Oh, I am keenly aware of the dastardly macro lense! I always think I have painted well until I get the figures in a photo tent.I
The downside of taking photos with a macro lense, is that it will show off every little flaw on the mini -- it is sort of like placing the mini right in front of your eyeball. For general table top use, in which you would be sitting about 2-feet away from the minis, you will not notice these flaws and imperfections.
We call it the "two-foot good" paint job.For mass-manufactured minis made at a fairly reasonable price, the paint application is going to have these types of imperfections -- the main challenge for the makers of pre-painted miniatures is to ensure the level of flaws and imperfections do not detract from the overall appearance or to decrease the amount of satisfaction one feels when using the miniatures. I think WizKids has met the goal of this challenge.
Interesting - is the price point of the Pathfinder miniatures significantly higher?However, if anyone is comparing the minis in this set to WizKids' Pathfinder Battles minis, then you may note that the overall paint application of the D&D miniatures is not at the same level of quality.