It's been a few months since I actually finished up putting on the decals and painting the sword. Here's more or less what it looks like now.
I still feel the middle part of the hilt is a little bare though, but having a square design like that its rather hard to factor in any organic designs. The tape is still holding on fairly well but it took a bit of damage at the con and is peeling a bit at the top. I'm contemplating changing it to a faux leather wrap but am doubting the strength of it's hold. But that would be a modification for another time I guess.
I'm not quite done geeking out at the paint job ^^