The next thing I worked on is some extra armor plates, which would protect the hips of the battlesuit--The ball & socket joints where the legs connect to the torso of crisis suits are completely exposed, so adding armor to this section makes sense as an upgrade.
Tau Battlesuits, as is well known, are inspired by Anime depictions of mobile suits and other giant robots. Being a fan of the Gundam series, I wanted to give this battlesuit a definite Gundam influence. I particularly like the RX-93 Nu Gundam, as I think the Fin Funnels it has look pretty cool (the wing-like structure behind its left shoulder).
So I decided to duplicate the Fin Funnels and add them to my design. For the Nu Gundam, the Fin Funnels detach from the main suit and act as drones that support the mobile suit. Drones are definitely in character with the Tau, but the style of the Fin Funnels look nothing like Tau drones. So for my battlesuit, rather than make them detachable and act as drones, I will assume that the "wing" shape that they form is a support system that is integral to the battlesuit itself.
I started construction on the funnels and assembled them...