For my next Warden-series ink I tested a sample of Noodler's Bad Belted Kingfisher, as usual in my Pilot Varsity. Incidentally, this will be my shortest ink review yet. Why, you ask? Because Bad Belted Kingfisher and Bad Blue Heron which I tested a while back are almost identical twins, differing only in color. All the other features are a straight match.
Because of this, I will only list the few minor differences between the two inks and then show you the written samples.
Color and saturation
Bad Belted Kingfisher is definitely a darker shade of blue than Bad Blue Heron. It is also a little bit more saturated.
While both inks are water (and forgery) resistant, Bad Belted Kingfisher seems to wash out a tiny bit more. Whether this is normal behavior or just a variation in my particular sample doesn't really matter to me.
I found both these inks to be almost exemplary in their behavior. With the small caveat that they may bleed/ghost a little on cheap paper, I would heartily recommend either of them. Which one is better? It all boils down to personal taste. If you like a darker blue, go with Bad Belted Kingfisher. If you prefer a lighter and less saturated color, go with Bad Blue Heron. Personally I prefer Bad Blue Heron because, to my mind, its subdued nature gives it a bit more personality.
Here are the two samples on photocopy and Rhodia 80g paper, respectively.