Very strongly contrasted figures - which I think look great at tabletop distance but not so great up close...
vs these finely detailed figures which look great up close but lack the umph at tabletop distance for me.
I believe you have just outlined why I get so frustrated with painting sometimes. It's because I try to paint for both worlds (even when I am only trying to do a 'table top' job).
Maybe I need to keep a painting journal, so I am not painting 'ad-hoc' every single time. And develop tabletop only techniques versus practicing to maybe actually be able to paint display quality one day.
I feel my minis look good close up, but once I put them down on the table for a game, I get all sad because no one can see all the work I put into them!
Thanks though, I don't know why I didn't really realize this sooner... maybe I just trying to do it ALL!