Necromunda ’95! – “Catachan” Gangers with Lasgun; Meltagun/Flamer (Michael Perry, 1993-4)

Jungle Fighter with Lasgun 1 0437/2, Jungle Fighter with Melta-gun 0437/6, Necromunda 1995, Michael Perry, 1993-4

Here’s the final pair of the metal Catachan models used in my original Necromunda gang. Like the previous pair of Necro-Catachans, this pair was also designed to represent two versions of the same gang member. In this case, a ganger picked up the “specialist” (from memory) skill which then allowed them to use a special weapon (funny, dat!) At this point in time, I don’t think the metal Catachan with flamer was yet released – as the metal IG model ranges of the time each had some of the special and heavy weapons, yet lacked the full range – and so this meant that the closest I could come up with and use was the Meltagun. Either that or I thought that the Flamer design of the day – when seen on humans as opposed to Marines – looked a bit shitty. Because that would also be accurate.

Jungle Fighter with Lasgun 1 0437/2, Jungle Fighter with Melta-gun 0437/6, Necromunda 1995, Michael Perry, 1993-4

If you look at the weapon itself, it looks “close enough” to be used as a flamethrower. To really drive the point home, I did some 1995-level conversion by adding the fuel tank backpack, shoulder straps made from thin card and a fuel line cable from copper wire. His backup lasgun was added to the backpack, in the same way I tended to do with all my Necromunda heavies.

Jungle Fighter with Lasgun 1 0437/2, Jungle Fighter with Melta-gun 0437/6, Necromunda 1995, Michael Perry, 1993-4

As with the last pair, these guys were pretty much painted – though in a 1995 sense. I did touch up a small amount of damage, rebase them entirely, and then repaint a few of the more garish elements – toned down the guns from superbright blue, repainted the fuel line from lime green to striped black and yellow. I mean, we still have forms of all four primary colours here. Just two of them are less eye-meltingly bright now. I did decide to leave the pants in their original state. I’m also not quite sure what that red camo is supposed to blend into, but I digress – just think of them as “fashion” fatigues, the likes you’ve probably seen around at some stage.

While nothing especially outstanding, and still way more garish than I’d do them today, I’m happy to see this pair updated and once again – fully table-ready, 20 years later.

Necromunda ’95! – “Catachan” Gangers with Lasgun; Autopistol and Chainsword (Michael Perry, 1993-4)

Jungle Fighter with Lasgun 4, 0437/1, Jungle Fighter Sergeant 1 0437/4, Necromunda 1995, Ganger with Lasgun, Ganger with Autopistol and Chain Sword, Michael Perry, 1993-4

Yeah, I liked using Catachan models in my Necromunda gang. Here’s another (two) of them – in fact this was the first of the Catachans to be used as a ganger (the Blue Camo dude from last week was actually the last of them). From memory, the first of these two models was the model with the Lasgun. I think he may have picked up some close combat skills, and despite GW telling us back then that we needed to keep our models WSYWIG, there was no way I was going to chop up or otherwise fuck with my models once they were finished. I did have a suitable model to turn the guy into a Close Combat specialist, though – so I simply got a Catachan Sergeant and gave him a pistol swap. The Chainsword was probably just a regular sword. I can’t recall, but it was close enough in my estimation and nobody ever complained – so all good (remember – these were the days before a wide range of easily accessible plastics!)

There is a little 1990’s “conversion” at work here on the “Sergeant” model, since he originally had a headband and an eyepatch, so I carved the eyepatch off and carved an eye into the face of the model with a scalpel, and turned the headband into a bandanna by carving the top of it (and his hair) down. I also swapped out his bolt pistol for the Autopistol (from the metal Necromunda Weapons sprues of the day).

Jungle Fighter with Lasgun 4, 0437/1, Jungle Fighter Sergeant 1 0437/4, Necromunda 1995, Ganger with Lasgun, Ganger with Autopistol and Chain Sword, Michael Perry, 1993-4

I’m pretty sure in later campaigns, the CC-oriented model was used to designate a juve starting with CC kit, later graduating to a full ganger and the right to carry a lasgun. I’ve got a vague memory about him having the sharpshooter skill as well (was that the name of it?) so it could be that the rifleman was painted first to be that ganger after picking up that skill in the first campaign and the CC happened in the second – and then the juve use in the third. I can’t recall – we played a LOT of Necromunda back in those days – and it was fucking glorious!

Shout-out to Ara, Jared, Matt, Ange, Brad, Aman, Josh, Dave and the rest of the gang from those days who will never see or read this.

These two models were fully painted, but needed touch-up and paint repair from wear and tear over all those games, as well as entirely new bases, so they still count as “completed” because renovations to 2019 standards have always still counted. While they’re entirely suited to tattoos, these two won’t be getting them as they’re also time capsules from 20 years ago, and besides, they’d need to match perfectly for when I use them as the same guy as opposed to twins, or clone-brothers, or very close gym-bros. Just one more rep! You can do it, brah!

Necromunda ’95! – “Catachan” Ganger with Shotgun (Michael Perry, 1993-4)

Jungle Fighter with Lasgun 2, 0437/3, Necromunda 1995, Ganger with Shotgun, Michael Perry, 1993-4

Another Neglected Necromunda model from my gaming days in the 1990’s completed and on show for you today. This guy is a simple conversion of a metal Catachan Jungle Fighter model with his lasgun removed and replaced with a shotgun body and barrel, as well as having had all of his hair and bandanna carved off. As the gang I ran back then was based more on the idea of actual gangs where each member is an individual, rather than the “West Side Story”-uniform-type look of the official Necromunda gangs, I also took that opportunity to use whatever miniatures I damn well pleased. I’ll post up more about it at a later date – once I have more of them completed, but this concept allowed me to have a gang where the members were both male and female. The unifying aspect was having some form of Grendel markings on each model – often tattoos, sometimes scars, sometimes face paint/makeup as well as markings on their gear or weapons where applicable.

Jungle Fighter with Lasgun 2, 0437/3, Necromunda 1995, Ganger with Shotgun, Michael Perry, 1993-4

So the use of this guy from the Catachan range simply followed that ethos. Of course, when the last campaign ended, so did my motivation to paint those models, and so many of them have sat in an uncompleted Neglected Limbo for about 2 decades now, only to be dug out of the same old Chessex case and completed now. No other special notes here – he’s justa  model that’s finally been completed! Trying a new colour here for black tattoos. I think it works a lot better than the dark blue I’ve always used, and I’ll start using this a lot more, though the Slayers will have to remain with the blue for their own internal consistency. Unfortunately this particular tattoo looks a bit messy in the photos, mostly due to the shaded musculature underneath it that leads to too many colour variations in a too-small area. This is why the Reaper Chainsaw woman didn’t get arm tattoos. I’m going to have to try to experiment on painting “sleeves” that don’t simply look like muddy dark green arms, which is gonna be hard, since that’s how they end up looking from a distance in real life – you need to be up close to appreciate the details…