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Ok i have a bit of a dilemma, during third and most of 4th edition I used this bad boy:
But with a new edition comes an updated army and for my new incarnation of my Word Bearer's I built a new Dark Apostle to lead the mases. Now my question is this should I paint him all black in the traditional chaplain colors or should I paint him in the rank and file crimson of the standard troopers? I want to stay away from the combo schme I used previously.
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Are you going to paint a whole new army? If so, will it be the traditional Word Bearers' paintjob? (Crimson with silver piping) or something different?
Black with Crimson piping would look great on the Apostle.
Silver with Crimson piping could look fantastic. (kinda like a fallen Grey Knight...)
How about weathered and aged Bleached Bone armor with either Black, Silver, Gold, or Crimson piping, and then paint black or bloody-red text on the armor so it looks like he covered himself with inscriptions from the Book of Lorgar? If he's the only model in the army with that paint scheme it would really emphasize his power and status as a Dark Apostle. You could show his ties back to his Legion by painting his helmet or another part with the traditional Crimson-armor-Silver-piping scheme.
Also, have you converted your new Dark Apostle yet? If so, do you think you could put up a picture? I love seeing new conversions, and it might help us give good advice.
The Emperor set a fire in their hearts that they might burn the iniquitous and the impure from his sight. And the light of that flame shall be as a beacon to the faithful, a light that shines in the darkest places.
I think there are benefits to both of the two usual choices, a Standard Word bearers scheme or a black Chaplain scheme. I think the standard Word bearers scheme will be good in making your Apostle look like one of his men. The way you haver painted that one there looks good so the Worb bearers colour scheme will look good. He will also be the obvious leader and will seem to help him fit in with them.
The black Chaplain scheme will mark him out as different. Black sometimes has a problem of looking blank, though your painting looks very good so I don't think you will have a problem handling black properly. However it will mark him out as special, he will look sort of like some uber-villian leading his warriors. Also the black colour scheme will clearly show he is different and reinforce that he isn't just a common Chaos lord but a evil Chaplain.
I think you should consider these two choices and decide if you want him to fit in cleanly with your army and not make any waves or if you want him to stand out as being abit different from the rest. I personally think the black will look more sinister but you may want him to be more cohesive with your other models.
I really like the idea of the bone color scheme. I think it will really set him apart and impart the power he has over his men. those are just my two cents.