In last weeks post 40k around the interwebs, I was able to show you some fantastic pictures of Jens Sentenceiger’s Imperial knight warden conversion and some of his other knights as well. I thought they were so original that I got in touch with Jes and asked him some questions about his work on the knights, what that has led to, gaming in general and what he has planned for the future.
Here’s what he had to say….
PC -Hey Jens, thanks for taking the time to talk to me. So first off, tell me a bit about yourself and how you got into gaming ?
Jes – I´m 32 now, living in a small city in Germany.
The first contact with GW or better Miniature Games at all was made around 1992 when “StarQuest” (original titel “Space Crusade”) was released here. The old commercial just flashed up in front of this 10 year old boy 😊, and I got it for Christmas and later on all Add Ons.
About 4 years later an independent retailer started to sell Warhammer 40k. Seeing the similarity I got interested and bought the basic set.
I loved 2nd Edition. The floor with shoe boxes, glases and whatever we could find was our battlefield for waging epic battles. I remember playing Eldar with Scorpions, a Wraithlord and Warwalker as my favorites.
As 3rd Edition was released in 1998 my army wasn’t playable anymore and i lost interest quite fast. Beeing 16 I got enough other stuff to do.
In 2003 I met with a old friend for coffee and saw a Chaos Landraider in a box. And beneath it, he showed me a complete Tau army. He said he was going to sell it on Ebay. That were the last words i remember him saying, the next thing i can think of is me sitting at home with a brand new Tau Army and a lighter wallet. I told a friend at University about it and just smiled back and showed me a picture of his hobby room. It was impressive then and it is much more now 🙂
Since that time I’ve really got deep into the hobby. Having bought and sold through different armys I stuck with a impressive Space Marine force, some Eldar (including my Avatar, Warwalker and Wraithlord from 1997) and since they came out, the Imperial Knights.
With his ‘Bigger’ brothers
PC – Spotting your knight warden conversion started off our conversations, can you tell me about how it came to be and talk me through building it?
A- Having built and painted the two Knight variants available, and completed the army with some infantry and vehicles as well as an Inquisitorial Detachment I wanted to wait for the Forgeworld Knight-Lancer.
Everyone knows, that you just can’t lean back on a hobby evening with nothing to do. So on one evening the owner of my GW store, who is also a very good friend and i talked about possibilties FW would have with the other Knight variants that Epic brought us. Looking through the interwebs for old miniatures he showed me the Imperial Knight Warden.
I just said to him: “I want that one”…….Silence….. “Now!”.
We went back to the store, grabbed a Knight-Kit, some spare parts and all of my and his tools.
It must have been around 8pm when we returned to his appartment, threw in a Dvd and just started.
The conversion itself was quite simple. We discussed it and built the parts we agreed to stay untouched. We took our time (nearly an hour) to just think about it, hold it in the right positions.
That is how we did it:
The upper body was built as normal but without the top armour plate.
The middle metal fitting of the top armour plate was cut away and then glued on a bit higher. (To let the head face the front but still beeing in its position)
Shoulder Pads were slightliy cut from behind with a hobby knife, heatened in hot water and then bent to get a nice round shape for beeing used as shin armour.
Lower part of the body (hip) was simply cut in a half and glued to the left and right of the body. (It fits nicely to the main body’s overhaning parts)
Arm mountings were then cut away leaving you with the round parts fitting to the main body and glued on 2 Twin-Las.
Head mounting of the main body was removed and head glued in properly.
Exhausts’ lower parts cut away to fit the new position.
Gunbarrel shortend and rear end of the gun glued to barrel.
The Mechanicus part of the end of the gun glued to the joint where upper and lower body normally would connect covering up the whole.
Cut away the overhanging plastic of the cockpit-door fitting. Greenstuffed the innerpart to connect to glued in Gun. Apply a lot of Greenstuff.
Clean it up….Done!
PC – Awesome, have you made any rules up for it yet or are you going to wait for forgeworld to release some ?
Jens – I would hope FW will see the Interest in the Warden and make some but till then I just play him as a normal Knight.
PC – along side your completed warden stand a knight paladin and a knight errant with some fantastic free hand detail. Can you tell me about it?
Knight Paladin and Knight Errant
Jens – At first I want to say, that this whole house and heraldic theme GW made with the Knights impressed me. I really fell for it. On my first Knight I strictly followed these standards.
My houses first Knight has a blue-grey scale-pattern on the front of his right shoulder to show the Pilot’s peronal pattern.
There is a group of 4 people that just started of GoT Knights here in my GW store, we were watching the series together and as Imperial Knights came up it was clear to donate a Knight to every favorite House. So we got a Stark-Knight as well as an Nightwatch (dont know the origin name to be honest) and are still working on some others. I wanted to stay Targaryen and as awesome as it was and the freehands started to work ( those are my first ones) so on his left is the Targaryen-Crest with a bannerflag “Targaryen” written in old english (same on his chest). Right knee is the one stripe for beeing the first. Left Knee is the Targaryen-crest again. Additionally “She” got the Khaleesi writing next to her cockpit entrance.
With the second I must admit, I couldnt hold myself back with the huge area the Knights offers. So i went for the large dragon covering nearly the whole top. But i made sure the head to be on the front of the right shoulder as pilot’s personal as well as a Dragon Claw on the left as Targaryen-Reference. Left cheek of the helmet and the EnergySword wear a red scale-pattern (to stay a bit consistent at least). Right knee 2 stripes. Left Knee i drew a winged-Dragon claw. You could say it’s a shortcut to the three-headed dragon crest.
Knight Paladin and Knight Errant
PC – What inspired you to continue on and build an army around the theme?
Jens – I can’t say. I had been planning them as an addition to my Space Marines and trying out some freehands I just fell in love with the first Knight. Most of this stuff is found through out the whole army. The Valkyrie for example got a giant Dragon head left to the cockpit and the Targaryen crest to the right and so on. It came out so fantastic to me and the whole theme around it offered me more potential i had ever thought of. I just couldn’t stop.
First thing was a pilot. I just had to built a beautiful female pilot with a large banner. But obviously she cant walk alone! She needs some Troops. Scions followed. Those cant go without Vehicles of course! But what would the Imperial Forces say about this? An Inquisitor should watch over them! Watch over one Knight? NO! Two!….Every hobbiest should exactly know how that feels and where it leads you ^^
PC – Do you have any plans to add to the army or do you have another project lined up?
Jens – As stated above there is no end to his one in the near future. I badly want a Knight-Lancer and the other Warden Variant with the large missilepod. I want to add some Mechanicus as well, at least someone has to Service the Knights. I will try my best to present a complete House.
PC – As you beat forgeworld in creating the warden, is there any particular knight variant you like to see them release soon?
Jens – Yes indeed. They chose the Knight-Lancer Variant 2 which I´m totally fine with as it matches the Paladins the most. The Warden´s I can built my self (not the one with the Tracks, that Looks like the Chaos thing).
It is the 2 other Lancer variants. I would really like to see one with the inverted knees and additionally these are the ones most likely to be converted to those old Slaneesh ones 😉
I’d like to thank Jens for taking the time out to talk to me and showing off his awesome work.
I’ve enjoyed this so much that I hope to do some more blog posts like this in the future so stay tuned..
Until next time