I was reading this thread and got a sudden urge to draw mechanical monks. Hopefully it will contribute to this project in some way or another.
Something that jumped to mind was the Iron Brotherhood that Micro Art Studios made a while ago, I always thought that it felt a little underwhelming and could have been much more, especially because they had some great ideas. I tried combining one of their designs with a little Warmachine-ness to create something fun before bed last night.
The narrow waist hinted at something inhumane, yet it's covered so there's a sense of mystery. It's contrasted with a hulking top that is chock full of steam punk machinations.