Garage Days Revisited – Part 2

They say that old Catachans never die, they just smell that way, although sensibly they never say it if any old Catachans are within earshot. This is another escapee from Chris’s garage (and for those who need to catch up on the full story you can find it here). I like to think this chap was the veteran of a fair few battles before he made his way into the dusty darkness of the garage. He’s got tough guy action hero written all over him, and regardless of how often he’s probably been shot and blown up he still makes it through to save the day. What’s more he manages it all whilst chatting on his phone – old though he is he still manages to be relevant to the millennials. After such heroics the least he deserves is to be properly painted at last.

Old Catachan Convert Or Die (1)Old Catachan Convert Or Die (2)

Humanity’s defenders being a diverse bunch I reckon he’ll fit in alongside the rest of my small Imperial Guard collection where his 1980’s action movie musculature will be the envy of my underfed hive-world conscripts.

Phoney War

Sorry babe, gotta go, Sarg is shoutin’ at me again!

Mobile Artillery

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35 responses to “Garage Days Revisited – Part 2

  • Azazel

    Always very cool to see some old models rehabilitated and given a new lease like this. πŸ™‚

  • Thomas

    Cool! Gritty and grim.

  • imperialrebelork

    He’s cool man. I like him a lot. Catachans get a bad go but I don’t mind em but yeah I am a fan of Rambo. Have you read about Hell Town? I have some Ork hunters waiting to be painted.

    • Wudugast

      I don’t mind the Catachans for what they are, I just wish that so much of the plastic Guard range wasn’t them. Part of the trouble is, I think, that the multipart plastic Catachans are just such ugly models, a real step down in comparison both to modern plastics and to the metal models that came before. Plus although I think some kind of jungle-fighter/death-worlder types belong in the guard right now the choice is Catachans (Rambo-esc 80’s action pastiche) or Cadians (little green army men loosely translated to the 41st Millennium). The breadth and depth of the Guard regiments are only really available through metal or resin models, through converting (which is what I’m trying to showcase here) or through third-party suppliers.

      Helltown the supposedly haunted town in Ohio? Or the abandoned Native American settlement of the same name (possibly the same place as they’re both in Ohio)? Or the short lived US TV show from the 80’s about a priest? Or none of the above? Explain yourself man, I am agog to know more!

      Looking forward to seeing your ork hunters (maybe my orks need some ork-hunter-hunters? πŸ˜‰ )

      • Alexis West

        The more recent Catachan Heavy Weapons Teams and Command Squads are decent, but the original plastic Infantry Squad has always been pretty horrible. And yeah, I would really like to see a third plastic Regiment from GW. I doubt more than that would be sustainable, but they could probably get at least one more from each with upgrade sprues.

      • Wudugast

        Yeah, to be fair the newer Catachans are actually pretty nice. I remember almost buying Iron Hand Straken on the spot when I first saw him, still might in fact. I notice a lot of the old Imperial Guard regiments have disappeared off the Games Workshop website which I’m hoping (wildly optimistic though this is) might mean that they’ll be replaced (don’t worry I know they won’t really, I’m not setting myself up for a fall).

        That said I would never have expected to see genestealer cults or tzaangors or many of the other recent releases from GW so who knows? Maybe someday πŸ™‚

      • Alexis West

        Oops, also forgot: Helltown is the informal name for Cerbera Base, in the middle of Armageddon’s equatorial jungles, where the Ork Hunter Regiments operate from.

      • Wudugast

        Oh that Helltown! Aye, should have been obvious really!

      • Wudugast

        Cheers πŸ™‚ Yeah, I’d forgotten about Hell Town on Armageddon (probably because we just call it “Dat place we’z gona smash up next!”). Much inspiration there though, maybe my guard do need some Ork hunters of their own. After all there are a lot of Orks in my house and not a lot of guardsmen, might be nice to even the odds…

      • imperialrebelork

        Cool man. I’d live to see what you come up with.

  • Alex

    Cool – another great rescue job mate πŸ™‚

  • Alexis West

    That’s not a millennial’s phone, that’s a Gen-X phone πŸ˜‰

    I do love the way he’s multi-tasking there, tho. Nice rescue job!

    • Wudugast

      Possibly he’s a hipster with a retro phone? Do you get Catachan hipsters do you suppose, hanging out in the coolest and most obscure parts of the jungle? Can one even make a fedora out of Catachan devil skin? πŸ˜€

      • Alexis West

        Actually, thinking about it more, even Gen-Xers didn’t usually have cell phones until they were smaller than that. That’s more an 80s yuppie phone.

        I like the idea of a Catachan hipster, tho. Shave down the trousers so he’s got skinny jeans, add a man-bun, should be good πŸ˜€

      • Wudugast

        Don’t tempt me, I’m already busy “de-hipstering”*my Orlocks. Although a Catachan hipster would be such a wonderfully silly idea… πŸ˜€

        *totally a real word.

      • Alexis West

        Ugh, some of those Orlock heads are awful. I’ve done a bunch of head swaps so far with mine, and that mostly handles it. I did keep one of the ridiculous ones, tho, because it looked too much like Gary Oldman’s character in The Fifth Element to pass up πŸ™‚

      • Wudugast

        Aye, the Orlocks are distinctly hit or miss. Some of them I rather like but some are far too well groomed to be road warriors. Plus, as probably everyone on the planet has already noted, it was a golden opportunity to add in some female gangers that was sadly missed. Probably they’ll appear at some point via Forgeworld, at about 300% more expensive, and I’ll be deeply conflicted because I’ll want to buy them anyway. As for the existing gang, a few head swaps serve them well though I’ve found.

      • Alexis West

        A number of the head swaps I’ve done were with female heads from Statuesque Miniatures. They’re wearing heavy enough gear that a head swap is enough. Not that that lets GW off the hook there, tho.

      • Wudugast

        Just went over to your blog to remind myself and you’re right, those do work well. Food for thought there certainly…

  • Argentbadger

    Nice one, though any true millennial would surely mock the size of that phone. It looks more like something that Alan B’Stard would have wielded!

  • FirBholg

    Hello? Yeah, I’m on Armageddon. ARMAGEDDON. No, it’s sh*t, full of orks!

    Good job painting him up, mate. Remember when phones like that were futuristic…? πŸ˜€

  • Faust

    Love your backstory on him, cracks me up! He’s really rockin his 1st gen Cellphone. “Can I get a wha-wha?!”. The old school red and green diodes are awesome too. Plus it looks like he’s toting a LAZER rifle. Note the “s” replaced with the “z”, which makes it totally cool, right?!

    Great mini, I really need to pick up some Catachan or other jungle/rebel soldier minis someday to paint. I really like the way you did the pants. Great color on those.

    • Wudugast

      Yeah, I had to do those lights in red and green, it would have been a sin not to πŸ™‚ Plus he really needed some colour, he was a little bit too camouflaged without it.

      The recipe for the trousers, if you ever need it, is; Skavenblight Dinge then Stormvermin Fur then Baneblade brown.

  • Subedai

    Very cool. I like me some Catachan metals, and he looks great in a non-jungle style paint scheme. Fits in nicely with a rag-tag band of rugged guardsmen.

    • Wudugast

      Cheers πŸ™‚ Yeah, I’m not a big fan of jungle colour schemes and I wanted him to tie in with the rest of my guard, but I reckon he wears it well. Actually getting tempted to work on a few more guardsmen now…

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