With that shield and the hanging feathers this piece stands a little over "14 inches with the base. Nice! I've mentioned before that working in a larger scale not only gives you the chance to concentrate on details but it elevates your work to a higher level.
As I seem to be moving toward the more realistic figure, one area needs to be addressed and that is the eyes. On this figure I think they are a little large which is why I decided to do the facial painting as a solid black strip to reduce their appearance. That pretty well corrected their size. Yesterday afternoon I worked on a new head, reducing the size of the eyes and it really changed the whole appearance of the piece which was exactly what I was looking for.
The beading design is my own and the feathers hanging from the shield are based on those of a Red Tailed Hawk. The head feathers are large and out of scale but they balance the piece...the off-set shield pulls the eye one way but the feathers pull them back to the center. The base is walnut and I'm trying a new routed edge to accommodate the name plate.
There are more photos in the Gallery and I'll look forward to your comments.