Some of the Imperial Knights at Warhammer World.
I always thought the concept of Imperial Knights was interesting when I played Epic, but never actually bought any or used them in games.
There was a huge display of Tau forces defending themselves against an attacking force of Imperial Knights.
The Imperial Knights did appear to be significantly outnumbered, but were holding their own. I really like the Imperial Knight models and nice to see them in big scale compared to the Epic ones I have somewhere…
Fighting for the T’au was the KV128 Stormsurge.
An absolute colossus of a machine, piloted by graduates of the Ves’oni’Vash, the KV128 Stormsurge is designed as an extreme heavy-weapons platform. Not as manoeuvrable as a Riptide, instead relying on thick armour and devastating loadouts, these hulking, squat ballistic suits are capable of changing the course of a battle in seconds with a decisive volley of astonishing firepower. Fitted with thrusters to counter recoil, bristling with pulse weaponry and missile pods, the Stormsurge is the T’au Empire’s Titan-killer.
It was an impressive display and included a huge T’au Manta as well. The scenery is excellent representing a T’au base or colony.
Well, well, well, what do we have here then?
Yes Games Workshop after nearly twenty years have finally produced a 28mm version of the Imperial Knight that first saw the light of day with Epic back in the 1990s.
At 8 inches tall the Imperial Knight is a towering war engine. Crafted in the Dark Age of Technology and resplendent with gothic details it presents a unique silhouette both in a display cabinet and on the battlefield. Fighting alongside armies of the Imperium, most Imperial Knights are part of a Knightly House. They are affiliated with either the Imperium or the Adeptus Mechanicus. Some Imperial Knights choose to forsake all ties to a noble house. Known as Freeblades, they are masters of their own destiny.
Fully jointed at the head, arms and waist this kit allows you to create some wonderful poses. You can assemble the Imperial Knight as a Knight Paladin armed with a Rapid-fire battle cannon or a Knight Errant armed with a Thermal cannon. Both are equipped with a Reaper chainsword and protected by an Ion Shield. Each also has the option to add Heavy Stubbers. You have the choice of three unique face-plates: one for Mechanicus affiliated Knights and two for Imperial Knights.
This looks a very nice model and would certainly probably give my Stompa a bit of a kicking!
Now at £85 this is up there with the BaneBlade and Stompa as a somewhat pricey big model. However though I know that Games Workshop are going down the “let’s all have huge number of large models on the table” type game these days, I still there is room for these types of models in more narrative games. I can imagine an Ork Kommando raid on a single Imperial Knight that has been disabled. Will the Imperial Guard looking after the Knight be able to protect the Knight whilst it is repaired and powered up, or will the Ork Kommandos manage to lay their charges and make their escape.
So will I be buying one? Well you never know, but I do need to finish that Ork Bommer first.