I tell you what, I reckon the likes of Phil and SP, who are able to dip and produce lovely crisp tabletop models (who still look very pretty in front of the camera) have the ability to make real cash with professional painting. It's all about £ per hour and their stuff would sell like hot cakes.
"You're a big man, but you're in bad shape. With me, it's a full time job." – Lt. Bromhead to Prince Dabulamanzi before the Battle of Rorke's Drift.
The only problem I find with the AP dip is for some unknown reason there has been a stigma attached to it. I don't know where this has come from but my theory is some of the lesser professional painters felt a little threatened when this product burst onto the scene as it threatened their livlihood. Others on the other hand welcomed it with opened arms.
I think it has improved the quality and quantity of decently painted soldiers on the gaming table. LIke I said before some great painters actually use it within their painting techniques usually as a mid stage process. It could even be a bit of GW snoberry as they are one of the few companies that don't appear(unless I am mistaken) to embrace the advanatages of this product. As far as I am aware their painters still paint the traditional layering or blending techniques which give terrific results but sometimes can be beyond the scope of the average hobbbyist.
Apart from some company snobery there is another snobery, that of the old fashioned painter. I know some that claim all these easy painting or dipping methods are something like cheating. Not my words, but I know many gamers that did large armies the hard way and some are not happy seeing these fast growing armies.The combination of Army painter, dipping and cheap plastic miniatures produce results that can be very irritating for those who spent a lot of time and money in earlier times to get a nice army ready for table action.
In fact I used a similar method long long before the "new" ways. But with oil colours and a washing technique. I think I will stay with it, old dogs and new tricks....
I totally agree IO there is some snobbery going about. I have even seen pictures of armies placed for sale with the words "not Dipped" or painted "traditional way" . I hate this sort of snobbery as it doesn't help the hobby image .
For me and the vast majoity of us ,it doesn't matter about the method( many ways to skin a cat), its the end result that counts. This AP product works and helps to achieve the desired results.AS evidenced at the beginning of this thread.