So I'm doing a ton of painting, which I like. What I hate is cleaning and basing models, and I'm not a huge fan of the first coat, either. I really only enjoy myself when I get past the housekeeping portion of the hobby.
Here's my contribution to the hobbyist: the paint stick.
So basically I use double-sided tape on a super-sized paint-can-stirrer... thingy... and, yes, it's plenty strong enough to hold plastic models on. I've used it for metal models as well, and while you have to be more careful it will hold just fine. Then I spray black, and note here that I can turn the stick around, hitting the models from all angles. You can also see I apply the first coat and overbrush in an assembly line, right on the stick. I only really remove it after I ink or wash the model, as you can see in the last picture. That's my 'real' starting point - up until then, it's all a chore. After I remove the model from the paint stick, I look forward to actually painting up the squad.