So, I'm waaaay behind on my painting due to a little (5 year) detour into WoW. I'm clean now and looking at my backlog and trying to get it under control.
Towards that end, I've embraced "dipping" as a technique to get nice table-top quality minis. The general process is to paint the model in bright base coats, a little highlighting and paint on some dip for shading.
I use Minwax Polyshades Tudor Satin as 'dip'. Actually I paint the dip on, but it really adds depth and definition to the model.
The snow is some modelling powder snow mixed with white glue and glued to the base. It starts out like a paste and hardens quite well.
Here's the links to the posts with the models: