Knight Houses in the Great Crusade and Heresy pt1
Hi all. It's been a while since Knights were first introduced onto our gaming tables (and my 8 are still boxed - though for hopefully not much longer). Choosing the Knight house that is best for you to is like choosing a pair of new shoes.
Some houses were not discovered during the Great Crusade or even Heresy (Terryn for example sadly - TBC possible canon conflict), others were only hinted at being around and must be assumed and some are so cut and dry it is fantastic.
So here I aim to give you the following information; what suits they favoured, colour scheme, Segmentum, Homeworld, Loyalty, Lord and most importantly the Legions they may have quested with.
Homeworld: Baroda (Makabius destroyed / overthrew every other Knight House on Baroda during At 831. M30).
Lord: Lord Martial Sirus Lenthale (at discovery),
Markhan Hrotham at time of Heresy. Discovered by: Expeditionary Fleet with 1000 Imperial Fists.
Allegiance: In Great Crusade they were tied to Mezoa (after discovery by Imperial Fists), whilst many Freeblades left to go Questing with various Expedition fleets in northern reaches of the Imperium. These were often referred to as 'Forlorn hope' due to their willingness to spearhead many assaults and sieges. Scion Markhan Hrotham earned the respect of the Luna Wolves after their actions on Skarron, earning him a place in the Luna Wolves upper Echelons. This eventually led to a second wind for the Knight House, with missives seeking allegiance to the Warmasters' cause in the Months before the Isstvan 3 Betrayal. Markhan took the title of Lord Protector and ousted Sirus from power.
There was a brief Civil war on Baroda as the other Makabius elements returned and fastidiously remained loyal to the Imperium.
006 m31 the Death Guard arrive instead of the expected Sons of Horus to take the Knight house and all assets.
Markhan never returned to his Household but did continue to fight with unrestrained savagery on the battlefields during the Horus Heresy.
Notes. Took many years for new suits to arrive from Mezoa, during this time Sirus banned Questing turning many young Scions into Freeblades.
During the Great Crusade, Makabius only maintained a few Cerastus chassis. These numbers were bolstered in the dawn of the Heresy. They have Knights in poor condition sometimes bastardised from several different chassis.
Great Crusade ratio: 3:2 Standard Chassis to Cerastus / Warden chassis.
Horus Heresy: 2:3 Standard Chassis to Cerastus / Warden chassis.
Forge World's Paul Rudge created this fantastic scheme.The model is airbrushed with a base coat of Tamiya flat aluminium over a black undercoat.
Make a thin wash from equal parts Seraphim Sepia, Nuln Oil, Lahmian medium(or Tamiya klear) and water, this wash is brushed over the entire model 2 or 3 times, allowing it to dry between coats.
The colours of the armour plates are Karak Stone for the lighter colour and Vellejo model colour 995 or Tamiya German grey(either can be used as they are very similar in colour).
The trim on the armour plates is painted Auric Armour gold then the edge is given a light drybrush of Iron Breaker.
Then lightly sponge a colour made from Abaddon black and Rhinox hide over the edges of the metal across the entire model.
Use a wash of Seraphim Sepia to add oil like staining to all the moving joints and pistons. Also apply washes over the gold areas and allow it to pool around rivets.
The streaking on the armour plates is also created using Seraphim Sepia.
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Thanks to Zach Wooten for the illustrations :)