House Leo boasts one of the most well trained and well equipped infantry in the whole Empire. Their footmen are armored from head to toe with platemail and serve as the steel backbone of the House . Armed with sword and tower shield, Leo Footmen fight in tight wall formations, allowing them to push lesser enemies back through sheer mass. As with all of House Leo, footmen are exceedingly proud and show great prowess and disciplined ferocity in battle.
Leo Footmen are professional soldiers, paid by the House. Their armor is courtesy of House Leo, and bear little decoration one would see on officers and nobles. However, footmen do bear the Aegis Ruber, the small shield on their left shoulder. This often shows the footmans company any major campaigns he has participated in. Footmen also have a small ornament on the top of their breastplate that displays their name.
Indulging in some lore making. Part of an empire in my mind. I'll make more of these House Leo guys and then move on to different Houses/factions in the empire. House Leo will mostly have Roman-style influences, as seen by the shield and skirt.
I wanted to work on painting some original characters again but then I realized I already had some decent ones started--it's just a couple years ago I didn't really know how to push them farther so I just called them "finished sketches" and left them alone.
This guy's pretty much the opposite of paladin dude; and was a ton of fun to work on. Usually characters are just standing there looking badass or stoic, so trying to figure out this guys warped, crazy facial expression was a blast, haha. Also abusing some texture brushes on the blood spatters, which I'm ok with.
A fairly typical paladin type warrior; had a lot of fun studying old knights' armor for this guy and am fairly happy with the design. Working the motif of his sigil in to the armor was an interesting challenge; and also dark skin is a ton of fun to paint.