To be honest, any doubts I had about the art style with the legs was immediately resolved by your edits. Like, yikes, seeing them side by side, those edits immediately lose out on the flow, style and form that the originals had.
So if anything, you've made me that much more assured that Var knew what he was doing when he made those the designs the way they were. I don't think that any amount of time would convince either of us otherwise. The thicker legs you made just look way, way worse.