I've decided to create a new thread for the revised character (with additional story).
You can find my old thread here:http://www.polycount.com/forum/showthread.php?t=107326Initial thumbnails
Speaking to one of the concept artists at work, he suggested that instead of thinking of the kit as a means of protecting himself against other heroes, think of it as protecting himself from a creature he himself is guarding (such as a vicious beast).
After taking this into consideration, I decided to take this approach and create a lore surrounding this idea. In this scenario, Pudge is the guardian of this dragon (who he has "fondly" called Ro'sie"). The armour and weapons aren't just used to attack and strip his victims of meat, they are used as a defence against Ro'sie so that he can get close to her without being torn apart. I felt that due to the semi-comical look of the character, this light hearted approach (the relationship between Pudge and his dragon) would be a better approach then trying to force his existing lore into something that might not be as interesting to approach. Here is the current sculpt.
I will be taking a look into the weapons tomorrow, I already have some ideas (the 5th hook silhouette playing a major part in them
A special thank you to the concept guys at work (John McCambridge, Neil Richards and Yann Blomquist) as well as Darren Bartley (fightpunch) for helping me push this character past its original design and into this new interpretation.