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Old January 6 2010, 07:50 AM   #1
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AT-ATs and rivers

Do you think an AT-AT would have trouble crossing a large river? Would it slip or sink into the mud too far?
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Old January 6 2010, 08:05 AM   #2
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Depends if it brought its floaties.
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Old January 6 2010, 08:13 AM   #3
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Presumably the Empire has engineers who can rapidly deploy bridges for such situations just as our own modern armies do.
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Old January 6 2010, 08:17 AM   #4
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Presumably the Empire has engineers who can rapidly deploy bridges for such situations just as our own modern armies do.

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Old January 6 2010, 08:32 AM   #5
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That's why the Force invented repulsorlift technology.
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Old January 6 2010, 12:58 PM   #6
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Well, I don't think AT-ATs are meant to be deployed on forested or jungle areas. Maybe open plains or flatter regions like Hoth. The Empire is too advanced to put all their military emphasis on the AT-AT for planetary assaults.
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Old January 6 2010, 01:05 PM   #7
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Well, I don't think AT-ATs are meant to be deployed on forested or jungle areas. Maybe open plains or flatter regions like Hoth. The Empire is too advanced to put all their military emphasis on the AT-AT for planetary assaults.
There's an AT-AT moving around on Endor in RotJ in the background when Luke surrenders to Vader.
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Old January 6 2010, 01:06 PM   #8
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Given repulsor technology, the AT-ATs never made any sense to me in military terms other than the sheer terror they might inspire in ground troops. If something like Luke's battered old landspeeder can float, then a traditionally-proportioned floating tank makes a lot more sense IMHO.

Try wrapping a little cord around that, bitch!
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Old January 6 2010, 02:09 PM   #9
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Well by movie logic, an AT-AT would fall to it's knees and explode if it stepped on a rock in said river.
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Old January 6 2010, 06:49 PM   #10
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Given repulsor technology, the AT-ATs never made any sense to me in military terms other than the sheer terror they might inspire in ground troops. If something like Luke's battered old landspeeder can float, then a traditionally-proportioned floating tank makes a lot more sense IMHO.

Try wrapping a little cord around that, bitch!
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Instead of an AT-AT, try one of these beasts, called a Bolo:
http://img40.imageshack.us/img40/186/12174767.jpg

And instead of stormtroopers in plastic armor, how about
Mobile Infantry:
http://www.lanceradvanced.com/Illust...ages/Armor.jpg

You wouldn't NEED a Death Star with better ground weapon systems...
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Old January 6 2010, 08:37 PM   #11
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Do you think an AT-AT would have trouble crossing a large river? Would it slip or sink into the mud too far?
They would probably just pull a prequel R2. Sprout rockets and fly over the water, land and saunter off.
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Old January 7 2010, 01:07 AM   #12
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I was going to mention Bolos...
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Old January 7 2010, 01:45 AM   #13
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It's the Empire. Impractical, unwieldly and cumbersome technology easily felled by vastly inferior forces is part of their design strategy at every single level.

We're talking about the guys who build an exposed bridge on all their starships, had a vent for which a single shot could destroy their entire space station.
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Old January 8 2010, 03:43 AM   #14
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It's the Empire. Impractical, unwieldly and cumbersome technology easily felled by vastly inferior forces is part of their design strategy at every single level.

We're talking about the guys who build an exposed bridge on all their starships, had a vent for which a single shot could destroy their entire space station.
Secret plans were required to know about the ray shielded vent. The Stormtroopers are like redshirts-they are required to fail by the script. I think the Imperial Stormtroopers should be at least as competent as the Clone Troopers are allowed to be. I consider the entire Endor battle to be a real weak point of the first trilogy.

If no Imperial engineers were available do you think an AT-AT has a chance at walking through a river like the Mississippi? They have a walking pattern modeled after an elephant. How deep does river mud get? If the AT-AT was constructed of materials as heavy as steel would it just completely sink into oblivion?
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Old January 8 2010, 08:10 AM   #15
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Secret plans were required to know about the ray shielded vent. The Stormtroopers are like redshirts-they are required to fail by the script. I think the Imperial Stormtroopers should be at least as competent as the Clone Troopers are allowed to be. I consider the entire Endor battle to be a real weak point of the first trilogy.
Everyone bangs on about Endor and forgets about Hoth. They made mincemeat out of the Rebels there.
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