1. Delisle
    Delisle

    Nice ‘topsy-turvy’ comic…, great rueful/bashful expression on the girl in the last panel! She’s cute…, what species is she?

    • Skyle
      Skyle

      From the eye markings, the shape of her snout, and the leaf in her hair, I’d guess a tanuki

      • Glenn
        Glenn

        I wish I’d seen your response before I made mine. After researching, I see that you are likely right.

    • Glenn
      Glenn

      Since we can’t see a tail, going by her eyes, I’d say she’s supposed to be a raccoon, although her ears aren’t raccoon ears.

    • Iron Ed
      Iron Ed

      Yeah; love this one. That turn-about is soo funny!
      Really liking Mandy’s little half-smile too. Not -quite- evil. 😉
      Agreed; that is one cute girl. (Not quite as cute as Mandy, of course. :-))
      Hmm.. Japanese raccoon-like critter? Red panda?

      • Glenn
        Glenn

        You mean the tanuki/raccoon dog? It’s possible. The ears match but the tanuki has a black throat. However, most people wouldn’t know that. You may have hit the nail on the head.

        • Iron Ed
          Iron Ed

          That’s the one, Glenn! So happy to be right…for once…too. 😉 (It’s so seldom I am on comic strip stuff. :-))

          • Glenn
            Glenn

            I knew you were referring to the tanuki when you said japanese raccoon. However, I wasn’t sure about the muzzle until I Googled tanuki and that’s when I saw the black throat and chest. In fact, they look like a grey with black mask version of the red panda to me.

    • Fox
      Fox

      The conversation went something like:
      M: “OK, what species should the extra be?….I’m making her a raccoon. I haven’t drawn a raccoon in forever.”
      (This is how decisions are made)
      F: “Not Japanese enough. Make her that thing Mario turns into.”
      M: “A Tanooki? I don’t know how you’d make sure everyone knew the difference between a raccoon and tanooki.”
      F: “The little leaf. Actually, make her a raccoon cosplaying a tanooki. That’s perfect.”

      • Glenn
        Glenn

        Well, it’s nice to know that I was half right. LOL. I thought she looked like a raccoon until someone else mentioned the Japanese raccoon then I realized the tanuki, although I don’t know nothing about Mario. (Not a video gamer.)

      • Delisle
        Delisle

        Thanks, Fox. Cool ‘really happened’.

  2. IBTYComics
    IBTYComics

    Is that the same Deadpool from Shield Rush and Casino?

    What characters were not identified from last week’s contest?

    • TANAG
      TANAG

      I think it’s a different one: this Deadpool is wearing a tuxedo.

      • IBTYComics
        IBTYComics

        I’m not sure what the Casino version was wearing. Just saw a mask and sillohette body. This Deadpool might have changed costume. If this is the same crowd from the Shield Rush one, Fox might not be standing still since the other guests could be mad at him knocking them over.

  3. Glenn
    Glenn

    I love the turnabout that Fox uses on the woman. Guys hear that all the time. LOL.

  4. Paarthurnax
    Paarthurnax

    Is she another fox? Seley better stay alert :3

    • Glenn
      Glenn

      The ears sort of indicate the possibility of a fox; but, they look a bit like those on a raccoon dog, aka tanuki. That’s my opinion anyway. Of course, Seley may have another creature in mind where she’s concerned.

  5. Traveller
    Traveller

    Hey – nice spaulder holders. 😉

  6. TANAG
    TANAG

    I see the “really happened” tag. 😛

  7. Lucario

    Is the last suggested title a reference to Alphonse Elric?

    • Fox
      Fox

      FMA in general, but it was certainly an exchange, and turnabout is equal and fair play. Being in armor just made it more appropriate. I just didn’t feel enough people knew FMA to get the joke, but I wanted to include it since we were at Katsucon for obvious reasons

  8. DaveEscape
    DaveEscape

    Is that Fox’s obligatory collared shirt underneath his armor? LOL

    • Fox
      Fox

      I thought the same when I saw it. Over the gambeson I wear a blue tabard. The real one has gold trim

    • Mandy

      His tabard – it doesn’t actually have a tall collar, but I drew it with one so I could have blue peeking over the edge of the breastplate, just for color balance.

      I struggle a bit with drawing armor. I’m getting a lot of practice in this storyline though!

      • Glenn
        Glenn

        The old “Practice makes perfect” adage, eh? LOl.

  9. Rateus
    Rateus

    Some people’s buff is damage, some people’s buff is resistance. Fox’s buff is buffness.

  10. Gthefurrybiker
    Gthefurrybiker

    The expressions in the last panel are fantastic! Great work as always, Mandy 🙂

  11. Marscaleb

    I guess that lady was… *puts on shades* …starting to badger you.

  12. Insane Kitsune
    Insane Kitsune

    My thought process when reading this: Is…is that a tanuki? The face…the ears…the leaf…it’s gotta be a tanuki right? *reads artist notes* Nooothing there. TO THE COMMENTS! YES not only was I right but others figured it too. X)

  13. Taolan
    Taolan

    Hah!

    I gotta ask, Fox. How much of the suit is steel and what do you wear under it? I must confess that my own suit of plate is about one third aluminum, and I can never manage “regular’ clothes underneath due to the harness. I actually modified an old wetsuit to serve as an undergarment which works out well, but I’ve not yet tried it in winter’s chill or some of the damned weather we’ve been having the last few weeks.

    • Fox
      Fox

      I went with the traditional approach, trying to be as authentic as was socially acceptable. (I can’t find any information regarding what pants knights wore, if any)
      The armor is in layers:

      1. Steel plate — various gauges but mostly 16 or 18
      2. Steel chain — forget the gauge; butted, not riveted
      3. The blue tabard — Inexpensive broadcloth, which the chain surprisingly doesn’t damage
      4. A quilted, wool gambeson — Awesome outside in the winter. Not so fun in warm, crowded convention centers…or summer.
      5. A mesh workout shirt, or underarmor

      The gambeson is thick and padded, so it not only prevents the chain from pinching hairs or the plate from scratching, but also helps absorb any impact the armor takes. Since I’m not fighting in it, it’s not really required.
      The wetsuit doesn’t sound like a bad idea, but I don’t know how hot you get in one of those. The aluminum certainly cuts down on weight but it’s such a strange metal and difficult to work with. It tends to…smear. I was surprised woodcutting blades worked on it.
      For the summer I’ll likely create a layer to replace the gambeson simply made out of linen, or any durable fabric that breaths and doesn’t irritate the skin

      • Fox
        Fox

        Oh, and there’s a half inch of neoprene foam glued to the underside of the limb armor. Mostly for comfort but the kinetic absorption properties are impressive.

  14. Kristopher Tiberius Haven
    Kristopher Tiberius Haven

    @Fox Did you forge the plate yourself? Any ring, scale, or chain maille in there? What does the helm look like?

  15. Kithsom
    Kithsom

    I’m curious where you learned to make the steel plate armor, or did you order it?
    I will be making my own steel chain mail once I get a little bit of money since I know how to do that, however attempting to find where to learn to make plate armor is proving difficult. Got any advice?

    • Fox
      Fox

      Youtube.
      My first attempt at chest plate wasn’t up to my standards, so I bought one online. Compound curves (I learned) are significantly more difficult and require a great deal more skill to create without looking terrible. I don’t really have the tools to do it quickly, nor did I have the time before the wedding to do it by hand. One day.
      Similar to the chain–I can easily make chain with some wire, but I wanted to get married this decade. 🙂

      Lazze on youtube has some cool stuff, but he’s got this awesome workshop too, with really nice tools like beverly shears and great english wheels. For my simple curves I just used 6x6s and sandbags for concave curves on the shield, and wrapped other metal around PVC pipes and used ratcheting straps to put enough bend in it to work properly. You’ll need a rubber mallet to get the last part of the bend.
      There are way better tutorials online too, that look a ton better, are fully encompassing and pretty impressive, especially when you start putting on brass decorations with little rivets.

      I’ve pictures that documented most of my process. The goal is to eventually have a ‘how-to’ DIY section on our site here with projects we’ve done, since DIY is such a big part of our life.

      • Kithsom
        Kithsom

        Touche, that being said, how much was your steel plate? Im getting the wire i need (14 gauge stainless steel) for about $100 … im imaging decent steel plate costs just a tad more than that.

        • Fox
          Fox

          Steel plate isn’t really that expensive; hence why it’s used everywhere. I wanna say a 4’x8′ sheet of 16 or 18ga cost me 20 or 30 bucks? I bought 4 total, and with another $20 to have the metal warehouse sheer them to 2’x4′ chunks I got out of there under $130 I believe. If you have a pickup it’d be less, cuz no cutting. It comes pre-oiled so it won’t rust as long as you’re using gloves when handling it.

          Stainless steel might as well be a four letter word. I’ve not yet worked with it simply because of all the difficulty I’ve heard using it. Simply making rings out of it is probably fine, but it’s expensive and difficult to work with when forming, IIRC.

          • Kithsom
            Kithsom

            Hmm, once I find a steel/black smith who can form it / teach me, I’ll be getting some. And yeah, stainless is good for mail cause it won’t rust and it doesn’t need oiled at all, it does have a well earned rep of being painfully difficult to work with though. Thanks for the information … Though one more question if you don’t mind answering; What alloy/grade of steel did you get? I’ve been looking and I’m not sure whether to go with structural grade steel or tool grade.

        • Kristopher Tiberius Haven
          Kristopher Tiberius Haven

          Try chainmailbasket.com … They have a wonderful assortment of all manner of rings, wire, and plans as well as other things like tutorials… and if you look on Facebook (or other social media) for any groups that focus on anything blacksmith related you can find or even found your local blacksmith’s guild! 🙂

          • Kithsom
            Kithsom

            I have chainmail material supply, design I was planning was the European 4-in-1 though I haven’t decided yet which style. Plate armor is what I am finding more difficult to figure out. Haven’t yet sat down and gone hunting for local blacksmiths yet.

    • Kristopher Tiberius Haven
      Kristopher Tiberius Haven

      Your local Society for Creative Anachronisms (SCA) and/or local Blacksmith Group/Guild will be able to help with equipment and expertise. I have one near me that I found THROUGH my local SCA group and several of the members of that are VERY highly skilled in all kinds of different blacksmithing techniques.

      • Kithsom
        Kithsom

        I will definitely look around and see what I can find around me.

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