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Animal Style Designs 05: Maul Bunny by JohnStaton Animal Style Designs 05: Maul Bunny by JohnStaton
More sketches and floggery to promote Empowered Special #4: Animal Style, which will be in your local comic book store this coming June 5th. (Order it avariciously!!)

Since it's Easter, I thought it would be fun to post the Animal Style gang's command-and-control Landmate1, the festively designed Maul Bunny.

Essentially, a titanium bathysphere, mounted with powerful hydraulic legs and armored manipulators, the Maul Bunny does not pack the offensive punch of other Animal Style mecha2. It is designed primarily move rapidly around a battle space, observe positions and movements of all combatants, and relay such data to the more heavily armed mecha of its squadron. It carries out this function with a prodigious COTTONTAIL3 sensor array mounted on the aft of its bathysphere module.

The COTTONTAIL can track and up to 1,000 separate targets, and lock onto them, allowing every friendly mecha in a battle space to address enemies outside of their individual detection spheres.

Although the Maul Bunny features twelve retracting tungsten carbide blades, housed in its manipulator "paws", it possesses no other ranged or offensive weapons. It's the machine's ability to maximize the combat efficiency of entire groups of combat mecha, that makes it stand out--or "hop" out, as the case my be, ;p

1.) Landmate: Big honkin' robot, driven by a human operator, usually seated in the torso. Featured prominently in the manga, Appleseed, by the divine Masamune Shirow.

2.)Mecha: Generic term for any internally piloted, anthropomorphic machine--of which I am the master. (Or so it says in the ad copy. ^^;)

3.) COTTONTAIL: COordination, Target Telemetry and Overview Nodule, for TActical Information and Logistics.
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phantomdotexe Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Oh man. the Maul Bunny is awesome. And of course it comes with plenty of fantastic acronyms. :)

Well played. I have every intent to pick up Empowered Special #4. :)
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:iconhrhtomas:
But does he scoop up field mice and bop 'em on the head?
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JohnStaton Apr 1, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
No, he feeds their coordinates to a nearby Terror-Pin unit, who then showers them with Shellfire mortars.

The mortars airburst over the targets, releasing hundreds of anti-personnal bomblets--and it's those that bop the field MICE1 on the head. ;p

1.)MICE Mecha Intended for Close quarter Engagement. ;p
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:iconinfiernoworks:
Looks Big, Emp will need a realy big monty python holy hand grenade!
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JohnStaton Apr 1, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
It just got the reference! King Arthur's knights used it to vanquish the rabbit with the "really pointy teeth!" :XD:
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:iconinfiernoworks:
i dont think there is a copyright for that weapon, you can use it XD
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JohnStaton Apr 1, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Too bad there's no room for one in her suit. ;)
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