Turn Signals on a Land Raider is a Warhammer 40,000 comic with a rather unique concept.The story features Kren and Frep, two crewmen of a Land Raider tank for the Space Marine chapter: "The Emperor's Pointy Sticks."Only, they're actual Warhammer 40,000 gaming models, not a real army of the Emperor's finest. Even so, all the equipment actually works, so coming under a withering barrage of fire means you have to worry about getting hit by the dice as well as the bullets.Which is just as well, as the Emperor's Pointy Sticks aren't exactly the most fearsome army of Super Soldiers.Unable to publish the comic due to copyright reasons and with his sponsorship having come to an end, the comic ended on Monday 3 August 2009, with the 667th strip, after six years.Which means the fact that there's 669 strips now may come as a surprise. The site got hit with a few spam and hack bots, and a couple new strips (and a few more advertising for a friend's store) got put up to commemorate the site getting fixed again. It is nice to see the boys back, though.
Turn Signals on a Land Raider provides examples of:
After Action Reports are often given of how many of the opposing units were taken out by the Emperor's Pointy Sticks by their commander. Usually, just 1.
Amusing Injuries: It's impossible to count the number of times Kren and Frep had been blown up, burned, or eaten alive, only to come back at the next game.
A-Team Firing: Played straight by the Emperor's Pointy Sticks. They sure do seem to roll quite a few ones...combined with More Dakka (Often through the Beam Spam route) for comedic effect many times. Lamp Shaded almost every time.
Author Avatar: The space marine terminator captain looks VERY similar to how the author depicts himself in the comics...
Hyperspace Base: Corporal Cavendish's WWII tank model. So much so that a squad of Terminators got LOST when they were supposed to disembark because they took a wrong turn. Leading to a squad of enemy Space Wolves getting lost too.
Improbable Aiming Skills: Played hilariously straight by everyone OTHER than the Emperor's Pointy Sticks. If a shot can hit them, it will hit them. Almost never fails.
Ironic Echo: One of the earlier strips (dating back to the 4th edition) had Orks getting the "No new Codex blues." A few years later, after an upgrade...
Krep: Kommandos? With burnas?! From any side of the table!?!!?
Medium Awareness: Partial, in that they are fully aware that they are models in a TT game, while not aware of being in a comic strip. In fact, one strip has Kren placing an order for Krep's daemonette girlfriend.
As of the post-discontinuation special strips, Kren and Frep are fully aware that they are in a comic strip.
Mundane Utility: Whenever Jack or a weapon is used for something other than its intended purpose...which happens quite frequently. This can "backfire" though...
Screwed by the Lawyers: It stopped because it was becoming too time-consuming and expensive to do. The reason the lawyers got involved is that the only way to really give it a chance to make enough money to continue was to make it into a book. But Games Workshop refused to grant permission.
Stop Helping Me!: In-Universe, generally the situation that arise whenever another army co-opts Jack and crew to proxy. May have something to do with the fact that Kren and Frep misuse the resources / abilities of whatever army asks them to help out. Ironically, these are the only times they actually seem to WIN.
Team Pet: No less than three : a Chaos boar straight from Warhammer, a Necron Scarab, and "Onesie," a dice which only rolls ones when Kren and Frep are using it (but which roll sixes every time it's used for calculating their damages...)
There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Always overlaps with More Dakka. The crew of Jack always seem to be on the receiving end of a ridiculous amount of fire. As an example: 21 Lascannons in their first match.