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Old March 26 2011, 07:50 PM   #31
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Re: What functions do the Storm Trooper armor serve?

Oooohhhh: Storm Trackers????

Or Storm Chasers????
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Old March 26 2011, 08:18 PM   #32
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Re: What functions do the Storm Trooper armor serve?

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SW.Republic Commando was a great game, but EU is EU.

Yeah, not to mention that it takes place in the Clone War era, which means things could have changed since then. It could very well be that the practice of cloning out of perfect soldiers fell out of use, perhaps because it was too expensive so that by the time ANH rolls around, the Empire is using soldiers that aren't as well trained as they should be, but as compensation maybe have larger numbers of them. Which begs the question, what exactly did happen to the clone troopers after the war was over? Is there any point of transition where the Empire starts looking more like the Empire in ANH compared to that of the Clone Wars? Everything looks so different between the two, with a few exceptions.
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Old March 26 2011, 08:23 PM   #33
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But now that I know what your talking about.
Yeah it seem that where ever you hit them with blasters the get hit and fall down. I don't think the armor serves much use other than for looking apeal.
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Old March 26 2011, 08:27 PM   #34
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the novels Order 66 and Imperial Commando: 501st partly deal with a transistion away from Kamino-produced clones and increased numbers of mongrel (IE baseline human) officers in the forces. it's also made clear that combat aside, clones have a limited life-expectancy due to the Kaminoans accelerated aging (something like 20 years in 5 calender years) of them to physical maturity.

so, by the time of ANH, nearly all the clones from the Clone Wars are dead either through combat or through aging. thus, the Imperial Army and Navy are instead reliant on either conscripts or volunteers from the human populace. and since they didn't spend the first five years of their lives being drilled in tactics, combat and live-fire exercises, they aren't as good.
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Old March 26 2011, 08:49 PM   #35
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Regarding Imperial Stormtrooper marksmanship: is everyone forgetting Tarkin let the gang escape so he could follow them back to the rebel base? Leia even mentioned that it was "too easy." The Stormtroopers were ordered to shoot everything but the fleeing rebels.
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Old March 26 2011, 09:07 PM   #36
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Comic relief.
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Old March 26 2011, 09:12 PM   #37
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How? I am not much a star wars fan, so I might not get the joke.
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Old March 26 2011, 09:39 PM   #38
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the novels Order 66 and Imperial Commando: 501st partly deal with a transistion away from Kamino-produced clones and increased numbers of mongrel (IE baseline human) officers in the forces. it's also made clear that combat aside, clones have a limited life-expectancy due to the Kaminoans accelerated aging (something like 20 years in 5 calender years) of them to physical maturity.

so, by the time of ANH, nearly all the clones from the Clone Wars are dead either through combat or through aging. thus, the Imperial Army and Navy are instead reliant on either conscripts or volunteers from the human populace. and since they didn't spend the first five years of their lives being drilled in tactics, combat and live-fire exercises, they aren't as good.

Ahh, I see. If that's the case, I think it would be pretty interesting to see a story where a clone tries to reverse his aging process.
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Old March 26 2011, 10:50 PM   #39
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that was the main background plot to the Republic Commando series and IC: 501st. the commandos' training sergeant, Kal Skirata (a Mando bounty hunter brought in by Jango to aid in training the clones) tries to find out how to extend clone lifetmes.

unfortunately, the author fell out with the publishers and Lucas Licensing over development of the Mandos in the Clone Wars toon and quit. i believe there were other issues involved as well.
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Old March 27 2011, 12:52 AM   #40
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After seeing Attack of the Clones, I made the assumption that the armor offered protection against sonic blasts as well.
In Labyrinth of Evil it didn't seem to help very much.
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Old March 27 2011, 01:42 AM   #41
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How? I am not much a star wars fan, so I might not get the joke.
Well in this case, I was thinking that viewers might find it funny that heavily armored stormtroopers repeatedly get their heads handed to them in gun battles despite the fact that they usually outnumber and outgun Han, Luke, and the other guys.

Even though I was only seven when The New Hope originally was released, and took it completely seriously THEN, Whenever I see the movies now, more and more often, I see the funny side.

Looking at it that way, the armor serves no purpose at all.
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Old March 27 2011, 01:52 AM   #42
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Cleaning them keeps the troopers busy.
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Old March 27 2011, 06:28 AM   #43
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As crappy as the armor is, I'm sure it's better than fighting naked.
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Old March 27 2011, 08:20 PM   #44
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^ true. But you might be a little faster, and if you look funny naked, it might cause the enemy to laugh to death while you escape.
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Old March 27 2011, 09:30 PM   #45
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that was the main background plot to the Republic Commando series and IC: 501st. the commandos' training sergeant, Kal Skirata (a Mando bounty hunter brought in by Jango to aid in training the clones) tries to find out how to extend clone lifetmes.

unfortunately, the author fell out with the publishers and Lucas Licensing over development of the Mandos in the Clone Wars toon and quit. i believe there were other issues involved as well.

I believe it was Karen Traviss throwing a pissy fit because the Clone Wars toon contradicted her fangirl image of Fett & the clones
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