So I started the mantis model in a similar fashion to JB by building a polygon cage for him. Having more experience I did have better placement of my edge loops and basic topology.
But I ended up keeping the model all together as a single mesh which I later learned from our modeler at work is a general no no for insects.
Modified his pose now to make getting to areas easier in ZBrush. And gave him some green coloring.
Mirrored and ready for ZBrush.
The next post will talk about dissecting him in to a segmented version.