@dwarfhold13: Hehe, no problem. Anyway, may I nick the term "WIP area"? Makes the random heap of half-done miniatures in my desk sound a whole lot better.
Applied some washes (camera ate all the highlights and shading on the reds away), painted on and started highlihting the darker brown.
I like them a whole lot better now that there's less white on the miniatures. I guess that the heavy dusting wasn't the best of ideas because I obviously don't really know how to make it work for me. I still paint like on black primer and I think that the result would look the same.
Still to do:
Finish darker browns
paint white socks and stripes