From the book by David Drake, commissioned and published by Tor Books, 1984.
I did several books for David Drake, including my very first commissioned major book publishing cover, "The Forlorn Hope".
I believe David was just starting out too. Usually a new artist would be paired with a new author.
Cross the Stars was a spinoff of the Hammers Slammers series, that David became famous for. As a Vietnam veteran, his stories were told from the soldiers point of view, often graphic, but real.
All I can remember, is Don Slade, veteran of Hammers Slammers, a hover-tank unit, travels from planet to planet, fighting battles, as merceneries for hire...
Gouache on masonite 15 "x 25"