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Old March 25 2011, 09:40 PM   #16
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What good are those armors?
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Old March 25 2011, 09:50 PM   #17
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My guess is this: They're Star Wars' equivalent to Star Trek's Redshirt. They're indispensable to the Empire, and they don't care if any of them get killed, therefore, the armor they have probably isn't the best that the empire has. They're able to use them in numbers because they're easy to train. Occasionally, you'll see a few with higher ranks, but that's probably only because they somehow managed to survive.
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Old March 25 2011, 09:52 PM   #18
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After seeing the shot-gun like circular stun blast that felled Princess Leia in A New Hope, as a kid, I immediately jumped to the conclusion that the stormtrooper armor protected against stun blasts.
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Old March 25 2011, 10:21 PM   #19
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I believe that armor is to add signifcant wieght to the car to prevent a small tornado from lifting it up or tipping it over. As far it not stopping anything, I have seen once in the first season I think, where it survived a heck of a hail storm, the windsheild was the only thing cracked.
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Old March 26 2011, 03:46 AM   #20
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Furthermore, in the opening segment of A New Hope, when the stormtroopers board Princess Leia's starship, notice that the Rebels do not have fully automatic fire blasters. My interpretation is that the armor incurs a minimum charge to penetrate effectively, which imposes a cost on all weapons against the Empire. This cost would be significant galaxy wide, even with only partially effective armor. Those equipping the Tantive IV obviously could not afford better sidearms for the crew, than those which could deliver a charge sufficient to penetrate the armor effectively in at best semiautomatic fire mode.
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Old March 26 2011, 03:53 AM   #21
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I believe that armor is to add signifcant wieght to the car to prevent a small tornado from lifting it up or tipping it over. As far it not stopping anything, I have seen once in the first season I think, where it survived a heck of a hail storm, the windsheild was the only thing cracked.
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Old March 26 2011, 04:14 AM   #22
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Old March 26 2011, 05:38 AM   #23
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I believe that armor is to add signifcant wieght to the car to prevent a small tornado from lifting it up or tipping it over. As far it not stopping anything, I have seen once in the first season I think, where it survived a heck of a hail storm, the windsheild was the only thing cracked.
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Old March 26 2011, 05:58 AM   #24
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My guess is this: They're Star Wars' equivalent to Star Trek's Redshirt. They're indispensable to the Empire, and they don't care if any of them get killed, therefore, the armor they have probably isn't the best that the empire has. They're able to use them in numbers because they're easy to train. Occasionally, you'll see a few with higher ranks, but that's probably only because they somehow managed to survive.
Don't think it was ever mentioned on screen but some of the books pretty much state the opposite - storm troops are valuable, are well trained and post Endor are in short supply.
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Old March 26 2011, 06:13 AM   #25
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My guess is this: They're Star Wars' equivalent to Star Trek's Redshirt. They're indispensable to the Empire, and they don't care if any of them get killed, therefore, the armor they have probably isn't the best that the empire has. They're able to use them in numbers because they're easy to train. Occasionally, you'll see a few with higher ranks, but that's probably only because they somehow managed to survive.
Don't think it was ever mentioned on screen but some of the books pretty much state the opposite - storm troops are valuable, are well trained and post Endor are in short supply.

You're most likely right. I don't reach much Star Wars fiction. As an aside, does this mean that there's a possible Redshirt extinction though? Someone must save those Redshirts!
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Old March 26 2011, 06:23 AM   #26
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My guess is this: They're Star Wars' equivalent to Star Trek's Redshirt. They're indispensable to the Empire, and they don't care if any of them get killed, therefore, the armor they have probably isn't the best that the empire has. They're able to use them in numbers because they're easy to train. Occasionally, you'll see a few with higher ranks, but that's probably only because they somehow managed to survive.
Don't think it was ever mentioned on screen but some of the books pretty much state the opposite - storm troops are valuable, are well trained and post Endor are in short supply.

You're most likely right. I don't reach much Star Wars fiction. As an aside, does this mean that there's a possible Redshirt extinction though? Someone must save those Redshirts!
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Old March 26 2011, 01:24 PM   #27
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The EU thing about Stormtroopers being limited I think was based on the assumption that they were an elite force, and that the guys in the big helmets and black shirts were the 'regular' army. However, judging by the prequels, Lucas I think intended them to be the main army of the Republic/Empire.
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Old March 26 2011, 04:10 PM   #28
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The EU thing about Stormtroopers being limited I think was based on the assumption that they were an elite force, and that the guys in the big helmets and black shirts were the 'regular' army. However, judging by the prequels, Lucas I think intended them to be the main army of the Republic/Empire.
Sorry, but it is very difficult to take the storm troopers seriously after witness how inept they are in RotJ. They were poorly trained, uncoordinated, and absolutely disorganized.

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Old March 26 2011, 05:53 PM   #29
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the stormtroopers running out in the novels was because the Republic was killing them all and taking planets from the Empire, which was decreasing in size year-on-year, and losing Caridia and other Academy worlds didn't help.
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Old March 26 2011, 07:45 PM   #30
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Oops sry folks. I thought you were talking about Weather channels, storm trooper tank that videos tornadoes. My mistake.
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