Here is the original Power suit design I did for the Starship Troopers: Roughnecks Chronicles CG television show.
It is the result of a collaborative effort between Executive Producer Richard Raynis and myself. We both agreed that the so called "power suits" from the movie looked flimsy, we wanted a suit that enhanced a soldier so that they could engage in hand to hand combat with a bug and survive. It was also a space suit.
To make animation easier I wanted to have three fingered gloves. I came up with an arm shield and detachable chest readout for vitals and oxygen levels. Richard wanted boots that looked functional and cool, so he sent lots of ski boot reference my way. I got stuck on how to make the toe flexible, and so we sat on the floor of my office and threw sketches back and forth until Richard came up with what you see here.
We wanted a visor for heat and sun protection and nothing was working until I decided to base it off a peaked baseball cap, with the visor acting as an extended brim when up, and flipped down when needed as a shield. It looked cool and worked well in 3D. Was Master Chief's design, color and helmet based off our power suit? Considering that Roughnecks was airing two years before Halo came out.