As I've learned, the models that I paint can't always match the fine details that the box provides. Certain bordering and shades that exceed my capabilities and motivation to capture. For example, many Ultramarines have a light blue (Calgar blue, if im not mistaken) border on their straighter edges (like Jump Packs on Assault marines), and it's a very thin line along the edge. I'm not talking a layer of paint I could place over Maccrage Blue(which, usually, is my final layer over an Abaddon Black base or Imperial Primer), but a seemingly millimeter thin line that gives a different feel and dimension to the models.
Does anyone else do what I do, which is to just paint the color that they see fit and then leave them be? Or does the major portion of players pursue to every fine detail and make it look like a Games Workshop employee did the paint?
I'm also aware that there are people who take a contractor POV, and do pursue this course of action. I'm excluding those who EXCLUSIVELY
do contracting paint jobs, but the everyday, layman painter. The reason for this is because the contractors paint the models as the owner sees fit for them to paint, and the ones I've talked to have friends who follow that habit and are extremely skilled, many many years ahead of my own(I've only a few months experience, but I have painted a Librarian that impresses a Games Workshop employee. That being said, it says a lot about the level of mastery the contractors pursue).