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  1. Praise the Gunboat! At long last, our faith is rewarded! :D
  2. This whole thing ignores the fact that some brilliant IP has come out of people who were prevented from using someone else's IP and therefore had to develop their own. Like Battlestar: Galactica and Warcraft and Starcraft.
  3. Is there anything in canon about the Imperial propaganda justification for destroying Alderaan? Did they deny responsibility? Claim that Alderaan was harbouring Rebel terrorists? If the Empire did confirm that the Death Star was responsible then Silence of Alderaan is a great name - though I wouldn't waste it on a mere ISD, I'd give it to a dreadnaught. "Why is it called the Silence of Alderaan?" "We don't ask these things." I think the name is sufficiently ambiguous that the Empire could claim that it's named in memoriam of Alderaan, rather than as a reminder of the Empire's might. Especially given that said might was smashed by a farm boy in a snub fighter. Which of course means that the rebels should have a ship - preferably a captured Star Destroyer - called Alderaan's Revenge. If they don't, then a pirate should.
  4. Rouge One? Are there trailers for this? Anyway, the Phantom being missing might explain why Rex wasn't in on the Scarif ground mission. In Rogue One.
  5. I agree. I enjoyed watching Ahsoka grow as a character in The Clone Wars. Seeing her change is what made her one of my favorite characters in Star Wars. Ditto-ditto Asajj Ventress. Cad Bane and Hondo Onaka aren't interesting characters: They don't grow, they don't change. They're two-dimensional characters. When they show up, they are absolutely entertaining in how they change things up where they go and when they show up. But as characters rather than as events, they're boring. Now, if you took them and gave them a chance to grow and evolve, to change, then things have potential.
  6. First, we need a gunboat. Once we get a gunboat, we can talk about where we go from there.
  7. I like Ahsoka. I didn't think Ahsoka was very good, though. Just a for instance: Who made Ahsoka's freighter? What class was it? What was it's name? When Ahsoka and her insurgents attacked the Imperial base, what type of walker did they target? How many of them were there? What type of tank did the Imperials use? What was its form of locomotion? I honestly feel that the book was a rough draft just waiting for more details to be finalized before they could be plugged in and the book published.
  8. Looks awesome and the tutorial is sweet (and that ARC, swoon), but it's missing one thing keeping it from true Star Wtrearks: A deflector dish.
  9. *blanches* The F-16 is the Air Force "Fighting Falcon" built by General Dynamics with a first flight date of 1974. The "Hornet" is the Navy F-18, built by Boeing with a first fly date of 1978. Trust me, you do not want to confuse the two in a room that has both Airmen and Naval Aviators. F/A-18. See also, Marine aviators. (Fun fact, the F/A-18 and F-16 both came out of a project to create a single light multirole fighter for the Air Force, Navy, and Marines. The YF-16 won. The YF-17, which was competing against the YF-16, had two engines though, and the Navy didn't want any aircraft that relied on a single-engine, like the F-16 and YF-16. So the Navy got Northrop to develop the YF-17 into the F/A-18. And the F/A-18 and YF-17 are direct descendants of the F-5.)
  10. If you delete the stub wings, it ceases to have five wings. If it ceases to have five wings, it ceases to be the Starwing. It becomes some other assault gunboat. I don't object to changing the design, but you can't have something called the "Starwing" not have five wings.
  11. I use the same logic you apply to the First Order's forces to justify the expense of the clones: ten years of feeding and housing them plus the cost of the cloning technology and the genetic modification. Relative to a conventional army you simply mobilise when needed they don't come cheap. I said that. But Clones are not the least efficient way of raising an army in the galaxy, as the First Order found a way. I was always somewhat surprised that the GAR didn't include larger numbers of conscripts or volunteers (in old EU, they did, but not many). You'd think that they would, given the overwhelming numbers of CIS battle droids. Likely the quality of the Clonetroopers combined with Jedi leadership - knowing exactly where and when to deploy their troops to have the greatest impact - is the only thing that kept the Republic from completely collapsing to the CIS. Of course, the real benefit of having Clones fight droids is that you can throw huge sums of money away fighting huge battles, taking enormous losses and the galaxy at large is numbed to the process, seeing no real benefit to fighting the war, and thus making them happy to see it come to an end, particularly as the costs of the war begin to severely dig into the Republic's infrastructure and support networks.
  12. I think it's worth pointing out that there's no reason for a Clone army to especially expensive and difficult to maintain in quantity. The trouble is that you need to anticipate the number of troops you need a decade in advance. Which is difficult. We also know that during the Clone Wars, the Republic was ordering more Clones by the tens of thousands, meaning that even seven to ten years into Palpatine's reign that there would be Clonetroopers coming online. By comparison, what the First Order replaced the old Stormtrooper Corps is ridiculously expensive. When you use Clones with accelerated growth, you only have to feed them for ten years. You only need to make one size of armor, all the blasters can have stocks with identical lengths of pull, &c., everything is cheaper, because it can all be exactly the same. The First Order's Stormtrooper Corps is raised by the First Order from birth. That means 16-20 years of needing to take care of children with varying nutritional needs, varying growth rates, and varying learning speeds. It also means that you need to make everything in a variety of sizes to fit the tallest Stormtroopers to the shortest Stormtroopers. But you need to anticipate your troop strength requirements virtually 20 years in advance: That's basically trying to foresee in 1996 how many troops we'd need in 2016. Which is not merely difficult but virtually impossible. The benefit of the Imperial Stormtrooper Corps, of course, is that it can be grown very rapidly. It can easily be demobilized when the need for troops no longer exists and new troopers can readily be recruited with the rather simpler requirement of determining how many troops you need in a relatively short time period, say three to six months, in the future. A droid army, of course, doesn't need to be fed. It can be mass produced when you need them and put in storage when you don't. And nobody but the bean-counters will care if you lose a million droids taking or holding some obscure world in the Outer Rim. So the ideal Star Wars army (I think) would probably look like the Sith Empire's army in The Old Republic: A mixture of droids, a mass conscription force (like the Imperial Stormtrooper Corps), and an elite corps of Clonetroopers or First Order Stormtrooper-like volunteers. All led/advised by Force sensitives, of course. Probably squads of droids commanded by individual conscripts/militia, companies of these mixed units being commanded by conscript/militia officers, specialized strike teams made up of commando droid-types lead by professional, full-time military types, with professional command and staff officers leading the whole bloody thing, assisted by command & staff trained Jedi/Sith advisors and further supplemented with special operations capable commando droids and troopers led by special operations trained Jedi/Sith.
  13. "I don't mean to alarm you, but I'm tracking the Sword of Crota by the Light of the Guardians it's killed."
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