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Okay i was checking over Lexicanum in my lunch break and whilst breezing through the information in the word bearers entry i discovered that at some time pre heresy they were named the imperial heralds and had a different colour scheme. I've not read "the first heretic" so this may well be covered in that novel.

What i wanted to know is at what point did they switch colours and name? Why did they switch their colours and name? What is going on here? Who are all these people? WHERE ARE YOU TAKING ME?!?!?!

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The Death Guard were once known as the Dusk Raiders. The Wold Eaters were the War Hounds. The Dark Angels were "the First" (as in, the first Legion). All these names were used before the Emperor found their Legions' Primarchs. The Word Bearers were simply called something different before Lorgar was found, that's all.
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Ah ok. I was aware that they used different names before they were found but it was the first time i had noticed a completely different colour scheme being given for the period of time pre primarch. I know several of the others had schemes which changed after the heresy but hadn't realised that the WB had their own one even before that.

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The WB were the second known Legion to change their colors, the first being the Luna Wolves when they became the Sons of Horus. During the events of Battle for the Abyss, set after the Drop Site Massacre, they cast out their old dark gray armor for the crimson armor they wear now.

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Ah ok. I was aware that they used different names before they were found but it was the first time i had noticed a completely different colour scheme being given for the period of time pre primarch. I know several of the others had schemes which changed after the heresy but hadn't realised that the WB had their own one even before that.
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The WB were the second known Legion to change their colors, the first being the Luna Wolves when they became the Sons of Horus. During the events of Battle for the Abyss, set after the Drop Site Massacre, they cast out their old dark gray armor for the crimson armor they wear now.
Actually the Dusk Raiders/Death Guard were the first known Legion to change their livery from it's original colours.

The Dusk Raiders had mainly unpainted armour like the Death Guard they'd become except for a crimson right arm and shoulder (to show they were the bloody right hand of the Emperor), once they discovered Mortarion the armour was left unpainted (including the right arm/shoulder) except for it's trim which was painted green.
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Ah ok. I was aware that they used different names before they were found but it was the first time i had noticed a completely different colour scheme being given for the period of time pre primarch. I know several of the others had schemes which changed after the heresy but hadn't realised that the WB had their own one even before that.
What was the Word Bearers colour scheme pre-primarch? And do we know why it changed?

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What was the Word Bearers colour scheme pre-primarch? And do we know why it changed?

That's more or less the origional question i asked.
http://wh40k.lexicanum.com/wiki/Word_Bearers

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That's more or less the origional question i asked.
http://wh40k.lexicanum.com/wiki/Word_Bearers
As far as I'm aware they didn't have a colour scheme pre-Primarch that was changed with the discovery of Lorgar.

They changed their Granite Grey livery to Crimson during the Heresy but that's the only change I know of regarding the Sons of Lorgar.

Edit: (I'm not 100% confident of this, I'd have to check The First Heretic thoroughly for that, but I really don't think there was a change)
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I'm pretty sure all the legions had different names and colours before their primarch's came along, they changed because their primarchs wanted to feel a "bit more at home" i guess.

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I'm pretty sure all the legions had different names and colours before their primarch's came along, they changed because their primarchs wanted to feel a "bit more at home" i guess.
Well we know the World Eaters and Dark Angels only changed their names not their colours so I presume most of the other Legions were the same.
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