Absolutely what Buglips said. Absolutely.
The attitude I've always had about painting, if you're getting paint on the mini, you're doing it right.
When I started painting, the newfangled Internets were my only source for painting info. I certainly didn't know anyone who painted minis. All my artist friends were either good naturedly or openly dismissive of me wanting to paint "little toy men." The only information I managed to find was Dr. Faust's old web site. I didn't even know mini paint was a thing. Ral Partha, Mithril, and Reaper were the only mini companies I knew existed.
I love how much information there is out there. I wish I'd had these forums back then.