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Wednesday, 2 January 2019

First Model of 2019 - Dominus Knight Valiant

Ok, so this is a bit of a technicality, but my first completed miniature of the year is this monster!

Hope you like barbeque!
As most of you know, I've been painting her for a while (since September in fact) and was hoping to finish before the end of the year. As it happens, I missed that target by one day and finished up the paint and transfers on New Year's Day!

Now with orange background!
Progress on this one has come in fits and starts. I quick work of the legs and main hull, but the arms and weapons were a real stumbling block. Hardly surprising considering that this is my third 'full sized' knight in 10 months. But it was very frustrating.

Over the Christmas break I managed to get the thundercoil harpoon painted and the rest of the model came together fairly quickly.

Some sort of drunken close-up.
The colour scheme is the usual green/brass/tan of my Mechanicus forces. With the sexy pink accent used for lenses and power coils etc. The only real change is the gold hazard stripes on the front halves of the pauldrons. This was done using some colour change paint from Turbodork, but the photos don't really do it justice.

Facing off with my Questoris Knight Errant.
As you can see from the above, she's a big girl. Not much taller than your standard knight, but significantly bulkier. All 'dat ass' comes at a pretty penny too, 594 points all in. Unfortunately that means that I probably won't get too much tabletop play out of her. Especially considering that most of my games are around the 1000 point mark.

Nonetheless, when she does hit the field I am prepared to be impressed. The conflagration cannon is the star of the show with 3d6 damage 2 auto-hits. The thundercoil harpoon is the crowd pleaser with that big fat 10 damage. I'm not convinced it will achieve much, but it will be awesome if it connects with the right target. She's also packing an array of small arms including four meltaguns and four siegebreaker cannons which should be quite nasty.

All my procrastinating aside, this was a fun project. It's the first knight I've had from new and it was delightful to build. I will undoubtedly do more knights in the future, but I'm feeling pretty burned out with the big stuff right now, so I'm going to paint a few Skitarii for a Tale of Four Warlords that I've started up with some buddies.

Stay tuned for more progress! 

10 comments:

  1. Sweet lookin' knight. Congratulations on the completion. She looks great!

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  2. You picked the right dominus variant, it is a beast and great fun. I have one shot ork warlords after stepping over troops, killed transports for the rest of the army and wonderfully once hit a charging marine captain on overwatch. Splat.

    The paint looks well, but the shoulders have lovely weathering on them which doesn't match the rest of the paint.

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    1. Thanks Rory. Quite frankly I think the Castellan is for pussies; I'd much rather be putting the pressure on my opponent than sniping with a Volcano lance.

      I take your point about the brass on the shoulders but I won't be changing her now. A lesson learned for the next one!

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  3. Awesome work mate, saw on Reddit, the Flame Cannon looks a beast but the Harpoon seems too situational, but I guess I’ll be getting both eventually anyway ;)

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    1. Cheers Siph! I'm really looking forward to seeing what the harpoon can do. It will be very situational but I can imagine immensely satisfying when it hits.

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  4. Great painting job mate.

    And happy new year.

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    1. Cheers Cylde! A happy New Year to you too.

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  5. This a a beautiful model! Came from you post on my blog and was not disappointed! I love the green and white colour-scheme!

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    1. Thanks very much! The purple/white scheme of your Mechanicus is very cool too.

      My Mechanicus are done in a matching scheme to my knights as they are all really designed to be fielded in one force.

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