Wow, thank you so much everyone! I really didn't expect such a positive critique! Going to an art school is really challenging and competitive so I was bracing myself for a complete rip-apart of my work! Man, I really don't miss critique days! You guys are awesome. :)
I'm amazed that my acrylics from 2001-2004 are still as fluid and smooth now as they were back then! I am using a clear, matte finish spray for the protective finish, so the shine you're seeing is from the metallic paint.
MamaGeek: I totally did a *facepalm* when dirty water was mentioned. DUH painting 101! Oy vey. That's my first problem right there!!! Shows how rusty I am at this whole painting thing!
LadyArgent: Thank you for the suggestion of doing everything with the matte colors, spray-varnishing, then putting the metallics where I want and brushing on a glossy varnish in those ares. Brilliant!
Ghool: I'll definitely check into the flow release agent. I'm too cheap to buy more acrylic paint when I haven't used up the paint I already have!
sgtoku: Thank you! I haven't heard of Dramatic Layering, I'll definitely check into it more. I'm always up for learning new techniques. Thinking about the larger minis I painted v/s this one, I remember that I used a lot of dry-brushing. With the coarser pigments in the paint, dry brushing might not be the best idea for such a tiny mini- that's probably why my paint looks all globby and icky.
twjolson: I got the smaller minis because I wanted something even more challenging than the regular sized ones. Its on now baby! ;)
Ferox: Thank you! The freehand didn't quite drive me insane, but it did drive me to the chiropractor afterwords- MAJOR cramps in the shoulders when I was done!
Shakandara and Jay: I'm totally interested in Reapercon, I still need to investigate and see if its something I can swing.
Mercius: Thank you very much, I'm definitely going to be sticking around. This has been a VERY pleasant experience!