I’m working away on a 500 point infantry force of Catachan Jungle Fighters for Warhammer 40k and just put the finishing touches to a heavy weapons squad. Equipped with two heaver bolters and an autocannon, they should be able to shred through dense jungle foliage and everything hiding within it alike.
Left to do now are the commander of this combat patrol and a unit of three Ogryns that will be handy in a close quarter encounter and also share the Catachan dress sense. They should get along great.
That tree just moved, fire!
The right calibre against small vehicles and large critters
Keeping the bullets coming
Creating a clearing for the advance
Taking up a defensive position
A second infantry squad and missile launcher team complete my platoon of Catachan Jungle Fighters for Warhammer 40k. I am aiming for a detachment size force of 500 points at the moment, so there’s a fire support squad, a trio of Ogryns and the Captain still to come.
A Catachan platoon advances through dense jungle
The missile launcher team features the metal sculpts but I used a new plastic tube as the original had been utilised for a different project. One of the squads also includes a plastic trooper that I put together from the command sprue as I was a metal figure short. His head is smaller than the others but otherwise he fits in reasonably well.
Missile launchers are mobile and tactically flexible
Catachans make ferocious fighters
With fire and sword
The plan for my Catachan Jungle Fighters is to have a 500 points force under Warhammer 40k 7th Edition rules. This will be formed around a single infantry platoon, reinforced by a squad of Ogryns and some fire support.
The first unit of infantry I already painted back in 2015, so now it is time to add the platoon command squad. It’s made up of the original metal sculpts, including a lieutenant, two special weapon troopers and a soldier with voxcaster.
Taking the fight into the jungle
Sunglasses – check. Cigar – check. Badass confirmed.
Calling in a fire bombing run
Plasma and flames will cleanse the undergrowth
Now at full combat strength, the newly recruited squad of Catachan Jungle Fighters has been sent out to purge the jungle around the base from hostile life forms.
The patrol runs into predators more deadly than even the native fauna
After Space Hulk was re-released I did some work on a brood of Genestealers to try out a colour scheme for a tabletop force. I had a mix in mind of the classic blue and purple and the dark original Alien design. The extremities are drybrushed in brown with a heavy black wash on top while the rest of the skin areas are ranging from deep purple to pink. Rather than paint the claws in bone, I left them plain black and coated them in gloss varnish to show that these beasts are not your average organic life form known to man.
With nerves of steel the fighters fire at point blank
The special weapon of choice for the Catachans had to be a flamer of course. If the Tyranid incursion spreads, this will have to be upgraded to a heavy flamer…
The flamer is equally suited for clearing fire corridors and direct enemy engagement
For a Catachan Jungle Fighter, life is a daily struggle for survival
Since I’ve bought some aquarium plants as jungle flora recently I’ve been meaning to finally paint up a couple of the Catachan Jungle Fighters I’ve had in my stash since their release.
I started with a five man combat patrol with basic lasguns as armament which I’ll expand to a full squad with special weapon. It’s unlikely I’ll build up a full army since I always found that Catachans are more suitable for skirmish scenarios, but we’ll see where this goes. I own a few more metal models including officers and special weapon troopers.
Only the strong survive on Catachan
I didn’t want to do anything complicated like camo patterns, so the uniforms were painted in the old Catachan Green with an Athonian Camoshade wash and Loren Forest highlights. All very classic with the red bandanas and a good fit for my jungle terrain.
Essential equipment is shared out between the soldiers
Sergeant Roddick’s chainsword clears the way
A lowlight targeting scope enhances accuracy amongst the undergrowth
Furious determination is a Catachan’s best weapon