Just trying out some new things... I could probably say that for almost everything I paint as I'm always trying to incorporate new techniques, etc to improve myself over the last painting.
I think I really improved in a couple of areas with this one... I took a chance by adding in the red scarf around the humanoid's neck as it's such a contrasting color to the rest of the image but I think it really paid off. I'm not too happy with the heads/helmets on the statues but I can always go back at a later time and rework them.
This is the kind of thing that I really enjoy painting - that faraway world that you can relate to but is still completely alien.