I have a minor pet peeve (what exactly is a peeve anyways, and do they really make good pets?)... Bases.
There is the eternal debate, does the base count as part of a model? People seem to be just as likely to say no as yes. But then, even those who say yes are likely to slack off and paint a decent model, but put no effort into the base at all. I hate that.
Now, Im not saying I go all out on my bases, far from it. My standard is gluing sand on before priming, painting it beastal or scorched brown, then drybrushing the top and painting the rim with snakebite leather. If Im feeling really ambitious Ill glue a bit of GW's static grass on it. The point is, I put some small amount of effort into my bases and treat them as part of the whole of the model.
If there is some thought in it, the plain black base works, especially if its obviously a display model. What doesnt work is the plain black base with paint splotches all over. Mono-color bases work... mono-color (or even multi-color) bases that have patchy rims dont. Im not trying to pick fights. We all know there is too much drama on the 'net as is. My point is I see models Id feel embarrassed to set up against marred by a base that looks like it was cut from my painting desk, splotches and all.
Am I off my rocker and yelling at the invisible younglings to get off my lawn? Or is this something others notice and like/dislike? Maybe if there is interest Ill pull out my bag of extra bases and work out a few examples....