As far as the actual painting went, a lot of good was had on my end:
1) I got out of my comfort zone on this one - key to learning. There was actually a point when I was scared to go on because I might ruin the model! Kind of an eye opener really. But, I pushed through and learned something about my abilities in the progress.
2) I got some much needed experience with shooting from the hip, or heart if you prefer a more passionate idiom. It was good because I got some practice with just doing things without all the meticulous planning I'm used to. And it was good because It's been a long while since I've been able to paint something without having to ne able to reproduce the whole thing over and over (and over) again. Very freeing in a way.
3) Freehand practice. That shark icon was freehand. I'm not completely happy with it, but it was a good attempt. One of my weakest areas, to be honest.
4) I got a couple of really good recipes for unique colors I can add to the repertoire. The gray for the armor and the blue rippey claws in particular. Not too bad for an off the cuff kind of thing.
5) Most importantly: I've got my very own fully painted Tyberos. Quite possibly my favorite model from the GW ranges.
But it ain't all good:
1) My work schedule kinda, sorta blows donkey dique. Part of that is because Special Lady Friend and I only have one car and there's a two hour difference between our shifts three days in every week. Basically, I get to hang around work for two hours just wasting time until its time to go home. Loosing that two hours is a killer and drastically alters how fast my projects take to complete. What's worse, is there's nothing I can really do about so its not even like I can have an after school special silver lining.
2) I'm still an abysmally slow painter. Even on projects I'm in love with. Bah.
With Tyberos sitting in the ol' cabinet, it's time to get back to the Eldar. I think I'll do another long term WIP on Eldrad Ulthran once I get past my last Wave Serpent.