The painted and varnished body and heads on the painted base. I used 2 coats of spray primer, sanded between coats followed by 4 coats of top coat. The paint I used is Plasticote Project Paint. This comes in 400ml cans and smells very strongly of pear drops. It is expensive but dries very quickly and leaves a good finish. With a bigger batch it would be worth investing in a spray painting outfit. I used to have a compressor and a shed dedicated to spraying - because you need to avoid dust. For small numbers of articles cleaning the equipment becomes a chore.