A re-imagining of the boss "Mobile Type 8" from my favorite game Final Fantasy VIII.
Rather than just making a high poly version of the original design I wanted to produce something that reflected my own impression of the character.
When you encounter him in Lunatic Pandora you aren't given any backstory. I always imagined this wasn't really the kind of weapon that would be deployed on a battlefield. It looked more ceremonial and while it was equipped with powerful weapons it probably would almost never use them as it was more a symbol of the power of the people who had constructed it.
I kept this idea in mind when working on this redesign and avoided adding elements that would contradict this concept such as caution decals.
I also took inspiration from the "Black Boa" from Spirits Within. In particular its snub sensor nose and wing like engines.