So I don't have anything new to show so far as paintings go, but hopefully, next time I show some miniatures they will look a little better than before, as I have invested in some skill building materials:
The Foundry Painting guide focuses on layering with the Foundry 3 Colour system. It appears to be a somewhat easier method for achieving much better results. I don't expect to become some sort of great painter, but the techniques in this book seems easy enough to tackle, and then produce miniatures that should look really good on the table (even if they don't look so good when zoomed in and photographed). I guess time will tell on how well it pans out for me.
I'd also like to take this chance to promote a friend's blog. He started it shortly before the end of 2011, and has hit over 130 posts. The theme of his posts focus on his very expansive toy collection. So if you have any interest in toys (especially of the 80s and 90s), GI Joe, Transformers and other nerdery, stop in and leave him a comment, I'm sure he'll appreciate it.