Ok so I'm going with the darker theme... I started working on the wings this weekend but I not sure of the armor yet. I just need to dive in and see what happens. One of the problems is that I keep comparing it to last years entry and feeling like I am copying it or that it just isn't as good. It doesn't seem to matter that one is finished and one is not. :)
On the plus side, I have started working on the miniatures also. They are much easier because I seem to be more free with them -- no pressure -- just creative painting in the moment. No fear of making a mistake.
And the then there is the diorama... It is coming along nicely, although I its only about 15% done. The one problem that I am having is that It is a mirror image of what is in my head. I started by putting the highlights on the wrong side for my intended light source. This its really a problem except that it makes everything opposite of what is in my head. It feels awkward. I 'm not really sure if that makes the diorama awkward or if its just because It opposite of the one in my brain.