Yeah, I thought that about the Bright Lance especially. The problem is, when it was black it looked too black, and having seen both renditions I can say the latter looks better. Furthermore, I didn't know what other colour to do it. I wanted to keep everything simple.
As for the sword, I did: Macharius Solar Orange (exuse my use of the older colour names!), then washed with Agrax Earthshade, followed by a drybrush of Solar Orange, then a drybrush of Yriel Yellow and finally highlighting the very edges of the blade in Yriel Yellow.
Glad you like it!