As you know, here at Master of Magics we like to keep our eyes pleaded for interesting and uniquely painted miniatures. Hobbists spend hours of their time creating, for lack of a better word, art. So, when we see some mini’s that impresses us, we reach out and ask the owner if they want to tell us about how and why they came up with their ideas. With the current lockdown I have had more time to perusing the online wargaming groups, where I came across one such collection in the form of Jonathan West Imperial Knights. I asked if he wanted to share it with you all and thankfully, he said yes. So, let’s have a look at Jonathan’s force.
So, what inspired you to go with an Imperial Knight army?
The Knights are an extension to a very large Dark Mechanicum Xana Forgeworld army that I have, they were a fun centrepiece project. I generally just liked the fluff that they’d be sent into the hardest fighting supported by the grim Cybernetica and Tagmata forces of Anacharis Scoria. The scheme also attracted me to them, the off-bone white juxtaposed with the red and black scorpions, I just love the scheme!
Do you have any back story for these fine warriors? What house do they belong to?
These are from house Malinax, one of the premier knight houses of the Forgeworld Xana II during the Horus Heresy. They are known as grim and brutal warriors, veterans of industrialized war that when sworn to the bond of Arch Magos leaders of Xana II were gifted with new Knight suits to replace their aging armouries. They were given a large number of the most rare and powerful Knight chassis in return to absolute service to their Forgeworlds causes. My cohort has a lot of experience fighting alongside the Sinister Titan Legio Mortis, some of these knights were at the fall of Prospero, engaging with the psychic Titan Legio Xenobaist before ultimately retreating when their Mortis allies fell, only to engage with the Spire guard auxilia forces defending Tizca.
My Senschal Knight Lancer is a notable character from the Horus Heresy book Retribution, Itzilnan. He was responsible for the death of more than 100 auxilia that day. I’ve attached a picture of him from the book so you can see the detail I put into him. My Atropos has on more than one occasion exchanged fire with enemy Titan Legios surviving these harrowing engagements, in his most notable conflict disabling a Reaver Titan with his powerful Magna Lasscannons.
Do you have a particular model you are the proudest of?
My Knight Senschal is probably what I’m most proud of in this force. He is a culmination of the skills I’ve learned over the last 3 years, airbrushing weathering, oils, masking and so on while doing this mechanicum force. I’ve put a ton of Passion into this army.
So, what’s next on the painting table for these guys?
I am currently working on a couple of Knight Moriax’s to get my 3000 point Knight list playable in games of Horus Heresy.
Any plans for what you’re going to do next? Any other armies planned?
I have a massive Son’s of Horus army that I’d like to get some backlog painted up and I’m also working on my Titanicus right now. Mainly getting a Mars table done, some Titans for my Legio Mortis, and a handful of Titanicus scale Malinax Knights to finish.
Cheers Johathan. If anyone wanted to see more of your hobby projects, where could they find you.
For anyone interested in more of my projects I have an Instagram account with all of my hobby gains posted @bigjonwesthobby, and if you are interested in learning more about the Horus Heresy: Age of Darkness game and setting I am also on a Podcast called The Boys of The Golden Throne, we are on Facebook @TheBOTGT.
If you have a unique and interesting army you have been working on and would like to share it with the wider community, then you can contact me via twitter @MTGTengu and maybe yours will be the next army featured in our showcase. If you have enjoyed todays article, please like and subscribe to keep up to date with all we do here at Master of Magics. You want to support the site directly, you can join our Patreon for as little as a $1 a month. Until next time though remember, “Our enemies may rest but rust never sleeps.”