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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

Catachan Fire Support

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.

Three teams equipped with heavy guns on tripods
That tree just moved, fire!

Heavy weapon team manning an autocannon
The right calibre against small vehicles and large critters

Weapon team with heavy bolter
Keeping the bullets coming

View from behind of a heavy bolter team
Creating a clearing for the advance

Three heavy weapon teams lined up in the jungle
Taking up a defensive position

Ruff in the Jungle

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.

Three units of Catachan soldiers in a jungle environment
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.

Two man team with missile launcher on bipod
Missile launchers are mobile and tactically flexible

Squad of soldiers in action
Catachans make ferocious fighters

Trooper with a flamethrower and Sergeant with chainsword and bolt pistol
With fire and sword