XVII LEGION LEVIATHAN
What makes the Word Bearers stand out so dramatically on the battlefield is their incredible palette, regardless whether it is the deep opaque red or the candy-metallic. It was the latter I chose to give the maximum amount of contrast to the flat black pauldrons. Although the Leviathan dreadnought was painted at the same time as the rest of the force I also used it as a tester to try out two particular techniques; blending the script into the red and creating variation in the worn paintwork.
ADDING LAYERS TO THE SCRATCHES
Most of the time when I'm painting distressed paintwork I follow one of two methods; paint the scratches first the add the environmental weathering over the top to blend them in, or add them after to give them the appearance of fresh damage. Often I do both. With the Word Bearers palette however the colour is added over a metallic pre-shade in the form of a clear red. This means any scratches added after the event will look out of place the colour effectively being an ink, or if you use metallics instead will look like the damage has gone right through to the bare metal below. Fine for a few impacts but not all of them. To overcome this I re-applied imperfections and scratches after every couple of layers of the clear red. This let them build up gradually with colour but still contrast with the surrounding armour. After several layers what you are left with is a much more subtle depth to the damage.