Here's one method I went about preping the figure for primer. After giving the figure a good wash and has dried, I cover/mask the area's to be glued later on, with painters tape. The tape doesn't leave any residue, but is sticky enough to hold while priming.
As for paint colors, I used practically all the gray's, warm and cold tones, in my stash, including an ink and pastel.
I live in the small town of Bath, Michigan with my wife and children.
I have been modeling figures for 25 plus years. Since I was a kid, I've always been fascinated by military uniforms of the past and soldier material culture. This then led me to express my interest through modeling figures from many time periods and scales.