Walgrind, you're off to an awesome start on this! Your details on the 3d are looking great.
I did notice a few things that you could tweak that might help kick it to the next level of awesome. Your concept nailed a really beautiful sense of rhythm. It's tricky to keep that same feel in the 3d and it seems to be happening a bit in your sculpt, but it's really not a difficult tweak to make (the beauty of 3d!). I did a quick img to show what I mean.
Keep rocking this!! It's great to see it coming together.
As for fixes maybe punch up the highlights on the mace-head's gold because it seems rather dull to me right now, however you may be planning on doing that more with the spec map in which case carry on.
Also somewhat related to that, normally there tends to be a gradation from light to dark from the top to the bottom of a model, to indicate fall-off of the implied top down light etc (I'm sure you know this stuff), however right now you seem to have the opposite, the pommel of the hammer is much brighter and draws my eye more in these renders than the mace-head which really throws me off.
And like I said I love this design, specifically the head of the mace, so I don't think it should be playing second fiddle to any other piece of the model. So I'd maybe rework the lighting in the texture somewhat to make sure the business end of the mace stays the focal point.
, spline, 236 Posts, Join Date Mar 2010, Location Laguna Beach
This is looking awesome! I love the four sided thing you have going on. In your last image, I noticed that the handle tapers in towards that middle golden ring. It looks a little anemic to me, like it would snap easily at this point. Perhaps bulk it up a little or at least make the handle have a solid, flush line.
, null, 6 Posts, Join Date Mar 2012, Location Los Angeles, CA
Looking good so far. I think you should rethink the handle. The normal or gold lins are really wavey. I think some dark red/maroon horizontal straps would work besrt and would add more texture/material variety. I also agree with udlokken about the squeeze in the middle.
, spline, 146 Posts, Join Date Oct 2011, Location Toronto Canada