Latest update (7/24/2014):
Been working on this for the last few days. I'm not working from a concept, but I've brought together elements from various references that I liked (vikings, gladiators, akuma, diablo 3 monk, etc.). I think I've taken it as far as I can, and I'm content with the result.
Naturally, I'm turning to you talented people now to tear it apart
Let me know what you guys think!