While Muscle Metal has been a primary driving mechanic behind how Axels work, this area of machine development rarely advanced in the years since the development of the Axel. Attempts to refine the material usually went in the method of exploring more composite materials, typically making heavier and bulkier fibers that are usually employed by heavy Axels. Nearly all development on the subject came to a halt when the UEPC began regulating Axel development.
A few corporations have ignored this mandate however, and in doing so one of them made a breakthrough. Lymat technologies experimented with advanced polymers to create the first hybrid material to Muscle Metal in axel development. The concept was proven after a fasion on the 97S Lique design, and Lymat pushed the technologies further with a new musculature system. The result is a seemingly organic bundle of Muscle Metal material that has nearly the pliability of tissue, making the material slightly more robust and self-healing over traditional Muscle Metal mixtures.
The UEPC was not aware of these designs until the concept was already proven and demonstrated. As a gesture of reconciliation Lymat offered the design to the UEPC armed forces with a powerful sensor suite purchased from Mitoh industries in Japan. Combining the sensor platform with one of the fastest leg actuator units on land, the result is a very potent and fast scout Axel. The UEPC accepted the gesture, though only half-heartedly. The units were far more expensive than the IL-22s already pressed in the scout role. A few Antelopes were employed, and typically among elite units to replace the IL-22s operating beside the KR-19s.
As Lymat approached the UEPC, quite a few of the designers disappeared, hoping to avoid the fate of Boez-Maus employees also "detained" by the government. These designers went underground and formed a conduit between Lymat and the Pirate Axel industry, covertly selling the Antelope on the pirate market. Many have since become part of the Global Resistance movement. The unit pictured is one available on the pirate market.
Lastly a civilian model exists. With the sensor cluster removed, the "Walking Pod" is referred to as the CC-3U "Bambi". Six of these very expensive walkers have been purchased by Entertainer Chalie Everem, who has them arranged in a dancing Chorus Line on the Reno entertainment strip. The routine is as amusing as it is absurd to behold, especially since the units are styled with fishnets on the legs and bright red shoes.
----------------------------- A re-work of a drawing I had sitting for a while, worked it in between working on some commissions.