As a young kid I learned to paint from White Dwarf Magazine. The work by the 'Eavy metal team seemed like unachievable goalpost, but I diligently read every article I could. Back then I often settled on a color scheme or technique that I knew was only so-so, just the get the unit painted faster. I was always disappointed with the minis as a result and didn't enjoy using them as much.
Nowdays I'm looking for new and fun ways to paint, rather than the fastest way to "get an army done". Army painting as a sole goal is actually a bad thing in my book. It is an artificial mindset that is at odds with the pleasure of collecting and painting miniatures, and instead encourages sacrificing effort in the name of getting "more troops on the table".. Which really equates to spending more money faster if you look at it from the company perspective.
So with the demon of Army Completion firmly in my rear view mirror, I have discovered a whole world of fun by painting for it's own sake. Starting this blog has put me in contact via the internet with a great variety of painters and modelers, all of whom influence me on a daily basis.
The ListOf course I wouldn't have known about 15mm sci fi if it wasn't for Dropship Horizon. And chances are (if my Google stats don't lie) that you actually surfed here from that site. A great resource that continues to fuel the 15mm sci fi hobby in all regards.
I'm sure you're no stranger to Gruntz, the excellent rules made by Robin Fitton. Robin and I have been in contact on and off since I started the blog, and I even sold him my original set of terrain to take to shows... If you've played Gruntz at a convention you may have even battled around it! The Gruntz site has tons of great tutorials and a fair bit of military modeling knowhow to boot.
Does painting have to be laser-precise and perfectly blended? No! Mini painting can be warm and impressionistic and still look amazing. The work on Carmen's Fun Painty Time really changed the uptight way I thought about painting.
Mind you, can sci-fi miniatures be absolutely mind bending works of shading and detail? Absolutely yes if you take a gander at the guy who paints a lot of the the Infinity stuff: Studio Giraldez. And yes, this is where I got the idea to try OSL.
Surely nobody does Infinity style models as well as 15mm sci fi? Yes they do, it's Fire Broadside. A treasure trove of inspirational painting here.
When I'm in a bit of a rut, there's nothing like a broad spectrum cure, and Laughing Ferret Lab is about as broad spectrum as you can get. Clever conversions and a wide subject matter mean there's plenty to be inspired by on his site.
Finally, you probably already know about Dave Taylor Miniatures. Dave is a flat out Hobby Celebrity and his site is always showing off his imagination and incredible industriousness. I haven't seen Dave in years, but we used to share a flat in Sydney that was completely filled with miniatures and paint. It's really heartwarming to see how incredibly far Dave has gone with his hobby career.
This is not a "top 10" list or anything and I should stress again that EVERY blog I follow is inspirational to me, this short menu is just an example of the diversity that's out there and that there is no one best painting style or secret. I no longer have any interest in 40k, but that doesn't mean there isn't a wealth of information and great ideas from 40k hobbying that translate to my hobby on the internet.
Thanks for reading, and enjoy your painting!