Catachan Command

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.

Squad of five soldiers in green uniforms and red bandanas amongst jungle plants

Taking the fight into the jungle

Soldier with metal chest armour, wearing black sunglasses, smoking a cigar and holding a heavy rifle with ammo belt

Sunglasses – check. Cigar – check. Badass confirmed.

Two soldiers with laser rifles, one shouting into a radio transmitter

Calling in a fire bombing run

Two soldiers with a flamethrower and a plasma rifle

Plasma and flames will cleanse the undergrowth

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Praetorian Platoon

The infantry platoon for my Warhammer 40k Praetorian Guard is finally complete. With the base colours already in place, I managed to stay focused just long enough on the production line. While I don’t want to paint another pith helmet in a while, I might put together and base coat a second platoon while I’m at it, so I have them ready for the next push.

Ranks of soldiers in red uniform jackets accompanied by a figure in long black coat

A Commissar strengthens the resolve of the troops

Soldiers lined up into four units

An infantry platoon with command section and three squads

Praetoria is a hive world yet their regiments are often associated with actions on more rustic planets. Enter the adobe buildings from 4Ground once again, and some improvised barricades which I believe are from Ziterdes.

Several dozen troops marching in front of adobe buildings with heavy weapons on roofs

Taking up defensive positions

Large groups of soldiers with laser rifles

The pride of Praetoria

Now having an Ork army to field against them would be nice. Unfortunately, only 11 out of 69 models for that army are painted so far – a project for another year.

Ranks of soldiers in red jackets and tropical helmets advancing on two adobe buildings with Orks in the background

Infantry assault on an Ork settlement

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Praetorian Guard Advance

I’m progressing with my Praetorian Guard for Warhammer 40k and finished the first of three infantry squads in the platoon. There are only so many different sculpts, so this is going to be a bit repetitive. There actually is a conversion amongst these ten though, where I used a head from the Empire Flagellants, turning a Mordian into a Praetorian sans pith helmet.

Squad of soldiers in tropical helmets with red jackets and laser rifles

The infantry advances with fire support from a Sentinel

As I mentioned, I have a little battle scene set up, with the Necrons advancing on the Praetorian line. Here’s a shot from behind the gun line, showing the latest reinforcements throwing themselves against their pitiless enemy.

Squad of soldiers from behind in the distance with two laser cannons in the foreground

Lascannons are moved into position behind hastily assembled barricades

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Seasoned Soldiers

It’s been a good few years since I made the last push to complete a 1,000 points army for the Praetorian Imperial Guard. Since then all troops are assembled and base coloured, so in theory it shouldn’t take that long again.

To get back into the drill I completed a half finished veteran squad equipped with a missile launcher, two grenade launchers and a plasma pistol.

Soldiers with pith helmets and red uniform jackets aiming their weapons

The veterans lead the Praetorians into battle

Now I have three regular infantry squads and a Leman Russ left. I’ll tackle the infantry in groups of five – let’s see how far I get over the month. The battle tank will most likely be last to trundle onto the field.

Several units of soldiers amongst sandbag barriers

Fire at will!

Mordian Calling

My Mordian Iron Guard army for Warhammer 40k is built around an infantry platoon, with heavy weapon support and a few tanks. I want to complete a second platoon eventually, but until then there are a few smaller additions and conversions to bring in more variety.

Since the Perry sculpts for the Mordians are from the days before vox-casters, I used those from the plastic Cadian kit and strapped them onto the backs of two soldiers. As there aren’t any suitable figures to hold a receiver, I added a headset, cut from a Rhino door handle.

Soldiers in grey uniforms with laser rifles including a radio operator

The order to advance has been received

Back view of operator with large black radio equipment and antennas

The vox-caster allows for orbital communications

I don’t know whether I’ll use them in the rules, as for now I only have two radio operators so that the Command and Platoon HQs can both get one, to communicate with the higher echelons of their regiment.

Soldiers in a trench with radio operator

Calling in reinforcements

Radio operator emerging from a trench bunker

Relaying latest orders from central command

I don’t have any Special Weapons Squads in the army yet, but this soldier in running stance gave me the idea to equip him with a demolition charge. Converting two more from different figures will be a bit trickier.

Soldier running through crater with laser rifle in right and bomb with handle in left hand

Delivering the payload

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Second Helping

After I enjoyed painting four Ratling snipers for Warhammer 40k the other week I couldn’t really rest until I had requisitioned the remaining two figures from the series as well.

Group of three Halfling models wearing green uniform jackets and holding rifles

Fireteam Apple

The six troopers perfectly split into two small fireteams of three, each with a leader wearing a communications headset.

Side view of a figure with three sergeant stripes on his sleeve and a reversed baseball cap with a headset

Sergeant Buttersworth

A sniper kneeling and taking aim through his rifle scope

Private Merrygold

The recently promoted Corporal Brewmeister now leads the second fireteam into action.

Another group of three Halfling models with rifles wearing green uniform jackets

Fireteam Butty