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at-at what a stupid disign


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turnoverla-page
12.11.2012 , 03:20 PM | #1
watched the films again and when seeing the at-at i just thought what a stupid design. firstly it legs are to long causing the weakness that the snow speeders exploited, and that there are only to guns (granted they can do allot of damage) but with the size of the at-at they could of had lot more, then it would be piratically indestructible.
but what do you think?

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Aurbere
12.11.2012 , 03:33 PM | #2
All Terrain Armored Transport

It is a troop carrier with incredibly heavy armor and powerful guns. While it can (and is) be used for heavy assault (which the Empire prefers), it's main role is a stable transport for troops.
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internaty
12.11.2012 , 03:35 PM | #3
It was a plot weakness.

That said there are 3 advantage's to the design(Not very great advantage's but still)

1:Range: they towered over the battlefield and where basicly walking towers.
2:All terrian movement.: in universe at war the hyracy(misspelled) walkers can walk true deep rivers and over mountians i asume the at-at can do the same.
3: fear: when you see a group of walking towers heading your way you got to be very brave not to run for the hills.
The entire doctrian of the empire is based on fear.
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davracahan
12.11.2012 , 04:00 PM | #4
This issue was addressed in a short story included in the book "Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina". Davin Felth, the Stormtrooper who said "Look, Sir, Droids." had been training to be an AT-AT driver and developed a technique that would allow the AT-AT to defend itself from airborne attacks on its vulnerable legs. Instead of accepting the new tactic, the Empire reassigned him as a Stormtrooper. Nobody ever said the Imp brass were smart.
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Wolfninjajedi
12.11.2012 , 04:12 PM | #5
Its not really a dumb design really, thats really its only glaring weakness. Well that and its neck, but if you don't have snowspeeders to trip up an AT-AT or high powered weapons then your pretty much SOL when facing an AT-AT.
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turnoverla-page
12.11.2012 , 04:40 PM | #6
Quote: Originally Posted by internaty View Post
It was a plot weakness.

That said there are 3 advantage's to the design(Not very great advantage's but still)

1:Range: they towered over the battlefield and where basicly walking towers.
2:All terrian movement.: in universe at war the hyracy(misspelled) walkers can walk true deep rivers and over mountians i asume the at-at can do the same.
3: fear: when you see a group of walking towers heading your way you got to be very brave not to run for the hills.
The entire doctrian of the empire is based on fear.
maybe the could make the legs small but have them extend if needed

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internaty
12.11.2012 , 04:45 PM | #7
Quote: Originally Posted by turnoverla-page View Post
maybe the could make the legs small but have them extend if needed
Could have but they didnt.
As someone here said:
Nobody ever said the Imp brass were smart.
knowledge is power.
use it well.

Good players take any and all advantages they can get, actually. It's why they are good.

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BoneBender
12.11.2012 , 08:36 PM | #8
The core design of the AT-AT was perfectly in line with Palpatine's New Order doctrine. It was a large and fear-inducing vehicle with dramatic effects on a battlefield.
Calling it a stupid design is typical of the armchair fan-base that doesn't look past the obvious. In detail, the core canon is actually well thought out. As an armored transport, no conventional armed response was capable of stopping the At-AT from delivering its payload. This was amply demonstrated in episode 5, if you cared to be a true fan.
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sstanks
12.11.2012 , 10:03 PM | #9
the easy answer to the slow moving At AT is simple.

Replace legs with repulsers. Gives you speed and the abilty to actually go over all terran.

But yeah you have to remember that they are there for plot and apperence.

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hyperdragon
12.11.2012 , 10:37 PM | #10
Quote: Originally Posted by sstanks View Post
the easy answer to the slow moving At AT is simple.

Replace legs with repulsers. Gives you speed and the abilty to actually go over all terran.

But yeah you have to remember that they are there for plot and apperence.
Not an easy answer, they didn't use repulsar lifts because they wouldn't be able to go through shields, that's why the empire wasn't able to bomb echo base from orbit, and believe me, they have the fire power to do it. the at-at overall might be a silly design but would you be more scared of a tank or a tank that sits like half a kilometer high that can go through what ever terrain you try to go through. its purpose is also to keep the troops inside safe from harm. if you want to counter one, shoot into the neck (not likely to happen) trip it over (an effective way going by ESB) or get behind it, as i'd imagine that it would have slow turning. but the name is assault so your not going to get behind it alive most likely and even then: what would you do?