Everyone starts somewhere. Some use markers as that's what they have to hand. Some have paints. Some are model builder and wargamers so have experience in spray and brush painting. AS LONG AS YOU ARE HAPPY WITH YOUR CUSTOM, THAT'S ALL THAT MATTERS!!!! Also, while most of the entries in radicons are breathtaking, these are the successful ones that people are willing to show off. I'd say for every one posted, there is a bigger pile of incomplete, rejected and failed bots by the person posting that you'll never see on the boards.