However, not to fear; after the dip had dried some 12 hours later, as directed, I sprayed on a light coating of AP matt varnish and added the necessary flocking to complete the effect as shown below.
While the finished effect may not be to every one's liking, I think that when the time saved from the all the previous shading and highlighting of yore is taken into account the results are quite pleasing. This is, after all, my first painting of any kind for 10 years and I must admit lessons have been learned for my next figures.
The use of fairly bright colours during initial base painting would undoubtedly give greater contrast once dipped and matt varnished rather than relying upon simply the uniform grey primer; although, in this case, the rifleman's trousers were originally two different shades - not that you can tell now!
To summarise, I personally think the use of products such as the Army Painter is the way ahead for painting reasonably looking armies in this time-constrained age; after all, we still need time to play video games and do all the regular things that people with lives need to do.
While the high priests of gaming purism may baulk at such notions, I am sure that once a few figures even of this limited quality are placed on a half decent gaming table the effect will be more than acceptable.
All the best!