Comic 1621 - Structural Damage

20th Aug 2019, 9:00 PM
Structural Damage
Average Rating: 5 (14 votes)

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Centcomm 20th Aug 2019, 10:52 PM edit delete
Could still use a little help on the food bill if any one has a few coins to spare.. :D HUGS
Centcomm 23rd Aug 2019, 4:03 PM edit delete
Okay Just had the second vein ablation.. this one was a lot worse, Doc had a harder time getting the probe lined up with the right Vien.. it was not that bad once he got all the numb shots in place.. but damn that hurt...
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megados 20th Aug 2019, 9:08 PM edit delete reply

Oh no! Cyana! :O If Skeeter can be angry, he's going to be now!

Golden Boy bleeds? Something alive in there? I kind of suspected that. Still, that could be some other fluid I suppose.

How are you doing, Centcomm? Are you feeling better?
Centcomm 20th Aug 2019, 10:18 PM edit delete reply

I am.. but this Friday they are doing it again.. yay me!
megados 21st Aug 2019, 1:06 PM edit delete reply

Aww, :(
Well, I hope it isn't as painful. Is that the last time for that?
(I tossed in a couple coins for ya too) *Hugs*
megados 23rd Aug 2019, 5:37 AM edit delete reply

Well wishes for your Dr. visit

lirvilas 20th Aug 2019, 9:12 PM edit delete reply

Centcomm 20th Aug 2019, 10:18 PM edit delete reply

to his credit he did try..
Ryu Santos 20th Aug 2019, 10:26 PM edit delete reply

Dagnabbit! Skeeter just gave Golden boy the opening he needed.
Lurker314 20th Aug 2019, 10:33 PM edit delete reply
Whatever military programming he had has clearly been overwritten.

Never, NEVER, N.E.V.E.R. turn away from an active threat.

There is also a severe lack of tactical awareness to not know that his charge was directly threatened by that shot.
mjkj 20th Aug 2019, 11:58 PM edit delete reply

Nnnoooooo!!! Cyana!!!! =(

I hope she will survive... =S

...and she was so close to reach the gate... =S

I hope Skeeter will finish goldie off now - before helping Cyana - otherwise he/she/it might get shot in the back...

...and help (parents) should be close also...
mjkj 22nd Aug 2019, 12:19 AM edit delete reply

Is Cyana denting the wall or did her head just got smashed? :o :o :o
robnot 22nd Aug 2019, 1:29 PM edit delete reply
neither,, she hit high enough for her head to go into the curved opening near the top,, an close to an upright support to look like she is in the wall...
mjkj 22nd Aug 2019, 10:24 PM edit delete reply

now that you mention it I see it, too... Thank you.
stormbringer77 22nd Aug 2019, 8:20 PM edit delete reply

I went to Basic Training and Sacrificing yourself is a given.
Hammie 21st Aug 2019, 4:47 AM edit delete reply
If that is the firepower of a bot they have, Then what kind of weapons do the parents keep nearby.
Oldarmourer 21st Aug 2019, 5:50 AM edit delete reply
All bets are now off...launch EVERYTHING !!!
Thracecius 21st Aug 2019, 10:25 AM edit delete reply

I don't see any bloody bits, so it looks like a concussion blast knocked her into the wall, which should mean she'll be okay. This also means that I completely agree with Lurker314 - never turn away from an active threat. Something tells me that Skeeter doesn't have military programming, he has civilian programming that doesn't include an understanding of combat experience.

Oh, and funds on the way, Centcomm. :)
Oldarmourer 21st Aug 2019, 10:45 AM edit delete reply
You can stop the bleeding...blast injuries are another thing altogether
If there was enough force to pick her up and drive her against the wall hard enough to straighten her spine like that then the back of her head is as flat as the soles of her shoes...and it seems to be more than a little out of round...pity.
Oh well, if Olina lives she's young she can make another one.
Centcomm 21st Aug 2019, 12:45 PM edit delete reply

Thank you! and yeah no bloody bits... :D
megados 21st Aug 2019, 5:37 PM edit delete reply

It looks (to me) like she hit with her back and head flat against the wall, and didn't severely misalign anything. Imagining the shape of her head inside her hair, it looks like she might get knocked out, and have a nasty lump, but she should be okay. I do hope Skeeter's turning around doesn't turn into a fatal mistake though.
Centcomm 21st Aug 2019, 6:24 PM edit delete reply

Lurker314 21st Aug 2019, 8:30 PM edit delete reply
It's worse than you are thinking. Her head is NOT supported by the wall--it's "in" the open part of the arch. That's a whiplash to end all, there. As in internal decapitation.

Thing is, she's going up more than over, which means that the explosion had to be about than 2 feet from her feet. However, we don't see any external damage to her lower limbs.

Methinks physics is just a *bit* "different" here, which looks to me to be her only hope of survival.
Oldarmourer 22nd Aug 2019, 5:08 AM edit delete reply

Guess the Devious Duo have taken scripture to heart... Psalm 137:9
megados 22nd Aug 2019, 5:46 AM edit delete reply

@Lurker314, possibly. With the angle it's hard to tell, but it looks to me like she slid up there at an angle, towards us, and up, and her head slid into (kind of cradled by) the arch. She's just reaching the end of it. As always, I could be wrong.
KarToon12 21st Aug 2019, 2:58 PM edit delete reply

Oh dang!! This is NOT good! D:
Centcomm 21st Aug 2019, 6:23 PM edit delete reply

Nope not good at all... maybe they need Jamie to come save the day :D
Rashala 22nd Aug 2019, 12:07 AM edit delete reply

Oh....crap I sense combat protocol enraged momma bear coming
megados 22nd Aug 2019, 5:34 AM edit delete reply

Oh, it's ON!
Oldarmourer 22nd Aug 2019, 12:45 PM edit delete reply
Let's see...there's 'structural damage'...
enough to compromise the hydraulics or whatever the fluid is (same as androids ?)
That's from three grenades and SKEETER has at least five left if he can remember to launch them
We don't see the result of his laser fire after the Feeliewacker's beam hits beside Cyana
So maybe there was additional damage, hopefully terminal
I don't give Cyana much of a chance but then again "ye CAN change the laws of physics Cap'n" if you're writing them ;)
SKEETER needs to get his head back in the fight, and fast, he's pretty emotional for a bot...
Unless he's actually a tiny android in disguise ;)
robnot 22nd Aug 2019, 1:51 PM edit delete reply
two.. two nades... 3rd is still near SKEETER in panel 3,,

just so you know.. I was within 3 feet of a frag grenade blast ,, but behind cover (shrapnel deflected).. was out for 3 days, rest for 8 days, light duty total of 2 weeks.. oh did have hearing protection.. so no real hearing loss.. (training accident, not mine.)
so,, that blast "might" be survivable..
Oldarmourer 22nd Aug 2019, 2:28 PM edit delete reply
18 years EOD, never got that close to a grenade but was within spitting distance of a few things that went bang without asking permission first, thank G-d for built in ear protection, never complained about the 20 lb helmets again;)

Any blast with enough force to pick a 50 lb kid up and throw her six feet in the air against a solid wall might not even leave a mark, but it's definitely going to leave some damage..cover deflects a lot of the blast wave too, she didn't have any...and rocks and pebbles make pretty good frag....
Oldarmourer 23rd Aug 2019, 7:09 AM edit delete reply

Make that "a grenade that went off", picked up a few 'souvenirs' from various wars people had kicking around o.O
and was a safe distance away when they were disposed of.
Centcomm 26th Aug 2019, 11:06 PM edit delete reply

I did actually look at Medical stuffs .. so i know what you guys are talking about once its over ill clarify if need be.
Oldarmourer 27th Aug 2019, 5:46 AM edit delete reply

Hopefully, that textured finish to the walls is a nice soft spray-on insulation or a kinetic energy absorbing ablative armour Olina made ;)
megados 27th Aug 2019, 12:56 PM edit delete reply

Well the foam insulation might be the better choice. The ablative armor would likely be made with energy or projectile weapons in mind and might not chip, flake, or deform properly when struck by a squishy body.
Oldarmourer 27th Aug 2019, 1:47 PM edit delete reply
I ws thinking more of an energy absorbent layer...more like a soft armour to soak up a projectile's impact rather than deflect it.

My Kevlar vest is relatively softer than a rock hard like a chicken plate and it does soak up an impact by spreading it out instead of stopping a fist abruptly and risking broken bones you get sued over even when it wasn't your idea ;)
Morituri 24th Aug 2019, 9:25 PM edit delete reply
I'm kind of stunned that a chassis the size of SKEETER, not even (as far as we know) manufactured for combat, not particularly kitted up for an anticipated fight today, has no easy manipulation capability like hands or anything but contains energy weapons apparently far better than the best a fully equipped Legion from Nova Roma, led by a Cassian, could bring to bear.

Is Golden Boy running down? That ferociously hard shield that shrugged off the fkng CANNON Ophelia fired on it draws more power than it can keep producing in the long run? Does its generator use some kind of fuel that's run out, or are its capacitor banks exhausted, or something?

Or is its weakened shield a result of earlier damage - maybe that shot Ophelia thought it completely shrugged off hit something important that caused damage, or has cost resources, over time?

Or was it just being an idiot and didn't put up enough of its shield because it underestimated SKEETER's loadout?
megados 25th Aug 2019, 5:47 AM edit delete reply

It seems to me that it's a combination of things: Skeeter was nimble enough not to get hit, (which was what did in Ophelia and her legion), and his combination of fusion grenades coupled with those energy weapons. Also, a certain amount of luck helps, although that made things worse for Cyana. When he dodged that shot from Golden Boy, it hit pretty close to her. We don't exactly know which thing or combination knocked out his shield, but those grenades might be more formidable than Ophelia's weapon, and not getting hit allows Skeeter to stay in and do more DOT.

I hope that turning his attention to Cyana doesn't leave him/them open for a "parting shot".
Oldarmourer 25th Aug 2019, 4:39 PM edit delete reply

The difference I see is that SKEETER saw the Feeliewhacker coming from a distance and had time to prepare his defences. Feelie and her group had their heads up their collective arses doing everything except being ready for a fight and got whacked without firing a shot, except a few rounds from Feelie's standard looking rifle which had the effect you'd expect on shields.

Now if she'd been packing a GBFO cannon like TeeDee used to make a new ventilation system for the Black Palace....
She'd still have gotten whacked because the tech page says it needs 18 seconds to charge and Scorpion Squad didn't have 2 seconds to react to a threat they weren't even seriously looking for popping out of a doorway firing one-shot-kill beams and blowing up their armour support before it could get a shot off since the crew commander was outside gabbing and not doing his job because he didn't foresee any trouble in an unsecured area that had just been attacked either.

SKEETER got the first hit in because he shot first, as soon as Goldiebot fired at the comms tower and before it turned it's attention to him, and because his weapons are designed to defeat shields and the things hiding behind them, which they did.

The only thing SKEETER needs to do now is keep returning fire until the threat no longer exists. Goldiebot can't do any more damage if it can't fire again and what it's already done can't be undone so it's best to prevent more and fire everything you have as fast and accurately as you can.
Peace through superior firepower :)

Lurker314 27th Aug 2019, 7:02 PM edit delete reply
"Feeliewhacker". Wow. Just wow. Someone won the internets & I wasn't told...
Oldarmourer 27th Aug 2019, 7:07 PM edit delete reply
you missed the song ? go back a few pages ;)
Kiddeagle 27th Aug 2019, 3:04 PM edit delete reply
go back 2 pages and read: Skeeter is an early model Hunter/Killer drone. probable been amped up too. has Hella firepower. probable more that Feelie was packing on a standard recon mission. and she was carrying projectile weapons and not energy weapons like Skeeter is
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