My starter set came in for this awesome game and I felt the tie fighters needed to be painted. Coming from a Warhammer hobby, painting these was exceptionally fast! They're about the size of a fingernail (if not smaller) so a black base coat, followed by some lines and a wash is really all they need. It's important though not to go too dark (did that on my test ship) since from a distance it's really hard to see detail if the grey doesn't pop. Pew Pew Pew!