So here is a stage by stage look at how I have devised painting my crimson fists. I figure by the great responses so far (and a new toy in a camera), I would keep a proper log of painting stage by stage. Here is my process from building the miniature on. I'll be updating this as I finish the miniatures and then the army as well. So check back periodically.
Stage 1 includes assembly, cleaning and adding or any conversions.
Stage 2 includes simply basing the models in your choice of basing. *I have learned that it is at this stage that a neatly kept base job is easiest.
Stage 3 includes priming the miniature in whatever color that your working with. For most of my miniatures, I like darker tones generally, allowing me to effectively highlight the miniature later to greater effect. As for my choice of primers, I use Krylon indoor/outdoor flat black primer. Its cheaper (by almost half the price) than other modeling specific primers and from my experience works just as well.
Stage 4 is where this particular army may differ from other schemes. I start by dry bushing the miniatures armor pieces with necron abyss, which is a dark/navy blue for the base color.
Stage 5 includes an enchanted blue general highlighting around the edges of the armor plates. *I tried to get a close picture of the terminator sergeant so that you could see the base highlight. There is not much color difference. This will eventually be the primary transition palette for the two final highlights and help to build an effect of depth on the model.
Stage 6 is where I start finishing the rest of the models base coats. I update this link as I get further with the miniatures and will keep a similar log for the rest of the stages in my process. Feel free to post any questions or advice as you see fit.
Forgive the first few examples as all of my space marines are in at least stage four of the painting sequence. Over the years I have learned to paint dozens of miniatures at once. However, I would warn most younger painters against this technique, as having too many miniatures in front of you is extremely daunting. This has just been my experience.
As for vehicles, I have not started on them yet, but intend on collecting a few more, then building modeling and painting them together. This will include a painting log as I paint them too. Any c&c are always welcome and encouraged. Thanks for looking, I hope you enjoy and maybe get something out of it.