It was decked out in these red gems (which I didn't feel suited the costume it was going to go with) so I set off to completely repaint the thing and give it a few minor modifications.
I'm generally quite terrible at thinking of detailing designs, but after trying out a whole load of things I ended up with this one.
Having just gotten a heat gun recently, stripping off the gems and glue was a breeze. Sadly I used a bit of a too high heat setting and the paint bubbled a bit. In the end I decided to sand off the blade's paint and use thinner to strip off the rest.
After scraping off a little bit of access paint, which was easily done with a boxcutter blade, I decided to do a paint test. Not really the best considering I didn't have the right shade of paint to get that gold lustre, it looked somewhat decent despite the slight lumpiness.