned several over the years, all of which predate my blog entirely), and to a lesser extent, with my Ultramarines.

I tried to find some photos of the checkers on the marines, but there really isn’t a lot there.  I don’t know why I’ve been so remiss with posting pictures of the BLOO.  I really need to get better at that.  You can see at least a glimpse of some of the checks on one of my dreadnoughts in this battle report.

With the marines, I’ve traditionally shaded the white with blue.  It works great, and keeps a consistent theme going, however, for these guys I wanted to go with a brown shading.  I’d done brown as a shade for white years ago, but it’s not something I’ve revisited in a long time.  The basic recipe isn’t anything terribly fancy: paint white (in multiple layers because white is finicky that way), and then paint the edges with bleached bone (or, in my case, a craft paint equivalent), and shade with GW’s old flesh wash.

For the checks themselves, I marked them off with a micron pen and painted them in.  In retrospect, that black really could use a little highlighting as it’s too flat for my likes.  Oh well, a painter’s work is never done…

I’m going to take a break from the Knight Titan WIPs for a while and work on a recap of the Apoc game, but I’ll come back and revisit these afterwards–likely starting off again with my new recipe for painting gold…