I managed to get the stomach and chest painted up over the last week and what a diference this makes! Suddenly the mini looks a lot less incomplete and closer to being finished.
This is something I should be used to by now as it's a direct result of my painting method. Because I focus on an area and work it up to a finished state before moving on to the next one my jobs often appear to progress in fits and starts. Linking up the already painted areas of the head and legs gives me a clearer feel for how the mini is going to turn out.