I recommend quite a few different tools and I say you can never have enough tools.Most of my tools are used in the preparatory phase before I actually start painting. Irecommend a small vise so you can clamp your miniature securely down, I alsorecommend a magnifying glass, x-acto knife, emory boards (for sanding downburrs), microfiles, an awl, and tweezers. A pin vise or three pronged parts grabberwould be great if you have one.Paints: If you are just learning how to paint miniatures I have a webpage with kitsthat teach you, sets of paints and books. If you are looking for a starter pack of paints Games Workshop Paint Set is a good place to start.About Painting: I use a wide selection of paints and when you are buying paints youcan be assured that the little jugs will last a very very long time. I have jugs that Ihave been using for many years. You just don't need much paint to do a miniature.So to keep them in good shape always wipe them off and seal them up when done. Ialways use a primer when painting miniatures so I recommend you do this too.
Miniature Painting Steps:
Inspect your miniatures looking for burrs or pieces of unwanted metal.Remove any of this excess with a knife, file or small pair of snippers. Look for anyproblems with your miniature and correct as needed. Take note of any parts thatlook like they will be difficult to paint and formulate a plan for how you are going topaint it.