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Military Service Memoirs: WEEK 5 by Karbik
Military Service Memoirs: WEEK 5
First time firing our service weapons, the Galil. Having never owned a firearm, I was surprised by how...fragile they seem to be.

For all the tales I'd heard of the AK-47's resilience, I expected its clone to be less prone to malfunctions. But guns would frequently jam, deform cartridges or otherwise fail.

And in an attempt to keep the torrent of problems at bay, we'd do weapon maintenance. Lots of weapon maintenance. Lots and lots and lots of weapon maintenance.

The sight of people lined up in a corridor, scrubbing their rifles, would become a very regular sight throughout the service.
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Military Service Memoirs: WEEK 4 by Karbik
Military Service Memoirs: WEEK 4
Not much thoughts about this week, so have a small slice-of-life sketch instead.

The KSP-58 (a Swedish variant of the FN MAG) has a carrier handle to make carrying it around easier. However, that handle also doubles as the lever for detaching the barrel from the rifle.

Thus, the first time recruits would pick up the KSP-58, they would often accidentally detach the barrel, causing the rest of the weapon to fall to the ground, resulting in this rather comical sight of a puzzled solider with only half a weapon
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Military Service Memoirs: WEEK 3 by Karbik
Military Service Memoirs: WEEK 3
Aside from the aforementioned annoyance at the constant confusion and unreliable instructions, the most frequent feeling throughout the early weeks was that of being filthy.

Perhaps that day you'll run through the obstacle course and be covered in a mix of dirt and sand.

Perhaps you'll spend a few hours sitting in the blazing sun in full combat gear instead, sweating like a hog.

Perhaps you'll add your backpack to that combat gear (totalling about 25kg) and go on a 15km hike.


Showers, in such times were nearly blissful (although all-too-brief) moments of respite from the mood-crushing sense of filthyness. Little happy moments of cleanliness.
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Military Service Memoirs: WEEK 2 by Karbik
Military Service Memoirs: WEEK 2
The most consistently frustrating thing throughout this experience has been without a doubt navigating the minefield created by the caprices of one's superior officers.

Like a mythical many-headed beast that cannot decide what to do, the officers each had their own idea how things should be done, but you could be certain that it would be you that would be getting slapped across the room for their collective indecisiveness.
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Military Service Memoirs: WEEK 1 by Karbik
Military Service Memoirs: WEEK 1
As noted before, I’ve been serving in the military since July. To keep my drawing skills from becoming too rusty I kept a visual diary of the experience. And in the absence of any of my paintings, I might as well upload those.

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Welcome to the military. Hope you weren’t too fond of this whole “privacy” thing. Or that “personal space” thingy. You probably didn’t need those anyway.
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As fate would have it, I live in a country that is neither wealthy enough to just have a standing army nor is it safe enough to just ignore having an army (thanks to the congregation of twats that is Kremlin). Such countries typically institute a mandatory military service for their citizens.

I think you see where this is going. 11 months.

I’ll have some form of Internet access, but without a computer (+ tablet) or scanner new uploads will be sparse. See you in a year.

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:iconj-naan:
J-Naan Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
HI :3 do you take point commissions?
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nedden7 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
love your art!
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justkeepdrawing Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012
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Look look look!
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Karbik Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012
Hmm. May very well have been the inspiration for that image, because I can't remember where the idea came from and have certainly seen that comic before.
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HTFleopord Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
do you take rq'?
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Karbik Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
Unless you have a mind-shatteringly awesome idea, not really.
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HTFleopord Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
can you draw my charcter berri fighting a dragon?
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Karbik Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
A "berri" fighting a dragon is not mind-shatteringly awesome idea.
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Sharkfu Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I SEE YOU ON MY PAGE A LOT.
I remember your art from somewhere. O:
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Karbik Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012
Well, I keep traversing around the website and your icon is irresitible to click on. And so I keep coming back and then "Oh wait, I was here twice today already."

Maybe that's because ou've already favourite'd it once
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