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.
Here's 10 basic joe infantry squads. They're all members of 1st Platoon. Seven of them are from Squad 11 and three of them are from Squad 12. Same basic methods that I used to paint the rest of the infantry (see Painted Veterans). What was a nice surprise, was that these guys only took about 45 minutes each, compared to the 75 minutes to do a veteran. I figured that with build time and paint time, I have 160 hours worth of work left to do. Or about 5 hours a day (yikes) for the next 5 weeks (week 6 will hopefully be building a display board).
I think, unquestionably, the heads are big. But painted up, I don't think they look too bad. Umm, so they come from a planet that creates big heads as a mutation. Yeah, that's the ticket... just the other day. Seriously, I don't think it's too distracting.
At my local game store (Hat's Games down here in Tucson), they're doing "Learn to Play 40k" Saturday's, where we'll be doing escalating points to get a handle on 5th edition. To be honest, I'd rather just jump in at the higher points levels, but it's giving me little painting goals along the way.
For instance, this Saturday is 500 points, minimum of 1 troop squad. For me that would be 1st Platoon and a Sentinel. So... I'm going to try to get 1st Platoon painted before Saturday. That leaves me with 4 Vox Casters, 4 Sgt.'s, 4 Special Weapons, 3 Bodyguards, and 18 regular guardsmen.
Last night after I finished painting these guys, I put together the Vox-Casters. Today hopefully I can put together the Sgt.'s and the Special Weapons and get a jump on painting them. Unfortunately I still have to finish a final assignment for my internship. Tomorrow's my last day, then I can really dive in.
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.