Another of my "quick paints to a deadline" was this freelance Imperial Knight, for entry into a Canadian Games Workshop Imperial Knight painting competition. After a day of assembly and five days of painting over three weeks (probably about 30 hours total paint time after spray painting the greys and reds) I am happy to have finished the model, and use him in many games with my Blood Angels. After such a speedy paint job for such a large model I have a better understanding of how glazes flow across large surfaces, and how thin you can mix them down until you get ugly water marks. I chose not to use pigments for the weathering, merely GW technical paints, as I feel any more black smudges or rust marks will darken an already dark model.
I had the most fun with the "copper" muzzle and exhaust, mixing orange and pink before a few washes and glazes to add the redness and oxidation. The freehand was a last minute addition, as I find the included decals a little garish, though it shouldn't be too hard to repaint in the future. In hindsight I may have also made the "metal" sections on the rear appear too flat, but this may be a result of painting individual sections and then assembling them, lessening the ability for the shadows to convey depth across the whole model. I couldn't imagine painting one of these without the use of sub-assemblies.
Making the base and Undercoating the sub-assemblies using spray cans.