With the carving finished it's on the paint table and getting some color. I spent a few hours this afternoon painting the shield and attaching the feather. The design comes from a combination of several shields I photographed while at the Prairie Edge store in Rapid City, SD last fall. It really turned out nice. On the breast plate it was kind of boring so I made a small decoration out of a carved circle and then, using wire and beads, added some flourish to hang from the bottom That did the trick. There is also a knife in a beaded sheaf that hangs from the belt. Thats next on the list to be painted.