Unfortunately, your group is not the only one who seems to have neglected the painting aspect of our hobby. Here in the Philippines, playing with unpainted miniatures is more the norm than the exception. I guess it would be natural to expect it from new players but what really breaks my heart is that, more often than not, it is the veteran players who field unpainted miniatures.
Now please do not get me wrong. I would never say that it is wrong to play with unpainted armies/warbands/minis and that those with painted armies/warbands/minis are better than those who deploy unpainted armies/warbands/minis.I am aware that some people are really just in it simply for the gaming component of the hobby but I just think that it is rather sad for these beautifully sculpted miniatures to remain... unpainted. Its like these poor figs are... well, unhappy because they never really attain their full potential.
I would therefore like to both commend and congratulate you on your resolve to get some painting done!
Incidentally, your paint job is not as bad as you think. At least, there are some discernable colors that are painted on the appropriate and correct areas of the miniature. I have seen some miniatures waging war for their worthless masters with just some black basecoat! Really, how do these generals hope to think to win their battles with shoddy uniforms and poor equipment...
Keep it up and I am looking forward to more of your work!