Step 1: Supplies
First off you'll need a good Primer. While there are many products out there that work well I use ColorPlace Equipment Grey Spray-On for a few reasons. 1. It goes on very smooth 2. The shade of grey works equally well for light or dark schemes 3. At $1.50 a can it's cheap!
Testor's Dull-Coat. This will dull the sheen of your paint as well as protect all your hard work.
Elmers Clear Project Glue. This is too add the basing material and flock/static grass to your mini.
Brushes. I use a #4 Filbert for applying washes and base coats, a #0 small tip for details and highlights and a Large Round for dry-brushing.
Paints. While there is a huge variety of colors out there these paints listed are the ones I have had the best luck with. However, feel free to use similar colors from your preferred paint ranges.
GW -Chaos Black, Skull White, Codex Grey, Ice Blue, and Graveyard Earth.
P3 -Skorne Red and Khador Red
GW -Boltgun Metal and Tin Bitz
Reaper- Blackened Steel, Tarnished Steel and True Silver
GW Badab Black and Devlin Mud
2 Containers of Clean Water. 1 for flat paints and 1 for Metallics.
Step 2: Clean, Prep and Primer
Once your mini has been cleaned of all mold lines, assembled and washed (use warm soapy water and an old tooth brush then let air dry) apply 2-3 thin coats of primer. Let dry for at least 12 hours. This gives the primer time to fully dry and bond to the mini.
Step 3: Wash
Apply a wash of Badab Black to the entire mini and let dry. Note: Use a moist brush or paper towel to dab any "pools" of wash that may form on flat surfaces before they dry.
Step 4: Metallic Base
Using your medium brush (#4 Filbert) apply a thinned 1 part paint to 1 part water (1:1) coat of Blackened Steel to the arms and legs and allow to dry fully. Now apply a second coat to get even coverage. Clean your brush.
Once that is dry apply a wash of Badab Black and let dry. Now we dry-brush!
Place a bit of Tarnished Steel on your Large Round brush and then wipe of the excess on a piece of paper. Remember, you want almost no paint left on the brush at this point.
Using large, fast sweeping motions hit the painted parts from all possible angles to get the best coverage.Repeat with True Silver only this time concentrate more on the hard edges of the miniature.
Step 5: Metallic Details
Now we go back to your medium brush and apply a 1:1 mixture of Chaos Black and water to the torso area's. Once that has dried, target dry-brush with a 50/50 mixture of Chaos Black and Codex Grey.
For more advanced painters you can use this mixture to highlight all the raised surfaces and panel lines.
Step 6: Highlights
Now apply your highlight color using your #0 brush. I chose red but you can use whatever colors you like. Start with a base of Skorne Red. Once dry apply a targeted wash of Devlin Mud to those areas then highlight with Khador Red. Paint the cockpit Ice Blue. Using a 50/50 mix of Ice Blue and Skull White paint a small "L" in one of the lower corners. Finally, add a small dot of Skull white to the opposite upper corner.
Step 7: Metallic Details
Now we add the metallic details. Paint the joints, weapon ports and heat sink "vents" either Boltgun Metal or Tin Bitz. Target wash with Badab Black.
Step 8: Final Detail Work
You are almost done! Using a 1:1 mixture of Graveyard Earth and water paint the base of the mini and let dry. Now apply a heavy wash of Devlin Mud. Once that dries dry-brush the base with pure Graveyard Earth. To add some distinction to your base work you can apply a light dry-brushing of a 50/50 mix of Graveyard Earth and Skull White in random places. Now paint the edges of your base Chaos Black.
Allow the mini to rest for at least an hour to ensure all the paints have time to set up fully. At this point you can add static grass or flocking using the Elmers Clear Project Glue.
For Decals. If you would like to add decals now is the time. Apply a thin layer of GW 'ardcoat (or any other paint-on varnish) to any areas where you will be applying decals and let dry. After you have placed your decals to the desired areas and they have dried thoroughly apply another layer of gloss varnish. This will prevent your decals from 'silvering' and give them a painted on look.
Sealing. Spray your finished piece with 2-3 thin layers of Testor's Dull-Coat and let dry overnight.
Now you are ready to take the fight to your opponent in style!