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Tomato On The Ground by TankaaKumawani Tomato On The Ground by TankaaKumawani
For ~Zapydos2's Solarstorm

"Perky, Ray, I'm down. A little cover would be appreciated right now!"
"This is Clarinet. I'll do what I can, Perky and Ray are taking fire and VR just got his R-Track crippled."
"Gah. I'll take cover where things aren't on fire. Those fast movers really just splashed napalm everywhere, didn't they."

Stella "Killer Tomato" Haugan was a Frame teamster working at a spaceport before Morodia's succession crisis sparked a civil war. She ended up piloting a succession of Metal Frames in the MRGF (Morodian Republic Ground Forces) during the war, at least one of which was shot out from underneath her. Her modified MFC-71S-WP appears to have lost both arms, one leg, and sustained severe hull damage as of this picture, rendering it little more than scrap. But hey, it didn't go up in a big fireball (ah, diesel fuel, external ammo panniers with blow-out panels, and high-flashpoint hydraulic fluid), and the spall liners proved their worth, more or less. She's still in rather hot territory with little more than a forehead protector, armor vest, and machine pistol, though...

Correcting the lighting on the eyes and mouth was the primary alteration required for re-release, along with altering the shade of the mouth (Azorean blood is bluish.) It's still one of my favorite pieces of art for Solarstorm.

And because I referenced this last time around: [link]

Artwork of me
Solarstorm setting and characters of Zapydos2
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lluvia-the-wolfgirl Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
"Gah. I'll take cover where things aren't on fire. Those fast movers really just splashed napalm everywhere, didn't they." this line is funny in a "lol glad I'm not you" way. And dang those are some big shells. But I guess she was operating some kind of mech, so that makes sense.

I found this through Aeskhari's recommend list on his journal, so the backstory is kind of confusing to me, but the "behind enemy lines" part is pretty clear.
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TankaaKumawani Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah.  The primary weapon for standard battleframes is a 25mm autocannon with coaxial 8mm minigun.  Cased weapons are popular due to the reduced risk of ammo cookoff.

The backstory is probably going to be completely different by the time this scenario ends up in Solarstorm.  Stella and her oft-blasted Frames will still be turning up, though.
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Zalcoti Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013   Digital Artist
I'm glad the change from green to purple/blue worked out. It's not as distracting.
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TankaaKumawani Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks.
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