A microcosm of Imperials vs. Rebels in the early days of the Galactic Civil War.
About this creation
*the ominous beat of the Imperial March sounds across the wastelands*
Onward come the endless hordes of Imperial stormtroopers, determined to crush all before them. Two of these white-clad soldiers graciously provided by the same chap who lent me the AT-ST: Derek.
And with the addition of the lone Aratech speeder bike (which I'm not too fond of, but employed to try and boost Imperial numbers) the march on the PLX Troopers is complete. Time may tell if they miraculously arrive.
The Imperials had more weapons of war than they could need. Not only do they have the imposing AT-AT, the clumsy AT-ST, and the occasional AT-AA, but they also had the even less occasional AT-AR (by some called the light AT-ST), proudly brought to you by yours' truly. If memory serves, this incredibly obscure walker appears in Galactic Battlegrounds, Classic Star Wars: In Deadly Pursuit, and several of the Marvel Star Wars comics. Not exactly the AT-AP (All Terrain Attack Pod) that supercedes it in popularity among the extensive Star Wars fan base. True it's overly top-heavy, has a ridiculously large main cannon, and seats few, but for some reason it just hasn't caught on. As you may have noticed, my latest walker here is bipedal, and two drivers (the driver himself is yet another contribution from Derek. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to find another suitable driver).
This is definitely going to draw criticism; my literal gun barrel. Let me say now that it fit the shape better than anything else I could think to build, despite the fact it's not black I think it will suffice.
The good ol' landspeeder windshield still has uses, I am glad to say.
These blatantly obvious TIE cockpit parts are meant to represent the gun ports, if gun ports they be, on the pods sides. Plainly, there is not connection in my model between the cockpit and embrasures.
And now for the legs--the very essence of what it means to be a walker. Very typically of me, these deformed drumsticks aren't good bragging material.
First off there's the joints, which must be flexible for posability's sake, yet strong enough to support the cumbersome pod.
Secondly we shall consider the matter of detail and appropriate proportions. As per the advice of a reviewer on my AT-XT, I have tried to beef up the legs and make them slightly more interesting but I fear the middle sections scarcely resemble the reference images. (Oops, almost forgot to mention I copied them off Wookipeida.com)
I was very proud of this interior. It had those Lego Star Wars seats I 've been trying to fit into a MOC for well over a year; it had my favorite computer; my favorite gold crome vents and the lovely emergency lights. And, of course, I couldn't resist using the targeting computer from the original AT-ST.
It also has the convenient rack to hold the blasters on so the drivers can do their jobs with free hands. But it seems I have forgotten something: *wince* an exit. I can stand having rotten fruits chucked at me but please don't throw the eggs.
Okay, you've noticed the stand...I hate that stand. Passionately. As anyone who has built anything analogous to this can tell you, balance and weight are major inhibiters to anything with two legs. In the case of my All Terrain Advance Raider the 'head' portion was front- heavy, causing it to constantly tip forward, and the problem of balancing accurate detail with weight near drove me to distraction. On the day I just threw up my hands, pulled out my white 2x2s and stuck the thing on a stick for the discerning diner. If you don't like it then spit it out but be sure to tell me why so I may improve the recipe in future creations.
And the scale comparison. Allow me to point out the fact the official set is undersized so the comparison is imperfect at best. Still, this relates the size to something familiar to those who have seen or posses this set and those who posses minifigures.
Give it up for the cast of rascally Imps and courageous Rebels (Note the Givin; a Star Wars alien similar in appearance to a human skeleton.).
Wow, great walker. I just wanted to let you know that I am working on a Nebulon Ranger today. I saw you asked the other Kyle to consider doing one, and since it was on my list of MOC's to do I figured I better get started to see if I can beat him to it :-)