I have begun painting my force. I'm using black paint for my primer/base-coat on all of them except my commander, which I'm priming white and thin will base-coat. This is because I want him to be the most striking model in my army and what I had heard was that black primers are easier to apply but white primers make the end model look better. So far, it's true. The black paint is easier to apply than the white because it only needs one coat and a couple of touch-ups while the white needs two complete coats and another to get the parts that need it.
Unfortunately, painting is more tedious than I had thought. For my future minis I will purchase the spray paint so that I can make that step that much easier. And