Catachan kill team extravaganza


Hive Lord
Dec 29, 2017
Currently thinking about starting a new mini project, and kill team is the most fun game at the moment that I play with my friends. I would like to convert a kill team and the thought of catachans is particularly intriguing to me at the moment for some reason. Don't know why, because the official GW minis are 20 years old! That would be equivalent of using minis from the early 80's when I started around 2000 :oops:

GW released a few awesome catachan characters that unfortunately seem to be of the limited edition kind:


Even if I could get hold of one, I'd be tempted to convert it, possibly messing it up in the process, and that would be a disaster since I probably wouldn't get hold of another one.

Then there are some good 3rd party alternatives. For example space nam:

Decently priced plastic. Possibly the best choice with enough bits to get variety and conversion options.

On the other hand, I like Hardcore Miniature jungle fighters better! And enough sculpts to make the entire kill team female!


Turns out they are blood expensive! 12-13$ per model. Plus shipping and then $$$ customs on top. I need probably around 20-30 minis to have enough variety for multiple different kill teams, so with hardcore miniatures it would end up costing 200$ minimum, but more likely I'd be tempted to buy "everything" so more like 300-400$. Suddenly GW or even FW starts to look like a cheap alternative!

The plan is to make at least 1 kill team. For example Compendium Imperial Guard. But ideally it wouldn't take much extra effort to represent most "human chaff" teams, from the more elite Compendium Scions / Bespoke Kasrkin (basically space marine scouts) to bespoke Veteran Guardsmen (Krieg), Navy Breachers or even stretch it as far as blooded!



It should be possible to represent all these teams WYSIWYG using catachan equivalents with some conversions for special equipment like binoculars, bionic limbs, bombs, special weapons and comms.

If putting together a catachan team, I'd even be tempted to make a proper jungle board for them! That's a decently sized project in itself though.

Are there any other suggestions for catachan 3rd party options? Any chance GW will release new catacha units in the near future? What do you suggest, make due with the cheaper space nams or spend big money on the hardcore minis to get an all-female team? Can't make up my mind at this point.
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One downside is it looks like the box only has 4 unique bodies? Not sure how much you could mitigate that by conversions and mixing up legs & torsos.
Pretty sure space nam is a licensed product from reptilian overlords, which will sell you STLs to 3D print loads of other options for that range. The plastic ones are convenient but the fancy extras are designed for printing.

If you don’t own a printer you could get them done elsewhere as long as you abide by the STL licensing agreement.
That is brilliant! Loads of options like comms, binoculars, power fist and special weapons. I prefer spacenam's chunky heroic scale over the true scale that is so common for many other 3rd party options. Was tempted to get everything from raging heroes Sci fi range (jailbirds and other guard like minis), but their scale is a bit too small for my liking.

Need to talk with a friend of mine with a resin printer...
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Turns out my friend isn't interested in using his 3d printer at the moment. How much does it typically cost to use an online 3d printing service? Edit: Nevermind, turns out they can be purchased from ebay... and they're expensive!
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Turns out my friend isn't interested in using his 3d printer at the moment. How much does it typically cost to use an online 3d printing service? Edit: Nevermind, turns out they can be purchased from ebay... and they're expensive!
Shame. Perhaps he’d be open to lending you it then…

Printing yourself will cost a fraction of getting them from eBay. I’m not sure what pro printing companies would charge.
Unfortunately I'm not interested in dealing with 3d printer either. One problem he mentioned last year was it needed a decent room temperature (he had it set up in a separate room in the basement), which is not always affordable this time of year and with the current energy crisis. Anyway I got a bunch of minis from wargame exclusive now. They had some spacenams variants I didn't find elsewhere. However they didn't have everything so ended up buying the rest from ebay. Typical price of 7$-8$ per special mini. 3$ for the standard ones in the box. Even bought the heavy weapons set mainly to get the binoculars and comms. I needed all of them and some multiples of the same one too since I need to cover a bunch of kill teams :p 320£ and counting, expecting a heavy customs fee in addition. Cheaper than GW and other 3rd party options of the same quality.
Got a bunch of resin this week! Scale is heroic and larger than the ancient GW plastic catachan which is good! The female heavy weapon characters were way too small in some areas like arms, other than that they match up nicely. Haven't fixed details with greenstuff yet because I plan to wash them in hot water first.

Regular grunts and ogryn (converted with club).

Special weapons. The right one is supposed to be a volley gun.

Various specialists:

Still got a bunch more to build and also more orders on the way.
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Are all Ogryn that much bigger than a human?!? I thought they were like a head a shoulders taller, not twice the height!
Got a total of 31 minis assembled and base coated.

00 all.jpg

Here is the HQ (leaders and 2nd in command):
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Elites (special weapons):
02 elite 1.jpg

Various specialists:
02 elite 2.jpg

Troops (normal grunts):

Troop specialists:
04 troops 2.jpg

Almost each mini is converted or kitbashed :p It should be very clear what each unique character does and what weapons they have. Was particularly happy to have the space marine devastator sprues available, as I was able to make a plasma gun out of the combi-plasma and a pointing space marine hand as bionic hand for the bionic arm which is made from orlock servo claw. All lasguns are from old GW cadian/catachan plastic 20 years ago.

This will cover compendium guard and bespoke guard (veterans) 100% WYSIWYG. In addition it can proxy as blooded with las weapons counting as auto weapons. Speculating in using them as elite imperial guard too (kasrkin & tempestus scion). You think it is too far to have them count as hot shot las weapons and armour 4+?
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Looking good @TopsyKretts!

Jungle Terrain is a tough one as unless you’re doing a clearing then it needs more density - but not so much that you can’t actually use it!!

It’s something I’ve been thinking about for a while. The Terrain Tutor on YouTube did a good series on his Big Burma Build.

I think you might need a bit more LoS blocking foliage at ground level, particularly around the trees.


This is how dense it could get around them. Obviously you can’t do that - but I have a suggestion I’m sure you’ll turn down…

…buy a bag of green lichen from a model railway store. When you do a setup, pull clumps out and drop them around the mat, the ruins, trees etc.

Make it difficult Terrain but not impassable.

Then you can add more or take stuff away as needed and if you find a good balance, you can glue some down to bases or the existing pieces.

After all, GW used to do this back in the RT era if you look at the images in the book!