[Warfork 40.000 - Rogue Rules]
Squat Brotherhood Sappers

With the flu slowly recedeeding, I managed to put in some painting time between suffering (thats the term my wife uses). I first consulted the original texts introducing the Squats in the Warhammer 40,000 universe concerning colour choice:

Squats prefer muted colours reminiscent of the rocks and sands of their Home Worlds: browns, greys and green are popular in varying shades and mixtures, as are black, white and deep red - it is common for seams and piping to be picked out in a contrasting colour.

- White Dwarf Compendium 1989, p. 172

With the models I have only consisting of helmet, beard and coat, the coat colour would be the main colour seen when looking at the models. I decided for Vallejo 70.984 Flat Brown.

While painting the coats, I noticed that there is hardly space between the coat bottom and the base itself, therefore the next step was to paint the base, to not later ruin the coat painting it. I followed my usual basestyle, basecoating in RAL 8015 chestnut brown

highlighted with 2:9 RAL 8001 ochre brown : RAL 8011 nut brown, and finally drybrushed RAL 8001 ochre brown.

I then picked out individual sand corns and larger stones in two grey tones (those vary every time I paint a new batch of bases)

and drybrushed the grey stones in Vallejo 70.884 Stone Grey as always.

I then painted in the other colours:

  • Helmet and shoulder pads: 70.884 Stone Grey
  • Webbing: 70.988 Khaki
  • Weapons and Canteens: Vallejo 71.073 Gun Metal Metalizer
  • Back packs: 70.890 Retractive Green
  • Red decorations: 70.946 Dark Red
  • Glasses: 70.807 Oxford Blue
  • Boots: 70.950 Black

The current status of the models:

This squad is a sapper squad, trained by the Guild (allowing me to use their hammer symbol) on placing charges and blowing things up (as shown by the stylised explosing upon the front of their helmets). The backpacks contain mainly exlosives and detonators. Due to their special training they also have access to more unusual weapons in the form of bolt guns, as

Brotherhood troops are generally armed with lasguns[...]

- White Dwarf Compendium 1989, p. 172

he Guild symbol and a squad number I will try to paint freehand on the shoulder pads. Good luck to me with that...