Whew! It's been a minute since I've posted. Lots of hectic stuff going on here, so I haven't had a lot of time to do much of anything.
But, with the new Imperial Knights stuff, I couldn't resist building a Knight army. My first love was Battletech and now that there is more than just the single type of Imperial Knight out there, it was hard for me not to indulge there.
I'm using the House Hawkshroud rules, which I think have a good sort of grim stubborn feel to them. I haven't figured out much of the details of my Imperial house, like a name or anything. But, due to a quirk with their thrones mechanicum, they are obsessed with the concept of life, death, and eternal service to the Emperor. I took cues from the Garden of Morr and things like that for the heraldry-- the bigger knights are going to have bleeding rose petals and vines intertwining through skulls all over them on bone-white armor plates, and all of the knights that have a face mask (so, not the Armigers) will have the skull mask. For the bigger knights, each skull that is not a part of the household crest will represent one superheavy kill, and each rose blossom on the vines painted all over the armor will represent one campaign. So there'll be some logic to the heraldry and the barons will have really intricate carapaces while the lesser nobles will have less decoration. And the armigers, being at the bottom, will just have the household crest and the split rose blossom/skull shoulder pad like this one.
Speaking of, this is the first model I've finished for the army. I originally left it unweathered, but I realized Knights, even Armigers, are such high profile targets that there's no way that bone white is going to stay clean. Particularly if the pilot is obsessed with an eternity of service to the Emperor through life, death, and rebirth and has no concern for their own mortality or the structural integrity of their war machine.