Maybe if I saw it close up I would change my opinion, and this is just nit picking, but I think the paint job was a little too sedate. For the kind of cash you spent on it, I think it could have been much better.
Unless you paint or photograph, anyone would have a hard time seeing or trying to grasp the beauty that the case should have in person.
For starters, That grey is a very nice color, but VERY hard to photograph just about any grey or silver. Lighting plays so much in how it comes out, and even then you still have trouble seeing the depth with a 2D picture.
Knowing what greys look like shot on, I can attest that that thing is more than likely really striking if you walk around and look at it. Take this picture for example:
I tried to photograph how that little piece turned out and I just couldn't get a picture to do any justice. Flash floods the pearl in it, and natural light didn't bring out the depth. But when you're two eyes lay on it, it's really something to see. This is the only picture I kept, and is quite crappy due to resizing. But if it were a lighter grey, it would far surpass my ability to get any decent shots at all. Silver just looks flat when photographed.
Ya just have to give them the benefit of the doubt, and especially the paintjob's you may run across in the magazine. $400 is right on for any good paintjob, and I would even say that's cheap for the level of quality smooth-creations turns out. Nothing they turn out would disappoint anyone. And I pitty the photographer that pulled his hair out trying to get shots of the finished case!