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Rude Awakening

When I expanded my Necron army with some larger constructs, a couple of commenters asked for an updated picture of them all together. With other projects out of the way, I therefore cleared the table and brought out my collected Necron forces, 1,500 points in total (for a full size image, open it in a new tab).

View from above on a force of dozens of robotic metal warriors and war machines in jungle terrain
The Necrons march in force

Unfortunately, the recently assembled Catachan patrol was still in the area as the Necrons emerged. Woefully under strength against such opponents, the Imperial guardsmen dug in as best they could, hoping to hold out until reinforcements could arrive.

Battle scene between Necrons and Catachan Jungle Fighters
The Overlord orders his troops to attack
Battle scene between Necrons and Catachan Jungle Fighters
Destroyers swoop in with withering fire
Battle scene between Necrons and Catachan Jungle Fighters
Necron Warriors advance, supported by heavy weapons platforms
Battle scene between Necrons and Catachan Jungle Fighters
Necron Immortals are all but unstoppable

With their communications scrambled and the merciless machines moving in, the Catachans poured fire into their enemies before fixing bayonets for the final assault. No trace of the platoon was ever found and a report of its mysterious disappearance was filed by Regimental HQ.

Battle scene between Necrons and Catachan Jungle Fighters
A firefight erupts at close quarters
Battle scene between Necrons and Catachan Jungle Fighters
The Catachan line is getting flanked
Battle scene between Necrons and Catachan Jungle Fighters
Wraiths materialise behind the Catachan defences
Battle scene between Necrons and Catachan Jungle Fighters
In the final volley of fire, every shot must count

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.

Brute Force

I’ve had these chunky metal Ogryns for Warhammer 40k half-painted for the longest time, since their unconventional style of uniform didn’t fit with any of the Imperial Guard regiments I was building. As soon as I decided to paint a detachment of Catachan Jungle Fighters however, they found their spiritual home.

Large humanoid figure with a horned helmet and a bulky rifle
The Bone ‘ead is the leader of his small fire team
Ogryn with a heavy, stubby rifle and a large combat knife
Ripper guns lay down heavy fire at short range
Ogryn holding a gun with attached bayonet
What the bullets don’t fell, the bayonet will take care of

Now I am just missing the Captain for this 500 points Catachan infantry detachment. There’s going to be a rumble in the jungle soon, as they discover long abandoned ruins and reawaken forces that should better have been left in their eternal stasis…

Three Ogryns in a jungle of vibrant plants
Ogryns are usually found in the spearhead of an Imperial Guard assault
Back view of three Ogryns in front of green foliage
Cutting a path through the dense jungle

Guardians of Eternity

Motivated by my quick painting progress and inspired by the positive feedback from you lot on my Necrons, I completed their reinforcements with a unit of Lychguard and another Lord.

Being multi-part plastic kits, they needed to be painted rather than polished, and I’d given them a shiny silver undercoat years ago, when I initially put them together. Thus they ended up lighter than some of my more recent figures, but as they are elite royal guardians, I felt this to be quite appropriate.

I stuck to silver with all of their bodies and armaments and added the usual detailing – gold for the glyphs, red for eyes and jewels and blue for the tabards. To indicate the energy coursing through their shields and blades, I applied green glaze along the seams. This adds some interest while maintaining the overall stark metallic look of the unit and the whole army.

Group of robotic warriors with large shields and swords
The Lychguard protect the ancient Necron tomb complex

The final addition to the force is another Lord. This one is a metal sculpt, but since I bought it second hand, I needed to paint over it. I never found stripping paint worth my while and rather accept a bit of roughness in the final result.

Silver skeletal robot with a large scythe-like weapon
The Lord is ready to take back what rightfully belongs to the Necrons
Necron Lord gesturing a group of robotic warriors forwards
Deathless warriors are being sent to reclaim the Necron empire

So this is it for now, the Overlord has awoken enough troops from their stasis to challenge any of the armies in my collection. Who is going to marshal their forces next to counter the Necron threat to the galaxy?

Necron Overlord holding a green orb surrounded by the Lychguard
The Overlord marches to war amongst his honour guard

In Pursuit of Life

Following my long-laid plan, I have activated further Necron constructs to purge any offending life forms from my resurgent interstellar empire.

These are all metal models from the original range. With the exception of the Scarabs, I painted the metal instead of just washing and polishing it, since the larger constructs needed quite a bit of glue to hold together.

Three ghostlike silver robots rushing a squad of human soldiers
Wraiths emerge from the shattered ruins
Floating beetle-like robotic construct with a rending claw and long gun
A Tomb Spider mercilessly hunts for human survivors
Swarms of insect-like robots scuttling towards a battle tank in a city
Scarabs swarm a Leman Russ battle tank

To lead the growing Necron force into battle, I am going to add another Lord (while promoting one of the existing ones to an Overlord) and a unit of Lychguard for an additional 500 points overall.

Robotic constructs advancing through the rubble strewn street of a bombed out city
Soon the Imperial city will fall silent like another Necron tomb