Gladiator - bgfantasy

Hi all!

This was the image I submitted for the Blender Guru Fantasy Competition ( I invested a great deal of time in it and pushed my limits, so I had high hopes for it until I saw some of the other spectacular entries.

Since my goal is to improve my self as an artist, I ask for your honest opinions and critique. What can I improve in this image? What could I have done differently or better, to bring it on par with the quality of the finalists?

If time is on my side i’ll try to make an updated render with all suggestions and improvements.