For the Royal Guards I was inspired by the 'Swiss Guard' that protect the Pope in the Vatican. They look ridiculous, but you still get the feeling that if you crossed them they would kick your backside into next week. The colours and faces were also chosen to reflect the 'classic' part of castle.
I wanted the guards to reflect a 'classic' feel, hence the basic colours and mainly classic smiley faces (apart from the head guard). I don't have any of the old royal knights shields (lion head) or I'd have liked to use them.
I have another scene coming up, which is basically a rearrangment of the figs in this one, so I'll probably just add it to this thread when done.