Sunday, September 13, 2015

More Minis! Including nude females... and nude males. Be warned!


Here we go!

As promised!  The post that has more pictures than the last post!  Also, includes painted miniatures from Hasslefree Miniatures, as well as Stonehaven and Reaper.
Here is a view of all the ones that have been painted so far!  Kinda shows the range of what I've been working on.  I have been having a lot of fun with all of these.
A better angle of some of them, including the set of Incubus and Succubus that I got from

I don't care that parts of this one is blurry, I like it.  My camera tried to focus on Titania in the background instead of the skelli or fan dwarf.  In the background I've got a completed fairy and one of the Incubus chilling out next to eachother.

So, lets get into the individual paints!  And first, lets go with Oberon from Hasslefree Minis. Oberon has horns, that I probably should have pinned to his head before painting him, but... when have I ever known to do things the easy way?  

 I like him, even without his horns added onto his head.  I had a lot of fun painting him as well.  Like I mentioned in a previous post, I have been searching for naked males and have found very few options outside of Hasslefree Minis.  At least, not ones that look good.  So, I caved and spent more money that I probably should have buying these and getting them shipped all the way to loverly Washington state so I could finally paint naked dudes.  Yeah... I'm special like that.

So, since we have Oberon up there, I had to get his lovely Titania as well!  She was more difficult for me to paint simply because some of the mold lines were very difficult for me to get to.  I must not have files that are small enough.  Oh well!  I like how she turned out tho!
And the little fairy/pixie thing form Stonehaven is just chillin out.  I did all the wings on the inside with nail polish, to get a really nice iridescent look.  Then they are surrounded by metallic bronze, to make them stand out a little more.  I don't care what anyone else says... I adore her bubblegum pink hair.

And now we move into the incubus and succubus section of the post!!!  I took artistic license here, and decided to paint them how I wanted instead of more human ish in color.  I thought, well... they don't necessarily need to be specifically incubus or succubus... but just demons in general.  I really like how they turned out.
Blue demon dude needs a little touch up on his ab area in shading.  In person it looks different, but on film it is almost a little too highlighted.

 I don't know if it is obvious in the pictures, but all three of the blue demons are actually different shades of blues.  The female on the far right is more teal than blue, for example.
 There is also a demon that is more orange than the red one above..  I don't know why he isn't pictured with the others, but I know he is visible in the group shot at the top of the post.

 Another picture of my Elf Druid hanging out with the others! 
 And finally.... a selection of things that have been worked on.  Look closely and you can see the orange demon hiding behind the barmaid.

The minis have paint on them!!!! Don't Blink!

As I promised last week, I finally uploaded my pictures onto my computer, and I am at my brother's house which has internet.  So, I thought I would fullfil my promise to actually update what I have been doing!!!!!

First off, this post will NOT have any of my nudie ones, that will be in the next post with a warning in the title itself.  So, if you don't want to see those, then don't read that post.  But, if you do, you know where to go!

And... as I uploaded this I realized that a good portion of the pictures I took have someone nekkid in it....

So.... lets start with some Reaper Bones miniatures that I managed to get!!!!  The "Angels of Sorrow" (Which we all know are Weeping Angels...) I scored from ebay, cause I couldn't find them on the Reaper website yet at the time.  I think they turned out very well!  For more pictures of them, check my instagram page!

Don't Blink!

Then, when I was at PAX Prime this year (my 8th year going!) I managed to snag the last police box that they had on display (probably not the actual last, I'm sure they had more in the back hahaha) and when I came home I had to paint it up!!!  The 'Police Public Call Box' words need a little help, but thats as good as I got with the whole hand painting tiny words on it.  If anyone has any suggestions on how to make it better, let me know please!

 So, there we have it!  I now have two weeping angels and a lovely little T.A.R.D.I.S. that will float around my miniatures.  *happy dance*  Now I just need a Doctor to go with them!

Don't Blink!!!!!!!

 Here is a small selection of minis that have been primed, and slowly begun getting bits of paint on them.  Some are primed with the last of my grey primer, then it went to the black.

 I then started taking 'mug shots' of all the minis that I have begun to work on.  First up, because today is the first Seahawks game of the NFL season, here is my fan dwarf!
I love him.  I seem to be painting a whole set of blue and green guys that fit in really well in a tavern setting, including some unconcious ones.  He is the only one that I see as being actually done.  Well, his mug needs a little help, but I'll get to that when I get a little better at painting liquid in a mug.  Or I may re-paint part of it so it looks like a pewter mug.  Opinions would be appreciated.

Next we have this guy.  I like this guy.  He was intricate.  And a lot of fun to paint!  I just have the little patch of fur thing that goes on his britches?   And better lighting so the details show up better on camera!  And any suggestions on his dagger/thing?  I want to paint it so it looks like its made of obsidian, but I'm not quite sure how to go about it at the moment. 
And here we have the little skelli.....  I think he is adorable!  The white highlights show up more on the picture than they do in person, and I may adjust that a titch at some point.   
 And now here are some based, but not really painted all that much.  We got the little gnome cook (of which I LOVE and was pushing during the kickstarter for the Stonehaven Gnomes).  I gave her a familiar in the form of a kitty cat.  No, she will not be cooking the cat.  Nope, not at all hahaha.  I'm thinking that the cat is gonna be an orange tabby, just so I can bring some brighter colors into things.
And for the Elf bard, I thought I'd give him an apprentice!  I actually have this already all painted... didn't realize I hadn't taken a newer picture of it!.  But, the little elf girl with her recorder needed to do something other than hang with the other childrens! 
Last but not least on this post is my awesome elf with her swan next to her.  Technically, its supposed to be her other form, but whatevs....

So, here we go!  Updates on things that have been worked on!  Things are slowly being packed up so I can move, which means not a lot of stuff will actually be progressed on.  And I will be getting the next post up within the hour.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Lots of upcoming finished paintings, and more

This is a quick update, and a more thorough one will be coming up soon!

Sorry its been so long between posts, but I've been getting a lot done.  I no longer have internet at my apartment, in part because it was so expensive where I live, and also because I am planning a move at the end of this month.  Since there hasn't been internet in over two months, me getting on the laptop to do much of anything has been limited to when I am at my sister's house.

I've been working of getting as many of my miniatures painted as I can before having to pack them up for the move.  I finally caved and bought a big can of primer, so things have actually gotten done!  Also, better paint brushes and black and white paints have also been acquired.  Woo!

All of my dwarves, elves and gnomes have now been primed, just need to finish priming the animals I have, and then priming will be complete!  Pictures will be coming in the next two posts.

I also went on a long journey in the search for naked miniatures.  Don't ask why it came up, because I honestly don't know why I started the search.  But, after seeing plenty of beautifully painted naked female miniatures, I started to search for naked males too.  Let me tell you, naked male miniatures are a hard thing to find.  I understand that the market is aimed primarily towards male wargamers, but there is an increase of women getting into the hobby.  I don't paint my miniatures to wargame, just for the art of painting them because I find it relaxing and fun.

So, my search began.... and it was a long search too.  Without very many results.  I searched through various forums, read other posts that people made, got offended by the rude comments that some people have made in response to people asking for nude males, and finally found some that were not barbarians.


Granted... the majority of the nekkid ones I have are not human.... yay for Incubi and Succubi!

Hasslefree Miniatures, you are one of my favorite companies by far at this point.  If only it wasn't so expensive to buy the minis!

So, in conclusion for this part, I have a selection of naked males and females that are painted up as well as elves, dwarves, and gnomes.  Awww yeah.

I have also finished up a cross stitch!  It has taken over a year, but the Mario Alphabet Sampler for my friend's baby Leon has been completed!  Pictures of that will be uploaded sometime next week.

My next project is to make a light box so I can get better pictures of the miniatures that have been painted (otherwise I would have uploaded in this post.)

A post with Stonehaven minis that I have painted will be uploaded early next week.  And then, in a separate post, an NSFW post will be uploaded with all the naked creatures in case anyone wants to not see them.

Until next week!!!  But, for a sneak peak of what has happened, check out my Instagram @seryfyre  There may be a TARDIS and some Weeping Angels there.....

Saturday, January 31, 2015

"You're a Wizard"... I mean.... A tower!

I know, I know... its been forever again.  But, can you believe that I actually pretty much finished a full terrain piece in the months between posts, and didn't post about it?  Yeah... blame instagram, people.  I did post pics about it on there, and then it slipped my mind to post an actual blog post about it too!

It uses a tried and true set of materials, too.  A Pringles can! Empty, of course!  And a part of a toilet paper tube, and a LOT of card stock/really thin cardboard (like from cereal boxes.  And some craft sticks.  And tooth picks.  And you get the picture haha

So, without further ado, here is my wizards tower!  Please excuse the fact that the pictures on here start with it already pretty much base coated black.  I had already deleted the previous pics from my phone, and it wouldn't let me copy them from instagram.  (Shameless plug... go follow me there!  My user name is seryfyre)
 So, as you can see in the above pictures, the tower has been assembled!  And the three roof sections have been added as well.  I made the tower be four complete stories, with a larger extension at the base with the door, and a bumped out section on the fourth floor with a deck as well.  The box that it is being displayed on is full of Magic cards, and boasts a sticker of one of my favorite bands in the world (The Protomen.)  They just put out a new covers album, and you should check it out!  Amazeballs, thats all I have to say about it!
 Here is a closer look at one of the windows on the fourth floor, as well as the main roof.  It took forever to cut out all the shingles!  For-ev-er  Not to mention actually glueing the dang things on the roofs!  The videos that I had watched that inspired me made it look so easy!  So not true!  But, for a first-timer, I think I did alright!

 And the deck, with it's toothpick rail posts and door.  I had a vision in my head on how I was going to put the deck on, and it totally did not work out how I was planning on it working out.  I was thinking of doing some sort of decking, but hooo buddy, that was a no go.  So, I ended up cutting out a piece of foam core board to work instead.  It looks better once it is all painted, I'll tell you that!
 Closer up view of the main wonky roof.  Lets just say, at the end (top) hot glue became a much closer friend to me than pva glue.
 So, here we go with the roofs all finished with their base coats, and the first layer of dark brown has been added to the body of the tower.  My plan at this point was to get all the wood parts their true base of brown, and start with the shading of the 'plaster-ish' parts.  As you can see in the following pictures, I think it turned out rather well.

Painted!!!  Woo!!!  The true inspiration for doing the blue on the roofs and shutters was that little gem on the first of the three above pictures, seated above the wood 'paneling'.   It was a broken necklace pendant that I found a long time ago, and just kept because I thought it looked awesome.  And, I finally found a place to use it!  I figure, hey! Its a wizardry tower, there has to be something extra unique with it.  So, there we go!  At the end, I also decided that there had to be extra windows.  And since a lot of my figures have a slight steampunk nature to them (namely the gnomes.... not so much the dwarves or elves, but oh well!) and I had a ton of small gears lying around, I would use them as windows.  The bubble 'glass' effect was from hot glue.  I put a large amount on the area that gear was to go, then pushed the gear down to make the hot glue rise up in the holes.  I wanted them to look like there was lights on inside the tower so I painted the 'bubbles' yellow.  I used a old gold/bronze color of the ends of some of the tiles and the peaks of the roofs to tie into the bronze of the gears (and gave them a light coat of it too).

I actually have fully based it as well.  Its not just sitting on a Hello Kitty Online disk (that my niece scratched up).  The base has a garden area, and some grasses and rocks.  I'll try to get a pick of that part up on Instagram.  Actually, I think there might already be one.  Go check it out!  And the only other thing that I have to do is figure out how I want the railing part of the deck to go.  No clue at the moment.  I'm thinking maybe some sort of chain draping between all the posts.  We shall see!  The tower itself is currently stashed for the moment so the demon kitten doesn't destroy it.  She still thinks the tavern is her bed.  Soon, though, that shall have a roof and she will no longer be able to sleep on it!  I hope, at least!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Finished terrain pieces, and tavern progress!

I know, I haven't been posting anything on the miniature scale in a while.  I have an excuse tho!  My kitten gets into everything.  She insists on being in the same room as me, usually on my lap or on whatever I'm working on, or at least on the floor at my feet.  I've had her jump up and step on my wet paint a few times.... Thats an interesting clean up... paw prints trailing away from the craft area and catching her to clean her up too......  yeah....

So you can see why I haven't been working much on crafts.

The other day I was staring at my projects, and really had the urge to work on them, and said 'screw it!  I'm working on these!'

It helped that my 6 yr old niece was here and I have a laser pointer, so Arya the kitten was completely entranced and distracted.  For a while.

Anyway, so I had the chance to finish some little pieces of terrain!  And I was able to work on the tavern a little!

So, here we go!  First up....  Chicken coop!  So, I finished painting up the little hens (two standing, two sitting) and finally put a roof on the coop itself.  I darkened up the trim on front, as well as the door so that they would match the roof and stand out a little more from the rest of the coop, giving it a little more dimensionality than it had before.
 If you were wondering where the second sitting hen is, its in the little chicken doorway for the coop.  I'll try to get a better picture of it and post it on my instagram profile.  (HINT:  Its @seryfyre on Instagram!  Go follow me, cause I'll most likely post finished pictures on there before uploading the blog post!)
And then I broke out the foliage stuff and put a little tree next to the coop, cause it just felt so empty without something there!  The white is glue, I took the pictures before it dried completely.

 And another view of the coop, so you can see the grain in the roof (made from a piece of balsa wood, and the paint is just the Agrax Earthshade brushed on it.  I thought it gave it great color as well as bringing out the grains really well!)

So yeah, that is the finished coop!  I'm happy with it, and I think the paint on the chickens worked out really well.

Next up on the finished projects is the pig sty!!!  I finally got a roof on the dang thing.  I've been debating and debating on what type of roof to do, and I finally decided on a shingle style.  Its intentionally a little rough and crooked, cause come on... its for a pig sty... and yeah.  So, I made it out of pieces of thin cardboard (or would you call it cardstock?  Its from a canned cat food box.) cut in small strips with slits cut in to make it look like individual shingles.  They were then layered up and up and up until the top which is just a larger piece to give the roof a slight 'peak'.
The painting of it went like so:  Base it with black paint.  Wait for it to dry.  Next coat was a dark brown over most of it, leaving a little black in the cracks between the shingles.  On top of that came a slightly lighter brown.  Not as complete as the darker brown, but covering a good portion of the roof still.  This is building highlights.  As that dried, make dinner for the niece and I (heating up leftover pasta... yum!)  Eat dinner while contemplating the final highlight. Do the final highlight with a light brown (I believe it was 'coffee' colored), just along the edges of the shingles, and pulling up with give a texture to it.  

All in all, I thought it turned out great!!!  I'm gonna have to do that style of painting more often XD

And once that was all finished I got to put on the foliage!  I had planned right from the beginning of making it look like there was plants going up the back of the pig sty.  I don't know why, but I thought it would look really good, and make it look like an older sty that has been there a while.  So I did!  I broke out the pack of Woodland Scenics stuff that I got.  It has a lot of stuff in it, and I think its a great deal (especially as someone who just started on this stuff and hasn't accumulated a ton of stuff yet.)
 So some little trees made their way on either side of the sty, and the ground cover bushes that I already had on the terrain was built up on top of the sty to make it look like its been growing up.  I then sprinkled on some 'yellow flowers' on it to give it less of a flat look with just the one color of green.
 Paint still needed to dry when I took this picture, but thats ok!  Check the instagram for dry pictures!

 Here is a slightly closer look at the roof and greenery added to it.

So yes, that is the finished terrain.  I am pretty proud of it, and proud of the fact that they are finished in a way that I am pleased with.

And on to the progress of the tavern!  I added the porch!  Man, that took quite a while haha.  I was inspired by DMScotty's bridge technique (check out his videos, I get so much inspiration from them!).  I'm not sure how I'm going to do the stairs heading up to the tavern yet, but it will be two sets, one for each doorway.
 And painting.  I probably should have painted it all before glueing it onto the tavern itself, but I apparently like making things difficult on myself.  I won't paint until I get stairs put on tho, thats for sure.  I did finish painting the stonework on the whole tavern, though.  I still have the rest of the walls to paint.  I'm going to work on the porch and walls at the same time.  I will be working on it!
 Still to do for the tavern:  Doors.  Windows.  Painting the walls and porch.  Building the stairs.  The roof.  (I am no longer adding a second story to the tavern, the inn will be a different project).  Finish the inner workings of the kitchen and tavern (bits and bobs....  tables, chairs, bear skin rug, etc).

I still have quite a bit to do, but I am really pleased with the porch and I just had to share it with everyone.

And here is the reason why I didn't get much farther than the porch.  
Yup... my niece went home by this time, and Arya felt I was not paying enough attention to her.  So, yeah..... Kitteh.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Creamy Pumpkin Alfredo with Sauteed Squash

Now, I know what you are thinking.  Pumpkin alfredo?  Are you crazy? But oh my gob... it is so absolutely delicious that it will definitely be becoming one of my fall staples.  Seriously.  Absolutely delicious!  

Don't knock it till you try it.

I also sprung for being even better tonight and sauteed up an amazing crookneck squash.  This thing is massive... just look at the picture below!  And think... I still have one left to cook up sometime soon!  (And.... its bigger than this one..... >.<)
 Bam!  Those are all the ingredients that I used.  Not a lot.  Simple is better sometimes.  Way better.  Oh, I didn't picture the salt and the grains of paradise.  (If you haven't read previous food posts, then you haven't heard my hatred of pepper.  Serious. Hatred.  GoPs are a nice alternative (:  )

So, for the sauteed squash:  A squash.  Any summer squash would do (zucchini, yellow squash, pattypan, etc), onion (or half, seeing as the one I had was ginormous.... the other half will be used in something later on this week), and garlic.  I splurged and got a small container of caramelized garlic from the olive bar at the store.  Oh, and some butter (forgot to picture that... oops).
 So, three (ok... four including the butter) ingredients.  Simple!  I first put the squash and butter on over medium heat and slow cooked it for about ten minutes, stirring it occasionally.
 Once the squash started to cook down some, I added in the onions and a little salt and GoPs.  Cook for a while longer until the onions begin to soften, then add some of the (chopped, I forgot to say chopped) roasted garlic.  Once all flavors have been incorporated, I moved the finished squash over to a bowl.  I will be using this all throughout the week as part of my lunches for work.  Yummy!!
 Into the same pot that the squash just came out of, I poured about 3/4ths a cup of chardonnay and the rest of the onions and garlic that I had chopped up (Most went to the squash, but I reserved a nice bit to add to my sauce).  I cooked this down until the wine had reduced by half.  ((Tip!  Next time I do this, I will sautee up the onions first to they cook down a little more before adding in the garlic and wine.  I'm not a fan of the crunch/texture of onions.))
 The can of evaporated milk is then added.... and most of the can of pumpkin.  (I didn't know if I should add it all or not, I went with reserving a little.  I will use it later on in the week.)

To this now slightly orange pot I added in a handful of parmesan cheese (about 3/4 cup I would estimate) and the kielbasa (chopped into little triangles... its so cute!) and then turned it on low in order to wait for the pasta.
 Doesn't that look yummy?  Now would be a good time to taste it and decide in you need any seasonings like salt and pepper (or pepper substitute).  It did hahaha. The salt I added seemed to bring out the flavor of the pumpkin more, actually!  Don't underestimate the power of a little salt.  And, a little will go a long way!  Add some, stir and let it sit a moment, then taste.  Give it a moment to blend together.

So, when the pasta finally finishes and gets thrown into the pan, it will look something like this!!!
 Can you say Yummy?  Delicious?  Mind-boggling?  I mean that last one, too.... it looks like a macaroni (doesn't help that I used elbow noodles lol) in the color, and it is VERY creamy (I should have reserved a little pasta water to add in with it) so visually I think mac and cheese.  Taste wise tho... not so much mac and cheese as a slightly sweet alfredo, with hints of parmesan cheese and garlic.  Super tasty!  So much that my kitty did not want to leave me alone to eat it.

Oh, yes.... the reason not a lot of craft things have gotten done.  Meet Arya everyone!  She likes to climb all over me as I eat, sleeps under the covers snuggled up to me, follows me into every room, and is the loveliest kitten in the world.  I lub her lots and lots.
Also, I've been really busy.  I went to PAX Prime, was on vacation for a week (of which PAX was smack dab in the middle) and now I am working quite a few nine-hour shifts in a row to cover for a co-worker who is in CA right now.  And by a co-worker, I mean my only co-worker.  So, I kinda have to cover for her.  I have lots planned tho!  I have the plans for a blacksmith worked out, as well as the bathhouse/inn.  I just need to find some mdf board or something for the bases of the buildings.  It would make things easier for sure hahaha.

On another note.... I will soon be decorating for.... you guessed it.... Halloween!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   I love Halloween!  I didn't decorate last year because I had just moved into my apartment, and I didn't really have anything set up, let alone Halloween stuff!  I will be having a blast of it this time tho, I guarantee it (and I totally was saying that part in that jewelry ad voice for whatever chain of expensive jewelry its for lol)

Friday, July 4, 2014

Tavern WIP and bits and bobs

Hey all!  Time for an update!  I've been working on things every once in a while in the evenings while re-watching Stargate SG-1.  I love that show.... Just started on season 4.  So anyway!  I've been working on the insides of the tavern while deciding on how to make the inner hall of the second floor hook up with where the stairs are going.  Which, by the way, I decided where it will go!  You'll see it later on in the post.
 Here are the stairs by the way!  I had enough of the circular stair pieces from the hirst arts thing that I got from Cicada Crafts (250 misc damaged pieces, mentioned in a previous post).

And, I got the rest of my bar the other day as well, so I was able to figure out how it will go!  I had to add an extra corner piece to the shorter L of the bar in order to make it so it didn't cover the kitchen door.  A gate with its post is chilling out in the middle, and I added 'Ardcoat to the bar tops to give it a lacquered look.  I hope it comes through it the picture!  I think it does.  It looks really cool in person.
 I added the kegs to their nook as well.  Two of them I added nice little plaques (which I then 'Ardcoated as well, to make them look special!) and the other two are just labeled "Ale".  I am hoping it comes across as the two with plaques are the higher end brews, while the other two are just run of the mill ales.
 The stage for the music/band is done as well.  All except the shelf I will be putting up on the wall.  Next up for the stage is painting up the instruments and getting them all displayed.  Also, I will be working on the windows and doors too.  Any hints for the windows?  I have some ideas, but I am willing to consider other ideas as well!
 Other ideas!  Like bricking up the nook's window!  I really liked this idea, and I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.  I was going to use cork bricks, like I did with the fireplaces.  I was sitting there, and about to measure the opening when I spotted one of my 'scrap' pieced of foamcore.  And yes, I know... there is no such thing as scrap foamcore... its all useful hahaha.  Well, this piece was one of the pieces cut out from the windows anyway, so it was already the right size.  I just peeled the paper off of both sides, used a dull pencil to score out the bricks, and then base coated it black.  Then dark red, then used a pencil again to re-score the lines.  I then painted the lines black, and highlighted the bricks a lighter red.  And then went back to the darker red to add a little more depth throughout the bricks themselves.  All in all, I'm pretty happy with the bricks, and I like how they stand out from the stone on the outside.  The stone which has not finished being painted.  I'm thinking of making vines or other foliage make its way up the sides of the nook.  We will see!  That part is a long way off hahaha.

 I also found an awesome stick at the park earlier this week when I was out with my niece and nephews.  Actually, my oldest nephew found the stick, and its perfect!  I stripped it of its bark and found these awesome grooves in the wood, and it fits perfectly as the center pole for the staircase.  Also, the location of the staircase... the only place I could really put it!  it kinda covers part of the mantle but not the fireplace itself, so I think it will work out!

And on to the bits and bobs that I've been working on.  I've been getting stuff for the rooms upstairs done.  I decided that there will be five rooms and one office.
 As you can probably tell, two of the beds are from the hirst arts molds, with little pillows along with them.  The other two were created using the foot boards (??  I think.... they came with the beds, but were not hooked to them, so I'm assuming they are optional foot boards.).  I made a mattress out of cork, and then framed it using coffee stirrers.  A small piece of balsa wood finished it off as the foot of the bed underneath, making it all the same height.  the cork was painted the same cream color as the rest of the sheets on the other beds.  I then made blankets and pillows in the style of DM Scotty (on Youtube... check out his videos!  I'm hooked on them, good cheaply made items that anyone can do!)
I like the texture the paper towels bring to the blankets.  Makes them look like quilts to me!  I think I will used another bookshelf on the second floor somewhere and fill it with folded up 'blankets' and 'pillows' and extra chamberpots.  We'll see!
 I also outfitted a shelf for the office with books, rolled up 'parchment' (made from used tea bags.  Gave them a nice color I think!) and potion/wine bottles that I made up the other night.  I raided the local bead store.  And by raided I mean I bought things, not actually raiding...

 Here is the finished desk (kinda, still probably will need some work) with a 'feather pen' and 'inkwell' that I made.  The feather is just painted up paper cut to look like a feather, and then glued to a black painted piece of wire.  The inkwell is an earring back, with the middle section painted black to simulate the ink on the inside.  I'll probably do something to make it look dirtier or not as shiny.  The top of the desk was also 'lacquered' like the bar tops.
And here is the final picture of the finished bookshelf.  I added a scroll on top of the top shelf.  It was made with two toothpicks and paper rolled up on them both making a double scroll (or whatever those things are actually called!)  I added some seed beads to the ends of each toothpick and them painted them a metallic bronze, to make it seem more important, as well as repainting the 'ribbon' around the middle from red to bronze as well.  For some reason the red did not want to stick to the paper I used so I just repainted it.  

So yes, that is the progress so far!  I still have one bed to make (this one probably completely from scratch.)  I'll probably make it smaller than the other four for a smaller race.  We will see.  It will be in a smaller room as well, so yeah.  

As usual, any hints, tips and tricks that could be shared would be much appreciated!  I've been having fun with this stuff so far, and I plan on continuing to have fun.