(http://assets.cgsociety.org/nvart/427699_1277971636/1024bound)This vehicle is my homage to Syd Mead and to his great design of the power loader from the movie aliens.
Those mechanic giant Mantis are used for eploring uncharted regions, which are hard to reach.
For that they are controlled by one pilot. For defending they can shield themselves with their big forearms. Also, if the attach their arms and legs, forming a Elipse, they will be able to fly short distances by their jet propulsion on their back ends to reach even more places.
I am a industrial Design Student from Berlin. So Syd Mead is not only a truly great inspiration to me with his works for movies, but also with his product Designs, esp. those of Philips.
Good luck to everyone
(sorry for tripple posting, now final image+added description)