An idea, and I don't know how it'd look, maybe put some harder edges on the background immediately around the trooper and that might make it look like one image drawn all together, rather then the trooper on the background a bit seperate.
Speed painting for the win! I was so not in the mood to create anything elaborate for the background (and I think I suck at it) so speed-painting is my resort to that. It's like automatic writing with a touch of magic.
You're welcome ma'am. And I actually agree with you to a certain extent (the US should definitely have a Stormtrooper-patterned ACU for special occasions ), but one must always value function over form.