I apologize in advance as I wish to give a little backstore. You may skip to the bolded if you want. OK, so I am still pretty new to this whole customizing/repainting this. So far, I have only done experiements with things like my First Strike Prime and Protoform Prime, repainting them and really making them my own. So far, I have been using Testors Acrylic. At first, when I was just trying it out, I was using a kit I got at a Fred Meyers for $22 that came with a bunch of smaller paint jars, some sand paper, a hobby knife, cemenet, ect. It is not a bad set but they are not the nicest acrylics I have ever used. However, they worked for the experiment and I had a blast doing it. Next, I found a local hobby store that had Testors Model Masters, Gamer Workshops, and Tamiya paints. I picked up some metallic colors and went to town on my Protoform. Boy howdy, did it make a difference in the feel of the character, as well as quality. Well, I am ready for the big trip. This weekend I am going down to my local hobby store and I am going to buy the HELL out of the paints, get nicer brushes, etc. I do, however, have a budget to keep in mind so I can't pick up EVERYTHING. For repainting movie toys, what is your regular pallette? What colors do you use for what characters? I current have/use Testors Model Masters: Gloss black Aluminum Steel Rust Brass Jet Exhaust Gunship (Did not include the colors I got in the set as I do not plan on using them much except on smaller peices or for mixing colors). If you wouldn't mind, include the brand you use too, as I know from 4 years of art college that it REALLY matters. Though I am using Testors Model Masters, I am very open to using another brand if they have a better color (ie-I hear Tamiya has really great "clear" colors). Thank you everyone for your help! I am aware that this is a really general question, not specifying character or anything, but I am looking to have a default set and to pick up more as needed. EDIT-I should note that I think this thread could also be a good resource for other new Radicons, as well as a place to discuss color usage and theory. A place people can discuss what is working and what isn't working. What to avoid, etc. I did a search and didn't come up with anything like that.