I'm thinking the armor follows the same basic template, but diffrent kit layouts and helmets. to allow for charecter without needing an exposed head, also my thought was that the diffrend helmets could represent diffrent battlefield roles
That should work for what we want them for. so which type of armor should it be, because that is the basic template, the design team can take care of the kit lay out with a little input from the forum. also should there be an alien body?
That should work well, but it will have to go through Lonnie and the design team first. As to helmets I think we may want a little of this and little of that. Here is an interesting link to a website that shows some of the more "futuristic" third party combat gear that troops may be able to get, didn't know if it would work well with the "near future" set, but might work here or at least give some ideas:
One of the mistakes we made with the Shock Troopers set was the inclusion of alien heads. What we should have done is left it off and developed a whole range of alien miniatures with their own look. That being said, I'd leave the alien heads off a far future irregular/merc set. The cool thing about aliens is we could have multiple head/helmet types and some add-on bits (like a vestigial tail, different basic weapons) to a basic body type and BAM you've got a whole new set of aliens from the same box.
Lonnie Mullins Former Director of Product Development, Research and Design Wargames Factory
You cover the basics correctly and let the kitbashing take care of the rest.
My only request is that you consider at least one model that can pass as a civilian if unarmed. And some arms with tools, or separate tools. Doesn't have to be over the top, but the more tech you lug about, the more you need things to fix it with. Even just a small piece designed to glue onto the waist with a toolkit look to it would be handy.
And this kit would seem to be a good place to put some civilians taking up arms/pressed into service. Plus the non-civilian technician option. Or just irregulars who can't afford armoured suits yet.