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The Imperial Knight is the latest large model release from Games Workshop for their science fiction game Warhammer 40,000. This was part of my birthday haul, a retro choice as I had played with the far smaller original back in the mid 90s.
This is a very good looking machine. The plastic detail is crisp and three-dimensional, giving the finished model a lot of depth. A great deal of thought and skill has gone into the design of this model. Where practical, articulation has been kept so you can move the guns on this model post assembly if you wish. The model is guaranteed to draw eyes on the tabletop.
The three images above show my knight after assembly, base work and a nice black spray. This is a model of over 120 parts, and assembly is not going to be quick. However, Games Workshop have left nothing to chance, and provide you with a book showing how to assemble the model. Over 10 pages, you will put together your model. Parts that should be glued are clearly marked, and those parts that should be left alone for articulation are also clearly indicated.
To assemble, you simply start at stage one and follow your instructions.
There is also a sheet of transfers provided with the model. IMO waterside transfers are out of date compared to what you can obtain from the likes of Little Big Men Studios. However these look okay, and I may use them, depending on what colour scheme I decide to go with.
I don’t play Warhammer 40,000 and neither do I plan to. Interesting setting, terrible game is the short version of my opinion there. Therefore when looking at the value of this model I’m not thinking about it as part of an army for that game. I’m looking at its peer group of large science fiction ‘mech’ style models. Specifically I’m looking at the Colossal models from Privateer Press and the Leviathan Crusader from Dreamforge Games. I’m also looking in the context of Australian prices, since this is where I am located and where I buy most of my models.
In this context the Imperial Knight provides fine value. It’s more expensive than some of the Colossals, cheaper than others, and about 20% cheaper than the Leviathan Crusader. If you buy this model you should not feel that you are overpaying for what you receive. This is very much a market price model. FYI I used The Combat Company prices for the comparison.