Imperial Knight Houses Warhammer 40k
In my last article, I looked at the upcoming release for the Imperial Knights for Warhammer 40k. With the new White Dwarf Weekly, we have even more pictures and news with what comes in the kit. If you missed that article, you can click the link here:
With this article, we will look at the various Knight Houses and see what decal options come in the new kit. I'm Murphy80, and let me show you the decal sheets in the new Imperial Knight kit.
Imperial Knight Decals and Transfers
Included in the new Imperial Knight kit is a transfer sheet of decals. There are more than 200 decals on this sheet to represent things like honor kills and House heraldry. Which houses come with this sheet? Well, it looks like some of the names have been altered from previous publishing.
- Hawkshroud (Hawkwood of old?)
- Obsidian Knight
Also available, for separate purchase, will be another transfer sheet with additional Houses and Freeblades on it. On the supplemental sheet, we have heraldry for:
- Additional Hawkshroud
- Vulker (old Vymar?)
- Crimson Reaper
- Gerantius, the Forgotten Knight
- The White Warden
On both sets of transfer sheets (both the one included and the additional purchase one) there are plenty of other symbols and decals for shoulder pads, vambraces, weapons, etc. Now that we know what "choices" we have, maybe we can match them up with "historical" color schemes.
Imperial Knight Houses Color Schemes
For whatever reason, GW has decided to use a mix of old, new, and changed names for the Knight Houses. Let's see if we can match up these names with some traditional color schemes, based on the old Epic game and other sources.
House Terryn - is pictured as the blue knight from the first release of new pictures. You can see that article by clicking here. The primary color scheme is blue, with a gold metallic trim. Their house emblem is of a horse with a chain-color, while their full house emblem is surrounded by a black eagle.
House Hawkshroud (Hawkwood?) - Old resources show that Hawkwood is a Mechanicus aligned house, but the new transfer sheet says that Hawkshroud is an Imperial aligned house. Is this a new house or are they mixing fluff? The only link we have for Hawkwood shows a Red-and-Yellow quartered paint scheme.
House Raven - This is the red knight pictured to the right in this article. They are Mechnicus aligned house are primarily red with a steel colored trim. Their house emblem is a triangular tower with cog and lightning motif.
The Obsidian Knight - a Freeblade, we assume that this is a singular knight, not a house. It is the black knight pictured at the top of this article. It is primarily black, with a steel trim. It's icon is a bleached skull with red eyes.
Other Imperial Knight Houses
House Krast - Pictured at the right, it is a Mechanicum aligned house with a blue and yellow scheme.
House Degalio - No official colors, but their emblem is a rampant "sea lion" with the upper body of a lion and the lower body of a fish.
House Griffith - No official colors, but their emblem is the side-profile of a dragon holding a spear or sword.
House Mortan - No official colors, but their emblem is a profile of a tusked-wolf . . . or possibly a boar, but it looks like a wolf to me!
House Vulker - No official colors, but their emblem looks like a trident inside of a cog wheel. Mechanicum aligned obviously.
Freeblades - Included on the supplemental transfer sheet, we have the heraldry of more Freeblades. The Crimson Reaper has a scythe with a drop of blood. Gerantius, the Forgotten Knight, has a stylized crown and helmet face. The White Warden has a black sword and a smooth face helmet. The Amaranthine has a red-pink flower and thorn motif.
Imperial Knight Houses
Which color scheme attracts you the most?
That's as much of a breakdown as I can give. Unfortunately, many of the "historical" Knight Houses have been left out in the cold, and replaced with new names or houses. On the plus side, this leave room for us painters to create new paint schemes! The icons are great looking and will really add to the medieval theme of these models. If properly applied, decals can make a model really "pop".
I have two Imperial Knights on order and I am still pondering which paint scheme to try out. I think doing both knights with the same scheme will save time and will make them look unified on the battlefield. Which should I go with? Take the poll to the right and leave a comment down below.
As always, feel free to browse some of my other 40k articles, and check back for more updates as the Knights actually release. Maybe I will post an article about assembling the models and painting them . . . if there is enough interest. Let me know in the comments below.
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Thanks for reading. Murphy Out!