Prepare to witness the pivotal role played by Heavy Weapon Squads in securing victory on the battlefield. While massed infantry holds the line, it is the Heavy Weapon Squads that deliver the decisive blow, ensuring the enemy’s defeat. These mobile gun crews possess the agility to swiftly dismantle and redeploy their heavy weapons, providing critical support to the front line.
In their adaptable load-outs, these squads stand as pillars of strength, fortifying the battle lines and unleashing precise or suppressive firepower as required. Notably, the soldiers manning these Heavy Weapon Squads hail from the legendary Catachan, a fearless warrior people known for surviving the most treacherous death worlds.
For Astra Militarum armies in the ever-evolving realm of Warhammer 40,000, this kit stands as a commanding Heavy Support choice. Within its contents, you have the freedom to construct three distinct two-man teams, each armed with a formidable selection of weaponry. Choose from the devastating lascannon, the rapid-firing heavy bolter, the versatile missile launcher, the unyielding autocannon, or the explosive mortar. Alternatively, you can opt to arm all teams with the same weapons, creating a dedicated support squad that unleashes unparalleled firepower upon the enemy.
What’s in the Catachan Heavy Weapon Squad box
- x3 Catachan Heavy Weapons Squads: This kit includes three complete squads of Catachan Heavy Weapons. Each squad consists of appropriately detailed miniatures, representing the hardy and muscular soldiers from the renowned Catachan regiment. These squads bring immense firepower and tactical versatility to your Astra Militarum forces.
- x3 Appropriate Bases: Alongside the Catachan Heavy Weapons Squads, the kit provides the necessary bases for each miniature. These bases are designed to match the scale and style of the models, ensuring a cohesive and visually appealing presentation. The bases add stability and allow for easy integration with the rest of your army or tabletop gaming terrain.
How to paint the Catachan Heavy Weapon Squad set
- Step 1: Prime your miniatures
Apply a thin, even coat of primer to your Catachan Heavy Weapon Squad. This helps the paint adhere better and provides a solid base for your colors. For example, you can use a white or black primer like White Scar or Chaos Black.
- Step 2: Basecoat the uniforms and equipment
Using a medium-sized brush, apply a basecoat of your chosen color to the uniforms and equipment of your miniatures. For instance, you could use a color like Cadian Fleshtone for the skin, Mournfang Brown for the fatigues, and Leadbelcher for the weapons. Ensure full coverage, but don’t worry about being too neat at this stage.
- Step 3: Detail the weapons and accessories
Switch to a smaller brush and carefully paint the weapons, pouches, and other accessories on your miniatures. Pick contrasting colors to make these details stand out. For example, you can use Balthasar Gold for buckles and ammo casings, Rhinox Hide for leather straps, or Abaddon Black for holsters.
- Step 4: Highlight the uniforms and equipment
Using a lighter shade of your base colors, gently apply highlights to the raised areas of the uniforms and equipment. This adds depth and dimension. For example, if you used Mournfang Brown as the base, you can highlight with Zandri Dust or Karak Stone.
- Step 5: Paint the faces and hands
With a steady hand, carefully paint the faces and hands of your Catachan soldiers. Start with a flesh tone, such as Bugman’s Glow, and add a touch of Reikland Fleshshade to create shadows and depth. Be patient and take your time to achieve the desired effect.
- Step 6: Add details and symbols
Now it’s time to add some character to your miniatures. Use fine-tipped brushes to paint the regimental symbols, unit markings, and other intricate details. For example, you can use Wazdakka Red for the regimental emblem or Karak Stone for numerals on shoulder pads.
- Step 7: Apply washes
To enhance the shadows and add depth to your miniatures, apply washes to the appropriate areas. For example, use Agrax Earthshade for brown and metallic parts, or Nuln Oil for black and gray areas. Apply the wash selectively, ensuring it settles into recesses and crevices.
- Step 8: Finish with highlights and basing
Finally, apply highlights to smaller details like buttons, buckles, and straps using lighter colors. Once your miniatures are painted, consider basing them with sand, tufts, or other scenic elements to complete their look and tie them into the overall theme of your army.