In short the new technique for painting miniature I was trying out with this squad was far too complex and convoluted for me. In the end it's sheer fussiness - when compared to my simplified method - simply took far longer for not much of a noticeable improvement...Maybe I was doing it wrong, or I'm just not a very good painter!
To be honest, I think I could have achieved a similar effect by adding a more aggressive highlighting stage to my 'quick' method.
Don't get me wrong, I don't think the effect is bad (for me) - I just think it took me three times as long to do it as 'my way'. It has taught me a few new tricks, but otherwise I'm a bit disappointed.
Next: The fleshtones - maybe the 'Painting War' technique can improve my skin painting, we'll see.