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House Ordos Project Blog – Mission 8

Greetings fans of the Executrix!

This article is going to be short today, but it’s more to collate the upcoming process that i’ll be trying to follow when paining the Knights for the army.

I’m now in a position where i’m ready to start painting the Knights. Before I watched any tutorials, I literally undercoated all of my models with Mechanicus Standard Grey:

Probably not the best undercoat for the die hard painters out there, but I hadn’t used this before. My logic was twofold:

 

  • It was dark enough to only require one solid undercoat
  • It was light enough to help me pick out the detail

 

I was actually pretty happy with the end results, and I ended up getting a pretty solid grey on everything (including the models which I had stripped using the Detol):

It had been recommended to me by several friends (including some commission painters) that I try and not glue the armour plates on before doing the serious painting. However, my Questoris class knights had already been long assembled. I was loathed to dismantle them, so that’s what really prompted my decision to complete the “torsos” prior to painting them.

Additionally, my custom transfers had arrived courtesy of Fallout Hobbies. These set me back around $40 (including shipping to the UK), and although I was only after one logo (of varying sizes), they nailed it and I was delighted with the results:

 

So I was built, primed, and my transfers were in. I had roughly already decided on a green/purple/gold colour scheme, but I wasn’t sure on how I was going to actually do it! Enter the genius that is Games Workshop’s own Duncan! I watched his Imperial Knight tutorials several times (and also one on sand bases) to try and hammer his concepts into my Clarence-infested brain. You can find these on Warhammer Community, but for your convenience I have collated the tutorials in question below:

 

Part 1: The Assembly 

Part 2: Painting The Skeleton 

Part 3: Painting The Armour 

Part 4: Applying Transfers 

Sand Bases 

 

So i’m going to leave this article short (or long if you watched all the videos), but this has hopefully set the scene for some of the techniques that i’m going to be attempting in the rest of the project. I’ll be making lots of references to these tutorials, and explaining what i did, what worked for me, and what I struggled to complete.

One last bit of feedback – I CANNOT recommend the GW tutorials enough. The amount of detail and content they convey, while still making it seem straightforward is absolutely incredible. They have certainly made this task far less daunting than I thought it was going to be, and I really recommend that you check them out if you are looking for new ideas!

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