Comic 1653 - Hostile Act

31st Jul 2019, 12:00 AM
Hostile Act
Average Rating: 5 (18 votes)
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megados 31st Jul 2019, 12:20 AM edit delete reply

Re Alt text: No reason not to be polite. . . yet. I hope his aim is true, and his weapons adequate. Something tells me Golden Boy isn't going to make this easy.

Rabid Wombat Protocol? Priceless! :D
Sheela 31st Jul 2019, 1:59 AM edit delete reply

Yet there are times, where there are reasons to NOT be polite.
megados 31st Jul 2019, 7:39 AM edit delete reply

Yes, you're right, and I think that time is approaching! He has initiated Rabid Wombat Protocol. (unless rabid wombats are also polite?)
Oldarmourer 31st Jul 2019, 12:47 PM edit delete reply

and that's our Rose :)
she managed to work it in after talking about them before, Brava !!
shouldn't those grenades be cubes though ?

and your wombat doesn't even need to be rabid :)

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Thracecius 31st Jul 2019, 1:19 PM edit delete reply

Isn't that a Panzer Mk III? It looks sort of like a Tiger I, but the main gun is too short so it's throwing me off a bit. Anyhow, whoever drew that cartoon deserves a Desert Rat medal, even if it is supposed to be a wombat. ;)
Oldarmourer 31st Jul 2019, 1:31 PM edit delete reply

Nothing about the sword on the siderack ? It came from Elf

It's not updating now and Cent's commented there before so I don't think she'd begrudge a link :)
sigpig 31st Jul 2019, 3:27 PM edit delete reply

Was that from the web-comic "Elf"?
Ken 2nd Aug 2019, 12:33 PM edit delete reply
Remember Tunnel 17!
Thracecius 2nd Aug 2019, 12:49 PM edit delete reply

Digger! I *LOVE* that comic/graphic novel. :)
Oldarmourer 3rd Aug 2019, 1:10 PM edit delete reply
well, in the first frame he did activate 'combat clippy' ;)
ArgentTree 31st Jul 2019, 1:05 AM edit delete reply
Errr.... isn't that the same thing that took down what's-her-name (Cassian) and the whole troop?
Sheela 31st Jul 2019, 2:00 AM edit delete reply

Sure looks like it.
Though is seems like it has lost it's briefcase.
Oldarmourer 31st Jul 2019, 1:41 PM edit delete reply

Maybe it's another one ? Or maybe it delivered the 'case' to it's controller ?
Evervigilant 31st Jul 2019, 3:39 AM edit delete reply
Alas poor Skeeter we hardly knew ya. I hope he fairs better than the last group we saw golden boy interact with.
Greenwood Goat 31st Jul 2019, 5:50 AM edit delete reply
Yup, it's the goldie-lookin' bot that took out a cassian and her squad and her tanks in just a few seconds, without taking damage itself. I don't think Skeeter or the Rabid Wombat protocol are going to be sufficient... it'd take a bunyip ambush or drop-bear airstrike at the very least. Yes... bye-bye Skeeter. Have fun in the robot afterlife!
Ebonbolt 2nd Aug 2019, 1:09 AM edit delete reply

Notably, Fee (the only technological being in the prior encounter) survived the onslaught (barely). I worry less about Skeeter and more about Cyana.
StLOrca 31st Jul 2019, 6:11 AM edit delete reply

"Just think," urged Marvin, "they left me, an ordinary, menial robot, to stop you, a gigantic heavy-duty battle machine, whilst they ran off to save themselves. What do you think they would leave me with?"
"Oooh, er," muttered the machine in alarm, "something pretty damn devastating I should expect."
"Expect!" said Marvin, "oh yes, expect. I'll tell you what they gave me to protect myself with shall I?"
"Yes, alright," said the battle machine, bracing itself.
"Nothing," said Marvin.
There was a dangerous pause. "Nothing?" roared the battle machine.
"Nothing at all," intoned Marvin dismally, "not an electronic sausage."
The machine heaved about with fury. "Well, doesn't that just take the biscuit!" it roared, "Nothing, eh? Just don't think, do they?"
"And me," said Marvin in a soft low voice, "with this terrible pain in all the diodes down my left side."
megados 31st Jul 2019, 7:40 AM edit delete reply

LOL
Gilrandir 31st Jul 2019, 8:35 AM edit delete reply
Is the weapon used on the communications antenna array supposed to be different than the weapon used against Ophelia and Charlie's unit?
megados 31st Jul 2019, 8:55 AM edit delete reply

It makes the same sound, but the beam looks different. Could that be because this is the first time we have seen it from a distance?
Oldarmourer 31st Jul 2019, 12:49 PM edit delete reply

Different settings for different targets ?
Sometimes Spaff and sometimes Boom
But always Boom

No Boom today, maybe Boom tomorrow
Oldarmourer 31st Jul 2019, 11:53 AM edit delete reply

Alas, poor SKEETER ,we knew him...but not well

There's still hope, maybe goldybot's shields are weak against lasers ?
Maybe lasers are too hot, bullets are too cold but fusion grenades are just right ?
I wonder what that little 'beak' on his 'face' is ? :)
Feelie was the only one that we saw get a shot off and she only had a rifle, her squad was woefully unready for a real fight.
SKEETER's had time to at least start to prepare and he does know tactics.
He's also seen the thing's weapon in use and might analyze it in time ?
He's also small and probably fast so maybe a free dodge action or two ?
I wonder how much armour a full water tanker's worth ?
He seems a little overconfident, and that may cost him just like Feelie
But maybe that's due to the guttter graveyard out behind the compound ;)

All that aside, I hate to be so pessimistic with this, but.....

His last line does sort of rank right up there with "let's see how you do in close combat with a Cassian..."

Anyway, heres another Canadian Classic so maybe the rest of you might want to cue the tune up before reading further,
just to make it work a little better...if you can make it work at all. (subject to revision if I think of some lines that suck less)


Tune here--It's Bare Naked Ladies but don't get your hopes up, they're not that kind ;)








SKEETER we never really got to know you anyway.
SKEETER we'll really hate to see you get blown away.

It took me two strips to believe it was over,
and it'll take me two more to get over the loss.
I had a fleeting hope it was gutters,
but this time they sealed your fate with a can of gold highgloss.


SKEETER we never really got to know you anyway.
SKEETER we'll really hate to see you get blown away.
Maybe we'll see that you'll pull through it anyway
'Cause SKEETER we can always hope you get away.

There were times when I thought they would hurt you,
and now comes the time when I see what they did.
There were times when I thought they would kill you,
I just hope they don't go after the kid.

At least they gave you a little bit of a chance.
I always believed that you were a fighter too.
I always thought you were made by Cyana's mother.
I may not like it, oh but goldybot is a strange thing, oh, and SKEETER?
SKEETER we'll remember you.


SKEETER we never really got to know you anyway.
SKEETER we'll really hate to see you get blown away.
Maybe we'll see that you'll pull through it anyway
'Cause SKEETER we can always hope you get away.

It took me two strips to believe it was over,
and it'll take me two more to get over the loss.
I had a fleeting hope it was gutters,
but this time they sealed your fate with a can of gold highgloss.

Now it's not fair to say that it's
'cause we've seen it roast a Cassian,
and it's not fair to say that it's 'cause
the strip's only thirteen years old.
But maybe it's fair to say it was a lack of onboard munitions,
It stopped your radio messge, oh and speaking of onboard munitions; oh, and SKEETER,
Skeeter it's got quite the load.

I can go to combat mode, I can charge the lasers up
I can arm fusion grenades, and wake up Rabid Wombat rage
I can bring shields online, I can activate land mines
I can do it all for you,
Because I want to.

SKEETER we never really knew each other anyway.
(background mumbling)
Rose jammed it up my ding dong



SKEETER we never really got to know you anyway.
SKEETER we'll really hate to see you get blown away.
Maybe we'll see that you'll pull through it anyway
'Cause SKEETER we can always hope you get away.
Thracecius 31st Jul 2019, 1:09 PM edit delete reply

HA! Priceless, even if I don't know the tune (but I at least know who the band is...I'll have to look it up). :D

So the drone is packin' some heat, eh? Seems to me that grenades that use *fusion* explosions should at the very least knock the hell outta whatever that is, if not damage it. I don't know why it mopped the floor with Ophelia, but if it's that fast then there's pretty much nothing that can stop it except orbital weapons.

Hey Cent, you don't happen to have any of those still operational, do you? Can we borrow it for a sec? :D
Oldarmourer 31st Jul 2019, 1:27 PM edit delete reply

just follow the link above the lyrics for the tune :)
megados 31st Jul 2019, 3:24 PM edit delete reply

Good one!
Oldarmourer 31st Jul 2019, 6:18 PM edit delete reply

Thank you, I keep trying to get up to the level of the rest of you and I will...someday...maybe...could happen
MirrorField 31st Jul 2019, 1:41 PM edit delete reply
Okay, what's the yield of those fusion pulse grenades?

ObRPG: GURPS Ultra-Tech had sweet little toy: TL11 laser-triggered fusion micronuke. Dial-a-yield up to 1 kiloton. 40mm size (ie. you can fire one from 40mm grenade launcher).
Oldarmourer 31st Jul 2019, 1:45 PM edit delete reply

Let's hope the yield is set to 'enough' or maybe a wee bit more just to be sure ;)
and looking at SKEETER, there should be room in the trunk for at least two layers of them
sigpig 31st Jul 2019, 3:33 PM edit delete reply

I ship them...
megados 31st Jul 2019, 3:43 PM edit delete reply

There has been a lot speculation about whether this is one of or a number of whatever this is, or about it's weapon, etc., but not a lot about what it is. It's speech bubbles are different from what we have seen, and give me the impression of an organic brain of some sort at work. It might be something grown or cloned just for this purpose, or maybe transplanted, or a creature inside armor, which would suggest some sort of hybrid, or cyborg. The speech font suggests that it's maybe of limited intelligence, or limited linguistic ability, or possibly that it is just messed up. Maybe some kind of engineered soldier, or scavenger? Many possibilities here.
Dreadder 31st Jul 2019, 3:58 PM edit delete reply

It ain't rabid but it's close enough:
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Oldarmourer 31st Jul 2019, 5:21 PM edit delete reply
We need a 'like' button...
someone at CF get to work on that...
mjkj 31st Jul 2019, 4:42 PM edit delete reply

Run, Cyana!!

I hope that Rabid Wombat is enough to exterminate the threat... =S

PS: why did she drop her toy ship??? :o :o :o
Oldarmourer 31st Jul 2019, 5:20 PM edit delete reply
as long as she doesn't decide to come back for it.....

I'd think seeing SKEETER arm-up and tell her to go, along with the comm tower getting blasted convinced her it was a good idea
Oldarmourer 31st Jul 2019, 6:21 PM edit delete reply

Now, with any luck, in the next page we see Olina dragging an antigrav sled into view
Fitted with a GBFO defensive-class PPC cannon that would make TeeDee squee with envy :)


Is it just me, or do Cyana's legs line up with SKEETER to make him look almost like a Mech in the last panel ?
He looks sort of close to a MADCAT with SRM's instead of LRM's or another design I can't put my finger on right yet.
KarToon12 31st Jul 2019, 8:03 PM edit delete reply

Perfect example of, "Be polite, but take no shit."
Rashala 1st Aug 2019, 2:32 AM edit delete reply

Rabid. Wombat???? Oh kay not the most intimidating protocol name but....
Oldarmourer 4th Aug 2019, 6:28 PM edit delete reply

From: Australia--where everything will kill you...EVERYTHING!!

...The creature that kills the most people each year is the common Wombat. It is nearly as ridiculous as its name, and spends its life digging holes in the ground, in which it hides. During the night it comes out to eat worms and grubs.

The wombat kills people in two ways: First, the animal is indestructible. Digging holes in the hard Australian clay builds muscles that outclass Olympic weightlifters. At night, they often wander the roads. Semi-trailers (Road Trains) have hit them at high speed, with all 9 wheels on one side, and this merely makes them very annoyed. They express this by snorting, glaring, and walking away. Alas, to smaller cars, the wombat becomes an asymmetrical high-speed launching pad, with results that can be imagined, but not adequately described.

The second way the wombat kills people relates to its burrowing behavior. If a person happens to put their hand down a Wombat hole, the Wombat will feel the disturbance and think "Ho! My hole is collapsing!" at which it will brace its muscled legs and push up against the roof of its burrow with incredible force, to prevent its collapse. Any unfortunate hand will be crushed, and attempts to withdraw will cause the Wombat to simply bear down harder. The unfortunate will then bleed to death through their crushed hand as the wombat prevents him from seeking assistance. This is considered the third most embarrassing known way to die, and Australians don't talk about it much
...
Oldarmourer 1st Aug 2019, 11:45 AM edit delete reply
New month over at TWC, vote early vote often
don't forget, you can vote every day, not just when the comic updates...
As much as everyone seems to like Ceci, maybe a new vote incentive ?
SKEETER in a provocative pose perhaps ? ;)
megados 1st Aug 2019, 5:08 PM edit delete reply

The comic itself serves as incentive enough as well! ;)
Oldarmourer 1st Aug 2019, 6:43 PM edit delete reply
Yes, yes it does, but even when you have the best fishing hole around, you still need some bait ;)
megados 1st Aug 2019, 7:13 PM edit delete reply

Hehe, as true as that is, the difference, of course, is that unlike the comic, if you have the best fishing hole, you don't necessarily advertise it. :D

Be sure to vote!
Centcomm 2nd Aug 2019, 1:07 PM edit delete reply

Gotcha...
Oldarmourer 2nd Aug 2019, 3:31 PM edit delete reply
Featuring SKEETER's MK 4 SLT's...Silver's drones only had Mk 3's ;)
Oldarmourer 3rd Aug 2019, 4:11 PM edit delete reply

Looks like our writers did their research well, as always
SKEETER does have a great ancestor I should have mentioned earlier

Mosquito at war


4 cannon = 4 lasers ?
8 rockets = 8 grenades ?
now...let's see about that antitank gun.... ;)

maybe SKEETER's a Tsetse ;)
Rigor 3rd Aug 2019, 8:30 PM edit delete reply
Great discussion, but I cannot help wonder why the powers behind the golden mystery assault robot would bother to attack a water dealer or its associated community.
Oldarmourer 3rd Aug 2019, 9:44 PM edit delete reply
The first one (or maybe the same one ?) stripped every piece of tech that wasn't destroyed beyond apparent recovery when it met up with Feelie's group.

Braden handles the water business while Olina is an engineer/mechanic/inventor of some note, going by the earlier dialogue.

If SKEETER (and maybe even Cyana's toy ?) is her personal construction then that might be the answer. Who knows what else might be lying around their little compound...or attached to it...
megados 3rd Aug 2019, 9:50 PM edit delete reply

Hmmm, scavver? Looking for something in particular? or just 'stuff'? A juggernaut weapon on a final S&D order? One of Decimus' contingencies that was set in motion when the main computer was spiked and comm was lost? Automaton soldier with brain damage? Lots of possibilities really. May not be after a water dealer or his peeps specifically. Or could he just be thirsty? :D
Centcomm 5th Aug 2019, 1:28 AM edit delete reply

Ill say this much.. Spoilers!
megados 5th Aug 2019, 11:18 AM edit delete reply

That must be code for "Haha, you're way off!" :D
Oldarmourer 5th Aug 2019, 5:13 PM edit delete reply
or it's code for " you're getting too close so :P "
megados 5th Aug 2019, 7:45 PM edit delete reply

Oh, so he is thirsty! :O
Oldarmourer 3rd Aug 2019, 10:16 PM edit delete reply
hmmm with the watertanker still parked beside the compound, I wonder if that means Braden hasn't left yet ? Olina did tell him the truck was ready and seeing as she hates him making night runs, I'd be very, very, VERY surprised if it isn't more heavily armed and armoured than Feelie's 'tank' and might dash out to help and even get a few shots off.

The only thing we know for sure is that a few shots from Feelie's rifle didn't do any obvious damage, gutters probably wouldn't have had much more than that, so some heavy ordnance might be more effective if they shoot first and wonder about it later...maybe...we can hope...
CptKerion 4th Aug 2019, 11:10 AM edit delete reply
Not what I was expecting to come from combat wombat, but delightful none-the-less.
Clevername 4th Aug 2019, 12:37 PM edit delete reply
Skeeter might have an advantage in survivability as a weapon discharge at him could easily pass through him and kill Cyana as she is in a direct line? Fingers crossed that this isn't a complete seek and destroy mission for goldie!
Oldarmourer 4th Aug 2019, 1:23 PM edit delete reply

So far we all seem to be under the impression Cyana won't be 'spaffed' and I hope not too.
But, put nothing past our writers...nothing...


When 25 very short lines of dialogue can spawn well over 1,000 lines of comments, something is being done right...

I'd be both overjoyed and terribly afraid of playing in a game they wrote and were GM'ing...

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Centcomm 5th Aug 2019, 1:29 AM edit delete reply

yep... so true!
Oldarmourer 5th Aug 2019, 7:09 PM edit delete reply
Wonder if SKEETER can get control over that toy ?
He could rename it HMS Decoy for it's last voyage ;)
Oldarmourer 6th Aug 2019, 5:44 AM edit delete reply
Come to think of it, that class of ships seperates into two parts, he could name them 'chaff' and 'flare' :)
Highlander55 6th Aug 2019, 7:32 PM edit delete reply
Maybe it's R-2D2s' decedent in combat form. ;)
megados 6th Aug 2019, 10:18 PM edit delete reply

Maybe in Wombat form! XD
Oldarmourer 6th Aug 2019, 10:25 PM edit delete reply
Th fun part is...
On the last page, note what name I gave to the Capt of 1701-WTF ;)
The coincidences just keep on piling up, story of my life...
Now, if I could just find some coincidental lottery numbers.....
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