Winterbrook 2

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lirvilas
25th Jan 2016, 10:00 AM

The update schedule to this work is now intermittent. All website addresses will continue to function. Thank you for your continued patronage.

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ProfEtheric
25th Jan 2016, 10:14 AM

1) Still on the hook for wherever you are going here. I'm REALLY curious.

2) Is that the beginning of the Muftarak incident or just a random day in Iraq?

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lirvilas
25th Jan 2016, 11:05 AM

1) [deleted]

2) When you see all that stolen equipment on TV that Islamic State is parading around, just remember that they don't have the mechanics to keep it running and fighting for long.

Neither, apparently, did the Iraqi army.

So yeah, random day in the sand box.

edit: god I love that expression of rage on 2LT Zehm's face!

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anonymous coward
25th Jan 2016, 11:41 PM

Well of course keeping US military vehicles working in the Iraqi sands is tough. There's lots of reasons why: One of the bigger ones is that the desert dust and thermal extremes can be very hard on most equipment. I personally tend to believe that the true reason is simpler though: Greed. Military contracting and procurement is all about the Benjamins, and the more things break down the more spare parts and replacements you can sell!
Ahem, not that I would describe America's defense industry as a bunch of jackasses who somehow manage to elevate greed to the level of treachery. Congress and the FBI should be saying that, and executing the upper tier executives of Raytheon, Boeing and the rest by lethal injection (after due process of course).

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lirvilas
26th Jan 2016, 5:04 AM

"Amateurs talk tactics, professionals talk logistics."

A humvee will break down in any environment when you don't do any maintenance on it.

I personally have nothing against defense contracting companies, contrary to what this work may indicate. However, I would prefer that the acquisition process be more inclined to support asymmetry that favors American strategic advantages, however--aka rapid unorthodox innovation and initiative at the unit level. In brief, we need drone factories on our big-deck platforms (and elsewhere). Get cracking, General Atomics!

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anonymous coward
26th Jan 2016, 6:49 PM

I don't disagree that ongoing maintenance is required to keep anything as complicated as a modern armored personnel carrier in good working order. Where I would insist on differing is that the US DoD's procurement hustle tends to add on at least one order of magnitude to the price paid for materiel* and that this directly and indirectly sabotages military effectiveness.

*Something like two or more orders of magnitude for hellfire missiles? Those things are a damn expensive way for the US to assassinate people.

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Rd Ashes
25th Jan 2016, 11:14 AM

What? Why? Are you sick? Are you traveling?
Is it that your buffer is depleted?
:-o

Love the rage face, as well.
And your backgrounds.

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lirvilas
25th Jan 2016, 11:42 AM

Yes to questions four and five, so I'm managing your expectations in case I fall through on an update.

And you know what, I've been shooting my mouth off on the forums and probably warrant a self-imposed exile from CF-related activities for a while.

I'm in this biz for the watercolors and the funny faces...

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jamie59
25th Jan 2016, 11:42 AM

Pull out the choke. Oops wrong generation.

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lirvilas
25th Jan 2016, 11:46 AM

That's legit funny... it's already getting to be stick shift = millennial antitheft device...

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jamie59
25th Jan 2016, 11:49 AM

Stick shift, try 3 on a tree on the kids now days.

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MadJak91
25th Jan 2016, 11:10 PM

Tona is getting surprisingly miserable :(
At least I do not remember her being this frustrated/sad. Or when she was, there was this type of snark. Hm.
... hm.

Expect a PM about the third panel. No, not the square eyes.
Hopefully, I will not forget.

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lirvilas
26th Jan 2016, 5:05 AM

MJ, you owe me words!

And we'll see how that frustration plays out.

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MadJak91
26th Jan 2016, 10:46 PM

Welp.
Uh, I think the chain with AC above kinda answers what I wanted :D

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anonymous coward
25th Jan 2016, 11:50 PM

She has evidence that Maerc Group is building... what? WHAT?!? Whiny, impatient, internet babies like myself demand to know, waaaaaah!

Seriously, I respect the supreme importance of the world we physically exist in and the people we locally interact with in it over paying too much attention to primitive electronic telepathy. If you're genuinely busy doing more important things than forum trolling and making comics... good for you.

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ProfEtheric
26th Jan 2016, 12:19 AM

I would feel like a slacker if I didn't show you the trail of breadcrumbs I've seen lirv laying. I'm not sure if this is what Felicia is on about here, but this is one of the things we've seen them get up to that is decidedly nefarious.

It starts here, at Muftarak, where then Staff Sergeant T. J. "Stonewall" Jackson took a bullet in the neck. She survived, but, as we see here, she fell into a coma that she has yet to awaken from (as far as we, the reader, know).

This left her ripe for the picking, as it were (and check out the trails off of that one in lirvilas's first response comment), when a joint DARPA/Maerc project (not the first) needed a "volunteer".

Of course, Maerc has its greasy fingers in a lot of pies, so she might be on to something else entirely. After all, the last time someone got wind of Maerc's plans, and was a "loose end" (specifically, check out panel 2 of that page), things got messy (and Felicia was right there - check out panel 1 of that page, directly to the left of Demon, and compare to this page).

I think I have sufficiently Proffed this comment. :)

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anonymous coward
26th Jan 2016, 7:07 PM

I wasn't expecting an actual answer to my query, it was actually a joke about the cool visual trick our generous creator here used to show Tona cutting off Felicia's explanation. Thank you though, and if you are pointing in the right places that... just figures.

@Signal Lost: I'm not going to disagree with that order of priority, but sometimes we have to do things that are more fun than important or anxiety and stress can get to us.

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lirvilas
26th Jan 2016, 5:06 AM

Making comics = important.

Trolling forums = not so much.

Priorities.

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Spelledeg
26th Jan 2016, 12:10 AM

:( For some reason I thought Tona would be mildly happier with some of the stuff following Holding Pattern. But she seemed happier in there with what was going on then rather than now...though, a lot's happened since then.

This is a doozy. Hopefully Felicia can help...

(Not sure what's up, but hang tight, Lir)

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lirvilas
26th Jan 2016, 7:18 AM

Tona thrives on high-energy (sometimes kinetic!) interpersonal confrontations.

Unlike some of us, myself included.

Machinery, however, can't be browbeat or bludgeoned into obedience. Well, most of the time at least.

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Stever
26th Jan 2016, 9:51 PM

Sounds like Eric may be hiding out with Luke Skywalker. XD

Love the flashback scene. Awesome! XD

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lirvilas
26th Jan 2016, 10:22 PM

See my penultimate TWC incentive for a pretty blunt hint as to where Eric's at.

Also [redacted].

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Seabiscuit
27th Jan 2016, 1:00 AM

Ahh, Eric better be alive and well, wherever he's hiding!
(Hope things work out well for you too, Lirv!)

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lirvilas
27th Jan 2016, 12:04 PM

I kinda wish I was stranded out on a tropical beach like

Yeah, everything's fine on this end. Just don't expect a whole lot of bloviating from me in the forums anytime soon.

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Centcomm
28th Jan 2016, 12:56 PM

Ouch. Car .. cold weather.. sounds like my friends van >_<

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ProfEtheric
7th Feb 2016, 6:07 PM

I never DID say how much I like the trees in this page. Spoiler: it's a lot.

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lirvilas
7th Feb 2016, 7:30 PM

Opacity watercolors in MS 5EX, bro.

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