Yes, you have to be careful when you're fiddlin' - you could go blind.
It's also fun just to paint something different to break the monotony of whatever you're working on. My rule is I never spend more than an hour on a test model... and I usually spend much less. I'm a fan of speed-painting techniques; I'd rather have an army that's painted to a decent standard than 10 great models in a primer-tastic army.
|...but we all have our little failures. Here I was experimenting with a tartan. I vomited upon seeing the results. They can't all be winners - and I quickly painted over this hideous design.|
|Here I was experimented in earth tones for the base of a Marine's armor. Since there is green in the tan, I used green in the contrasting color. I'm fairly happy with the result but I won't do anything with it.|
|The base was one of my first tests of a rush technique. I went back and 'finished' the model to see what it would look like. Again, as with most test models, nothing further will come of this one.|
|Here's a test model from years back. How many? No idea - at least 5, but maybe double that. I keep everything. The idea with this was painting Tyranids in a natural tone. I'm not unhappy with the idea - it makes more sense than most bug schemes.|
|Another old one. Alpha Legion. This model inspired me to quit thinking about Alpha Legion!|
My current project is Space Marines, and I'll be alternating between my Brotherhood Space Wolves 'Counts-As' and my faux Storm Wardens (I'll have to think of a better name). The first is a 'dirty' scheme, which are my favorite to paint, while the second is a 'clean' look... something I find harder to do well, since it takes more patience.
Naturally I'll be showing you the results.