While I like the design of the original boxed set of Blood Knights, I wanted to create a unique unit that could pass for Blood Dragons. I wanted a unit of Blood Dragons who had an Empire look to them while making it it obvious that they were vampires. I wanted them all to look like the vampire count on the cover of the 6th Edition army book.
Above: This might be The Red Duke
I have a bunch of Empire knights lying around, but the Empire Knights by themselves did not strike me as “vampire counts”. I also thought about using Chaos Knights as I’ve seen many conversions made with their horses, but the Chaos Knights themselves seemed to large and too brutal to really fit in with my vision of what an elegant and aristocratic looking vampire knight should look like. I had also thought about using Bretonnian Knights at one point and saw one model that may have worked, but looking at the original models for them in Warhammer 6th Edition, I did not think that the Bretonnian models would work due to them having surcoats on top of their armor.
Above: I really like this model and I thought he had the look for a Blood Dragon knight, but the only problem was that the other Bretonnian Knights of the realm did not look nearly as cool as this guy, so I decided to pass. If I ever start a Mousillon army, I might use him (which is prompting me to do another project already).
I really liked the High Elf Dragon Princes horses, but when I got them, I was a bit disappointed that the rider’s legs were attached. At first I was not sure whether I should file them off of keep them. I figured that filing them off would be a lot of work and the damages done would require a huge amount of green stuff to fix, so I decided to keep them in tact and work around them.
I fiddled around with my bitz box and I tried attaching an Empire knight body onto the Dragon Prince rider’s legs, but it looked really awkward because the Empire Knight torsos were too wide to fit on the legs and looked awkward. Luckily for me I had some High Elf Silver Helms torsos available so I decided to use them; a perfect fit! Now the only problem was, the Empire Knight arms were too big to fit properly on the Silver Helm torsos, so I had to use green stuff to make their torso less slender and more bulky in order to add the arms.
Above: Work in Progress Vampire Counts Blood Knight Banner Bearer with a Green Stuff cape
Above: The Vampire Counts Blood Knight BSB is made with a 6th Edition Blood Dragon with great weapon head, a High Elf Silver Helms torso. The left arm is from the old 6th Edition State Troops command and the right arm is a plain Empire Knights arm. The Banner is from the Orc Warriors boxed set.
Above: The Blood Dragon Knights are made from a combination of Empire, High Elf and Bretonnia bitz. The arms and helmets are the Sallet styled helmets used by the Knights Panther from the Empire Knightly Orders boxed set. The arms are with the raised lances are the Empire BSB arms. The dragon crests are a mixture of 5th and 6th edition Bretonnia Knights.
So far three are painted and the rest are on the way. When finished the unit will have at least six to eight total knights including a Castellan.