If you like painting figures, take a look at this new DVD, Miniature Painting Secrets with Natalya.
There you will see a small video clip there, which looks quite interesting. While her style seems to apply to fantasy figures, I can see how how her work is considered some of the best. I like the way she uses shadow and highlights, of different colors and shades. As with all model tips and tricks, they can be applied to many different kinds of model building.
This really makes me want to get a few figures and try it out myself.