Said it before and I'll say it again... We would have had the most biomechanical realisation of the Alien since the unused Superfacehugger model.
Love the extra limbs; they're properly in proportion. Suspect this was meant to infer an evolutionary new Queen/adult genetic mutation. Kind of wish we'd finally get a proper return of the original ridge-headed design, but we knew from the concept art that wouldn't occur. Looks like an attempt to recreate the dome-skull was being done.
If this was ridge-headed, it would have probably become my most favourite design.
The lack of practical effects in COVENANT was probably caused Ridley Scott shunned Amalgamated Dynamics cause they worked on his arch rival project AVP and AVP-R.
How was it a rival when it was already made years before? And why even hire a company in the first place if you're going to be petty-minded enough to somehow 'punish' them at your own expense?
Look back at the live interview I carried out during Alien Day with Conor O'Sullivan. He said the intention was always
to 100% replace any practical creature limbs, etcetera, with CGI. That was the plan from the very beginning, according to him. They used a lot of 3D printing to allow them to create things on demand, but it was always only ever for gauging how light interacted with it.
Of course, we know from a later interview that Scott is under the belief that 'Aliens
' somehow featured CGI creatures in it (back in the eighties). Presumably, that's what made him 100% CGI creature effects would be the course to go.