Hey Sullen One! It's all good mate, everyone starts painting at one point! I destroyed detail and ruined figures with huge globs of paint more times than I care to remember when I started out! The thing you've done that I never did was paint a full army! Only my UM and they were painted over about 10 years!
Kudos on the honesty, but your painting isn't bad at all, and it wouldn't take much to improve it and give it a nudge in the right direction!
My tips to you would be to take a little more time with them (probably why I've never finished an army tbh...), and use less paint on the brushes.
If you want to try something different on human skin, I did a blog for a friend of mine on it which he found useful http://grinsworld1878.blogspot.com/2...made-easy.html
so it could be handy to try that.
As well as that, if you can't be bothered doing loads of thin layers, washes work really well, and with a bit of a drybrush of the skin tone afterwards they can look just as good. I think a lot of it is just taking a load of time around the edges of the armour and getting the paint from your brush to the area you want it.
I know what you mean by the shaking too, I suffer massively with it, but there's a few ways I combat it.
1) a chair with arm rests, put your elbows on it
2) paint at a desk - rest your forearms on the edge of it when painting (lower your chair if needed)
3) Breathing - like shooting, I can't paint when I'm breathing in and out. Take a few normal breaths, then take a half breath and paint until you let it out again. It bugs the piss out of my mrs because I constantly hold my breath, but it keeps my hands steady :-)
Something I think is a good example of what washes can do is the joints in the standard bearer's armour, and the metallic parts of his bolt gun. Both parts were painted flat boltgun metal, and then different washes applied to them to give them distinct looks.
I'm by no means an amazing painter (there are some incredible brush folk on here), and it does my head in not being able to do some of the stuff I see people doing on their models, but I can work stuff so it looks okay for my armies I think. If I can help at all just ask, always happy to give a few pointers if I can
Lastly, keep it up! Nothing improves painting like practice