After a long time of ponder and messy attempts at countless color schemes as well as looking at what inspires me most in the Chaos faction I have decided, without a remit or second chances, that I will dedicate myself to the Word and the XVIIth Legion. Here is why:
Those who know me or have maybe read my rather lengthy introduction on my profile know that I am a devout follower of the Thousand Sons, them being my first love in Warhammer 40k and my favorite legion. While I love their background I have found myself much constrained by their dedication to Tzeentch and their rather bland color scheme, especially disturbing since in my club we play a host of "blue" armies from Death Skulls to Ultramarines and Alaitoc... which was a major deterrent why I avoided to paint and play them.
My guess was that Black Legion being the "main" or rather "the true" Chaos legion, by being born in the fires of the Slave Wars and the product of the odyssey in the Eye, was actually the best legion to play and paint but again I have found myself very hard pressed to make it look and to stand out from the other constant in my area, black painted armies. I also lead the Planet Killer community but I confess I have found much frustration with impersonating the Black Legion both on tabletop and in the "roleplay".
Now onto the confession. My heart always sung at the mention of the Word Bearers, here, plain in sight, I admit it. The reason for that are several and very valid. The first reason is their lore and the superb penwork of ADB but also of Reynolds and others. I have a feud with the fans of Battle for the Furious Abyss due to the ruination it had on the representation of the XVIIth legion, but so I have a grudge with Know no Fear and similar books. The reasons for the plentiful discussions I had on the board are simple, the Word Bearers are not the punchbags, they are actually the Chaos equivalent of the loyalist Ultramarines. The empire builders, pen-pushers, administrators and general intellectuals of the Chaos legions, understood maybe only by the Thousand Sons but in truth cardinal for the faction and for the understanding of Chaos.
The second reason is that I love the "traitor red" color scheme. I paint on commission at a good tabletop standard and the Word Bearers scheme is one of my best shots at painting. It always comes clean and simple and I have replicated it with success on various Blood Ravens, Flesh Tearers and other "carmine" armies. The unassuming battered steel trim and the tokens of colors with the parchment and bone, combined with the green eye lenses, makes for an outstanding scheme and looks austere, deep. I don't have the words to depict why I like the "carmine" color so much, but lets just say it has a resonance within me.
The third reason why I have decided for the Word Bearers is my character itself. I am a soon to be master degree in laws, I am a prolific reader, writer, poet and student of everything I have in my reach or at a click of my mouse. I devour information, never slaked by it, always looking for more. I also love to speak, and I do still attend to rhetoric lessons and I have a love for theology, mythology and history, but above all for philosophy. My efforts are unremarkable since I never applied to any publishers or applications for writers but believe me when I say that I write and read a lot. The Word Bearers, in this case even more than the Thousand Sons, are what I consider the learned legion. They are not just warrior zealots, but they are all very cultured marines. I believe that a Word Bearer would study countless texts during his life, he would participate in hundreds if not thousands of debates on the matters of spirit and philosophy and most important than all, they are the very definition of law, law as a codified morale, law as a vision, as a guiding light. Faith requires the law to support it, law requires faith to guide it and this is a firm belief I hold dear (though I agree that many positivists would disagree with me, but this is academics) and the Word Bearers are the legion on which you can bet that they would respect this truth as the highest of their ideals.
The fourth reason why I have settled on the Word Bearers to be my representing legion both on tabletop as well as in the community it is because I act in my club as in many local events connected with 40k as an advocate of Chaos. I love Chaos, its myriad of facets, its truths and untruths, its role in the 40k mythos and the Word Bearers are indeed the "paladins" of the faction. It was they who discovered the truth first, it is they who dared to look beyond, they who dared to question even the Emperor and none other is more important for the 40k saga as Lorgar himself.
Onto the fifth reason, Lorgar. I would lie if I would claim that I have been a Lorgar fanboy, he always looked like the runt of the litter among his mighty brothers, but once this character was given the option to become what he was always meant to be, he became my favorite primarch, overshadowing even Magnus. I admit that I have read "The First Heretic" three times, Aurelian the same, and I am adamant in my claim that no character is so much deserving in 40k than Lorgar. He is what I would love all primarchs to be, not a being wrought to be soldier and locked into this aspect of his creation, but a young, vibrant demigod who dared to seek the truth and who alone of his brothers has found it. I was elated when I heard for the first time a primarch say that he is not a soldier, that he does not like to be one, that there is more to humanity, to life and existence, then conflict and conflict alone. Lorgar is a visionary, a visionary with the drive of a zealot, with the gifts of a warrior king and with the culture of an illuminated being. This echo, or rather this many echoes to the character of the XVIIth legion primarch is what ultimately sealed the deal for me.
Along with that there are many other reasons but I think that the wall of text above is more than enough. I humbly ask to take over some aspects of this community to help it thrive and for your support in my first steps as a Word Bearer. The choice above will resonate across what I do on this board, from my Inspirational Friday contributions to a painting blog, to my participation in the community events like Daemon Forge, Augustus Arena and most important of all, ETL.
Thus I shed my skin and rise anew, anointed with the blood of the faithful, clad in red and bearing the icon of my office, my Accursed Crozius.
All hail the Word!