Used a heavy duty paint stripper and got down to bare metal, of course some remnants remain after over 25 years sitting on there.
This is the bare material with which I have to work. The condition of the metal is fortunately very excellent, as crisp as was cast. The main body and the arm with the axe are assembled, comprised of a few pieces. These were pinned with epoxy and thick steel paper clips.
Detail is quite nice on the sculpt.
Usually I'm enthusiastic about the build, but in this case I'm really more enthusiastic about the painting involved in such a large piece. Incentive to get it done.