There is a "speed painting" challenge going on over on the Oldhammer Forum and on the Oldhammer Community pages on Facebook, inspired by king of the 3rd edition bestiary, Orlygg (James Taylor). The idea is to just get some paint on lead, rather than pootling about on t'internet. Being in dire need of turning my covetous acquisitions into gaming pieces, I took up my brushes last night in a sudden burst of insomnia and.... failed. Sort of. I didn't make it within the hour, taking about an hour and twenty minutes instead, adding the basing bits before taking the photos.
I've definitely painted better, and the dark skin tone against the rest of the darkish equipment does lack a little definition, but it's still perfectly serviceable and (more importantly) means I have performed the desired alchemical trick - turning lead into gold, or a gaming piece at least. Two minutes squaring off the checks and re-blacking the edge of the base, and this little fellow will be causing all sorts of trouble for my sons' questing knights in our dungeoncrawls.
Oh, and I learned that washes take a surprisingly long time to dry now that I have gone green and completed the transition from my old, hotly inefficient bulbs to eco bulbs.