In the spirit of increasing traffic on Knights, in order to hopefully convince the powers that be that a Knight Forum is viable I have decided to throw my own nascent house into the ring and create a WIP thread.
My Knight journey began about a year ago now, when I had my first taste of them. A 1500 point tournament where my Black Templars were tabled by an army of simply three knights and three Eversor assassins. It. Was. Brutal.
Therefore, when Renegade came out, I figured, if you can't beat them, join them! One box soon found its way from my FLGS to my home.
In hindsight, what followed was an error on my part. In an effort to 'justify' the cost to the Cannoness who lives with me, I sold the forgeshrine and the second Knight, meaning the Knight I did have stood me in very little money.
I then set about learning about Knights, they weren't even a thing I was aware of when I stopped hobbying 10-15 years ago, and when I first saw them in WD after my return I was intrigued, if a little perplexed. How could people end up owning so many of these things I thought? It's insanity! But I bought the old codex for a few quid to learn about the fluff, and later bought the current one for the rules and more fluff. All of the while trying to think of a way I could accommodate them into the fluff of my Templars. Not as many people do, by just running them as Black Templar Knights, because I just don't personally understand that phenomenon, now I am up with the fluff. The fawning on the BT page for the Legio Models Templar Knight went right over my head.
So, how to do it? It didn't really seem right to have a Knight house permanently attached to a fleet based chapter. Knights of course move around, but they all have bases, home worlds they go back to from time to time to replenish and recruit.
So I decided on a free blade for my solitary Questor, as it seemed logical that a freeblade could decide to tag along with a Crusade fleet for an extended period of time, as they would have no home to go to.
In terms of colour scheme, I wanted something that wasn't black. I was inspired by Honda's Templar allied knights to look at real world Crusader knights, and decided I wanted a sort of off-white colour scheme, maybe cream, or bone. I wasn't quite sure on what exactly, so I had a lot of fun ruining a grav falcon I bought for a few pounds and painting different panels different colours, and seeing how different types of brass and gold interacted with the panels.
I also printed off some of the blank line drawing Knight images, so I could design the heraldry of my freeblade. However, I decided to change tack a little, and design a colour/heraldry scheme which could be shared between several knights in case I decided to add a second Knight later.
A bit more research and my home brew Knight House is almost fully fledged. I call it the Anthonian Order. They're not strictly a Knight House, but an order of Knights which any freeblade can join.
In the fluff, I envisaged that during the Scouring, when the Black Templars were doing their thing under Sigismund, there would be a reasonable quantity of homeless knights, either because their world's had been destroyed in the war, or because they alone had resisted the fall to chaos, and were now the last loyal scions of their fallen brethren. These Knights would have no homes, little resources and a thirst for vengeance. They would likely take the freeblade oath and be more than keen to tag along with Sigismund's boys on a crusade of revenge. Therefore the Black Templars would have the support of a rag-tag bunch of Knights from various dead houses which no longer exist.
At some stage however, something happened (and I haven't quite decided what exactly) and the rag tag bunch decided to formalise their relationship, not as a house with a king and barons, but as a religious order of Knights sworn to a shared cause. By the 41st Millennium they have become reasonably autonomous with their own fleet assets and forgeships, recruiting new pilots from the serf crew of the Chapter's fleet. (In my head I imagine sections of a Templar Forgeship being given over to the Order for their own use. A place for their pilots and sacristans to live and pray. The heraldry was inspired by an idea I had had for incorporating Vanguard into the Chapter, but it just didn't work out in the end once I saw the fuller Vanguard range. The house is loosely based upon the Hospitalier order of St Anthony, which was formed of pilgrims and penitents, it also had as it's badge a type of cross which is similar in some respects to the Maltese, but different enough to not look too similar.
I then moved onto construction, I really enjoyed this part and decided to play around with reposing the legs, just to see how difficult it proved to be. (Reasonably, but worth the effort I think) I magnetised everything, so that I could use all of the weapons, but I modelled the pose around a Gallant loadout. (I am a Templar after all!)
It was around half way through the painting, when I had just had a lot of fun dirtying up the skeleton with various washes that I realised "OH! I get it now!" I now understood those mad owners of huge armies of Knights in WD. I have the bug. I like building them, I love painting them. I want more of them! I now really regretted selling my second one, and resolved to replace it.
Anywho, without further ado, here is my finished Knight: 'Fidelis' (known as Old Faithful):
I am very confident that he will be the first of, if not many, then a good number.
(Thanks if you managed to read this far!)
Edited by Brother Adelard, 10 July 2019 - 10:28 PM.