“It winded me like I’ve never been winded. I was thinking, I’ve been shot in the neck, it’s game over.”
Lance Corporal Simon Moloney, of the Blues and Royals, fought on despite being shot in the neck during a battle with the Taliban. Lance Corporal Moloney is pictured receiving medical treatment on the frontline. With blood pouring from his throat down onto his machine gun, Moloney figured he only had a few minutes to live.
As their dawn raid on a Taliban position commenced, Mononey and another machine gunner were positioned on a rooftoop overwatch position to provide support. Suddenly 30 Taliban fighters engaged the patrol from all directions in horseshoe ambush.
Moments into the fight Lance Corporal Moloney was struck in the throat by a tracer round which passed clean through. “It winded me like I’ve never been winded. I was thinking “I’ve been shot in the neck, it’s game over. I figured I had minutes left.”
The bullet passed just behind his windpipe, missing arteries by millimeters.
“When after a couple of minutes I was not dead and I could still talk I started to get a better feeling,” he said. “We had to crack on. They were pushing quite hard so it was either maybe die or definitely die because they would have over-run us.”
Despite the injury to his throat, Moloney continued shouting information and orders to his team during the fight, and when his evac chopper arrived, he refused to leave the battlefield, having to be ordered aboard.
The Lance Corporal returned to Britain for further treatment, but pushed to get back in fight and was with his brothers in Afghanistan again in under a month.
Yep, it’s my other Overwatch crush, McCree. I’m such a fan of the grizzled gunslinger and that voice. Mmmph! He can High-Noon me anytime…. Ehehehehe~
I took some artistic liberties with his arm and left out his holsters because I wanted to keep this simple. The focus here is his overall shirtless appeal. Cuz damn…. Okay, I’ll just be staring and sweating over here in the corner.
Warrior Culture : British Empire
Subculture : Gurkha
Fierce warriors from Nepal who resisted British Expansion into the region. The British were so impressed with the skill and determination of the Gurkha tribesmen that they have encorporated them in the British military ever since.
Small the Gurkha stand little over 5’ft but what they lack in stature they make up for in spirit. With countless examples of Gurkha valiantry during their long service to the English people. Like Field Marshall Sam Manekshaw said “if a man says he is not afraid of dying, he is either lying or is a Gurkha…” which is closely mirrored by the Gurkhas own motto “Its better to die than be a coward.”
The Gurkhas further impress with the use of their own and very distinctive combat knife the kukri. Ranking up with (and tragically beyond) the USMC KBAR in the combat knife arena.
I finished that Nightcrawler commission. I hope you like it, Brittany!
This was one of those $5 sketches. I’m still accepting them so if you’d like to snag one, my email is firstname.lastname@example.org
EDIT 08-24-14: I’m closing down the $5 sketches for now. I’ve gotten a ton lately and I don’t want to get so many that I’m keeping people waiting too long. Thank you so much for the support and thank you for accepting this Nightcrawler painting the way you have! I never thought it would get this huge >_>! But thank you! I’ll post again when I reopen the sketches, but for now I have to close them. Thank you!