Sorry to bump a two year old image, but I like the heavy use of prosthetics in this concept. The suit itself is a sort of prosthetic which is a lot cooler than the generic HALO/Marathon suits usually seen on dA. I think this design makes sense. By the time our technology advances to the point that reliable combat-capable exoskeletons are in wide-spread use prosthetics will already have been common place. Already there are veterans who maintain Airborne and fitness qualifications in the military despite losing limbs. I knew a soldier who had a customized prosthetic "shooting arm" built especially for the M16A4. He consistently out-scored the majority of the natural limbed soldiers.
Aside from the concept I like the beetle-like design, it is alien and intimidating and has a real sense of mass. Kudos.
Thanks for the comments! Yep, I always intended to pursue these further, but never got around to it. I was/am intrigued by prosthetics. I once read about a female runner who may actually now run faster with her prosthetic feet than she might have without...
Actually, until now I'd never heard of Phantom 2040. Thanks for bringing it up! The most interesting parallel, to me, is that I was thinking of integrating the idea of a class of advanced bio-mechanical laborers (made of a reconfigurable "nano-clay")called Gelbots, gelbeings, or something similar. They would basically be an update of the classic "golem" and would provide the bulk of the conflict, perhaps having evolved into a threat (especially if the declining human civilization is increasingly ill equipped to control them). This seems pretty similar to Phantom 2040's "Biots".