An update! And a substantial one, too. I was able to scrounge together enough money to hire someone to do a commission on Alexandros!
Here's the first sketch:
It's a good start, but plenty of room for improvement. And, boy, did this first sketch help me gather my thoughts on what Alex looks like. I've spent an hour staring at Primarchs, reading up on Hindu mythology, and researching Greek history.
The hair is right, but I'm not sure about the face. I think it's the eyebrows, but every other time I look at it, I get 'quiet crazed berserker' or sneering, instead of confident, friendly grin.
I think the cape should be a little longer.
After going through FW's Primarch line, I've discovered most, if not all, Primarchs have their legion number somewhere on their armor. I want to put II on one of the knees, at least. I'd like to do both for the symbolism, but I'm not sure if that's pushing it.
With my research done, I want to have each pauldron represent a specific theme. His right pauldron, I want that to represent the Storm Riders and his connection and respect for the early legion before Alex came. I'm thinking it should be painted black, instead of purple with a golden Eagle, wings stretched , holding two lightning bolts in its talons.
I specifically want it to evoke this eagle. This is the flag of Prussia, the foundation of modern Germany, and was a very war-happy nation. It captures the Storm Riders' aggressiveness and the German roots I've placed in there.
On the right pauldron, I wanted to fill in the Indian vibe that was missing from the armor.
This is supposedly the most sacred symbol in Hinduism, the aum/om. The universal name for Brahman, and has the elements of unity I want Alex to represent from the Indian side.
Since Primarch armor demands bling, I'd thought I'd place this on the belt buckle.
It's called the Vergina Sun. It's a distinctly Greek symbol, and might have been used as the personal symbol of Philip II of Macedon, Alexander the Great's father.
Now, I would like to have Alex's helmet in the painting, if possible. But I'm not sure where. I've thought about having Xiphos sheathed and have Alex holding the helmet. Opinions?
Legion crest on the center of the chest. Technically, the rings are on top of a shield, but I'm not sure that's necessary.
Which leads to my final struggle: Aegis. I've always imagined it to be the classic hoplite shield. But the Warden's tower shield is definitely in the Roman style:
Is that right of me to do to have Alex's personal shield be an entirely different style from the rest of his legion?
Any thoughts, comments, or questions would be greatly appreciated!
Edited by simison, 20 September 2015 - 03:32 PM.