These are a couple of good figures I've done in the last year or so.
I'm a sucker for a chick figure and I love the pose on this one - good movement. I had a really clear vision for how I wanted her to look: I picture her on the edge of a cliff with a storm buffeting all around her as she makes a sacrifice to the ocean below.
The lantern was a separate piece - I glued it onto her base once it was painted. I wanted the feathers at her neck to look like cormorant feathers, since it's a sea bird.
Rat on Treasure Chest:
I Googled a picture of Remy from "Ratatouille" and painted this rat like him. This will get displayed with the pirate collection once he leaves the "new figure" display area. We leave our new figs out for people to look at and they get put away as new figures get painted. We have our collection grouped by themes: pirates, vampires, goblins, elves, dragons, skeletons, dwarves, etc. I did a sandy-looking base because L and I would eventually like to make a pirate diorama of them all on a beach with maybe a shipwreck, or being attached by sea creatures (we have a good collection of those too).
The skull on the base has a spider on its head. Shiver me timbers!