I am officially done with them and I couldn't be happier with the result...
I do notice that the front shoe's coloring looks distorted because of the light source so please excuse that. :/
I also decided to scrap the helmet-on-the-tongue idea because I didn't want to take the chance of them possibly messing up. All is left to do is heat-set them and then they're ready to wear.
Apple Barrel paints mixed with Golden Mediums GAC-900 fabric painting medium.
total working time: a little under 20 hours.