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Sorry about the lack of comic; the power supply on my computer broke preventing anything comic-related from happening over the last few days. The update's still coming!
Yeah, but rarely at the moment. I play Imperial Guard.

(Unless you mean Warhammer Fantasy, in which case no... 40k is expensive enough as it is)
Asbjørn, I'm in England. I can write ø by copying the character either from your post or from the character map in Windows (presumably most operating systems have an equivalent?)

Setting to work on the new comic... (and wow, I'm impressed at your resolve T1868 :D)
Er, oops?

Asbjørn, the comic updates... well, rarely is perhaps the most accurate way to describe it. Sorry about that. (Also, thanks for the kind words).

t1868, I intend to do just that... but you've probably stopped reading this long ago, so whatever.

Kais246, I know, right?
Hopefully not 'ripping off'? That sounds rather negative...

Ciaphas Cain, awesome as he is, will likely not show up in this comic.

Speaking of which, the holidays are here so I should be able to draw some En Guard, with a little luck...
Movtivated! Don't press that button!
February 24th, 2009
This weekend, there will be BLOOD.

... there may also be a new En Guard.
February 3rd, 2009
This weekend... blood may be seen. It may not.

Flashbacks definitely won't be. 13 comics... far too early to do a flashback, especially at the rate I post stuff.

(Unrelated note: I'm also going to recolour the doors in this strip, since the bright orange is, well, bright.)

Apart from that... yay, comments from Rutskarn! Thanks for going through and commenting all the strips :D
January 10th, 2009
I quite agree, which makes the exams even more vexing.

Thankfully, they're over on Tuesday. Apologies to everyone who is still waiting ;)
Bob, you might say that En Guard is a failed copy of Turn Signals On A Land Raider.
December 20th, 2008
Advice taken, Concerned Citizen (Gordon Frohman?) - my plan for the next one won't require much messing about in Blender, anyway.

Next comic may appear some time this weekend.
December 17th, 2008
So, the other Smackjeeves 40k comic, Commissar: Kill That Man, has just come back from a huge hiatus. Reading it would be... sensible, citizen.
December 10th, 2008
In my head, the artificial gravity in the ship is still working, so while on board the ship, the floor is still 'down'.

The Captain, though, has been pushed out of the artificial gravity, so now the plane'ts gravity is going to pull him down towards the floor - from the adjutant's point of view, he's going to start falling sideways.

That explanation might not be very clear, so here's an illustration of how floors and gravity are arranged:

Now then, from that picture, I realise I've probably done the shading wrong. Oops.
December 8th, 2008
'Eyyy, thanks!

Battlefleet Gothic players might recognise the Mars class battlecruiser, albeit with cargo holds placed in front of most of the guns and fighter bays. This is because I knew I would be hunted down and killed if I postponed the comic any longer to construct an entirely different spaceship ;)

Why is the ship so similar to the Mars? ONLY TIME WILL TELL.
December 7th, 2008


It is not your duty to leave this ship, and airlocks only encourage such foolish behaviour. All airlocks have been removed in this sector to discourage frivolous use of the Emperor's void suits.

The new void-doors are guaranteed airtight when closed. If a leak is detected, burn candles near the door and alert the nearest Techpriest.

Any citizen who opens a door will be shot. Do not suffocate before justice has been carried out. Any citizen who suffocates before being shot will be shot twice.

December 7th, 2008
Why is this taking a while?
For once, it's not because I'm a lazy artist.

It's because I've gone for full 3D renders for all the backgrounds in this comic.

As a result, each panel has to go through three different programs - Blender, for 3D stuff, the GIMP, for post-processing, and Inkscape, for adding the characters.

Like all the comics, the panels will then have to be compiled in Inkscape for lettering and titling.

Then I have to do my best to compress it without losing quality (PNG can supposedly compress as well as GIF, but I haven't yet figured out how to get it to do so).

Anyway, currently I've finished two panels out of a planned five (approximately). Progress will accelerate after this one though since I've finished most of the backgrounds I need.
December 7th, 2008
Main background is complete!
December 6th, 2008
Saturday, but I have some time. Scripting begins. Will post updates as frequently as possible.
December 1st, 2008
repeat 5 {headdesk()}

Sorry about that. Let's see if I can't hold the ever-slipping comic date still this weekend... I believe I'm playing in a concert on Saturday, which leaves Sunday. Hmm.
November 25th, 2008
I forgot myself D:

Elboyodiablo, thank you for the effort. Next weekend I'll quickly rewrite a bit of history - we were always at war with Eastasia, etc.