I've got about 15 1/48 US Navy carrier deck figures to paint. Most are wearing goggles, so no huge worry on eyes.
I've got about 10 different Mig Oil brushers that are mostly flash tones.
Is there a quick primer on how to best go about realistic painting vs slinging paint?
Jack Lynch produced three videos for AAA Hobbies, and he shared them in the Figures forum at Finescale Models' forum. You might be interested to watch them:
Personally, I don't find much difference between painting 1/48 scale figures and the larger scales I usually paint, except that I don't show as much detail on faces. Specifically, I'll paint eyes as slits, because in that scale, the viewer is at a distance that would be about fifty feet or more, and you just can't see someone's eyes that clearly at distances. But otherwise, the process is the same: Lay on the base colors, then add highlights and shadows. I use water-based acrylics, and a wet palette. I find them easy to use, to blend my shadows and highlights. And I apply small amounts of thinned color and build up the colors. But check out the videos and see if they help you.