Having been lurking for a while as a guest using this site and various others to get a feel for the Hobby before I committed to a course of action I felt it'd be a good idea to join and be able to discuss various practices and figure out what might make my miniatures all the better for it.
As of now I've painted all of one Ultramarine from the Assault Intercessors + Paints Set. My goal so far is to get a functioning Lamenters army going. After a bit of research and dedicating to my favorite chapter, I then found out through various sources that I may have picked a lofty starting point. So I've been doing my best to research and learn concepts on my own to make them look as good as I may. So beyond that I'd figured I would use this community to glean some more experienced wisdom and hit some wickets I might've missed on my own. I've developed a decent start in supplies. Getting the Paint and Tools set as well as some specific paints I feel I'd need for my army, more brushes, and have a box of both Assault and Tactical Intercessors and some other basic equipment. The main name of the game here is something that looks nice and might see action on a blue moon. Seeing as I don't live near a GW Store or LGS. I'd like something fluffier but still functional and figured the growth of my army beyond these two squads would be something I could lean on the wisdom of the Old Guard in the hobby for.
Aside from that what I'd say my experience with the hobby is a good bit stronger on the lore side of things, most of my experience outside of the Dawn of War Series coming form the TTRPG's, and a small entry into the hobby back in 2014, where I made a rather heartful, if naïve start, played The Guard for a few months and was unable to continue the hobby due to income at the time. Now getting back into it, I feel this community might be just what it takes to hold me down to what I'm doing, as even with the one Mini I've done I'd say it has value far beyond it's cost.
Beyond the Lamenters, my interests later down the line for armies would most likely lie with The Raptors SM Chapter, The Order of the Sacred Rose SOB, as well as a return to some form of the Guard.
After drowning anyone who opens This Post in a mountain of words, I'll leave off by saying have a good day all.