@narcissus The lion, or whatever, is part of the model. Both the youngbloods have them, my guess is all of the Marienburgers do.
@Deafnala. It's always nice to get some of your enthusiastic compliments.
I'm slowly coming to the realization that the 'layering' I'm trying to do is probably not going to be effective until I move towards using a wet palette or similar. I felt like this guy looks very dry brushy/streaky, despite my efforts. Although, he's better than I should probably hope for since I tend to take a three month break in between painting sessions...