Thanks man, that means a lot coming from you. Also, yeah, not enough representation of the aliens in this contest is what lead me to choose this over the obvious skeleton.
So the shoulder pads, they went through several designs but I think I like these best. I wanted something chitinous like the Tyranids in Warhammer 40k, almost as if they had some kind of mutation that allowed them to grow shoulder pads. Hopefully this adds to the silhouette and breaks up the monotony of soft shapes that was going on around that area before.