I tried out some of the suggestions so far, and I'm liking the results with the size changes.
So this is my latest WIP.. I started this as a test of Painter 9, as i've never used a painter package extensively before, and so far am loving it. The color is applied with oil brushes and blenders, and the sketch (which will be removed in the final) is done with the pencil tool. All of this was done digitally, no scanning involved.
So my questions so far.. What does everyone think of the placement of the characters? I'm not sure about the 3rd body in the top left corner, is it too distracting? Or, on that note, is only having 3 dead bodies not enough for this? Any general advice about the look of the background so far? The color scheme of the background is pretty cloes to final.. mostly now im putting in maybe some dead grasses, but mostly dry cracking mud and perhaps more rocks. Oh, and lots of indications of combat, blood and broken armor bits and weapons laying about.
Any crits about the overall look of the characters would be welcome too, even tho they are still just in sketch form, I figure nows the best time to fix any glaringly obvious problems I have overlooked.