I recently finished a number of Shattered Sword models for Relic Knights by Soda Pop Miniatures. I used the dipping method, using Minwax PolyShade.
My daughter also painted her ever first models, (using the same dipping method). They didn't turn out too bad for her first attempt at painting miniatures. She only spent 5-10 minutes painting each model; although I painted and finished all the bases for her.