Never posted to this thread before, mostly due to having nothing to post
But it happened so that I had to take some pics of my models recently, which turned out pretty decent - so thought I might as well show them off
It's funny that I've been collecting and playing Eldar for well over 10 years, yet only got into some serious painting just a couple of years ago. The one most important factor that made this transition possible was an airbrush. Before that I never really tried to do anything better than the "minimum of three flat colours" paintjob (with the exception of a handful one-off models), simply because painting, say,a group of 5 infantry up to a decent quality would take me a minimum of 5-6 weeks, and that's if I spend at least 2-3 hours at my painting desk every day without a single break! Airbrush brought me two huge benefits: firstly, it made my painting at least 3 times faster (now I can do a squad of 5 guys or 1 vehicle in about 2 weeks, which is still horrendously slow but just within the boundaries of acceptable), and secondly it almost instantly enabled me to create some nice and smooth colour transitions between general shades and highlights. To me, smooth colour transitions is a must for a paintjob to qualify as "good" - but achieving it by applying hundreds of translucent layers of paint takes forever, and that "wet-blending" thing is simply beyond my comprehension
Airbrush solved that problem for me, enabling me to finally become a proper hobbyist with a (hopefully) nicely painted force of my own making.