You're absolutely right about the tank. He really should be a Soviet T-34 or perhaps a Panzer III. I should have redesigned him, but I guess I kept him a Type 90 for familiarity, even if it's incongruous.
The narrator is saying that he doesn't want to disabuse Erik's notion of them being near the coast - if they were near the coast, they would find it easier to orientate themselves, and navigate their way home despite losing the dogs; however, the narrator believes they are lost inland, but doesn't want to rob Erik of this one strand of hope he's clinging to.
Feels and reads like a cross between the Marvel TFUK "black and white" short stories and something out of the 90's 'Eagle' comics or 2300AD.
Great storytelling; so many of these fan Mosaics try to tell too much or too little story, but this is perfect. Loved every moment of this, great, evocative art (reminds me of 'The Thing') and great storytelling and framing device. THIS is how you tell a human-TF story... in fact, it kind of reminded me a bit of 'Man of Iron' in how it handles Bludgeon's "alien" aspect. The only downside is that as one page, it's impossible not to be "spoiled" by the final panel before you get there; I'm betting otherwise a lot of folks forget he's a tank!