This is the second stage, which shows my painting process (minus the swear words - I've not painted three-dimensional sculptural stuff in about three years).
I sprayed on a gray primer coat to seal the Model Magic (which is kind of porous), and to cover up the shiny silver of the ornament base. It wouldn't have taken the paint otherwise.
I used liquid acrylic paints for this part. It took about twelve hours, spread out over a couple of days.