This picture was inspired by a fantastic story that was one of many elements that got me into Battletech.
It is a depiction of a lance of Vulcans patrolling an area on the world of Sappho that has been seized by the Free Worlds League in a recent invasion; along with them are a few troops. Above a lance of Guardian VTOL jets give air cover. This group are guerrillas fighting against the occupying force as a resistance movement.
The Guardian fighter was developed and used mainly by House Liao of the Capellan Confederation; it was made to cover their dwindling aerospace fighter assets but maintaining the need for aerial cover. I liked the logical reason why this came to pass.
Also I am a big fan of the VL-2T Vulcan; whereas most love the heavy machines because they have tons of armour and bags of firepower, the Vulcan is one of a few mechs that have a proper purpose – in this case anti-infantry. It is not much of a machine but that is the point – she has limits but that means one has to think more when going into battle. Besides would one waste a heavy machine in an urban area? Something like this or the Urbanmech is ideal.
Finally some will recognise the backdrop – its of an old pic I had done ages ago – just brushed it up for this.