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Building the Imperial Knight 40k - Part 1

Updated on March 9, 2014
Imperial Knight 40k
Imperial Knight 40k


Murphy, here, and welcome to the first article in a short series about building the Imperial Knight! This is an amazing new kit that will change Warhammer 40k forever. First, the production value is amazing; this is a large kit with very crisp molding and is, so far, easy to assemble. This kind of technology is just not possible from every wargaming company. Second, this is the first super-heavy vehicle to be included in every, standard game of 40k. The Imperial Knight is not a supplemental unit; it has it's own codex!

If you missed my first post about the Imperial Knights, check it out here:

This article will be picture heavy with some description. Let's get to it!

Imperial Knight 40k
Imperial Knight 40k
Imperial Knight 40k
Imperial Knight 40k

Imperial Knight Box

First, the box is rather large, and is made out of sturdy cardboard. There was no cellophane wrapper. The backside has some beautiful color photos of both the Knight Paladin and the Knight Errant options, as well as a scale comparison so you know exactly what you are getting. See picture to the right.

When you open the tab at one end, you can slide out a cardboard drawer of sorts. Inside the drawer you have all the parts you will need.

Imperial Knight 40k
Imperial Knight 40k
Imperial Knight 40k
Imperial Knight 40k
Imperial Knight 40k
Imperial Knight 40k
Imperial Knight 40k
Imperial Knight 40k

Imperial Knight Sprues

Inside the drawer, you will find all the components of the Imperial Knight kit. There are:

  • Three sprues
  • one large oval base
  • instruction book
  • water-slide transfer
  • parchment paper (with the waterslide)

Let's look at the sprues!

The sprues are wonderful. Very crisp detail and very few mold lines. GW has managed to design these so that most of the plastic mold seams have been placed on edges that will not be visible once assembled. Each sprue contains parts for a particular set of assembly. For instance, everything you need for the legs and pelvis are included on the same sprue! Look at the detail in the pictures at the right. Good stuff!

Lastly, we have the water-slide transfer. Included are transfers for a few Imperial-aligned and Mechanicus-aligned houses. There is also a set of transfers for one Freeblade, the Obsidian Knight. There are various other, generic transfers for kill marks, numbers, etc. All together, a great set which will leave plenty left over for future projects.

Now on to assembly.

Imperial Knight 40k
Imperial Knight 40k
Imperial Knight 40k
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Imperial Knight 40k
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Imperial Knight 40k
Imperial Knight 40k
Imperial Knight 40k

Assembling the Imperial Knight

Alright, so I bought two Imperial Knights. I assembled them up to this point (above) side by side. I completed one sub-assembly and then did the same for the other kit. So far, I've spent about 4 hours on these kits, which included reading instructions, cutting from the sprue, cleaning the kit, scraping the round joints to make them smooth and fit together, and then gluing.

Doing two models at once has been a time saver. The first model takes 3/4ths of the time because I am just learning the steps, while repeating the same steps with the second model goes very fast.

So what is the assembly like? First, read the instructions. It is very clear, but there are several smaller bits (pistons) that are a little delicate. I advise only to cut the bits from the sprue as you need them. All of the pistons go in a specific spot, so if you have them all jumbled up, it's difficult to remember which piston is part 71 or part 72.

Quick tips:

  • Follow the instructions.
  • Use super glue (or plastic glue/cement) sparingly.
  • Dry-fit everything before you glue it.
  • Use the edge of a sharp hobby knife to "scrape" the seams of the round hips, as it will blend the two together.

As you can see, both sets of legs look identical. These are static-pose legs. The rest of the Imperial Knight model has more movement in it: torso, head, arms. However, each set of legs will look the same. Can you modify it? Yes... with some skill. You will have to carefully cut the knee joints and ankle joints and then reposition them. However, this also means that all your pistons will no longer line up! You will then have to make your own (or modify) the pistons so that they will match your new legs. I expect that some hobbyists will do this and do a bang-up job. However, it is not for the initiate!

If you only will be fielding one or two knights, I suggest you leave the legs alone and differentiate your models with paint schemes and with different poses in the torso and arms. If you are fielding 4+ Imperial Knights, then you might want to try to modify one or two of the legs!

Imperial Knights Poll

So what do you think of the Imperial Knight kit?

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That's it so far! If you'll notice, I have left off the armor plates that protect the shins, knees, thighs, and pelvis. While the instructions tell you to glue them all on now, I have opted to leave them off to paint them separately. I will be priming and then airbrushing the "skeleton" a metal color, and the armor a separate color. Keeping them separate will make this much easier!

I will keep cracking at these models. I expect that it may take me another 4 hours to finish both of these models. I also plan on magnetizing the weapon options! Wish me luck! After they are assembled, maybe I will post up a painting guide. Would that be cool? Take the poll and leave a comment below. Check out my other 40k article while you wait.

Thanks for reading! Murphy out!


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      Gordon D Easingwood 

      5 months ago from Wakefield, United Kingdom

      Love it, not sure how I missed this first time round

    • murphy80 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Florida

      Ray, I agree that it would be tough to make a full codex for every Traitor Legion. They could do a supplement for each, as most of the supplements are filled with backstory, art, and then have new relics, Warlord traits, and then move the Force Org chart around a bit.

      I'd rather see a supplement that gives small rules to all the legions. What rules? Hmmm... Things like Alpha Legion or Night Lords could get Infiltrate or Scout. World Eaters could all get Fleet or Rage. Thousand Sons could open up modifications to their units, such as Rubric Terminators, etc.

      I'd like to see what they could do... but I just want them to try! I will be looking at the Crimson Slaughter book, though, as it could be a great book, despite all the Nerd Rage!

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      6 years ago

      That would defenetly be cool, but what would they do for the thousand sons and the emperors children, i can't think of any bonuses that would fit the fluff they have

      If they do release a legion codex, i would have to get the death guard, their rules would likey be similar to the dark angles or iron hands and would be a pain to stop.

    • murphy80 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Florida

      Agreed! I have mixed feelings about the Crimson Slaughter codex... they are a brand new chapter and get a whole supplement, yet chaos players are begging, BEGGING, for traitor legion rules akin to the chapter tactics in the space marine codex.

      Still the new guys have an interesting story and the red color scheme is nice (if a little TOO bright and clean, for my chaos tastes). The new Helbrute looks amazing! I hear rumors of a new chosen/havocs boxed set coming out soon. I might have to jump on that!

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      6 years ago

      If you like red, then you might want to look at the crimson slaughter supplement codex they just set up for pre order. look cool and they finally released an individual helbrute model it is awesome looking.

    • murphy80 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Florida

      Thanks. I am thinking about doing the House Raven scheme, as I like the idea of a Mechanicus aligned army. I like the red color scheme, though I want to do mine a little darker and with more weathering.

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      6 years ago

      not bad, not bad at all any idea what house you will be painting and what color for the ones we don't know what color they are.


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