So after almost a year of on/off failure, I've decided to post pics of the kind of lather I'm getting.
I use a tweezerman badger brush, and in this pic I'm using VDH soap mixed in a cup. I mix it in the cup for about 45 seconds (I've gone longer and shorter) then apply to the face for about 70 seconds. I stroke it in, mash it, ease it, no matter how I go I can't get the gooey texture that mantic59 and others get.
I've also gotten this type of lather from Tom's of Maine shaving cream.
First set is applied on, second is paint brushed-on.
Any insight would be appreciated (too much soap, too little water, etc. etc.)