Throughout the courses I improved my understanding of values and pre-planning of compositions. Ironically, I first was inspired by a sci-fi universe, but ended up switching themes as it was a personal project.
For references and textures I used images from Shutterstock and Unsplash. I started with a quick photobash and from then I did an over-paint.
Throughout the courses I practiced and learned the importance of value thumbnails as well as guidelines within the composition to create focal points. 
Below are the final values together with the most important focal guideline within the image.
I created several reference boards with PureReference. Most references featured mainly weaponry,armor and clothing but later I needed more detailed examples for horse anatomy and hair. As the it's an alpine regiment I chose the Dolomites as landscape guidelines.
Screenshot below: