Today’s model is an add-on Imperial Villain from the Imperial Assault boardgame, the (Emperor’s) Royal Guard Champion. Going by the colour scheme, there’s clearly a basis in Carnor Jax specifically, and perhaps a little of his frenemy Kir Kanos.
Apparently Carnor Jax is what’s known as an Imperial Sovereign Protector, Kir Kanos on the other hand, is an Elite Emperor’s Royal Guard. Both are from some Comics called Crimson Empire, and that’s about all I know, and slightly more than I care.
I painted my Royal Guard Champion somewhat like Carnor Jax, but forwent the black face mask and painted the cloak with a red outer and a black inner. I liked the idea that if he stood up and let his cloak fall, that he’d be almost indistinguishable from a standard Royal Guard with a red helm and robe. I also gave him the Imperial Cog on his base in lieu of a red rim. Because “Hero” type model.
Finally, a shot of him alongside the four “Regular” Emperor’s Royal Guard. Not my most amazing paint job by any means, but like the Royal Guards, he’s certainly fit for purpose.