BTW last week I picked up a brush for the first time in several months and finished the vampire I posted about months ago. I'm waiting for free time and good weather to cooperate here in Central Florida so I can varnish it and the other cowgirl I finished.
Mild Rant: Buying Paint Blind
You know, my biggest complaint about this hobby is that I have to buy all my paints without seeing them first. I hate that. When I was into model railroading in the 1970s through the 1990s, I bought all my paints at the local hobby shop. I saw what I was getting and could visually decided which company's Conrail Blue fit my image of the color.
Now, if I want to see some real miniature paints in person I have to settle for Games Workshop paints, which I dislike because I have trouble opening paint pots with my aging hands. (I hear the paints have gotten better.) I might get a smattering of old and decrepit Reaper and P3 paints at Sci-Fi City, which to me is a wasteland of a store that I don't bother going near. Cool Stuff across the street sells Reaper, but you cannot see or touch anything before you buy it at Cool Stuff! Order it on the computer, the guys go back into the warehouse, pull the order, and then give it to you at the cash register. Doesn't help when I want to see the difference between one Reaper blue and another Reaper blue. Sigh.
Ok, I am done with my mild ranting for the evening. But when you think about it, after the miniatures themselves, the most important part of our hobby of painting miniatures is picking the right color paints, which is not so easy when looking at little jpg color swatches on a computer. :-(