For my first post, I might as well demonstrate some variation-based illustrations.
Here, we have 3 weapons in 3 different flavors. A jagged scythe, a harpsichord sword, even some woodchucks to chuck wood! Normal shading, as well as the dodge and burn tools, were used in giving these weapons some believability in their ability to grievously harm.
Next, we have two seafaring women. One, ragged in her attire. The other, regal, yet still suffering the wounds of pillaging. As one can see, I went all out differentiating them from each other.
Finally, we have another four weapon variation, this time concerning futuristic guns. Whether only needing hands or requiring some hefty shoulders, there's definitely a spectrum of options here. My personal favorite is the middle gun.