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The Original Trilogy / Re: Rebel Fleet in the OT
« on: November 10, 2003, 03:37 PM »
Oh, as far as fleet compositions, the Rebel Alliance Sourcebook from WEG gave a nice diagram of what a REbel Picket line would look like, right down to the fighter escort.  Seems reasonable to me...  Scale in the silhouettes could be off though as WEG was notoriously inaccurate.

Rebel fleet composition could include any # of various vessels though...  Refits, captures, mutinied, or constructed at Rebel ship yards/safe planets...  

I'd wager the Nebulon B, Corvette, and MC80-series Cruisers are the top vessels since that's what we see most prominently at Endor...  

X-Wing/TIE Fighter series of flight sims lists multiple other vessels in use by BOTH sides though, including MOdified Nebulon B's, Modified Vettes, Corellian Gunships, Dreadnaughts, Assault Frigates, right on down to various transport vessels being used by both sides as well.

One of my favorites is in the new Rebel Strike game, which introduced an Imperial Gunship that's, for a large vessel, fairly maneuverable, but has a poor firing arc...  Definitely a pain in large #'s though.

If I can scan and somehow post a picture, I'll get a shot of that picket line in this thread for evaluation by the group. :)

The Original Trilogy / Re: Rebel Fleet in the OT
« on: November 10, 2003, 03:32 PM »
A lot of this depends on the old point of view...

The rebels are descirbed basically as a smaller military force than the Empire, but people thinking in "Earth terms" may mistake that to mean they're REALLY a small force, like only a handful of vessels or whatnot.

The thing is, in comparison to the Empire, even MILLIONS or possibly Billions of individuals, multiple fleets, tons of fighters, etc., could/would be considered much smaller than the Empire itself.

For instance, if you follow the X-Wing series, or other EU that are similar then the Rebels have their own shipyards, t heir own safeworlds, their own infrastructure beyond the Empire...  It's not as vast, it's not as easily defended, and it's not as cost effective for the Alliance but it's still formidable enough to wage war within the outer rim territories with sporatic incursions and campaigns into the deeper sectors of the Imperial Space/Galaxy.

My personal opinion is the Alliance has multiple fleets, multiple bases (with the "Secret" Yavin and Echo bases being a primary military strategic "platform" with which to leap fast and devastating larger-scale engagements into Core Imperial areas that wreak havoc...  Thus the bases need to be kept secret (Because they're also easily accessible by the Empire if they find them) and they're sort of a "front line" center.

But, like I said, it depends on your POV about things.  Some people, for instance, take the fleet at Endor in ROTJ to be the ENTIRE Rebel Fleet at the time.  

I personally feel the fleet at Endor was a composite fleet, possibly made up of the command ships and "best" picket ships of various fleets, and at the same time multiple (dozens even perhaps) Rebel Fleets are in operation elsewhere, as are multiple rebel bases...  Some even known to the Empire (Like the Shipyards of Mon Calamari for instance), but which would require HUGE campaigns to overtake...

Thus, the Alliance's main tactic is still hit/fade and guerilla tactics...  War of attrition will always favor the weaker side.  And thus the Rebels deathly feared the Death Star...  It's abilities against fleet attacks and its ability to travel and destroy uncivil worlds would make it the ultimate weapon to take what little (Baring in mind this is all in comparison to the Empire still) the Alliance had.

Think of it this way...  Imagine the support ONE world like Earth could give to the Alliance.  Millions of troops, tons of equipment like ships or armor, clothing, food, financial support...  One planet could make just fighters and supply the Alliance with fighters for years...   Now imagine how many planets are in support of the Alliance and can generate just as much or more for the Alliance War Effort.

The possibilities are pretty huge...

Now, take that and multiply it by some outrageous factor and you have what the EMPIRE is supplied with, and you see how the Alliance is only small in comparison to the Empire, but the Alliance is by no means a "tiny" military of ragtag soldiers...  It's all the whole "galactic" thing that makes it a lot larger thing to consider.

The best sources I've seen for this, if taken with some grain of salt and your own creativity, are the West End Games sourcebooks and some of the video games.  They tend to put the galactic conflicts into perspective on this huge scale, whereas the movies only show the conflict on a very focused/tiny measure in comparison.

Clone Wars '03-'05 / Re: New Ultra Clone shots at!
« on: November 10, 2003, 03:16 PM »
I'd take 4-packs of solid white and 4-packs of other colors too.  Like a rainbow pack. :)

Feedback / Re: JediMAC's feedback
« on: November 8, 2003, 05:20 AM »
Matt helped me out once again with some items that were non-existant around here like the Deluxe Spider Droid (A surprisingly decent figure that I'm gonna eat crow on when I review it because I hated this thing initially when I saw it...  go figure!)

Matt always gets me tons of stuff, and ships it even before I pay him.  Makes me feel lazy, but hey, I'm giving him some good feedback for it! :)

As always, nobody should question the integrity here, Matt's just an asset to Star Wars in general.

TV-9D9 / Re: CLONE WARS Cartoon... Reactions
« on: November 8, 2003, 05:02 AM »
I loved it...  start to finish, it was great.  

I'd say it was the best 5 minutes of my life, but I'd be lying...  :)  (Insert perverted jokes here by the way)

I thought all the voices were well done, even Palpatines which had the rather complex "regal" quality to it that's not easy to find someone able to mimic that.  

If anything, I thought Palpatine's animated character looked emaciated and wafer thin which was odd since the actual human character is old, but doesn't look THAT bad.  I mean, did you see his arms?

Anyway, small tiff in an otherwise great 5 minute cartoon.  I honestly was hoping for more, and anticipating the next 5 minute cartoon...  Of course, that sounds lame, but I liked this that much.

Come on!

-Clones with black ponchos in a firefight during a thunderstom?  Woohoo!

-Republic Fighters Taking off and a glimpse at a non-clone Republic military personnel?  Oh yeah!

-Yoda riding headlong into battle and whippin' butt?  Show me more!

-All the other Jedi shown slicing battledroids up like they were deli meat?  YES!

-Anakin messin' with 3PO by force throwing his cloak on him?...  That was actually more amusing than most the humor seen in both prequals so far.  Kinda made him out to be a bullie/snot.

-Palpatine being a uberjerk in his office while Anakin snidely watched on?  Great!

-The Jedi Fighters giving a little ground support to the Republic forces by droping explosives?  I now want MORE Jedi Fighters cuz of that (The other squad colors helped).

Overall I think that was a neat little cartoon...  I'd take a full-length one honestly.  :)  I wonder what the ratings were for that tiny 5 minute window they had there?  I loved that toon though.  Very fun...  And I agree with anyone who thinks that THAT felt more like Star Wars than the last couple movies have.

The Anakin/Padme moment was even great...  I mean, it actually LOOKED more emotional than the two living actors have done.  That's great, and yet so sad at the same time.

I just wish I could've watched more...  And that my damn tape worked and I'd be able to watch it a little more closely over and over. :(

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Star Destroyer wave question?
« on: November 8, 2003, 04:52 AM »
I saw a custom from these 2 brothers, their last name's Taylor (Jon and Pat I think?) who joined the FFURG customizing listserver around the time I was getting fed up with it, haha...

Anyway, I believe ONE of them did a General Veers with removable armor.  Baring in mind they were using all pre-made parts and fitting them together and they STILL got a decent looking figure out of it...  Hasbro could certainly do better I think, especially if the body armor were thin like the Clone Bikerscout's armor is...  It's tiny, but fits snug to the figure really.  It looks a LOT better than I had anticipated that figure looking...  Too bad the figure itself was made in an awkward pose with a lame feature.  That was a Clone that had uber possibilities from Hasbro, but was essentially a let-down that they never even f ixed for teh re-release. :(

Other Toy Lines / Re: The Official 21st Century Toys Thread
« on: November 7, 2003, 06:09 PM »
21st's supposedly got stuff on the water from Asia right now...  Spitfire, Winter ME109, etc...

Not much to report on them right now though I think.

BBI's Apache is out they say, but I've yet to see it.  I want one I think, but the size of it may limit me and I'll skip it.

The LAV I will get and someone said it's out too...

I've yet to nab anything new for a while though.  Not since the BBI Marines came out.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Star Destroyer wave question?
« on: November 7, 2003, 04:47 PM »
My choices would go like this:

-General Maxmillian Veers:  Neutral sculpt, with good to decent articulation...  I think the removable armor is completely possible considering the Clone Pilot's removable armor.  The extra bulk of the officer's armor would help that for how it looks over the officer's tunic...  And of course, removable helmet and hat are possible so that'd be cool.  If they could incorporate the warbelt as well, even if it's connected to the armor piece, that would also rock.

-Imperial Naval Trooper:  Just an ultra articulated "Death Star Trooper" with removable helmet...  Working holster with the proper blaster pistol would be nice too.  Considering these guys are dealt the crappy duty of dragging the bodies away that Vader creates, it'd make a good Star Destroyer Wave figure...  They're there afterall.

-Imperial Crewman/Technician:  Indeed, a needed figure.  Reuse the POTJ sculpt, give it new arms (Gloveless, and with the silver cylinders in the shoulder sleeves), and a new headsculpt (Multiple sculpts would rock).  A removable headset would be nice too...  Articulated legs, even if they used the TIE Pilot pack-in legs, and a computer console/chair would ROCK this figure.  Lots of reused parts even with only new arms/head and accessories...  Not too shabby I think.

-New Bossk:  Yes, I'll take heat for this but I like Bossk...  Why?  Because Trandoshans get ALLLLLL da ladies.  I'd take a new Bossk then...  Better sculpt, and better articulation...  Wookie pelt accessory maybe.  ;D  Ok, yeah, none of the rest of you want this, but I do.  I'm allowed dreams. :)

I'd personally rather they saved the Stormtrooper for a Death Star wave perhaps or something else (Endor wave?)...  Hell, maybe even an Imperial forces wave of ultra articulated Troopers...  Snow, Scout, Stormie, and AT-ST (Imperial Army) troops?  :)  Now tell me THAT wave wouldn't sell over and over and over?  

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: One of the reasons I prefer JediDefender...
« on: November 5, 2003, 10:52 PM »
I've got it divided up like this:

-Here's my home...  I visit this site first every day, and visit our forums the most often I think.

-Scum's where I've spent the most time...  I don't like a lot of the turns it has taken, and I think there's a LOT of people there in need of banning while others are cited for the smallest things and "threatened" with banning and shouldn't be.  It basically has problems, but it has traffic and the better customizing forum (FFURG's adopted one so I have to travel there a bit anyway).  I like the conversation with the GOOD people there though, so I go to it a bit.

-Then gets my attention because of who's there more than the content...  I like Mike, I like Apok, etc., and the site's a lot of the original people I got to know in the online collectng community because of CSW's days.  The conversation's good when it comes, so I hop in there too.

Everyone has something good...  And not a slite at RS, but only rebelscum has a lot "bad" going on there...  I think it's partly the site, but not completely, and I still like going there.  But there are a few names I can think of that have been openly warned but still make their "remarks" and are members there.  Someday maybe they'll be gone though...  RS would run a LOT smoother then.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Hall of Fame assortment
« on: November 5, 2003, 10:33 PM »
Yeah, i'd pay $10 for a figure with 14+ points of articulation (With heavy use of the ball/socket joint) and TONS of accessories (or even interchangeable limbs/hands/heads where warranted) on figures.

Reissuing Commtech Han over and over just don't cut it though...


Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Happy 25th Birthday to BigDumbWookiee!!
« on: November 4, 2003, 09:24 PM »
Man, I'm thankful my family hates people enough that none of them would ever remarry...  Sounds like too much of a hastle.

Happy B-Day and hope you got some good stuff Adam...  You definitely deserve it with all the work you put into the collecting community.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: SHARK WEEK on the Discovery Channel!
« on: November 4, 2003, 09:21 PM »
Eh, ya go in the water you take the risk...  I wish her the best of luck and that she hadn't lost a limb but such is life...

I dig those shark photos though!  :)  

I've heard so many people whining in the last couple of days since that incident that all sharks should be killed though, and that's just such a disturbing mentality...  My friend Eric's that way, and was one of the anti-shark people.  So was Howard Stern on Monday morning...   ::)

BTW I still think the Hoth Han's a craptastic figure no matter what color his coat is. :)

And ok, now I see what you guys meant about R-3PO...  I thought you didn't know he was at Hoth, but I should've known better...

That is a sweeeeet protocol droid, and indeed buying a handful may be worth it.  Best proto droid sculpt ever I think.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Darb's MS Word Hell
« on: November 4, 2003, 02:03 AM »
Run Scandisk/Defrag...  

Simple answer I know, but I bet it helps...  It always helps me when I'm having PC troubles that give me the same message you're receiving.

That Red protocol droid is indeed at Hoth...  :)  Check the hangar scenes.

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