On hiatus while Kaiser works on Vhane Glorious
Troops section in progress!
Here's one more play-through, and we'll be having a troops page update for Holt in the middle of the week or so.
If I have one minor complaint about this comic then its that the images don't give the reader the idea there's a large battle being fought. I know the main story is focused on your characters but to much so its hard to guess at the overall story that is taking place with just looking at the images. I can imagin it must be very hard to draw something like a large battle but this is a comic you need to show certain events like when the luitenant said heavy casualty's I really though: 'when did that happen?' not just tell us about them. I'm not trying to be critical here these are just my two cents
@the guy that likes webcomics: I think you'll be pleased by the next arch, then!
Off with the snob's head.
@peachpunk: YOU INSULT MY HONOR! *FWAP*
YES, HOLT, YESSSSSS!!!
I didn't think it'd be fair to leave this comic without letting the author know just how well done this is. The clash between its cartoonish style and the seriousness of its material is amazing, and the addition of bits and pieces of humor into such a grim and dark setting makes this one of my favorite comics I've read. Keep up the good work bud!
@Quinticus: Aw man, this really means a lot to me! What got me into 40k was the tongue-in-cheek humour of Ciaphas Cain, Deff Skwadron and the Redeemer. I don't think I could ever hold a candle to those last two in terms of art quality or style, but I'm trying to invoke the same spirit, and our writers do a good job with humour and grimdark in turns. I'm really glad you're enjoying it, I'm enjoying making it!
So as far as I would love to see it, You are not going to kill Lieutenant. And I just can't imagine him killing a veteran commisar. So I think that whole duel-thing won't happen (unexpected Tau attack, or something). But hey, who knows ? Cutter got killed off quite fast.
And about the comic itself - marvelous. Keep up the good work man !
(HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Oh... oh... I am really liking this Commissar. 5ft6 of pure bad-A is our Commissar Holt.
Seriously though, that is a rather good way to settle this little internal dispute, and I take it that the duel is unlikely to be to the death. Not only because the lieutenant is a main character... however also because I imagine the main aggravation is that they are already low on manpower... and would have liked to HAVE SOME PEOPLE TO SHOOT THE ENEMY WITH!!! ... So I believe this will be to wound the lieutenant's pride and illustrate a point, not to kill.)
@Allsmiles: Well I imagine that if the officier survive it won't be because they can't get rid of one guy but more because they can't get rid of an other officier.
Also what prompted the player that was incarnating Brinton to kill almost all his troop in the game session? I mean I get that he was roleplaying an idiot but you'd think he would be more interested in surviving the day than sticking to his character.
@Metal C0Mmander: (Well, the benefit of being a part of the Commissariat, is that ultimately you have authority to execute anyone, no matter what rank. It just has to be justified to the higher ranking in the Commissariat, and eventually the High Lords of Terra I believe... might have to double-check their lore to see exactly who they ultimately report to.
However all that to say, I think you've got a point, however after looking over the troop descriptions I think it's that he can't get rid of a 'Useful' officer. Brinton is apparently quite talented, EXCEPT for his tendency to get his people killed. So the Commissar is trying to 'salvage' him and his talent by dissuading him of his callousness with his men's lives. Or that's what I'm thinking right now.
And actually for me, sticking to the character is the most fun, see how they develop as the situation progresses. Even if I sometimes do incredibly... INCREDIBLY stupid things as said character... My two-cents on that.)
Very good reasoning, and I'll give you two nickels for it (we lack pennies up here in Canuckistan, and actually with the exchange rate that's only worth 7 cents American).
When I played Brinton, and any other of my characters really, I always tried to keep to character. Our group is made of some fairly veteran role-players, and maintaining an awesome and interesting narrative is fairly high up on our goals. However, I do consider how my actions will affect my teammates and the plot as a whole before I commit to them. I would never sacrifice the fun and flow of the game.
In Brinton's case, I laid out who my character was and his style of leadership to the whole group before he entered play (he was actually replacing an earlier office... who had too much fire... in his face... and everywhere really.. one could say he was 'fired' from his position... 'burned' out really... his career was in 'ashes'... sorry, I know puns get some people...smouldering). When playing a PC who out ranks most other PCs you need to be careful not to step all over your fellow players. Brinton mostly achieved this by bullying the NPCs too much to notice the PCs, and issuing orders to PCs that we agreed on in meta discussion over the table.
One last note, being a PC is no real guarantee of survival, we already had two buried PCs replaced at this point. Hopefully our favourite bratty officer pulls through and learns a thing or two!
@ Jonny Canuck: Wait 2 characters? I only remember Cutter being the only main character to get fragged. Or do I take it Brinton didn't survive the duel.
Edit: Oh right I think I remember hearing that Talon was a replacement for an other dead character.
@Metal C0Mmander: The comic didn't quite start off at the veeery beginning of the campaign, and Cutter wasn't one of the PCs! I won't say who were because we've really been enjoying seeing who folks think were and weren't though.
Talon is easy enough to figure out, he, like Brinton, was made a bit too stupid and unobservant intentionally so that I wouldn't have to give the nay-do-well of a party a hard time.
As a side note, I love how observant you guys are. Really makes working on this worth it!
Well, shit. Nice going Brinton. You shan't be missed.
Rule one of being an Imperial Gaurdsman, no matter your rank, never piss off a Commissar
Kosomov still rocks! :)