As is I think this is one of the best projects I have done so far.
I did some more research and found that my reference picture was wrong. Only the blade is silver the dragon and shaft head are gold and the dragon is only on one side and is a lot more detailed. Looks like I will be revisiting this for the summer.
For Animethon this summer I am seriously considering doing Yoko's rifle from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann.