I like the one with the twisting horns but that design needs to be refined overall. I'd say skip the wooden handle and integrate the skull with the horn, like they are growing out of the head instead of breaking it.
Still refining, I want to tighten it all up for a more solid mace feel. Right now the horns are still a little too flowy and it's not clear they're busting out of the skulls so I'll work on that too. Plus it's busy so a little jarring on the eyes.
Well, enough of this design revising. I know design is one of my weaker skills right now but it's time to call this finished and get on to modeling. Simplified the design a little more so it's not so busy and gave it a more solid heavy appearance.
Started my sculpting. Not happy with the end cap that I had to reproportion so I might redesign that. Going to retouch the neck to fit the roughness of the rest of the model and keep working on that 2nd horn that I seem to be sucking at.
Finally finished all the re-topology and my normal and occlusion bake. Here's a shot with the low poly + normal and glow. Starting to paint the textures now. Polycount is at 1378 so I still have room for some tweaks.
Ok, final composition is done, I'll sit on it for a day or two to see if I change my mind about anything. I wasn't really able to grasp the color usage that I wanted but I guess it'll be a decent piece for my lacking portfolio.