Lately I have been considering the development of a Suikoden tribute game. I plan to use Loose Leaf sprites due to the striking similarities between the styles.
I also decided to use the Ace generator for faces. Both offer a semi-unique character build each time you create a set.
I have drafted faces for a few concepts, but have yet to sit down and build sprites. I did create sprites for two of the leads I've been developing.
Not sure how many total characters I want, but 54 would be half of 108, at least. Not all will fight, but the above were combat concepts.