"How To Paint Realistic Military Figures, 2nd Edition" has been recently released by my good friend Lynn Kessler. It is an excellent book and I say you NEED to have this one. You can get it at any good LHS or online at http://www.fsmbooks.com
. Secondly, I highly reccomend Vallejo paints for figure painting. I just bought most of the line and it has transformed my brush painting. The stuff is magical!