I second that Warhammerlord_soth.
The postings i have made so far have been of very varied quality, the "first mini" thread where i introduced my first and not so old stuff was not great at all (picture broken, I'll try to fix that), but the comments received made me able to get to another level of my painting and my last posting including my WP (http://www.warhammer-empire.com/theforum/index.php?topic=22974.0
) is actually what i learned from comments up here.
I am in nowhere near Golden Daemon quality, but again that is not what i am going for either. My sons result here on his latest piece are his first truly great mini, the rest is not but they do show progress in different areas and he is using techniques that i learn up here.
This mini you see in the beginning of the thread is done by using very basic techniques where everything just worked out for him, it might have helped a bit that he did it on a sunday morning instead like most of us after school/work and after kids and wife goes to bed. He was fresh and ready to start a new day and was having a clear idea of what he wanted to achieve, besides as it was a farewell present to his best friend just added to his motivation in this project.
Beside the Blood red and Yellow he used, all other colours were from Foundation paint set, which covers great and then afterwards washed with the wash set from GW as well, again this just made it easier for him.
Get a plan, stick to it, when in doubt - try it out on a spare mini first or post your question up here, i am new but have also replied on what i learned already, because as a new painter myself i understand what other newbies are going through and their questions.
Go to your local GW store and ask if they can do a quick paint session with you, they'll show you some basic stuff and the mini you do it on you get to take home afterwards (this is how my son got a spare goblin to give as a gift)
Just post it, or do as suggested PM some of us with questions and maybe a picture and we will try and help out as good as we can. (This is what the community is all about)
If you need something to get your courage up, then have one on Midaski