Living in Tucson, going to law school at the University of Arizona - go Wildcats (sound convincing?). I should probably be studying right now. Modeling, painting and gaming are what keep me sane and are what I use to avoid studying.
It's very late (or early depending how you look at it) so I'll make this quick. Here are my two "sentinels" for my Sons of Sek Traitor Guard Army. These guys took much longer to paint than I had estimated, and I'm a couple of days behind schedule. This week I'm supposed to be working on my 15 Veterans, and I think I can make up the time.
With these sentinels, I tried some different things with washes to avoid the standard drybrushed metal. It basically amounted to a 1:2:9 mix of Brown Ink:Chaos Black:Water with a drop of dish detergent to make the wash more viscous. Afterwards, I applied to subsequent Chaos Black washes, and then did a careful overbrushing with Mithril Silver on the edges and raised portions, and then decided to go back and do a Mithril hardline on certain conspicuous areas.
The bloodletter was painted going in progressive steps from Mechrite Red to Blood Red to Blazing Orange.
I had some issues matte varnishing these guys. I've been using the Armory Matte Varnish (I finished my last last can of the old formula of the good GW varnish on the Uruks), and its been tending to frost the models. I think it might be due to holding the can too close. I'll have to do some experimenting.
Note the banners. The Hand emblem is going to be the symbol of the Sons of Sek. There's a running theme with the Sons of Sek, where hands cover the mouth. It has something to do with the liturgy of the followers of Sek. Whenever he is named, everyone says, "Whose voice drowns out all others." Note the hand incorporated into the rebreather mask below.
The "3/1" signifies that my army is part of the Sons of Sek 3rd (The Fists of the Magister), 1st Company. The "1S" and "2S" signify that they are scout detachments of the 1st and Second platoons, respectively.
I've started building the Veterans tonight. Hopefully by tomorrow night I can have them fully built and converted, and maybe I can paint the 3 sergeants. We'll see.
Who are the Sons of Sek? My latest project is the Sons of Sek traitor guard for the Las Vegas GT in September. This fighting force is from Dan Abnett's Guant's Ghosts series. They first appeared in Traitor General. They are the personal army of Magister Anakawanar Sek, one of the lieutenants of the head of the Chaos forces in the Sabbat Worlds, the Archon Urlock Gaur. They are a highly regimented and disciplined fighting force, distinguished from the common rabble that makes up the bulk of most Chaos forces. They are Sek's answer to Gaur's Bloodpact, and could very well represent the early stages of Sek's power grab.