Building an Imperial Knight Part 3
If you’ve followed along with us; you have a metal “skeleton” painted and assembled. Our next steps will be to paint the armored plates in our chosen house colors and begin assembling them to our body. Once that’s done, our final tutorial will focus on the transfers that will adorn the Imperial Knight.
The Main Armor
Our first step was to get the plates we’ll be working on out in sections. Above, these there the upper torso portions. You’ll need to pick a faceplate as well. Once we have selected all of our armor plates, we will want to start with our base coat of paint. As always, remember it’s better to apply multiple thinner coats than a single thick coat to get the right look and even layer.
A tool I find very helpful with this is a lamp and magnifying lens which will help you spot where you may need to apply a bit more paint or even out a coat. Don’t worry about getting any on the trim.
Keep in mind that the shoulder pads contain two “Zones” to paint for most color schemes. The big round circle on the top of the plates is always towards the “back” of the Knight, so that can help you remember which is left and which is right. I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t mixed those up during at least a couple of my knights. As with the main plates, don’t worry about stray color getting on the trim, we will fix that later. Additionally; you can see above that multiple layers are needed. Keep them thin and you will see the brush lines gradually disappear.
Once we have our basic armor colors, it is time to do the trim. I know it looks like a lot of ground to carry, but consider a smaller brush in order to get the finer bits of detail especially as you approach the bigger armor plates. Don’t worry about mistakes, fix them after you’re done with a little touch up.
The plates on the weaponry must also be completed. They’re smaller versions of the above technique and fairly straightforward. Base armor, trim, touch ups. These will get a lot of attention, so do your best!
Finally, it’s time to paint and attach the leg armor we’ve left off until now. As we did with the other armor, it’s the same process, though here you need to be careful about left vs right for color schemes. Double check which piece is which before you paint! On the largest plates, the interior side has small vent marks on them.
We only have a couple more things to do, but they are time consuming. First, we want to use a small wash brush and go over each bolt and seam in the plates with Agrax Earthshade. By using this wash, we’re going to add definition and contrast to the model and help highlight the fine details. Use a light amount of wash and go carefully, the end result is well worth it. If you do make any mistakes, as before, we can paint over them later.
Keep in mind that it takes about 25-30 minutes for wash to dry; do not attempt to fix paint if the wash is still wet!
At this point you may want to start adding “battle damage” and other effects; however if you plan to use the transfers that come with the Imperial Knight, you will want to wait until that is completed.
The kit used in our tutorial can be purchased here.
As always; here is the Games Workshop tutorial video to help you along and provide some alternative to our approach: