1.) Prepare to get messy, no matter how clean you think you can be prepare for the worst and grab a newspaper sheet to spread out and allot of napkins. 2.) Get the right equipment, I.E. brushes, paint etc. I'd suggest some very fine brushes and take a glance at your local model/hobby shop for the right paint shades you like. Again this step is trial and error, your paints are entirely dependent on what you are painting. 4.) When you are actually ready to paint decide ahead of time what you want to paint first, try to paint things that will end up the same color in the same sitting so as not to waste paint and thinner. and decide whether or not you want to wait till the model is assembled to paint that part (you should only wait till it's done if the part will be easily accessible, if not paint it while it's still on the plastic racks it comes connected to, then when dry cut it off and paint the spot that you cut.) 5.) This step is very important, Use very little paint on your brush, it goes a long way! I found this out the hard way. Wipe your brush on the side of your paint bottle after dipping and sometimes if you want a light coating brush the excess off on your newspaper. 6.) When ready to paint use a flat black on the areas of the model that you want a dark undertone on (I.E. Shadows worn down areas etc) then go over it lightly with the main color of the object, then if it's metal you can really make it look better by (VERY) lightly (and with a tiny amount of paint on your brush) brushing silver over areas that would be scratched etc. 7.) One more tip, when painting silver weapons paint the entire body black, let it dry, then lightly go over it with silver, it looks very nice in the end. 8.) Use lacquer thinner to clean brushes. It will dissolve most paints completely. Just dip the brush in and swirl about for a few seconds. Then dry it using a soft cloth or paper towel. Work between the bristles to get it completely clean. "Smushing" it on the bottom of your solvent bottle will only ruin the bristles in the long run. 9.) Use liquid glue of the solvent type. No paste types in tubes. For metal parts use either isocyanoacrylic (super glue) or epoxy. The later is better, particularly for making resin kits. Be extremely sparing in using super glue. I would recommend using a small sewing needle in a pin vice to apply it much of the time by capillary action. 10.) Make sure to deflash and remove all mold lines from parts before assembly. 11.) Wash all the parts while they are still on their sprue using detergent and water. Let dry thoroughly. This removes the mold release and other manufacturing stuff leaving clean parts for assembly and painting. 12.) When hand painting parts start with the lightest colors and work to darkest. This doesn't apply if airbrushing. If you have a part that will be silver when painted if hand painting apply a coat of white paint first. 13.) Always use an appropriate sized brush when painting. 14.) Go easy on dry brushing, washes, etc. These are usually overdone by most modellers.