It's a little overcast today in Michigan as icy rain is forecasted, so these are all going to be a touch dark. I changed up my 5 layer flesh mix for the first squad pictured above. Death World vets are allowed LRPs for fast attack. These fellows are proficient at scouting and harassing enemy forces. They will set up ambushes and begin the game hidden in the jungle. It's a longstanding tradition that the first squad/first platoon is not the best. Above is Bravo Patrol they have a six layer mix of green for skin tone and black ink to give them the illusion of camouflage paint. The vet Sgt carries a long bladed Catachan knife in addition to his lasgun and they have a melta-gun as a special weapon choice.
My daughter has dubbed them the Poinsettia squad as their refusal to change up the traditional Catachan red bandannas has left them looking like that Christmas plant.
Alpha Squad, or Apache Squad have a bolt pistol armed Sgt with a flamer for a special weapon. They sport warpaint from inks and are entirely formed from the plastic Catachans. They do mock the Poinsettia Bravo squad as much as possible.
This is both the LRPs pictured together. I recently discovered P3 Coal Black which is a nice blue black and is great for a base coat for NMM painting. The two squads also got a wash of nuln oil on all except flesh areas as it really helped to tone down my highlighting.
Above is LT G "Cud"-Bear of Second Platoon with the 1st squad. 1st squad has a vet Sgt with las pistol and chain sword (really good for carving a path) a melta gunner and a heavy flamer. 1st squad also has a com link trooper for the PL to contact higher.
2nd platoon 3rd squad has a vet Sgt with bolt pistol and chain sword, a plasma gunner and a heavy flamer. The Chainsaw warrior, heavy flamer and two bare chested helmeted troops are the oldest GW figures that I own besides a few marines and eldar. This is also the first time they have ever been painted as I have long since given up on ever finding the chainsaw warrior game, as well as the other figures.
3rd squad 2nd platoon has my favourite Catachan Sgt as it's squad leader. 3rd squad also has my only Perry automatic SSW the heavy bolter. A plasma gunner completes the squad.
Besides changing up my NMM for these fellows, I also had to change the basing as GW no longer makes graveyard earth. I used "Stirland Mud" which has clumps of grainy pigment in it which can be broken down by adding more water. This makes it easy to have grainy, thick rocky mud or a skim coating of dark earth. I dipped the models in my flock after painting the bases and allowed the paint to stick to the paint. after drying I tapped off the excess than placed a few drops of PVA for static grass clumps. I will have to change this as one of my friends just told me the technical line was just dropped. Really!?!
I better go see if I can find some more, in the meanwhile....
43 Catachan infantry.
Holy cow - I've clearly been some kind of snob when it comes to the Catachans, as there is obviously a lot of appreciation for them out there when you look through the Challenge. Dave, another excellent entry. Your appreciation for the setting and the character of the figures really comes through in your posts, and your brush work is top shelf. You shame my Catachan cynicism!
Very cool to see the Chainsaw Warrior in the group - excellent work fitting him in!
The technical line has been dropped? After being on sale for a couple of months? With no explanation or reason? I don't know, but that sounds like the way the ass clown collection in charge of GW rolls. Watch for them to appear in a special "legacy paints" collection in two years for four times the price...
Another big batch of points Dave - 215 for the pile - keep up the good work.