Originally, this was a sort of technical exercise to take the very anime-ish conceit of the 'spider tank' and try and paint a thick and drippy coat of realism on the idea. One thing led to another, and I worked up a small scene centered around the vehicle the remnants of the supporting infantry.
The vehicle backstory is this: An aging APC chassis converted into a rocket artillery unit. The batteries lower and are reloaded hydraulically from a magazine between the tube bays. Normally, the gun would be traversed to the rear when firing rockets to prevent damage to the barrel and muzzle brake. In this case, the commander has left the gun deployed to be able to more quickly engage infantry or light armor. This is the sign of either a highly experienced or dangerously inexperienced crew.
I feel like I'm finally getting to the point where I'm actually *painting* as opposed to coloring a drawing. It's very different.