It took me about two hours to select the orc figures for my warband, remove any flash or mould lines, wash the miniatures, do some minor weapon conversions and then glue them to Popsicle sticks ready for painting.
I used to mount the figures on a single Popsicle stick but found it hard to hold while painting. I now glue five Popsicle sticks together and mount the figures on these. I find that the thicker base is a much more stable platform and it is easier to grasp and manipulate.
I use a small dab of PVA glue (AKA white glue or wood glue) to glue the figures. This type of glue dries clear and has a very slight flex when hard. When I've finished painting it's a simple matter of just sliding a blade under the base of the miniature and giving a slight twist. The miniature just pops straight off.
OK, these bad boys are now ready to receive an undercoat.