Point the first - I have a month of comments to reply too (again!), as usual I am very sorry for my profligate approach to replying, it has becoming something of a personal bugbear of mine that I am struggling to address. Mostly because I appreciate every single comment I ever get, I read them all and I wish I was more timely in my responses! I am setting aside time over the coming days to answer them all!
Point the second - This paint scheme on the Primaris pictured is not my finalised scheme! Please give feedback freely on colour choices and style :)! My motivation for trying something bright was in order to have a look at different painting techniques that were somewhat cleaner; this was intended to make me a better painter as I wouldn't be hiding behind darkness and damage so much.
Point the third - The reeaaal motivation behind this is the standard of painting that I saw at Warhammer Fest in the Golden Demon. I don't necessarily think that I have to master layering and blending in order to win something beyond a pin, BUT I do think that not relying on something I'm comfortable with will make me a better painter and give me more strings to my bow to achieve the effects I desire on a miniature and help push up my chances in such a high standard environment.
All that said, here's lots of pictures!
I've already had a suggestion to swap the blue for a grey, which definitely works in my head at least, so something I may be trying! Others things to bear in mind is this was my first time attempting layering and blending without using a battered dry brush so be gentle ;)