Have you ever played before? and if so have you used space wolves?
they're a very niche army and you'd do better to start with a very small army (600-700 points) just to find out how you like to play and get a feel for the range. bear (?) in mind you have up to 4 HQ at your disposal. always good.
a useful GW link for starters
space wolves grey
flesh (dwarf or tallern)
these are all the colours needed for a master painter but the * ones are optional if you're a novice painter (i'm crap and self confessed
Are those colours universal enough to the Space Wolves that I can safely buy them and not sit there going "Ah shit, I'm missing (insert colour here)" with the standard 2000 point build? (remember, if I miss picking up units, I can always buy more, that's one of the good things about the hobby, eh?)
As for literature, am I missing anything when I pick up the rulebook & the space wolves codex, or do I need something else as well?