Comic 1122 - Chaos unleashed ..

11th Jan 2015, 9:00 PM
Chaos unleashed ..
Average Rating: 5 (19 votes)
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Vivocateur 11th Jan 2015, 9:07 PM edit delete reply

Yum yum yum :)
Centcomm 13th Jan 2015, 11:26 AM edit delete reply

nom nom nom :D
jamie59 11th Jan 2015, 9:14 PM edit delete reply

They're just pissing it off. And it's still hungry.
Sheela 11th Jan 2015, 10:46 PM edit delete reply

Mr Popolopolis won't be hungry for much longer. :)
CptKerion 12th Jan 2015, 9:06 AM edit delete reply
but tomorrow, dear god the gas.
Sheela 12th Jan 2015, 9:46 AM edit delete reply

And the armor pieces !
Centcomm 13th Jan 2015, 11:26 AM edit delete reply

they are always hungry :D
Stormwind13 11th Jan 2015, 9:16 PM edit delete reply

They should listen to Mr. Black. :-P Shooting it isn't the best option, I fear. Like Mongo, it is only going to piss it off.
DLKmusic 11th Jan 2015, 10:00 PM edit delete reply

So what you're saying then is that "Mr. Popolopolis" is just a pawn in game of life?
Sheela 11th Jan 2015, 10:45 PM edit delete reply

Mr Popolopolis is the greatest thing to happen to .. "life" !
Centcomm 13th Jan 2015, 11:28 AM edit delete reply

yes I think your right :D
Sheela 13th Jan 2015, 11:46 AM edit delete reply

A pawn can turn into a queen !

Mr Popopolopolis with a pink tutu and golden crown, is a required vote incentive now. :D
DLKmusic 13th Jan 2015, 3:48 PM edit delete reply

Mr. Popolopolis in a pink tutu and a golden crown, dancing ballet to the Waltz of the hours?

You better applaud at the end of the performance if you know what's good for you!
Sheela 13th Jan 2015, 4:45 PM edit delete reply

Oh my yes.

He also break dance ... ie. he breaks all the dancers !
Pirtnac 11th Jan 2015, 9:28 PM edit delete reply
They're forgetting that the big guy is going to one of the priests for genetic experimentation.... True, shooting it is the easy way out of not getting killed right *now* but I suspect these guys don't want to deal with a mad scientist with a gap in his experimentation schedule...
CptKerion 11th Jan 2015, 9:59 PM edit delete reply
problem is, I don't think those are big enough guns.
Fairportfan 11th Jan 2015, 10:15 PM edit delete reply

More dakka!
Sheela 11th Jan 2015, 10:47 PM edit delete reply

I suspect that at that very moment, Mr Popolopolis have them so focused, that they don't really care about the Priest.
Stormwind13 12th Jan 2015, 5:03 PM edit delete reply

I wouldn't trust these clowns WITH more dakka, Fairport! These guys have the weapons for dealing with unarmored/lightly armored civilians. Heck, I would want the weapon to be noisy too. So that other people would hear it and REALIZE that death was coming for them (kind of like the Stuka). Run or get run over.

If there is a serious problem, call in someone besides the Keystone Cops here. With some air support and MAJOR Dakka. Your tripwire might take a beating, but they are easily replaced.
Dragonrider 11th Jan 2015, 9:28 PM edit delete reply

Nice idea kill it. Suggest the three of them try concentrating on the same spot at the same time. However under the circumstances this reminds me of Custers Last Stand with the same chances of success.
danger2myself 11th Jan 2015, 9:34 PM edit delete reply
Yes, but don't cross the beams! It could be 'bad'.
Dragonrider 11th Jan 2015, 9:44 PM edit delete reply

Yeah that only works for gigantic Marshmallow Men.
Sheela 11th Jan 2015, 10:50 PM edit delete reply

But ... if they kill Mr Popolopolis, what will TeeDee ride on then ?
Dragonrider 12th Jan 2015, 8:57 AM edit delete reply

I'm sure TeeDee will find a T-Rex to be BFF with and serve as her mount and lap dog.
Sheela 12th Jan 2015, 9:47 AM edit delete reply

Hrm ... but T-Rex glands probably aren't as nasty - it's just not quite the same!
Centcomm 13th Jan 2015, 11:30 AM edit delete reply

good example :D
Haegan2005 11th Jan 2015, 9:36 PM edit delete reply

These guys are living with the ancient Chinese curse. "May you live in interesting times!"
Stormwind13 12th Jan 2015, 5:04 PM edit delete reply

I get the feeling that more of them won't be cursed much longer. If they aren't living they aren't cursed (or cursing) anymore. :-)
DLKmusic 11th Jan 2015, 9:48 PM edit delete reply

you would think after the Optio Clauderius went down, the rest would learn a lesson.... LISTEN TO MR. BLACK.

But NoooOOOOOooooo!!!
CptKerion 11th Jan 2015, 10:07 PM edit delete reply
well, the problem with having your head up your ass is that it's awfully hard to hear anything outside of it.
Sheela 11th Jan 2015, 10:48 PM edit delete reply

Lets hope the others listen to Mr Black.
Or that they at least listen to Mr Popolopolis. :)
The Old Scribe 11th Jan 2015, 10:55 PM edit delete reply

I wonder what the priest thought he'd feed that monstrosity; random parishioners, naughty altar boys, disobedient acolytes, lazy servants, stray cats and dogs, Purina Scythe Lizard Chow?
DLKmusic 11th Jan 2015, 11:00 PM edit delete reply

Considering He's a mad scientist, my first guess would be "failed" experiments... and Imperial Guardsmen that hinder his experimentation...
Tokyo Rose 12th Jan 2015, 3:13 AM edit delete reply

Fun Critter Facts!
Scythe lizards can go as long as six weeks without eating, but boy howdy they sure don't like THAT at all!
Sheela 12th Jan 2015, 9:48 AM edit delete reply

I'm guessing that much like Bears, they can eat berries as well, in case they cannot find meat ?
Stormwind13 12th Jan 2015, 5:06 PM edit delete reply

I think they eat just about anything that the can cram into their mouth, Sheela. They just PREFER live game!
Tokyo Rose 13th Jan 2015, 4:07 PM edit delete reply

They're extremely omnivorous. They can consume and digest meat, bones, berries, bugs, fruits, vegetables, grass, leaves, trees, dirt--all kinds of stuff. If it's got any nutritional value at all (right down to microbes and trace elements in soil), they can use it. Or at least, they'll try to use it. :D
Oldarmourer 27th Jun 2019, 8:52 AM edit delete reply
a Scythe Lizard will, in scientific terms, 'eat anything that doesn't eat it first'
Centcomm 12th Jan 2015, 12:31 PM edit delete reply

meat... lots of meat.
Sheela 13th Jan 2015, 4:47 PM edit delete reply

That's kinda what I thought.

Kinda like a mix between a Hyena and a Grizzly bear then.
mjkj 12th Jan 2015, 2:10 AM edit delete reply

Hmmm, what part of get out of its way does sound like open fire?

I just hope Connie, Ada, TeeDee and the others will be safe...

*hugs and comforts Connie*

jas 12th Jan 2015, 7:50 AM edit delete reply

I love the fact that you don't see what the creature is doing, only its sounds and after-effects! Those facial expressions are priceless!
Rms2000 12th Jan 2015, 9:38 AM edit delete reply

I may be the only person wondering this, but since I wanted to estimate how outmatched they were, I tried to figure out what weapons they're using... And came up with nothing. The shape of the weapon and it's apparent weight would suggest the MK-6 LMA rifle, but the vents on the side don't seem right. The sound it makes is hard to identify, but the glare from the muzzle flash suggests it's an energy weapon. But none of the energy weapons on the tech page fit that description or have sights. The closest energy weapon match I could figure was the Zues AStun 50. But that's a tazer weapon and I can't quite wrap my head around the idea of the gung-ho imperial guard douches carrying around stunners. It just doesn't fit. So could someone please clarify what these weapons are?
Sheela 12th Jan 2015, 9:52 AM edit delete reply

I'm guessing they are plasma rifles of some sort, where the plasma is made using chemical reactive material and accelerated with explosives / and/ or mass drivers.

That way, even with a relatively small amount of matter, you should get a fair bit of damage, expecially against armored opponents (much like modern RPG's), which would normally be what they'd fight against.
Dragonrider 12th Jan 2015, 12:20 PM edit delete reply

I would think that a .416 Weatherby Magnum with Depleted Uranium Slugs might be a better choice than Plasma weapons against this Beastie. At the close range they are firing from those slugs would tend to rip large amounts of flesh from it. I'm also betting its stupid enough to stop and grab the bloody chunks of itself to munch on as it goes.
Centcomm 12th Jan 2015, 12:30 PM edit delete reply

its a Luna Make Military pulse beam rifle as Dolly pointed out in a previous strip.

The issue here is that the Scythe Lizard also eats a lot of things with metallic content and that metal goes right to its hide making it armor plated as well as big and fast...

and its got a poisonous bite as well ...
Highlander55 12th Jan 2015, 1:19 PM edit delete reply
Like he had to worry about getting poisoned.
Stormwind13 12th Jan 2015, 4:49 PM edit delete reply


Come on, man! Anything smaller than a rail tank is going to get shredded! And a rail tank isn't going to notice the poison. :-O
DLKmusic 12th Jan 2015, 6:56 PM edit delete reply

The same thing can be said about modern day Komono Dragons, Stormwind.... and it's not just saliva... they can spit it up to 20 yards away. NASTY Beasties, to say the least!

My "kill it it's too dangerous to live" instinct is in conflict with my "it's a part of nature and deserves to live" moral high-ground when it comes to those things... and a Scythe Lizard? it's like they gave the Komono Dragon steroids before crossing it with an alligator!

EDIT: Worst part is, someone actually thought that this would be a nifty idea!!!!
Sheela 12th Jan 2015, 8:25 PM edit delete reply

Obviously, they need poison to deal with other Scythe Lizards .. well .. those and the Giant Armadillos, not to mention the mutated Alligator Snapping Turtles.
CptKerion 12th Jan 2015, 8:25 PM edit delete reply
Well, this thing is officially on my list of things to be handled with heavy weapons. Of the 25mm+ HEAT round variety.
Stormwind13 12th Jan 2015, 8:44 PM edit delete reply

I want a BIGGER gun than that, CptK! :-D More like the 120mm variety!
Pirtnac 12th Jan 2015, 11:18 PM edit delete reply
Is it a herbicidal poison? Those rose bushes sound nasty enough for the poor little scythies to need an edge.
CptKerion 13th Jan 2015, 7:30 AM edit delete reply
look, if I had my way I'd go up against this thing with a 300mm howitzer from beyond the horizon.
Sheela 13th Jan 2015, 11:48 AM edit delete reply

Frankly, I think the Feral Roses are one of the few things that actively hunt Scythe Lizards.
Rms2000 14th Jan 2015, 8:46 PM edit delete reply

oh dear. you just gave me a terrible idea when you said "rose bushes": Tokyo Rose + Former President Bush. Could be a disastrous combination. or not. i don't even know.
Matt Knab 12th Jan 2015, 1:35 PM edit delete reply

That is NOT getting out of its way, guys. You'd think soldier types would be better at following orders!
Rashala 12th Jan 2015, 1:58 PM edit delete reply

*facepalms* Where do they FIND these guys......Do they offer people a test in the military... Okay you can walk off this cloff and break both legs probably or take the ladder and the ones who walk off they make REdshirt/stormtroopers!?!?!?!?
Stormwind13 12th Jan 2015, 3:41 PM edit delete reply

Sounds about right Rash. They have some way of getting the proper red-shirts, ie people that don't have much sense. They were given hammers (blasters) and everything looks like nails to them.
Draginbeard 12th Jan 2015, 11:07 PM edit delete reply

I know where they get these guys, we volunteered out of high school mostly.

The military does a placement test call the ASFAB (to this day, I still dont know what that stands for). Recruiters dress service up as much as they can, but nothing really prepares you for fighting giant, man-eating lizard monsters.

Shoot until the enemy stops moving, IS part of the training. Its the giant man-eating lizard monster...they really dont have an entry for that in the field manual.
Centcomm 13th Jan 2015, 11:45 AM edit delete reply

you arent far off Dragenbeard .. a lot of these guys were told "be a man " join the army - serve the prince " blah blah blah .. now im not bashing our military but Roma's recruiting is very aggressive the Prince wants a HUGE standing army .. and its actually one of the largest standing armys in the Datachasers raw numbers ...
Hornet 13th Jan 2015, 9:57 AM edit delete reply
It's the, we'll take anyone that can see lightning, hear thunder brigade.
Sheela 13th Jan 2015, 11:51 AM edit delete reply

Well, to be fair, large numbers *do* matter.
Heck, that was how Stalin kicked Hitlers army out of Russia.
Stormwind13 13th Jan 2015, 2:51 PM edit delete reply

The brutal Russian weather had something to do with that too, Sheela. Though without the numbers it was more doubtful that the weather would have been able to play as big a factor.
Sheela 13th Jan 2015, 4:48 PM edit delete reply

Certainly, but throwing men and resources at a military problem, is a long standing and time honored tradition.
Dragonrider 12th Jan 2015, 3:38 PM edit delete reply

Love Connie's dialogue in panel 3 probably the most intelligent thing said since this beastie was cut loose by the late and most unlamented Optio Clauderius.
Also love the sound effects in that panel, CLASSIC!!! Crunch, Crunch, Munch!
DLKmusic 12th Jan 2015, 7:02 PM edit delete reply

While Connie's dialog is unquestionably a concise summary of the situation, I submit that "GET THE HELL OUT OF ITS WAY" is probably more intelligent.
Sheela 13th Jan 2015, 11:52 AM edit delete reply

Actually, standing around and talking, is generally not a smart thing to do, just run and get the hell out of there.
lalverson 12th Jan 2015, 4:07 PM edit delete reply
While I holey agree with Mr Blacks suggestion. These are soldiers and stuff like this would trigger a trained response to an immediate threat. A thing killed one of them, they will return fire. Granted not a great idea but they are doing what soldiers do when their leader has just become a meal.
Stormwind13 12th Jan 2015, 4:52 PM edit delete reply

True under normal circumstances, Ialverson. In this case, I would have expected CHEERS... and a desire to buy the lizard a pint! :-D
CptKerion 12th Jan 2015, 8:26 PM edit delete reply
what beer does a murderturd prefer?
Stormwind13 12th Jan 2015, 8:49 PM edit delete reply

5-Lizard, CptK? :-D
CptKerion 13th Jan 2015, 7:33 AM edit delete reply
Sheela 13th Jan 2015, 11:53 AM edit delete reply

Doesn't matter, as long as there is lots 'n' lots of it.
SFCGator 12th Jan 2015, 4:22 PM edit delete reply
Every grunts nightmare - arrogant, headstrong outta control Lieutenant type making BAD decisions. Sure the LT usually buys it, but in the process his troops usually get the crap end of the stick and wind up getting a piece of the property too.
lalverson 12th Jan 2015, 4:55 PM edit delete reply
Aint that the sad truth. Been there, done that.
Sheela 13th Jan 2015, 11:54 AM edit delete reply

... and seen the LT get blown apart.
Stormwind13 13th Jan 2015, 2:53 PM edit delete reply

For those that have served in the US (or NATO) Armed Forces, I would like to take a moment to say, Thank You.
Sheela 13th Jan 2015, 4:49 PM edit delete reply

Nobody ever says anything nice about the oppositions troops, but they died just as much as the NATO troops did.
Stormwind13 13th Jan 2015, 5:08 PM edit delete reply

Since they frequently were ATTACKING the troops, I'm not going to apologize for that. In fact, I would prefer that they died in much greater numbers than the NATO troops! Call me silly that way.

Of course, I would prefer that no one has to do the job, but realistically not going to happen any time soon.
Sheela 14th Jan 2015, 6:45 PM edit delete reply

Erhh ... actually, Nato tends to be the invaders.

ie. it's usually NATO that attacks first, and the others that was fighting back.
Not all the time, obviously .. but mostly.
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