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The Original Trilogy / Re: Where'd the AT-AT go?
« on: March 25, 2004, 03:03 AM »
Forrest combat's not very conducive to ANY vehicle combat though, which is a real thing to consider with the AT-ST's.  An M1 Abrahams in a forrest is at a distinct disadvantage to both traps and human assault as well as attack from other tanks (who would be at equal disadvantage).

I think what we need to ask about the AT-ST is that, if we don't accept the obvious "Lucas didn't think them out much and just wanted them for eye-candy to to explode", then we have to see if there's some explanation for their seeming ease of destruction...

For fire from other combat vehicles of equal power, we only have a brief moment of Chewie firing on a single AT-ST.  WE could argue that he has let a couple shots loose before we actually have the camera cut to that moment, as the AT-ST was seemingly stopped for no reason that he was shooting at.  Perhaps it had stopped to turn and see who was shooting it?  It's plausible...  Odd, but it makes an excuse.  With that in mind then, we could assume the AT-ST had taken a few shots to its rear portion already, combined with those which it had already taken and any possible damage inflicted by Ewok weapons (perhaps a boulder smacked it in the rear portion?).

Then, if we go by the idea that the AT-ST is slightly weaker in the rear of the command pod, as most armor vehicles are a tad weaker in the rear (Such as the Tiger I from WW2, which required a pretty point-blank and direct hit on its rear to be destroyed by most allied tanks).  Chewie blasts the AT-ST he clears out by shots to the rear, so we could assume there's a combination of pre-weakened "hits" there by whatever...  A few possible shots Chewie gets in on it from a greater distance that we "miss" or are just off-screen...  And last, the idea that AT-ST's have a combination of possibly their energy cell compartments in the rear with a slightly weaker armor point.  These things could add up to Chewie's AT-ST being destroyed easily enough.

For the walkers destroyed by the Ewok traps, there's a couple...  The hardest to explain is the walker on the wobbly log trap, as that thing seemed to be the Ford Pinto of Star Wars as it just blew to pieces on impact with the ground.  

My explanation of the tripping walker would then be that it sustained damage previously...  Small arms fire, boulders, or even an Ewok mounting it and pulling and ripping at anything he could, possibly even exposing a fuel-port perhaps?  Or maybe even a Rebel collaboration with an Ewok to plant a bomb on it so when it fell it detonated it and caused the most possible damage?  There's some possible excuses...  Far-fetched or ones that maybe don't seem practical for the situation, but sometimes unpractical events occur in combat that make you scratch your head later too, so it's possible.

For the Log Smash, and for the cutscene one of a single chopped tree collapsing on a walker and crushing it, I believe these to be "reasonable" situations without extra explanation personally.  The logs that smashed the command pod of the one AT-ST were roughly the diameter of the pod itself...  I think if two logs forcefully came together on a modern US tank, which is a fair bit wider than an AT-ST command pod, then it is reasonable to think they'd do some serious damage to the tank's armor or even be capable of knocking the turret off?  It's tough to say without really accurately knowing the weight of the logs, the height they were raised, and such...  Technical junk, but just by watching it, it looked reasonable.

I'd say the same for the cutscene of the chopped tree falling straight down on a Walker too, and even moreso because it lit squarely on the top of the AT-ST it destroyed which would put tremendous pressure on the small legs of the Walker and most likely crush the joints of the walker as is what seemed to happen in this Walker's demise scene.  Resulting damage for its power supply (star wars vehicles, at least fighters, seem to run off of a fuel so it's reasonable ot think it's possibly combustable and that similar stuff's used on walkers and such) then means explosions all around...

The AT-ST isn't big either, and as a "Scout" as opposed to being referred to as some form of heavy assault-type walker, so its armor likely matches.

I'd say, short of running AT-PT's (a  pretty common walker-type from EU we mostly all know), the AT-ST is nimble, heavier armored (than an AT-PT anyway), can handle the valleys and hills/inclines of Endor, and is a simple infantry support vehicle.

The LAV is pretty easily slapped around if it gets caught in a heavy combat situation of any kind (even just infantry), so maybe the AT-ST's simialr to it, without the troop capacity since it could carry 4 or 5 guys at most, counting the crew.  

The AT-ST then seems a reasonable choice for Endor.  That and infantry.  The speederbikes were more cnfusing to me, but I can see their reasoning behind their use, and of course AT-PT's WOULD have been cool to see but are just EU stuff so they ain't there.

I'd say any # of walkers were NEAR the main generator though too...  This is a remote area, from what I can gather in the films, but the area surrounding the actual generator itself (where they expected the attack) appears possibly miles (as in hundreds or more even) away from that rear bunker area.  That area may have had a pre-fab garrison, landing platform(s), and of course the heavier walkers like the AT-AT's, or other vehicles even.  Something expecting a bigger force than a shuttle's worth of Commandoes anyway.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: When They Were Funny...
« on: March 25, 2004, 01:35 AM »
Not to perpetuate things, but I didn't want Bill Murray listed on the top comedians list not because I dislike him as an actor, but because that's a comedian's list, not an actors list.

Bill doesn't do standup, and honestly I can't even recall a time after he was on SNL that I'd look at him and say "That's a good comic".  He's funny, and COULD do comedy I suppose since he ad-libs and makes crap up as he goes (or so I've read), but he's not a comic to me.

Dave Chapelle's a comic...  Dave Attel's a comic...  Those guys are comics and deserve on the list of top comics...  Bill Murray's an actor to me.  It's like listing Matthew Perry as a comic...  He's funny on TV (sort of), but he's not a comic, but just an actor.

I just wanted to make sure everyone knew I wasn't meaning to trash Murray because I actually really REALLY like him as an actor and think he's underrated.  He's also pretty ugly and that isn't gonna get him far...  Though Tommy Lee Jones made a career, so anything's possible, so I dunno.

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: McQuarrie Stormtrooper Saber Up
« on: March 25, 2004, 01:15 AM »
Damned if I wouldn't like 1 or 2 of these extra.  I was lucky to get one for cost at a local collectors meeting.  Otherwise, I have not seen this figure EVER.  Never once in stores.  His wave wasn't abundant.  The Emperor shipped with him, did it not?  He too flew past us with his huge hood.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: OCB = Dad*2
« on: March 25, 2004, 12:42 AM »
If it's a boy, Jesse, Cole, and Sean are wonderful names (Me and my brother's names  ;D ).

Just had to get my plug in there...  hehe  Anyone who knows the Jesse/Cole link gets a free handshake if they ever meet me too.

Happy Birthing of a Child to you and your wife...  Or simply Congratulations.  It's much easier to say, and likely won't get me smacked by the one actually doing the birthing thing.

Kids aren't my bag, but more power to you for having a family and being a father Scott because I admire those who do it well.  My brother Sean's had enough kids to last me a lifetime though, and I've had too much of a hand in raising the majority of them.  I'm all kid'd out and at a young age, haha.  :)

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: 25th Anniversary Clonetrooper
« on: March 24, 2004, 06:06 PM »
I'm holding off buying the Jedi 4-pack to get the Clone, personally.  TRU DOES have some stuff out there though...  Here anyway.  At least we have some Bespin Guards anyway for army building.  Not too much else, though Tatooine Wave's shipping to some TRU's here, and there's some Hoth leftovers here and there.  Cool stuff, sort of...  

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The Prequel Trilogy / Re: Look
« on: March 24, 2004, 04:58 PM »
Yes...  Your point?   ???

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Van Halen back on the road!
« on: March 24, 2004, 12:29 AM »
Hershey, Wilkes-Barre, and Philly but not the Western end for Pittsburgh?

Eddie van Halen can suck an egg.  Or perhaps 2 of them nestled comfortably between...  Ah, nevermind, not worth the effort.  Eddie Van Halen's still a DB though, and as much a coke-head as Dave ever was.  Dave at least had a sense of humor.

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Conventions / Pittsburgh Comic Con
« on: March 23, 2004, 11:45 PM »
Coming April 30th, May 1st, and May 2nd is the 11th Annual Pittsburgh Comic Con.

Check here:

http://www.pittsburghcomicon.com/

Anyone attending from the boards here?  Of course I'll be there since it's about 40 minutes from my house at most, but will likely only attend the Saturday show because of my time constraints on the weekends.

I'm sure most of the Pittsburgh guys are gonna be there like BobaFett14 from Scum forums and some of the Eastern half guys (Bill Cable I think is coming out for it).

The show this year coincides with the same weekend of the Pittsburgh Toy Show as well.  Mousedroid let us know at Rebelscum that this wasn't intentional but that it's worked out that way.  They're in the same building, so you can do a Con and Toy Show the same day.  Makes things convenient.

If you're gonna be in town, you'll have to let me know...  Either to run into each other or even if you're curious about things to do after the show's closed.

The show's at the Pittsburgh Expo-Mart by the way, which is in the Suburb of Monroeville (Not within the Downtown Pitt area) which is really easily accessible.  Very convenient for everyone to get to, and only a 15 or 20 minute jaunt (traffic permitting) down into the heart of the city too.

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Silver Fett and Clonetrooper coming...
« on: March 23, 2004, 09:31 PM »
These showed up at a TRU near me this fine day for $4.99 hanging on pegs with every other figure I guess.  They're on their way.  Yay!  

*sigh*  These things are boring...  Oh well.  A complete set of silver figures, I think, will be sort of neat.

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Star Destroyer Wave
« on: March 23, 2004, 09:17 PM »
GH's report said it seemed like a lot...  

Still, I've yet to see Yavin wave here and I know they've hit this area but got picked up fast.  I figured that wave would fly off pegs, but yeesh...  This even surprised me.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Just try and Caption This Pic.
« on: March 20, 2004, 02:08 AM »


Why is it that "GAME...  BLOUSES" Came to my mind immediately after this picture too?

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Customizing Tips and Tricks / Re: Rebel Pilot Helmets
« on: March 19, 2004, 08:27 PM »
There's a special paper for inkjet actually, and a "sealant" you buy that you should spray on with an airbrush, but you can thin it and brush it on too.  Looks real top-notch actually.

Bare Metal Foil should sell it if I recall.

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Customizing Tips and Tricks / Re: Rebel Pilot Helmets
« on: March 19, 2004, 04:21 PM »
Scott,

You know the water-transfer decal paper you get with like a model car or whatever?

They make that paper and a solution that you can spray on it to waterproof the final decals.  It's MUCH better than stickers.  Very cool stuff...  It'll look like a Hasbro piece when you're done.

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Other Collectibles / Re: Star Wars Miniatures
« on: March 17, 2004, 11:32 PM »
I'm waiting to see what my SW Minis Battles say about scale...  If they match up well enough to the WEG miniatures, then I'd pick them up...  If they're out of whack, I'm passing unless I see some I like.  

So far, they look nicely sculpted and all but this is an instance where the vintage are more special to me, and these are just good filler for minis battles if they fit in the right scale and all.

I'm hearing one version of every character, so every soldier is in that one pose.  I love the Scout, but the stormie and Fleet Trooper are "eh".  

I'll take my dozen Fleet Troopers from WEG over that one any day.   :-\

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Damn you kids and your love of things that don't work right.   :P

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