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August 4th, 2008, 6:00 pm

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Z-Axis, August 4th, 2008, 6:16 pm

The unthinkable has happened, and the hiatus has ended.

Thank you to everyone willing to wait while I made this comic, and I hope that you are satisfied with the result. I did my best to follow the criticism and requests given for previous comics. Thanks as well to everyone who complained about the time, offered threats of Inquisitorial wrath, accused me of false promises, etc. You provided a much-needed bit of encouragement to get on and draw, so loads of thanks to all of you!

The massive wait was a result of several factors. The first one was real life. Often, I was busy with all sorts of things. Perhaps more importantly, in terms of how long it took me to draw the comic, was the art upgrade.

Reading previous comics, especially the most recent one, I felt that the art needed a rather significant improvement, especially in the character designs. The rather boring backgrounds of the most recent comic were also an issue. I have redrawn the main cast, which means future comics will be much quicker to draw (although the more detailed designs take longer to pose).

Enough excuses, here is the comic! The text on the computer screen in the first two panels reads as follows:

+Danger: Core containment failure+
++Significant risk of explosion!++
++++++++Praise the Emperor++++++++
+++++for our imminent demise++++++

The servo-skulls are intended to reflect the demon roaches who appear in OotS, and depending on how they are received they will either become supporting characters or vanish back from whence they came.

Apologies to anyone having trouble downloading the file. ImageShack is sometimes a bit slow, but I cannot compress it any further without causing ugly artifacts and it's too big for SmackJeeves to store on their servers.

Once again, thank you, and I hope you all enjoyed the comic! If you didn't, though, tell me. I can always use criticism.

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User's Comments:

T1868 (Guest), August 4th, 2008, 9:53 pm

Kudos Great Job! im very satisfied. as to the servo-skulls i say keep them you never know when one will come in handy. also could we be looking at a consistent update with the character upgrade?

Shadow (Guest), August 5th, 2008, 3:48 am

Brilliant, and I agree about the servo-skulls, they certain add that "Fly on the wall" kind of humour to the strip. Thumbs up!

the wolf (Guest), August 8th, 2008, 8:57 am

i loves it i was looking at your steamID and i saw that you like warhammer 40k (i do to XD)i loved how you did the I.G. are you go to add new army like the tyranids (that is my fav) btw my steam nickname is the wolf XD lol o ps dawn of war is 40k's game but you need to buy the winter one to get in I.G. pss i am in the Group as you r well bye

Mc. Lovin' (Guest), August 10th, 2008, 5:04 pm

Sweet comic Z! It's great to see an update ;D

However wont the new art upgrade make the gap between comics even longer? I don't want the next comic to be when I'm 18 D:

Miko the Paladin (Guest), August 11th, 2008, 8:25 am

Praise Z-Axis Well done Z-axis! Your comic is epic, as always.

Keep 'em coming!! :D

I love the servo skulls, they rule. Keep them!!

Miko the Paladin,

Joe (Guest), August 15th, 2008, 4:13 pm

Wow Yay, finally I am able to read your comics (because now they finally are displayed!) and I LOVE THEM!

Imperial Navy rulez :D :D :D

SolkaTruesilver (Guest), August 17th, 2008, 4:40 am

Very good I'll enjoy reading more of this. If I may suggest, you shouldn't abuse of the Roach-jokes. Occasionnal comic relief only. They usually appear only in OotS's strips while we are on the villain's side, which means they don't appear often.

Here, you seem to want them following the protagonists (and the only freaking character of the strip) around. I think there is too much potential of.. abusing those kind of jokes. Be careful.

t1868 (Guest), August 18th, 2008, 8:40 pm

do you have a rough idea when the next comic is going to be?

Shas'aia Toriia (Guest), August 19th, 2008, 9:48 pm

Yay! Ooh, shiny!
I, for one, support the servo-skulls.
However, I agree with Solka Truesilver. Skulls as occasional comic relief, not every strip.

Also, good comic. :D

Z-Axis, August 22nd, 2008, 7:04 am

Thanks to everyone who has given me advice! From what you've said, I will make the servo-skulls appear occasionally, but not too frequently.

t1868, the next comic will go up when it's finished. My current project is a CGI animation one, and I'll go back to making a comic once that's done; hopefully I'll get it done in the next couple of weeks.

SolkaTruesilver (Guest), September 15th, 2008, 4:51 am

Again? Oh... so you ended an hiatus to start another one? Cruel webcomic artist!!! :(

Z-Axis, September 20th, 2008, 9:12 am

If I can find the time I'll do it this weekend. That's about as specific as I can go, based on past experience :P

Also, the Techpriest is getting a lot of modification and some new poses, which might take a while but right now I'm thining he just looks awkward, especially with the 'small' head.

Exachix (Guest), October 10th, 2008, 4:33 am

'tis a cool comic! =)

T1868 (Guest), October 10th, 2008, 1:52 pm

come on man just take a day o get the comic done for the love of god.

Z-Axis, October 12th, 2008, 3:17 am

The moment I find a spare day, I'll do just that :)

t1868 (Guest), October 22nd, 2008, 5:25 am

im gonna geuse the next comic has to do with zombie lincon?

t1868 (Guest), November 11th, 2008, 6:02 am


Z-Axis, November 14th, 2008, 6:31 pm

Erm, sorry about that rather odd spam - it's been cleaned up now.

Current plan is to get back to En Guard sometime next weekend. Hold me to that, please. Lincoln is somewhat unlikely to make an appearance :P

Elboyodiablo (Guest), November 22nd, 2008, 9:06 am

As You Wish nagnagnagnagnagnagnagnagnagnag

Z-Axis, November 25th, 2008, 2:19 pm

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.

T1868 (Guest), November 28th, 2008, 7:02 am

Tick, Tick, Tick it is currently friday morning 8.00 AM here in Canada

At 12:01 AM Saturday the clock will start ticking for the new comic.

kais246 (Guest), November 29th, 2008, 5:19 am

so.... Well this is moving like a Bolt (40k pun :P).

T1868 (Guest), December 1st, 2008, 1:56 pm

Failure...yet again well it is offically monday so much for are weekend comic.

Z-Axis, December 1st, 2008, 4:38 pm

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.

T1868 (Guest), December 2nd, 2008, 3:45 pm

or friday night...

Z-Axis, December 6th, 2008, 10:03 am

Saturday, but I have some time. Scripting begins. Will post updates as frequently as possible.

Z-Axis, December 7th, 2008, 7:43 am

Main background is complete!

Z-Axis, December 7th, 2008, 12:16 pm

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.

Rutskarn (Guest), January 31st, 2009, 4:46 pm

12 The wikipedia joke was clever, as was the "holy blank grey walls" comment.

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