Page 25. I’m actually two pages ahead, so this makes the book 25% complete. Look for it to be out in mid-2013.
I did an alternate of this without any text because I was really happy with how the artwork came out, but then decided that someone who didn’t recognize the crushed aggregate plant wouldn’t know what was going on. I may end up using the other one in the final book, though.
The NCO is, of course, speaking Turkish, though very few NCOs actually do. Some do speak a little Arabic.
Many of the contractors and shopkeepers working for the US Army in Iraq, or at least in Mosul, were Turks, no doubt merely resuming a role that they’ve had in that country since about 1375.
And you can’t spell “contractor” without “con.”