For my first painted print I decided to make the Heaven Sword from the Chinese drama Heaven Sword and Dragon Sabre ( 倚天屠龍記 ). Firstly I sourced some reference images; some from the actual tv series, and some from replica's available on taobao. Then I made the 3D model In Maya, creating it as half the sword to be printed twice and then glued together:
As I working with an old version of Maya, I then had to export to .obj and import it into blender before exorting it as a .stl for Repetier-Host to use, I then had to go back and make several adjustments to the model after viewing the slicing until I felt it was adequate:
I rotated the model by 45 degrees and scaled it up by 6.5 to be as large as possible on the printing bed (Solidoodle 2).
The prints worked perfectly first time and I give them a quick file down (perhaps too quick in retrospect):
After painting I then glued the two halves together with plastics glue, and was satisfied with the result.
The model is available on Thingiverse here