I am mostly in agreement. The devil is in the detyails for sure! I paint almost everything flat black, then dry brush color on top, leaving shadows, as in Jim Marksberry's howto: http://2guyzandsumtrains.com/Content/pa=showpage/pid=3.html I sometimes modify this process by drybrushing white, instead of the final color, then painting on a color diluted to the point of translucency. This is easier to control in small areas, as described at the end of my own howto: http://2guyzandsumtrains.com/Content/pa=showpage/pid=34.html Just remember, if you can dream it, you can make it. It's just a matter of finding the right technique.