I'm not certain I'm doing this right but here are some Knight Houses concepts:
+ Pentarchian Houses:
House Indra - see astropaths as blessed since they have stood before the Emperor and each Knight-pilot (know as a raja in their dialect) is followed by an astropath-oracle. They fought against the False Primarch because if he acutely was the Emperor's son would their astropath-oracles have given them a sign of his coming.
+ Colours are red and green, with gold details.
+ Coat-of-arm is a vajra in gold/yellow on red
+ Pre-colonial India-ish, 19th-centery orientalism-ish
+ ruling warrior-philosophers, trained in so much more than just war and have a distain for those that fail in their role as rulers, or during war despoil land, water or structure when other methods of war are available
House Grigoria - religious, lustful, with both madness and genuine dancing in their eyes, are all truthfully ways to describe House Grigoria. The ecclesiarchy declared the False Primarch an abomination and therefore they will do their best to erase him and his followers from the Galaxy.
+ Russia-ish/slavic-ish, with a focus on the mysticism, religious mysticism, holy fools
+ Each pilot if followed by their personal priest-advisor, with many of them have more than one, and soothsayer, flagellants, holy fools and similar, as part of their entourage.
+ more or less each pilot has his/her own harem, that follow them as part of their camp-followers.
+ Colours are dark red as the main colour, and green as the secondary one. The ones that have more or less directly served under Arch-Cardinal Verashyon paint their helmets white.
+ Coat-of-arm is a white fleur-de-lis with the band in the middle in gold, on the same kind of dark red as the armour. Many have halved their shield (any way the painter wants) and have one of the coat-of-arms Arch-Cardinal Verashyon’s have on his tilting shields on the other half.
- for the converter: lots of chains hanging from their armour; icons, relics, and/or reliquaries hanging from or bolted/bound to the armour/weapons – no need to colour coordinate with the armour colours.
- For the painter: Have a icon painting in Russian style (showing the Emperor, one of His loyal sons, a saint or similar) covering one of the armour plates.
+ House Grigoria is often driven by a religious fever when they fight, many of them suffer from mood swings and/or ritualistic behaviour. If you have seen Horror Express (if not, see it it’s good and it’s in the public domain so you can see it for free) so would both Father Pujardov and Captain Kazan be good examples of personalities that would fit in the House.
Ankharström - while some Knight Houses had problem being ordered to fight Space Marines that had honourably fought against the enemies of the Imperium, there was no such qualms for House Ankharström. The house disdain and hate Space Marines, which they believe should never have been allowed to continue recruiting ones the Horus Heresy was over
+ Colours are bright red as main colour, black as secondary.
+ Coat-of-arm is a white anchor on red, with black boards
+19th n early 20th seamen-ish when it comes to culture, clothing and such. Names are Scandinavian/Nordic.
+ the pilots, and other members of the households, go around masked when in public.
House LCE - the now long lost Knight House of Venus, serving directly under the Conclave Venutiae, claimed by some to be the forerunners to the modern Guardi Arquebugieri. That Venus saw the conflict as important enough to send their own forces to help stopping the False Primarch is something that bears investigating. Did they know something more than others? I want to know.
+ Colours are bright yellow and black. Mechanical parts are in polished copper.
+ Coat-of-arm is an interlaced pentagram in yellow on black. Each Knight often highly personalise their tilting shield, instead of just showing the House’s coat-of-arm.
+ unknown number, made harder by their tendency to redecorate their Knights after each battle
+ lots of bling, use bits from other GW kits. Should be in other colours than their main ones, they are showing off wealth, not colour coordinating.
+ returning symbols are: three towered castle; hydra; gate; pair of crossed keys; a sword with a burning blad - sometime alone, sometime with an gauntlet holding it by the grip; hexagram; unicursal hexagram [exist as transfers in the HH DA transfer sheet]; lion (any attitudes); lion head (any attitudes); ♀; शुक्र; ॐ श्री शुक्र देवाए नमः।; pentagram of Venus;
+ specialize in urban and underground fighting - something that often is the same thing on hive worlds like Venus.
+ use arcane technology similar to the elders holo and shadow fields. Some whisper that it is not a question of archeotech or secretive Venus pattern tech but heretical xeno-tech.
+ Partisan Houses:
House Leonidas - Famed duelists and snipers, who believed that only warriors are true people. They joined the side of the False Primarch more out of their sworn alliance with the Void Barons than anything else.
+ antique Greece-ich, with a focus on the military, warrior and fascist (from our modern point of view) parts. Names are antique Greece-with-near-area-ich and Japanese-ish.
+ coat-of-arms: a red capitalised 'L' on bronze. The L can be in any writing style (gothic, Disney, Times New Roman, etc.) and the bordure of the shield is often decorated, either with a simple red/white/black solid bordure or with some kind of meander pattern in those colours.
+ armour is bronze coloured; markings and such are in red, white or black; any cloth is in red.
- Void Barons symbols are common (and can be in the Void Barons’ colours), showing their relationship and that they have fought together many times.
+ while they might form shield walls against hordes do they prefer to fight as individual warriors.
+ see non-combatants (that are just not too old, young or feeble to fight) as comparable to slaves in worth, and treat them such, in and out of combat.
House Gilliam-Briarbraddock - Following a strict and genuine code of chivalry, found of hunting and romance. It's believed that they sided with the False Primarch because they found the romantic idea of serving under a Primarch too hard to resist.
+ English-ish; names should be long, old fashion and/or a bit silly.
+ Colours are steel grey and white
+ Coat-of-arm is a knight chess piece in white on steel grey
House Feng-Xhu - This Knight House was an unknown House until it was reported as being part of the False Primarch forces. Likely it was a House that was never discovered by the Imperium and it’s first contact with the wider Galaxy was from the forces of the False Primarch, to whom they swore loyalty to. They showed an interesting combination of primitive jury rigging and modifications (of that kind many newly discovered Knight Houses have), and esoteric technology that it's believed was gifted to them by the False Primarch.
+ colours are ochre yellow and green.
+ Coat of arm is a badger rampant on green, with ochre yellow bordure
+ Imperial China-ish
+ symbols like the Silver Star chapter symbol, Caputmori, and Hawaiian/Pacific Island-ish symbols (since the Silver Stars’ culture is based loosely around the Hawaiian/Pacific Island region); checkerd pattern in blue/white, or blue/red are also appear. Beside those are also Chinease/East Asian-ish symbols common
Edited by Gamiel, 11 July 2021 - 08:08 PM.