Painting help


Hello everyone:
I am fairly new and inexperienced at painting miniatures, but I'm willing to give it a shot. However, I don't have any paints to start out with, and I have a few questions:
1) What paints should I use? Mind you, the area I'm in does not have any hobby shops or craft stores (unless you count Wall-Mart) so I'll probably be ordering my stuff on line.
2) What type of brushes should I be looking for for use in painting?
3) What type of primer should I use for the Noble Armada Minis?
4) Any tips or tricks would be greatly appreciated.
A few people, including myself have started threads seeking and/or offering painting advice. Links below in case they are any help.