Every army needs a centrepiece miniature. That miniature for the Word Bearers is a legion Falchion super-heavy tank, twin titan-killing volcano cannons mounted on a gargantuan chassis. Of the three legion super-heavy variants than Falchion was initially my least favourite, but after building one I found I preferred the brutish slab sides of the self-propelled tank to that of it’s more sleek looking kin, the Fellblade and Glaive.

The large number of flat panels on the Falchion were a great canvas for the Word Bearers complex iconography and blocks of script. It also totally suited the Word Bearers palette of red and black.

Decal application

The best advice I can give on decals for heresy tanks, or any kits for that matter is apply them as early as possible, especially prior to any atmospheric weathering or battle damage. This is so that the decals can be made to appear if they are part of the vehicle rather than something that is ‘stuck’ on after the event. The trick is to create layers both above and below the decal that reveal underlying paintwork or damage as well as dirt and grime residing above it. That’s why I add them early on in the painting process.

I’ve lost count the number of times I have seen an incredibly well built and painted kits immersion spoiled by immaculate clean decals applied on top of weathering. A little varnish and some nuanced oil streaks can totally transform the finished result.

Having assembled a Fellblade for the VIth legion the only one I still have to build is a Glaive. I don’t have a place for one yet, but won’t deny it’s probably a matter of time given the Glaive’s Volkite Connonade main gun is an amazing looking weapon. I just need to find a suitable home and excuse to complete the trio.