Comic 1601 - Steph's Specialties

2nd Apr 2019, 9:00 PM
Steph's Specialties
Average Rating: 5 (20 votes)

Author Notes:

Centcomm 2nd Apr 2019, 10:23 PM edit delete
yay this month is my Birf day! April sixth even - why is this important two reasons one yay! i'm alive for another year! Diabetes is more under control! Also i am so not a fan of Iray. this set gave me a lot of issues thus why the filler and yes Paul was the winner and im going to get that out post haste!

Also a giant thank you to our favorite Editor! ROSE she is awesome ! don't let her forget it!
Centcomm 5th Apr 2019, 1:13 PM edit delete
Also on a side note you may have noticed a lack of special effects and other things - this is because my tablet no longer works. im gonna start pricing them, i know the table helps with extra spiffy stuff, my last one was a off brand with a large drawable area, it helps when sketching and doing custom maps and such. I just cant get the same effects with a mouse.
Centcomm 9th Apr 2019, 11:42 AM edit delete
ok guys i just ordered a new drawing tablet for my computer and hopefully this will help with all the custom maps and special effects and stuff!
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Haegan2005 2nd Apr 2019, 10:29 PM edit delete reply

Rose is indeed awesome! She has an imagination and the skill to use it, and that makes all the difference in the work for DC. Same is true of the artist.
Evervigilant 3rd Apr 2019, 1:06 AM edit delete reply
Since I probably won't be here to comment on the 6th let me go ahead and say Happy Birthday. You share the same day as my son who will turn 8. I hope this next year is a better one for you.
jamie59 3rd Apr 2019, 3:30 AM edit delete reply

Happy Birthday Terri!
Sheela 7th Apr 2019, 5:27 PM edit delete reply

What are these "birthdays" that everyone are yapping about ?
I am highly suspicious of them !
Coolhand 3rd Apr 2019, 3:32 AM edit delete reply
Happy personal solar orbit day! Glad you made another lap around Sol and hope for many more!
megados 3rd Apr 2019, 5:04 AM edit delete reply

Happy Birthday, Terri! I'm glad you're doing better. I hope this year is a great one for you.

You say you don't like Iray, but I can't tell; you do a very good job with it. :D Both you and Rose deserve a round of applause!
Bullwinkle 3rd Apr 2019, 7:56 AM edit delete reply
It should not take to long to get that special license,not with a white angel on hand.
StLOrca 3rd Apr 2019, 9:23 AM edit delete reply

Happy birthday! You should totally make a Datachasers avatar and give yourself a cameo in the strip.
TimeGhost 3rd Apr 2019, 9:28 AM edit delete reply
Great idea!
velvetsanity 3rd Apr 2019, 9:29 AM edit delete reply

This already occurs every time we see one of CentComm’s dolls ;)
TimeGhost 3rd Apr 2019, 9:28 AM edit delete reply
Happiest of birthdays, Terri!
velvetsanity 3rd Apr 2019, 9:28 AM edit delete reply

New clothes for Noctis! This should be interesting. :D

Happy birthday!
DLKmusic 3rd Apr 2019, 9:37 AM edit delete reply

For Noctis to be interested in an outfit, after the speech she gave a few pages ago about NOT wanting to be dressed up like a barbie doll?

All I can say is... Now THAT'S salesmanship!
Siren 3rd Apr 2019, 11:12 AM edit delete reply
The difference is, they wanted to change her style, while the salesperson looked at Noctis and basically said "I see what you like, and we have a line dedicated to your aesthetic." Definitely the right salesmanship choice.
Sheela 4th Apr 2019, 6:29 AM edit delete reply

A tank always want better armor rating ! 😁
SeanR 7th Apr 2019, 3:48 PM edit delete reply
I could see Noctis with a cape. Detachable, of course, and VERY bullet proof, (and energy weapon resistant to 3000mJ/s).

I can also see Acantha, one day, bundled up in that cape, with only her legs below the knee sticking out, and thrown over Noctis or Maximus' shoulder.
Thracecius 3rd Apr 2019, 9:55 AM edit delete reply

HA! Noctis being called, for all intents and purposes, a goth, is absolutely hilarious! I've been wondering how long it would take for that joke to end up in the comic. :D Now the question is whether she's going to know the cultural reference and what it implies, or if she'll remain blissfully ignorant until someone opens their big mouth (Lynn...heh). Personally, I would find it hilarious if she showed up in a future scene decked out as a goth (makeup included) before finding out about it. Then again, Noctis would probably be so frightening that she'd scare Dracula re-dead. O.O

Early Happy Birthday, Terri! Make a wish and let us know if it comes true. :)

And thank you Rose for being such a great editor for Datachasers! Your wit is truly outstanding, especially your namesake's hilarious dialogue. She reminds me of a less restrained version of Morrigan from Dragon Age: Origins. Her scathing wit always had me roaring when she was needling Alastair. The voice acting for those characters (Claudia Black rocks!) was absolutely priceless!
HiFranc 3rd Apr 2019, 3:07 PM edit delete reply

I suspect that she does know but doesn’t care. Either that or she secretly wishes ah could be part of the goth scene but duty gets in the way.
megados 3rd Apr 2019, 4:00 PM edit delete reply

I can only guess that Noctis would probably find the style nomenclature irrelevant beyond identifying the style, and be more concerned that it conforms to her armor and aesthetic criteria.

Dragon Age?
Claudia Black?
Yes to all.
Sheela 4th Apr 2019, 6:31 AM edit delete reply

I think Noctis both knows, and approve of it - If it aids her in her job.

She's very .. goal-oriented !
robnot 4th Apr 2019, 7:18 AM edit delete reply
all good choices,, but i think with her present look , she wood go with 'Trinity' look...
Centcomm 4th Apr 2019, 5:35 PM edit delete reply

Actually Claudia black wouldn't be a bad voice for Rose at all! :D
Sheela 9th Apr 2019, 7:49 AM edit delete reply

No, no, no .. she speed speaks, so squeaky noises !
This is now what I hear, when I see speed speak !

*squeak* *squeak* *squeak* … BLEARGHH! 🤣
Siren 3rd Apr 2019, 11:19 AM edit delete reply
Happy future birthday. Glad to hear your health is doing well.

Iray can look pretty, but it's so damn slow and there are very few settings that can be fudged with to speed it up. I wouldn't be surprised if converting the scene mat zone by mat zone to 3DL took less time than rendering it in Iray. (Besides, 3DL can look pretty damn good too though. I've mistaken 3DL renders for Iray and Iray for 3DL.)
Sheela 4th Apr 2019, 6:32 AM edit delete reply

There are some things you can do to improve Iray rendering time.
Centcomm 4th Apr 2019, 5:33 PM edit delete reply

im guessing you didn't read the comments below on that?
Centcomm 4th Apr 2019, 5:34 PM edit delete reply

I had to redo all the mats for 3delight, and the renders were about 15 min or so most of the time on this was set up.
DizzasterJuice 7th Apr 2019, 7:08 AM edit delete reply

There's more disadvantages to iray than just rendering times. It's a no-brainer for ambient light but it's very limited. Okay if all your scenes are in a hospital but sucks for dark spaces. I tried it for a few days.

Happy birthday!
Greenwood Goat 3rd Apr 2019, 12:09 PM edit delete reply
Cella: +++Did you get all that, Cent-comm?+++

Cent-Comm: +++Yes. Purely defensive is fine. I'll authorise whatever they want, within reason.+++

Cella: You are diplomatic guests and will be automatically approved for all defensive formats and values. Show them the top-level stuff, Jen.


Noctis: It conceals my form and movements, it will stop any non-military weapon indefinitely, it looks like it will slow me down and restrict my vision, but doesn't, and with my weapon and our faces concealed, it is hard to tell bodyguard and charge apart. This is ideal.

Acantha: We are wearing matching black burquas, Noctis. This is horrible!!

Noctis: Practical. And whining is still beneath your dignity, princess.

Lynn: *tries not to smirk* At least nobody who knows you would recognise you.

Teedee: *passes by* Hi, Lynn. Hi, Cella. Hi, Pasty and Acantha. Are those mark seven bunker-burquas? Nice!

Noctis: Thank you.

Medical drone: *zeros in on Acantha at high speed* +WHEEOO! WHEEOO! Blood pressure warning detected in priority patient!+

>:=)> And Many Happy Returns (and no unhappy relapses) for Saturday, Terri-who-will-hopefully-remain-Hale. <(=:<
Centcomm 4th Apr 2019, 9:26 PM edit delete reply

I love your poems . they are all kinds of awesome
HiFranc 3rd Apr 2019, 3:06 PM edit delete reply

Happy Birthday!
Centcomm 4th Apr 2019, 9:25 PM edit delete reply

thank you !
KarToon12 3rd Apr 2019, 6:25 PM edit delete reply

A very Happy Birthday to you!! <3
Centcomm 4th Apr 2019, 9:25 PM edit delete reply

thankys :D
lirvilas 3rd Apr 2019, 7:34 PM edit delete reply

Happy Birthday!
Centcomm 4th Apr 2019, 9:25 PM edit delete reply

thankys !
mjkj 3rd Apr 2019, 11:15 PM edit delete reply

...and Noctis gets interested... =P

...and Lynn jealous... =P
Centcomm 4th Apr 2019, 9:25 PM edit delete reply

heheh yep!
Sheela 4th Apr 2019, 8:17 AM edit delete reply

We see your reference, Rose, and raise you .. a random Viking! 🤣

We commenteers are more than a match for the likes of you!
*throws Rose off the page*
Centcomm 4th Apr 2019, 9:25 PM edit delete reply

tosses Sheela a bone.
Sheela 7th Apr 2019, 5:23 PM edit delete reply

ooOoohhhh .... a bone! 😁

*hides it between Centcomm's server racks*
chk 4th Apr 2019, 9:01 AM edit delete reply

Hoppy Birfday Centcomm. I know we're all glad you are still among us.
Centcomm 4th Apr 2019, 9:24 PM edit delete reply

Im really glad too!~
oldastronomer 5th Apr 2019, 1:29 AM edit delete reply
Many happy returns of the day Centcomm!!
Thank you for the comic!
I have visions of one of my sisters in this place....!!
Centcomm 6th Apr 2019, 10:55 AM edit delete reply

Oh do tell? and thank you!
Mirta 5th Apr 2019, 11:13 AM edit delete reply
Happy birthday Cent, here hoping you stay withus for another one. You still have a story to finish.
Centcomm 6th Apr 2019, 10:55 AM edit delete reply

At least i got Lynn rescued! and thanks!
megados 5th Apr 2019, 7:41 PM edit delete reply

Maybe we have an opportunity to chip in on a birthday present. It will help Centcomm, and ultimately us readers, for Cent to get a tablet to be able to help put those skills to work. Whaddy'all say? :D
Centcomm 6th Apr 2019, 10:54 AM edit delete reply

i say yay? and thank you?
mjkj 5th Apr 2019, 10:41 PM edit delete reply

Happy birthday, Cent =)
Centcomm 6th Apr 2019, 10:54 AM edit delete reply

Rashala 6th Apr 2019, 12:06 AM edit delete reply

Happy birthday Centcomm and many more happy returns.

Got a datachaser universe q in the pipe but gonna wait til next week (and no it does not involve tedees or anyone's social life so relax ;))
Centcomm 6th Apr 2019, 10:53 AM edit delete reply

hehe don't want a anti shipping missile?

And thank you!
Ictuan 6th Apr 2019, 4:34 AM edit delete reply
Now that it is official, HAPPY BIRTHDAY Cent!
May you live long and proper.
Centcomm 6th Apr 2019, 10:53 AM edit delete reply

thank you :D
Quieteyes 6th Apr 2019, 5:54 AM edit delete reply
Since it's today, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! Congratulations on not dying and many happy returns of the day. Buy yourself a tablet as a birthday present. :-D
Centcomm 6th Apr 2019, 10:53 AM edit delete reply

Im gonna price them thats for sure :D
robnot 6th Apr 2019, 7:08 AM edit delete reply
Centcomm 6th Apr 2019, 10:52 AM edit delete reply

thannnky you!
Old Scribe 6th Apr 2019, 7:50 AM edit delete reply
Happy Birthday, Centy. Glad to hear you have your medical problems under control and you'll be with us for many years to come.
Centcomm 6th Apr 2019, 10:52 AM edit delete reply

that is the plan~!
PaulRein 6th Apr 2019, 11:37 AM edit delete reply
Happy birthday, Cent!
knuut 6th Apr 2019, 5:32 PM edit delete reply
Birthdays commemorate the past. I would rather wish you many future birthdays.
HiFranc 6th Apr 2019, 11:42 PM edit delete reply

I hope that your birthday was a good one.
SeanR 7th Apr 2019, 3:44 PM edit delete reply
Happy belated birthday. I forgot to check in yesterday. Sorry.
Rigor 9th Apr 2019, 1:00 PM edit delete reply
Happy birthday!

I can already see the conversation with the next customer: “ We don’t have official endorsement or anything but the Queen of Nova Roma shops here, like, all the time.”
Sheela 9th Apr 2019, 5:07 PM edit delete reply

Ah, grats on the new tablet !
It's almost like a birthday present, eh ? 😁
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