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Imperial Knight Houses Warhammer 40k

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Imperial Knight Houses

Imperial Knight Houses


In my last article, I looked at the upcoming release for the Imperial Knights for Warhammer 40k. With the new White Dwarf Weekly, we have even more pictures and news with what comes in the kit. If you missed that article, you can click the link here:

With this article, we will look at the various Knight Houses and see what decal options come in the new kit. I'm Murphy80, and let me show you the decal sheets in the new Imperial Knight kit.

Imperial Knight Decals

Imperial Knight Decals

Imperial Knight Decals and Transfers

Included in the new Imperial Knight kit is a transfer sheet of decals. There are more than 200 decals on this sheet to represent things like honor kills and House heraldry. Which houses come with this sheet? Well, it looks like some of the names have been altered from previous publishing.

Imperial Houses

  • Terryn
  • Hawkshroud (Hawkwood of old?)
  • Cadmus

Mechanicum Houses

  • Taranis
  • Raven


  • Obsidian Knight

Also available, for separate purchase, will be another transfer sheet with additional Houses and Freeblades on it. On the supplemental sheet, we have heraldry for:

Imperial Houses

  • Additional Hawkshroud
  • Degallio
  • Griffith
  • Mortan

Mechanicum Houses

  • Krast
  • Vulker (old Vymar?)


  • Crimson Reaper
  • Gerantius, the Forgotten Knight
  • The White Warden
  • Amaranthine

On both sets of transfer sheets (both the one included and the additional purchase one) there are plenty of other symbols and decals for shoulder pads, vambraces, weapons, etc. Now that we know what "choices" we have, maybe we can match them up with "historical" color schemes.

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House Raven

House Raven

House Hawkshroud

House Hawkshroud

Imperial Knight Houses Color Schemes

For whatever reason, GW has decided to use a mix of old, new, and changed names for the Knight Houses. Let's see if we can match up these names with some traditional color schemes, based on the old Epic game and other sources.

House Terryn - is pictured as the blue knight from the first release of new pictures. You can see that article by clicking here. The primary color scheme is blue, with a gold metallic trim. Their house emblem is of a horse with a chain-color, while their full house emblem is surrounded by a black eagle.

House Hawkshroud (Hawkwood?) - Old resources show that Hawkwood is a Mechanicus aligned house, but the new transfer sheet says that Hawkshroud is an Imperial aligned house. Is this a new house or are they mixing fluff? The only link we have for Hawkwood shows a Red-and-Yellow quartered paint scheme.

House Raven - This is the red knight pictured to the right in this article. They are Mechnicus aligned house are primarily red with a steel colored trim. Their house emblem is a triangular tower with cog and lightning motif.

The Obsidian Knight - a Freeblade, we assume that this is a singular knight, not a house. It is the black knight pictured at the top of this article. It is primarily black, with a steel trim. It's icon is a bleached skull with red eyes.

Mechanicum Houses

Mechanicum Houses

Imperial Knight Freeblades

Imperial Knight Freeblades

Other Imperial Knight Houses

House Krast - Pictured at the right, it is a Mechanicum aligned house with a blue and yellow scheme.

House Degalio - No official colors, but their emblem is a rampant "sea lion" with the upper body of a lion and the lower body of a fish.

House Griffith - No official colors, but their emblem is the side-profile of a dragon holding a spear or sword.

House Mortan - No official colors, but their emblem is a profile of a tusked-wolf . . . or possibly a boar, but it looks like a wolf to me!

House Vulker - No official colors, but their emblem looks like a trident inside of a cog wheel. Mechanicum aligned obviously.

Freeblades - Included on the supplemental transfer sheet, we have the heraldry of more Freeblades. The Crimson Reaper has a scythe with a drop of blood. Gerantius, the Forgotten Knight, has a stylized crown and helmet face. The White Warden has a black sword and a smooth face helmet. The Amaranthine has a red-pink flower and thorn motif.

Imperial Knight Houses


That's as much of a breakdown as I can give. Unfortunately, many of the "historical" Knight Houses have been left out in the cold, and replaced with new names or houses. On the plus side, this leave room for us painters to create new paint schemes! The icons are great looking and will really add to the medieval theme of these models. If properly applied, decals can make a model really "pop".

I have two Imperial Knights on order and I am still pondering which paint scheme to try out. I think doing both knights with the same scheme will save time and will make them look unified on the battlefield. Which should I go with? Take the poll to the right and leave a comment down below.

As always, feel free to browse some of my other 40k articles, and check back for more updates as the Knights actually release. Maybe I will post an article about assembling the models and painting them . . . if there is enough interest. Let me know in the comments below.

Thanks for reading. Murphy Out!


Murphy (author) from Florida on April 17, 2014:

Wow, Chris, great information. I just googled your suggestion and there it is. I knew I'd seen similar images before, but couldn't specifically place them. I'll put this down as the most historical comment ever provided. Thanks!

Chris Nelson on April 16, 2014:

With regards to the lion with a fishtail icon, that's book around for thousands of years - the example that first springs to mind is the Capricorn of Legio II Augusta. CN

Murphy (author) from Florida on March 30, 2014:

Agreed, AO! At least Knights have been around for 20 years in the history and in miniature form. I opened a box of old Epic miniatures the other weekend and realized I already have a dozen Imperial Knights . . . but they are only 2" tall!

Anonymous One on March 30, 2014:

The Imperial Knight smacks of trying to compete with Tau and Eldar in a *ahem* measuring competition for the "Biggest Mini-Titan Award".

Still, at least Imperial Knights have plenty of fluffy back-story and are not as obvious as freaking XV88-wannabe Astartes Centurions!

Murphy (author) from Florida on March 12, 2014:

No arguments, here :)

Alex on March 12, 2014:

Of course Tyranids can't use them, why would they possibly need something to make then good? In fact all of those factions can reasonably have Knights in a sense, Orks can loot them, some can turn to Chaos, and Tyranids can capture and redevelop them for the horde.

Murphy (author) from Florida on March 05, 2014:

Spellbound, I agree! I really wanted to ally them with my Chaos Marines. What we CAN do, however, is ally them with Imperial Guard that can THEN ally with Chaos. Rumor has it that the Knights will not take up an ally slot, but will rather be a separate detachment.

And I've only heard about leaks from the new White Dwarf. I thought I'd update the article as soon as I see official word... though I do believe GW's site has now said "Imperial Allies". Thanks for the tip!

Spellbound on March 05, 2014:

the leaked scans of the codex have revealed they are NOT available for all factions. Orks, tyranids and chaos cannot use them. Everyone else can, in some capacity.

Pretty darn lame, if you ask me. Chaos has to wait for official rules later.

Murphy (author) from Florida on February 24, 2014:

It's looking like the knights are going to be available to all 40k armies. Customer service is saying so, and they certainly aren't using restrictive language in any of their official articles. It looks like an official codex is being release on March 8th. It will certainly say in there.

Alex on February 23, 2014:

Verging on heresy methinks ;) Imperium can't have all the cool xenos toys as well as their own.

Murphy (author) from Florida on February 23, 2014:

I was thinking the same thing about the Green Knight... one of my favorite models of all time. That would look interesting as an Imperial Knight, that ghostly green...

Alex on February 22, 2014:

Forgotten Knight... Green scheme... Well that's the Green Knight from Fantasy. Not unexpected to shift them to 40K, especially as whispers of Brettonians rerelease are floating around.

Murphy (author) from Florida on February 22, 2014:

Yes, I love that Forgotten Knight! Did you notice that they didn't paint a "name" on the chest scroll? Maybe he really is forgotten!

I agree that there could be Chaos aligned knights... and I hope that they are allowed with these current models. I don't want to have to wait a few more years to play a "real" one... especially if the model ends up looking like a goofy ostrich! I like the current look of the knights, especially because my Chaos troops are only marginally spikey. I like the look of Imperial vehicles... I just want to run them as the rebels :) We will find out soon enough if this will work with the knights!

Andyc on February 22, 2014:

There used to be Chaos Knight houses, notably House Devine which was mentioned in the HH short store "The Devine Adoratrice" and will be in the upcoming "Vengeful Spirit". Once they turned though their Knights looked very different to the Imperial ones. They were called things like Hellstrider and Hellstalker I think.

I'll be doing mine in House Raven colours since apparently they are based on the Metalica Forge World which is where the Legio Metalica (Iron Skulls) are based which is how I've painted my Warhounds. I do like the scheme on the Forgotten Knight though, it's a very nice shade of green!

Murphy (author) from Florida on February 21, 2014:

Not that they've announced. However, they are mentioning Freeblades, which are mercenary knights. Whether these mercenaries will be able to ally with non-Imperial armies is still unknown. I really hope the answer is yes... because I don't own an Imperial army and I really want to use a knight or two. I have two ordered and will be painting them as soon as they arrive... whether I keep or sell them will depend on how I can use them!

Murphy (author) from Florida on February 21, 2014:

Yeah, it's a pretty cool image... agreed very Brettonian. Holy Cow? Did GW just shift another fantasy faction into the far future of 40k? I think they did!

KleVeR on February 21, 2014:

Are there any chaos-aligned Imperial knights?

Alex on February 21, 2014:

Sounds very Brettonian.

Ray on February 20, 2014:

A rampant sea lion, who's idea was that I've never seen anything like that in any of the clan emblems or banners I've looked at, but it sounds cool. seems like a good color scheme would be sea blue (duh) with white around the ankles like its walking in whitecaps.

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