Comic 1229 - Garage Door

25th Aug 2015, 9:00 PM
Garage Door
Average Rating: 5 (26 votes)

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Centcomm 26th Aug 2015, 12:19 AM edit delete
Before I forget .. Todays Cameo is Hizruk from Serpents of Old ! Go check it out!

Hes in the 3rd panel .. Sorry its a bit small and hes fighting for the good guys!
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jamie59 25th Aug 2015, 9:06 PM edit delete reply

Teedee you having fun yet.
Dragonrider 25th Aug 2015, 9:27 PM edit delete reply

No she hasn't been able to use the canon yet.
Centcomm 25th Aug 2015, 9:39 PM edit delete reply

Yeah shes waiting for the chance to use that big gun ! :D
Sheela 26th Aug 2015, 4:15 AM edit delete reply

She's also not using a helmet yet. XD

Darn helmets mess up your hair!
MikeLinPA 26th Aug 2015, 5:20 AM edit delete reply
I was thinking that if TD had a helmet on, she would look a lot like a Spartan.
Centcomm 26th Aug 2015, 9:02 AM edit delete reply

Or a Trojan :D
MikeLinPA 26th Aug 2015, 3:23 PM edit delete reply
Trojan? Is the armor made of latex? XD
Deoxy 26th Aug 2015, 7:22 AM edit delete reply
As much as I would like the helmets for realism, the lack of helmets is INCREDIBLY helpful to keep straight who is who... hence the trope, I suppose.
Centcomm 26th Aug 2015, 8:47 AM edit delete reply

Thats right.. good guys don't get helmets :D Even though most of the good guys have fairly distinct Armor
highlander55 26th Aug 2015, 4:22 PM edit delete reply

Why does Teedee have a cod piece? Looks kinda odd on her even if she was a complete female.

<edit> Please don't say it's her squawk box.
Sheela 26th Aug 2015, 9:35 PM edit delete reply

Bwa ha ha ha ... that HAS to be cannon, a crotch squawk box ! I love it! :D
Falanin 27th Aug 2015, 4:44 AM edit delete reply
I imagine much heavy armor comes with recycling systems, and those take up space.
Draginbeard 25th Aug 2015, 9:12 PM edit delete reply

This whole page is just beautiful!
Centcomm 25th Aug 2015, 9:39 PM edit delete reply

Thank you! - I am really trying to pull out all the stops!
Tango Xray Actual 26th Aug 2015, 2:57 PM edit delete reply
Yea Verily, it is working ;) Great page!!!
The Old Scribe 25th Aug 2015, 9:17 PM edit delete reply

Those are some awesome flame and gunfire effects, guys!

Woo! Gals and guns and kicking ass and taking names! Lookit' those drones mopping up. Are TeeDee and Ada near an entrance to the Black Palace now? I wanna see em' whup up on some Cassians like Nox.
Centcomm 25th Aug 2015, 9:40 PM edit delete reply

Thank you it was a bit of a pain matching flames to the surroundings .. im glad I didnt half ass it :D

Yes Teedee and Ada just crossed the south gate into the palace proper. they really dont have any resistance except for a few scattered troopoers
Sheela 26th Aug 2015, 4:17 AM edit delete reply

That won't last long, give it a minute or two, and the first forces will be rallying to the south gate area.

Then the shooting begins in earnest.
Stormwind13 26th Aug 2015, 10:54 AM edit delete reply

Ordinarily I would agree with you, Sheela. In this case though, I'm doubtful. Between Douchimus ordering Maxus' assassination and Dr. Silver's demolition of their communications system, I think they are going to be GLACIALLY slow responding. They might have individuals blocking the way, but organized resistance is going to take longer.
cherub laws 26th Aug 2015, 4:23 AM edit delete reply
The Cassians except for Nox are out of the picture for now. They are all watching the Data Hub watching for Doc Silver.
Centcomm 26th Aug 2015, 8:48 AM edit delete reply

Actually only one is. Noctis put one on Sniper duty.
Oldarmourer 2nd Jul 2019, 8:05 AM edit delete reply
No,you double-assed it, great job :)
DizzasterJuice 25th Aug 2015, 9:35 PM edit delete reply

But I wanna know! Was anyone hurt in the explosion? :(
You do the coolest special effects!
Centcomm 25th Aug 2015, 9:42 PM edit delete reply

Yes... Lots of people were.

And thank you - this is a mix of a lot of techniques to get it looking this way - in scene planes and post work to fill in the gaps :D
anonymous coward 25th Aug 2015, 9:43 PM edit delete reply
Nope, nobody was hurt. Even the Bidi got out of the explosion completely unharmed, isn't that lucky?
Centcomm 25th Aug 2015, 10:45 PM edit delete reply

It sure is!
Sheela 26th Aug 2015, 4:18 AM edit delete reply

Bidi ... is a special case.

She doesn't really count in the death toll statistics.
Centcomm 26th Aug 2015, 8:48 AM edit delete reply

She really doesn't to be fair :D
chk 26th Aug 2015, 10:14 AM edit delete reply

She's safe and relatively sound in 'Whiteout'
Sheela 27th Aug 2015, 3:59 AM edit delete reply

Bidi was never sound in either of the comics.
And hopefully never will be.

She's so deliciously bent. :)
Haegan2005 25th Aug 2015, 9:59 PM edit delete reply

The Roma survivors are likely the ready reserve located further back. The initial defense line, ahem, went to pieces rather suddenly...

I suspect that it will take several minutes to get additional reserves routed to the South Gate.Until then any real resistance will come from security checkpoints.

Course, this begs the question of where max's boys are and when they will get into this. Any of his units inside the palace are either initially moving to resist the attackers, or under guard themselves.

Douchebag will not have troops possibly disloyal to him this close AND armed. Especially if they hear about what happened to their commander. This may be true across the city actually. The fighting may suddenly be much more widespread then the rescue groups initially hoped it would be.
Tokyo Rose 25th Aug 2015, 11:17 PM edit delete reply

Maxus's elite troops (the ones in gold) have been given busy-work to keep them out of the way. "Guard this point here on the other side of the palace", for example. :D

With Dr. Silver playing merry hell with communications and data access, nobody outside the palace is likely to know what's going on INSIDE it until well after the fact. (Damnatio Memoriae is in the best position to disseminate information to the active teams out in the city, but their ability to do so is limited; besides that, they have other things to do at the moment.)

Right now, there are only three people who know what actually happened in Maxus's quarters: Maxus, Irene, and Hrist. Noctis has her suspicions, but no solid information as yet. Mind you, once Maxus gets out of his suite, word is going to get around the palace pretty quickly. Bad news travels fast, and Maxus Valerius feels like being really bad news. :D
Haegan2005 25th Aug 2015, 11:20 PM edit delete reply

Only bad news to the boys in blue!
Mark_L_A 26th Aug 2015, 12:29 AM edit delete reply

It wouldn't surprise me in the least if Maxus' elite troops have a backup way of communication that is completely outside of the Palace systems and not affected by what Dr. Silver is doing. Maxus reminds me of several people I know. One is none two is one, three is still one. Four however is two.

Meaning you need to have at least three backups for every primary. And since standard practice it to have two means of communications, that means Maxus probably has 8 different ways he can get through to his men.

Granted they might not all be fast, but when I was in the Army, we had phones, then Digital radios, then analog radios, then field phones, and then finally visual communications.

Maxus's troops probably have two or three different radios, the backup backup might be rather short ranged though, instead of several miles range it might just be a few hundred meters or yards range.
Timotheus 26th Aug 2015, 1:36 AM edit delete reply

In the old days they had these things called legs that were used by runners to carry commands between units. They weren't fast or fool proof, but they fought battles with them for a couple thousand years. Just ask Corporal Hitler.
Knowing New Romes attitude toward technology, I'd bet they have a better grasp of the idea than most.
Sheela 26th Aug 2015, 4:23 AM edit delete reply

Yeah, the Sneaker Net has been around for milennia, and it's both tested and true.

Add in grav bikes instead of sneakers, and you have some relatively "quick" way of transmitting information around.
Lukkai 26th Aug 2015, 3:59 PM edit delete reply

I was an infantry radioman during my tie of service. Still occasionally served as message runner. Never underestimate the use of a soldier with good legs and a firm grasp of the terrain.
Oldarmourer 2nd Jul 2019, 8:10 AM edit delete reply
And once a runner goes to the rear with a message, he can return not only with a new message but with a small load of supplies or ammunition as well, some things you always need more of.
Centcomm 26th Aug 2015, 8:50 AM edit delete reply

Right now everyone is scrambling to get things back under control. This situation is starting to blow up much farther than Marcus intended. He wanted a Diversion and got a partal war.

All it takes is a single match to start a firestorm.
Marcus Ramesy 26th Aug 2015, 2:01 PM edit delete reply

Definitely got more than I bargained for, like the discount aisle for revolt and civil unrest... I will say I got my monies worth, and a few bonuses ... as I have mentioned before, the ill use the political environment of rome to my best advantage, there was nothing in my mission briefing that said "do not start a civil war"
Centcomm 26th Aug 2015, 4:30 PM edit delete reply

Cella to Marcus.. " This is why we cant have nice things Marcus. "
Marcus Ramesy 26th Aug 2015, 5:50 PM edit delete reply

its new rome.. who would want it any way??
Marcus Ramesy 26th Aug 2015, 5:52 PM edit delete reply

and besides.. we have plenty of nice things, we have awesome health care, amazing tech, and explosives.
cattservant 26th Aug 2015, 4:39 PM edit delete reply

Especially in a place as flammable as Nova Roma.
Just_IDD 27th Aug 2015, 1:41 AM edit delete reply
So the individual Cassians were given targets,is their MAC inhibitor smart enough to think they should cover another's mission if the first attempt fails?
Sevian 25th Aug 2015, 10:36 PM edit delete reply

Looks like you let loose your inner pyro with this page. Nice work.
Centcomm 25th Aug 2015, 10:45 PM edit delete reply

just a bit.. :D * snickers*
Wolfsbane 25th Aug 2015, 10:38 PM edit delete reply

Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more;
Or close the wall up with our New Troy dead.
In peace there's nothing so becomes a sentient being
As modest stillness and humility:
But when the blast of war blows in our ears,
Then imitate the action of the tiger;
Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood,
Disguise fair nature with hard-favour'd rage;
Then lend the eye a terrible aspect;

The game's afoot:
Follow your spirit, and upon this charge
Cry 'Aeneas for Lynn, New Troy, and CentCom!'
Haegan2005 25th Aug 2015, 10:41 PM edit delete reply

Well done!
Centcomm 25th Aug 2015, 10:44 PM edit delete reply

WHOA .. that is rather awesome Wolfsbain!
Tokyo Rose 25th Aug 2015, 11:18 PM edit delete reply

A nicely done riff on Henry V. Bravo :D
Wolfsbane 26th Aug 2015, 5:44 AM edit delete reply

Thank you! It was the first thing to pop in my head after reading today's installment. +1 to Rose for catching the source.

(Considering the enlightened millenium of the comic, I had to make an edit (change 'man' to 'sentient being'). It's more in line with the DC world.)
Centcomm 26th Aug 2015, 8:50 AM edit delete reply

I recognized it .,.but couldn't have told you the origin like Rose did :D
Wolfsbane 26th Aug 2015, 1:17 PM edit delete reply

OK, you get +1 too, Cent. :)

And I will add my applause for the great SFX/pyro work!
Lukkai 26th Aug 2015, 4:16 PM edit delete reply

Just going to leave this here then:

And my favourite from that piece, how could it not be:

Yes, I do like Kenneth Branagh. Why you asking?
Though I did realise only now when looking the movie up again that Christian Bale was in it.
Rashala 25th Aug 2015, 11:49 PM edit delete reply

I am thinking Tedee is in Heaven right now.

*visualizes her breathing in* Ahh love the smell of plasma discharges and Burning th ings int he morning!
Mark_L_A 26th Aug 2015, 12:31 AM edit delete reply

Especially now since she can actually smell it now.
Sheela 26th Aug 2015, 4:24 AM edit delete reply

Also, her tits are no longer freezing. :)
Centcomm 26th Aug 2015, 8:51 AM edit delete reply

Yes thats true.. and shes not on Fire WIN!
Sheela 26th Aug 2015, 10:20 AM edit delete reply

Yeah, being on fire kinda ruins your day.
Seems like she's having fun now though.
Centcomm 26th Aug 2015, 8:51 AM edit delete reply

Yep Shes having a bit of fun despite the situation :D
mjkj 26th Aug 2015, 12:15 AM edit delete reply

Wow, great page. Poor Ada, though...

...only 350 votes to top ten!!! We can make it!!! ^_^

Sheela 26th Aug 2015, 4:25 AM edit delete reply

Vote has been punched!
Centcomm 26th Aug 2015, 8:52 AM edit delete reply

Yeah Ada isnt too happy about the Body count thats being racked up .. but she will do her job :D

PS : thank you for all the votes guys!
chk 26th Aug 2015, 10:15 AM edit delete reply

Centcomm 26th Aug 2015, 1:26 PM edit delete reply

Thankys! :D
Sheela 27th Aug 2015, 4:01 AM edit delete reply

Vote has been pounced upon again. :)
Mark_L_A 26th Aug 2015, 12:37 AM edit delete reply

I really like how you have gotten the differing shadows from the flames.
Centcomm 26th Aug 2015, 8:53 AM edit delete reply

thank you .. that was a lot of area lights I used to do that.
Matt Knab 26th Aug 2015, 2:20 AM edit delete reply

Those are some badass looking weapons. :D
Fairportfan 26th Aug 2015, 2:43 AM edit delete reply

The VBQ (Visual Badassery Quotient) of a weapon held by the other side is directly proportional to the square of the products of its three-dimensional dimensions.
Thomas 26th Aug 2015, 7:46 AM edit delete reply
So I guess Teedee feels size matters eh?
Centcomm 26th Aug 2015, 8:54 AM edit delete reply

Thank you TD is Carring a MK 5 Auto-Laser And Ada is carrieing her Zues A-Stun rifle
Sheela 26th Aug 2015, 10:21 AM edit delete reply

Ada really likes her stun-gun, huh ?

Has she named it ?
Does she cuddle it in her sleep?
Just_IDD 27th Aug 2015, 1:50 AM edit delete reply
Is Teedee worried about blowing cover at this point, or is the tank cannon something that a Cyborg might pickup when needing to make a doorway wider?
Wolfsbane 26th Aug 2015, 1:23 PM edit delete reply

She calls it 'precious'

"It's my precious! We loves the precious!" - wait, that might be the wrong world. Nevermind.

She *does* have a low frequency mobile comm device to go with the rifle. She calls it her Zues A-phone. (ba-dum tshh!)
Centcomm 26th Aug 2015, 1:27 PM edit delete reply

Facepalms ... :D
Sheela 26th Aug 2015, 1:41 PM edit delete reply

Oh my .. One Gun to rule them All !?
XRzer04 26th Aug 2015, 2:47 AM edit delete reply
Heh heh fire! fire! heh heh heheeee!!!
Centcomm 26th Aug 2015, 8:55 AM edit delete reply

Hi Bievus and Butthead :D :D :D
revzet 26th Aug 2015, 3:26 AM edit delete reply

Nice page! Especially like the first panel here (honestly everything looks good tho).
Centcomm 26th Aug 2015, 8:56 AM edit delete reply

Thankys you! :D
cattservant 26th Aug 2015, 3:42 AM edit delete reply

Sheela 26th Aug 2015, 4:27 AM edit delete reply

.. and reload!
Centcomm 26th Aug 2015, 8:56 AM edit delete reply

and reload again!
Sheela 26th Aug 2015, 10:22 AM edit delete reply

Then throw a grenade.
Because, well .. grenades!

Bidi would be proud of us. :)
KarToon12 26th Aug 2015, 6:36 AM edit delete reply

This page is on fire! XD
Centcomm 26th Aug 2015, 9:00 AM edit delete reply

hehe yes it is.. Let the motherF**er Burn warning .. Teedees kind of language
Sheela 26th Aug 2015, 10:23 AM edit delete reply

Lets just say, that TeeDee doesn't believe in flower power.
(well, apart from the Feral Roses that bite)

Fire power on the other hand. :)
sigpig 26th Aug 2015, 8:35 AM edit delete reply

As many have said before, them are some AWESOME flames! Even better are the lighting and shadow effects. Centy, this must have taken you MANY hours to perfect; because this page, indeed, is PERRECT!!!
Centcomm 26th Aug 2015, 9:01 AM edit delete reply

*blushes* .. thank you! Glad to make you guys happy!
DLKmusic 26th Aug 2015, 3:03 PM edit delete reply

I think Ada has found a new Mantra....

"I don't want to know"
anonymous coward 27th Aug 2015, 12:37 AM edit delete reply
There are lots of things we're generally better off not knowing. For instance, I could really do without knowledge of exactly how many children pick up and chew gum that was stuck under tables and seats.
kitty 26th Aug 2015, 6:23 PM edit delete reply
If I wasn't on my Kindle at the moment I'd put up a link to Arthur Brown...

Also, yay Teedee!!

Ha, I read that as "Damnation" and thought "It sure is!"
Mark_L_A 27th Aug 2015, 2:24 AM edit delete reply

You mean this one?
Hornet 27th Aug 2015, 11:27 AM edit delete reply
Teedee's codpiece is Hahaha....
HeSerpenty 27th Aug 2015, 11:55 PM edit delete reply

WAAAH Centy!! I'm so sorry I didn't comment yet! (youhavenoideatheweekI'vehadomg).. but YAY!! I SEE HIM! Hehehe thank u so much for taking the time to make him and put him in there!

MAN this page had to be a LOT of work!!!! Amazing!
Sheela 28th Aug 2015, 1:44 AM edit delete reply

Cameo Artist, spotted ! :D
Centcomm 28th Aug 2015, 6:16 AM edit delete reply

Theres another one coming up too! :D heheh - And yeah I know you have had a verrry rough week Hopefully it gets better!
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