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OUL-12 Mihimi by Norsehound OUL-12 Mihimi by Norsehound
With the moon being largely on a defensive footing, there isn't much of a need for a fast-attack Axel that typically fills the light axel role. Any strike or interception duties are largely fulfilled by the OUS-10, a hybrid fighter-ground combat Axel. Nevertheless, the Lunar forces do have one Light Axel unit in their inventory, which is the Mihimi.

Origins of the OUL-12 are unclear- ranging from being a cheaper alternative to the OU-8 to an out-of-control study on what a Light Axel produced with Lunar Technology could make. Whatever the origins, the result was a small production run of OUL-12 units that were distributed across the moon. One factory plant continues to produce these units and the spare parts needed to maintain them.

The OUL-12 is something of an oddity, since the OU-8 Already performs all the duties that the OUL-12 is supposed to fill. The Mihimi is lighter than its Krigga counterpart, and saves on weight and speed requirements, but cannot hold medium axel armaments and has difficulty operating with the armament harnesses that the OU-8 and OUS-10 use to augment their firepower. Operationally these units see long-term patrols and postings at remote outposts, even though they are largely outnumbered by the OU-8.

As an aside, weapons produced to fit the OUL-12 have mostly gone to OUS-10 squadrons, as the manipulators between both units are largly the same size, and OUS-10 pilots feel that the added directorial firepower is worth it instead of relying on the weapons harnesses alone.
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alexthegreater Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Do the Lunar axles look like bunnies on purpose?
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Norsehound Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012
It was an unintended side-effect when I started designing them, so I let it run.
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eastxander Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010
nice
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frazamm Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2009
Are these original concepts or part of something bigger? Is it fan art? I like the designs, I'm just curious to know if there's an anime I don't know about with such mechas in it.
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Norsehound Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2009
These are all original designs, part of my own series of robots.

As for something bigger... I don't know. The current 'generation' being described is all part of the setting for my National Novel Writing Month story. I've toyed with the idea of making a comic, but I make no promises because I almost never deliver when making a proclamation like that.

Perhaps someday they'll be made into a game modification? I'm learning how to Do 3D modeling and I'd like to express these machines someday in that form.

Ultimately I'm a creator, and I wanted to have a series of mecha that I can call my own. Axels started as something different, but evolved into the style and story that I'm happy to call my own.

And someday, if I become a publishing writer or a game designer, I want to bring these machines to life. As long as I strive for one of those two objectives, someday these machines will see that life, along with all of my other creations.
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frazamm Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2009
Good luck! The concepts are truly original and functional.
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TorisLaCroix Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009
It looks cool.

BTW, is these 'wings' for atmosphere flying?
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Norsehound Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009
No. Those booms have thrusters at the end to help the unit turn when it's in space. Most space units have thrusters on extended booms for maneuvering and turning.
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TorisLaCroix Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009
Ah I see.
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El-Bronco Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I hope this one got big weapon.
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