Sunday 1 November 2015

Catachan XXVII Regiment a.k.a. 'Gator Bait'

They're done! Another infantry army is fully painted! Say hi to the infamous Catachan XXVII Regiment, a.k.a. 'Gator Bait'...

These guys have been, like almost all of my megalomaniac projects, a loooong time in the making. Here's a pic I took quite a few years back now (maybe 3-4???) when I had collected a fair chunk of the intended army and decided I simply HAD to undercoat everything in sight, including an old garden bench...

Snow White and the 110 Dwarves on parade

Sick of them taunting me from their boxes in the Cupboard of Shame I've put my head down and painted hard over the last 12 months or so, pushing onwards through the endless tide of bulging biceps and camo pants. This progress is in no small part thanks once again to Curt Campbell and his Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge. It's the gift that keeps on giving I tells ya!

With only a few vehicles left to paint I thought I'd properly document the formation of the regiment.
That done I'm happy to report they now look a lot less white and a lot more like this...

They even have their own regimental flag, lovingly crafted by yours truly with a little assistance from my work Shutterstock account [ahem!].

For those who care about the structure of things, here's a plan of the regiment in all it's glory (including the vehicles which are currently in progress)...

110 infantry in four platoons plus command

And now for some snaps of the individual platoons and such...

Company Command, special characters, Echo (Ogryn) Platoon and Alpha (Veteran) Platoon

Colonel "Snappy Hand" Strachon, Colour Sergeant Biff "Neckbeard" Johnson and Ty "Greta" Garbo

Bravo Platoon - 25 grunts plus mortars and snipers

Charlie Platoon - 25 grunts plus missile launchers and heavy bolters

Delta Platoon - 25 grunts plus lascanoons and autocannons

The non-Ogryn miniatures are all wonderful Michael Perry sculpts, so much nicer and with oodles more character than the current plastic range with their disturbingly odd poses and strange anatomy (even for a Catachan!).

Now I realise that a small section of the community will cry "Catachans?!?! But you have lascannons! Shame! Shame!" and if I was running a purely Deathworld style army that'd be a fair criticism. The fact I wanted a full collection of all the miniatures produced pushed me into a more traditional IG regimental structure and to be honest a more competitive list overall. That also allows me to have a couple of tanks in addition to the ubiquitous Sentinels.

Once the vehicles are done I'll do another post covering them so stay tuned. Until then, may the Emperor watch over you and keep the grim dark and it's evil minions at bay...



  1. The lads look grand! Exfoliatus love that name!
    I'm still working on Black platoon of the 7th. But I have moved my own beefy lads from the attic as I think the decades old primer has finally cured.
    They are death world vets as the Cadian 7th has absconded with all the available armor. ;)

  2. Congratulations on finishing this lot, they look fantastic all together like that.

  3. Oh my goodness me, you don't do things by half do you? What a sight Millsy, fantastic work Sir.

  4. At long last! Slab Bulkhead, Punch Rockgroin, Dirk Hardpecs and company are all ranked up and ready to roll - all you need are some vehicles with a snappy three-colour camo scheme! You know you want to...
    ; )

  5. Brilliant! I have a bit of two platoons of the very same figures to paint up for a 40K force I'm going to play with the kids and a couple of their friends that have recently shown interest in playing.

    I don't know THAT much about the fluff... so... what's wrong with the lascannons?

  6. Another brilliant mega-project Millsy.
    I don't know how you do it, but I'm glad that you do!

  7. Impressive effort. I remember seeing the undercoat picture in the 2012-13 edition of the Painting Challenge I think :) Nice to see this project getting near completion!

  8. Very nice, they look the best that half naked little metal men can do.

    I have been working on a reinforced platoon of Steel Legion, but maybe when it is finished I need to get back to my catachans...

  9. Marvelous work, Millsy! The quality and numbers are truly impressive.


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