I began this piece in tribute to the MGS series. For originality I depicted Grey Fox as a woman, partly to add a female to my mostly male dominant portfolio, but also because I looked forward to the challenge of redesigning the suit on a different body type.
I started the base mesh in Lightwave. Retopologized in ZBrush, edited that geometry in Lightwave, and back to ZBrush. Detailed mostly with masking. Painted with Polypaint. Then I transposed, and rendered. Some of my workflow can be seen here: http://zbrushcentral.com/zbc/showpost.php?p=561650&postcount=24