Painting 1
Alice is a Phoenix white metal figure. I put a mounting pin (a short length of wire) in a hole drilled up a leg on all my 7mm figures. This can then be held in a pin vice whilst the figure is being painted, and helps hold the figure in place on the layout.
Alice has had what little flash there was on her removed. She has also been degreased in warm soapy water, and then painted matt black. Any matt black will do applied by brush or spray.