I think that is SO MUCH BETTER than superhero or pseudo-Grecian style of the comics. All the details of movement, harness and gear, etc. are just awesome. It can't take as much money or time to get one of these old military history illustrators to do a comic book than it would to get Alex Ross on one, and I think it would be SO much cooler to see a battlefield with real warriors fighting something that resembles an actual battle than the Batman-with-Swords style favored by Dark Horse.
A lot of fantasy covers do have armor and weapons and stuff but it's apparent the artist often doesn't know how they were used or that gigantic gilded hilts with dragons teeth are not very good for real weapons, as well as they might sell at Excalibur. And the plate armor is often drawn with little regard for how actual plate was shaped (this problem exists in video games too, Elder Scrolls have the most ridiculous looking weapons and armor I can't stand playing them anymore).
Bah, I wish cartoony stuff weren't so popular! More fantasy artists and writers need to be historians and like Bob and Lovecraft.
Edited by RJMooreII, 25 June 2012 - 11:43 AM.