House Cydonia, of the planet New Ares, are a house of my own invention. Seeing the hatch was separate on the knight I knew I just had to add a pilot. I decided House Cydonia decreed that all Knights should learn at least some basic training with the machines they control, so every Noble is given basic Techpriest training and the house has quite skilled Sacristans and a strong Holy calling as fervent servants of the Omnissiah.
I decided that these knights trust wholly in the sensors of their Knight, so the small glass porthole was replaced with an oscilloscope that would relay the noble's bio-signs. Please excuse the bad pics, i'm not much of a photographer.
I ran a piece of paperclip between the tiny loops of the hinge, attaching a rare-earth magnet to the underside so that the hatch could be opened or closed. I'll get some more WIP pics of that once i start on my second knight in a few weeks.
The pilot is a Valkyrie pilot with the pointing arm from a Cadian and the hooded head is a Dark Angel Deathwing bit. The MIU cable is some GW razorwire. The console is attached at the front to the back of the head-alcove using glue, and helped be sturdy with some sprue glued to the back of the throne and resting at the bottom of the inside of the torso. I didn't make walls for the cabin, it's all so dark with everything matt black that it didn't seem absolutely necessary, shadow does the job by itself at most angles. Again, i'll get better pics of the set-up inside on my 2nd knight in the future.
The noble priest's finger points just over the edge, declaring his intended target before the hatch drops into place and the knight strides forward.
I'm quite happy with the dramatic shading i achieved on the noble. I also did a great job on the Knight's metal face, which is a shame as i had to put the skull faceplate over it, hopefully i'll do as good a job on one of my planned future knights who will have no faceplate.
Using some magnets i've added a removable brazier inspired by the artwork in the Knight Codex, this will designate the Knight as my Seneschal in some games, it's only base-coated for now. The brazier is a staff top from the Empire Battle Wizard sprue.
I used the White Dwarf technique of marking out the stripes in pencil, then painting the stripes by brush. It worked well for me. The shoulders will have decals eventually, but i'll get some practice with decals on my Thallax and Castellax before attempting the large decals for the Knight.
Still a lot of work to go, on pause while i work on the Taghmata Omnissiah a little.
Edited by Battybattybats, 02 April 2015 - 04:01 AM.