Today the paintwork went on the model after a nice dark grey primer coat. I've used mr hobby H308 and a few drops of tamiya XF 23. The colour this time is much more to my liking than the previous attempt. I then added white to the mix and sprayed highlights and fading to the model.
Even better the paint went on smooth as silk and level so I'm a happy chap. I'll let this cure for a day or so before progressing.