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Author has written 4 stories for Star Wars, Halo, Turok, and X-overs.
I can also be found over at NovelJoy and DeviantART, where I also go by ZakoBattledroid. As my name suggests, I'm a fan of the Zako Soldiers from SD Gundam Force and the battle droids from Star Wars. I also like the grunts from Halo, the sligs from Oddworld and the ChassisBots from Timesplitters 2. I just seem to have more fun writing and reading about rank-and-file mass production troops than overpowered heroes.
I am not accepting requests or challenges at this time. I don't even have enough free time to update the stories I'm already writing.
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Watching the Star Wars movies, the droid army always seemed interesting to me. A lot of fans don’t like the prequel movies and have utter contempt for anything in them. I thought the droid army had an interesting artistic design. They were something new and different yet still felt like Star Wars. An art book for Episode I shows that the battle droids started off as looking like robotic stormtroopers, and went through several incarnations until they arrived at their final design. Time and effort went into their design as opposed to the clones, which are just stormtrooper armor spliced with Boba Fett armor in (in my opinion) what looks to be a lazy attempt to appeal to the fans. I know I’m in the minority in this. Most people only have disdain for the entire CIS faction. The battle droids are written off as moronic mecha mooks too dumb to live. I didn’t get that vibe from them (at least in the movies). Sure they were odd and a little ineffective, but they knew how to do their jobs. They had annoying uniformly squeaky voices in Revenge of the Sith, but I think people are associating annoying voices with stupidity. If you ignore the voices, the droids aren’t actually incompetent. There was that scene with R2-D2 burning two super battle droids to death, but that just seemed like forced comedy that fell flat. People claim that the droids can’t shoot straight and use inferior weaponry. But the E-5 blaster rifles shoot just fine when the good guys steal them. And more than half the time in the movies, the battle droids are firing at Jedi, who are deflecting their shots back at them. And the other half the time the characters the droids are firing at have plot armor. Plus the droid army gets labeled as the ‘bad guys’ and are therefore designated as inferior (the Imperials also unfairly suffer from this). But the droids did okay the few chances they were shown fighting other generic cannon fodder. In earlier games like Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2002), droids and clones fought each other in huge battles all over the place, with infantry of both sides taking massive casualties. The dynamic between the clones and droids changed in the animated television series Star Wars: Clone Wars (2003-2005). The series had a greatly exaggerated animation and combat style and the Jedi and clones were portrayed as unstoppable. Then the Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008 television series) took it a step further: portraying nearly the entire Republic military as an relentless force of Mary Sues while the battle droids were painted as a group of bumbling idiots whose sole purpose was comedic relief. It never made any sense to me that anymore would manufacture robots that stupid. People may point out that the CIS leadership was cheap and produced inferior soldiers to save money. But there’s a limit to how low you can go. Eventually you’d reach a point that you’d save money having somewhat competent troops that don’t get destroyed at the drop of a hat. I can’t take seriously that anyone would manufacture combat droids to be that stupid. But I’m not being fair. Star Wars is meant to be marketed to children (especially the television shows). So I can’t really take it seriously at all. In some books like the Revenge of the Sith novelization or Labyrinth of Evil the CIS droids are portrayed as much more competent and dangerous. In the videogame Jedi Power Battles, the old B-series droids are strong enough to send Jedi flying with powerful uppercuts and are a legitimate challenge (all without any dumb droid humor). The worth of the droids really depends on what you’re looking at, but it seems that the droids being useless idiots is the accepted view of the fandom, even if it makes no sense. With OOM-9’s Revenge, I hope to present an alternate perspective to the Star Wars universe and show the CIS in a more believable light.
Another thing I’ve noticed is that it is the Rebel soldiers that are the least effective out of the four factions in the movies. At some point or another the droids, Imperials, and clones are all shown to be able to effective but the Rebel troops are never good at fighting. The fleet troopers onboard the Tantive IV get slaughtered by the stormtroopers. The soldiers on Hoth get decimated by the Imperial walkers (though to be fair there wasn’t much they could do). On the Forest Moon of Endor, the Rebel soldiers are also ineffective. It’s the Ewoks that do most of the fighting. The stormtroopers get a lot of crap for being beaten by the Ewoks, but the Ewoks do the Rebels’ fighting for them. The best some of the Rebel troops do is survive the battle.
If anyone is interested in accuracy in Wookieepedia, that site has the Shielded E-STAP droid starbomber and Advanced E-STAP droid starbomber switched around. The Shielded version is physically the largest, not the Advanced version. The Advanced version is only the second largest out of the three E-STAP bomber types. I know this because I have Galactic Battlegrounds and can just play the game to know for sure. I’d correct the mistake myself, but I don’t know how to alter Wookieepedia and don’t have the time to bother to learn how.
I've drawn a few pictures for my stories. One note about my drawing of the Baron Battle Droid, they usually have two rocket launchers, one over each shoulder. I was lazy so I only drew one. The Baron Battle Droid comes from the computer game Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds and there are versions that have one missile launcher or two (though in OOM-9's Revenge most Baron Battle Droids mentioned in the story have two).
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