Warhammer 40k Detachments – Catachan Jungle Fighters

Not all the forces I am working on are intended to become solid core armies. Some factions lend themselves to be detachments for skirmishes, specific scenarios or reinforcements for other armies.

The first of these detachments I have just completed is a 500 points strong infantry platoon of the Catachan Jungle Fighters for Warhammer 40k 7th Edition. Often called upon to fight in the dense jungles of tropical death worlds, it is fitting for them to operate without vehicle support.

Multiple squads of soldiers in green fatigues among jungle plants
A Catachan platoon sets out into the depth of the hostile jungle

The commander uses the Lord Commissar rules, but is represented by a Captain. In the Catachan background, Commissars have a tendency to meet unfortunate accidents, and it is therefore likely that leaders from within their ranks fulfil the role of instilling discipline with an iron fist, and through their own heroics.

A muscular warrior with a buzz cut holding his power fist in the air
The Captain’s leadership style is unconventional but effective

The troops consist of a Platoon HQ with missile launcher and plasma gun plus two squads equipped with flamers and krak grenades.

A squad of soldiers including a team with missile launcher
The Platoon Command Squad packs extra punch
Soldiers with laser rifle aiming and charging
The troopers fearlessly engage the enemy
A unit of troopers lead by a sergeant wielding a chainsword
The jungle itself has to be fought back

Providing fire support are three weapons teams with heavy bolters and an autocannon to take down larger targets. A squad of Ogryns adds close combat capabilities to the platoon.

Three teams equipped with heavy guns on tripods
Heavy streams of bulls cut through the undergrowth
Three oversized humanoids carrying bulky rifles
The Ogryns muscle their way into action

If I want to expand this force , I’ll probably go for an air mobile squad of veterans in a Valkyrie and a special weapons squad with flamers. A sniper and a trooper with a heavy flamer would also come in handy, so I can change the load out of some squads.

10 thoughts on “Warhammer 40k Detachments – Catachan Jungle Fighters”

    1. Thank you, they are indeed iconic for any 90s era 40k gamer I believe. I felt they were the perfect opportunity to experiment with skin tones, which I’ll now also apply to my other regiments as I work on reinforcements.

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