Holy fuck this took so long. The sketch alone was 40 minutes. I'm so super proud of it though! Griffon is a soldier by nature and seeing how gryphons are like the beast of the Alliance, I thought he'd look great fighting the good fight under their banner. I've been wanting to draw him in some heavy armor for a while and finally got around to it! Probably spent around 5 hours? I don't keep track of these things lol. Also, metal is a BITCH to color and highlight but I did it anyway because the best armor is shiny. The Alliance is worth slaving over various brushes and layers for. Also also, I had so many issues with Photoshop breaking and spent like an hour trying to fix it, 20 or so minutes was trying to reverse a "fix" some idiot suggested that made it significantly worse, so there's that.
I have a hunter (Surv/BM) in WoW modeled after him, but I couldn't really make class armor a visual thing. Got the spear in there, but it's not Talonstrike, oh well. Silver seemed better than a random wilderness eagle weapon anyway.
Please, no comments about how you think Horde is better. It's not really the place.