My directions on this piece originally were simple. The book wasn't finished being written at the time. The title was "WAR!" for the game Shadowrun (which I've been playing for 18 years - so I'm extremely familiar with it) and it tooks place in a South American Jungle. I was originally told to make it "REALLY MILITARY" and my original concept sketch had all of the characters in full ODB dress. The back cover was very different. That concept was a live trid-cast of a bad airdrop (just a little too late in the morning - missing pre-dawn) with all hell breaking loose live on camera. When I submitted it, my husband and I asked a simple question of Catalyst - "Where were the Shadowrunners?" Catalyst did a double-take and had to re-edit the book realizing that they staff accidentally wrote a military campaign setting instead of a Shadowrunning campaign setting. They reissued art notes - and most of the characters were redesigned. I kept the front screaming paratrooper - he was just too cool to change - but I had to recostume the others and completely reshot the back cover with new models. I also had to scrap the "LIVE From the MILSEC Channel!" concept because Shadowrunner wouldn't do that. The post-dawn paratrooping fiasco got a little lost because the theme changed. I originally had gorgeous dawn tropical rain forest colors throughout, like all of the Vietnam/Sandanista/Contra photos and films are - but Catalyst is in Seattle and they preferred "tropical rain forest" colors to be grey. Oh well. There was also a bit of controversy over the back-cover Yakuza character. She originally had full-Yakuza tattoos all over her body, with rather large cleavage exposing the tattoos. Of course, playing Shadowrun, most characters with fancy tattoos protect it with a nanotech skin-armor enhancement called Orthoskin(tm). It's a standard product in the game - so even with exposed cleavage she wasn't unarmored. Catalyst wanted her changed. They didn't think anyone would understand about Yakuza or Orthoskin(tm) and just see a woman with an exposed chest in a war zone. Anyway because they are the client - I added a futuristic looking pressurized oxygen mask to her and covered up her chest completely. That ruined her Yakuza character and about 4 hours worth of work I did on all those tattoos. But the really funny thing is that with all the controversy over this woman's supposedly exposed cleavage - NOT ONE PERSON has ever questioned the guy parachuting wearing a kilt! ROFL! People are weird.