gronank wrote:But the shield generator was a prepared imperial position, they could at least put a simple fence around it. And what bussiness did they have roaming off into into the jungle in the first place? they could easily just walk into the base and nullify any ambush atempts.
But without sparsely-guarded back doors, how would any film heroes ever be able to enter secret bases? Ok, there was a whole legion there, but that's beside the point. It was sparsely-guarded before that, and the legion of troops were only sent there on the orders of the Emperor. Now, their orders were to stop the Rebel attack and kill all Rebel troops. They also didn't want to stand around doing nothing, whilst the Rebels were off enjoying themselves in the jungle, drinking Ewok Mojitos, or whatever the Ewoks drink. I think that justifies going into the jungle to chase them off. This is part of repelling an attack and eliminating all attackers.
gronank wrote:It still seems like an easy fix to a easily identifyable design flaw to just not include that sort of shaft in the first place.
The Death Star used huge quantities of fuel. It needed an exhaust port to vent this. The second Death Star was bigger than the first (~900km wide), so this would have needed a larger exhaust port to compensate. This is where the design differences really begin. The second Death Star vented its exhaust from thousands of millimetre-wide holes over the entire super structure, thus effectively making the skin impregnable once completed. The hole entered by Lando, Wedge and the others was there due to the incomplete nature of the construction. Once completed, there would be no hole, thus effectively ending that particular flaw. The information on its whereabouts was allowed to be leaked by the Emperor himself, to lure the Rebels there. The plan would have been successful, but for the Ewoks, who saved the day.
gronank wrote:It is still no excuse for Achilles to not keep a pair of sturdy boots.
See above. Achilles' pair of sturdy boots during construction was the shield generator on the Sanctuary Moon of Endor. Achilles' pair of sturdy boots after construction would be not only that mentioned above (about the thousands of impregnable exhaust ports), but a massively increased number of gun turrets over the super structure on top of a far faster recharge time (3 minutes as opposed to 24 hours) and the ability to fire the main laser at lower powers with greater accuracy, thereby allowing protection against capital ships and small fighters.
gronank wrote:The Millennium Falcon, as far as I know, is a light freighter converted into a contraband-runner and is in no way a millitary vessel. The Star Destroyers on the other hand are capital war vessels with a substansial fighter assets. Although they seem suspiciously undergunned when it comes to anti-capital weaponry. Anyway, it is no way necessary to destroy the entire planet when irradicating all prospects of life would suffice plenty.
This is true, yes. I was only paraphrasing Han Solo when encountering debris in the Alderaan system (my previous post is peppered with Star Wars paraphrasing). They aren't under-gunned either. It is capital ship shielding that protects the ships. Without a shield, it is relatively easy to destroy any capital ship, as the hull plating isn't impregnable. The weaponry on capital ships is still very powerful; powerful enough to destroy another unshielded one with one shot. The simple fact remains, though, that you'd still need a vast number of Star Destroyers to do the job, and even then it would take time to completely eradicate all life on the surface. It's also still extremely impressive to have a weapon like the Death Star that can remove a whole planet from existence in a matter of seconds.
gronank wrote:The fear would be much greater if I knew there was thousands of smaller vessels, whose whereabouts are mostly unknown capable of delivering admitedly less impressive but equally lethal destruction to my homeworld at any moment. In conclution: fear of death from invisible at any possible moment > fear of death from great black blob only when said great black blob is present.
But the Star Destroyers aren't invisible. If they came out of light speed far enough away from the planet, they wouldn't necessarily show up on planetary scanners, unless there was a system-wide scanner network in place, but they would still need to get very close to deliver destruction, thereby making themselves visible, although not to the naked eye. I understand what you mean though, and concur to a point, but as your logic above suggests, the "fear of death from great black blob only when said great black blob is present" should also hold true with the Star Destroyers. They may not be visible to the naked eye from the planet's surface, but they still have to be present. They cannot destroy by proxy. A fully-charged Death Star can also turn up at any possible moment. All it has to do is align itself with the planet, and BOOM! The Star Destroyers would also need to align themselves, and it's far easier to orchestrate the alignment of one object, no matter how large, than it is to orchestrate the alignment of hundreds.
gronank wrote:The main consern of all those walkers is the incredibly high center of mass and the not-so-discrete silhouette. I think the design would be considerably improved by a more "spidery" aproach with lower center of mass, also it is often a good idea to put the main armament on a swivel to improve flexibility.
The high centre of mass is
a problem, as is the not-so-discrete silhouette, but the AT-ST was designed on a bipedal model. We, as bipeds, have a high centre of mass, but we are also very adept at moving over different types of terrain. The Empire did have spidery designs of walker, but these were used in different environments, such as for climbing rock walls, etc, and were not deemed necessary for that environment. They are also mainly used to chase routing enemies and attack smaller fortifications, so were quite suited to the job at hand. The gun does swivel, but only really up and down. The reason it doesn't swivel side to side is because it uses the armour of the 'head' of the AT-ST as protection. If it were completely exposed, it wouldn't be protected as well, and would be an instant target from enemies both at the sides and behind.
gronank wrote:You wouldn't build a dyson sphere as a spacefaring ship, stars are a bit too heavy for that, you build them as energy harnessing structures and they would probably work poorly as a weapons platform. You doesn't need a completly covering dyson sphere, I guess you would call it a dyson ring, and it would require considerably less material
If you want a Dyson ring, read Ringworld
by Larry Niven. Great concept, and exactly what you say. Anyway, back on topic, so to speak. This energy that is harnessed would need to go into maintaining the ring or sphere. Any extra energy left over, and I imagine there would be a lot, would still need to be stored somewhere and transported. This wouldn't be cost-effective, imo. A Dyson ring would still need the resources of an entire planet, and I don't just mean what could be mined conventionally. You would need to use pretty much an entire planet to do so. Then if you need to synthesise very rare elements, or ones that don't exist for long naturally, that would take a lot of time to do as well. Dyson spheres/rings just aren't in the remit of a lord of the Dark Side. They may show power, and a civilisation that can build one must be immensely powerful, but they just don't show it in the way a Dark Lord of the Sith would want it to.EDIT: This made me feel really geeky, but it's great fun. Thanks for the great conversation, Gronank. I hope you're enjoying it as much as I am