View Full Version : What does a snowspeeder gunner do?

03-06-2002, 02:19 PM
The gunner shoots the cable at the back. I havent made my mind up if i think it shoots the blasters as well though. images/icons/confused.gif

03-06-2002, 03:07 PM
I wonder if he does any of the routine stuff an R2 unit would do in the back of an X or Y-Wing, with the exception of astro-navigation.

03-06-2002, 04:14 PM
Technology in star wars is REAL static. While some can argue one way, others can make a definate beef that the gunner fires a blaster as well. The simple look of the gun may mean it's a light blaster cannon, maybe specifically for anti-personnel purposes, but the fact it looks MORE complex than a simple Harpoon leads one to believe it is MORE than just a harpoon...

The tow cable is NOT a weapon either... It's a Tow cable, just as they call it. This would be to haul containers, maybe that have a repulsor in them. They are implemented against AT-AT's. It's probably a rather old strategy developed by pilots of the Alliance... Works faster, but is more dangerous, than attacking with blasters...

Snowspeeders are also not SNOWspeeders but rather Incom T-47 Combat Airspeeders that can be adapted for most weather conditions. Their title of "Combat" leads one to believe the rear gunner has more of a job than firing a simple tow cable. He may also have other duties, but since the static technological world that is SW is set up the way it is, a Snowspeeder is probably a much less complex ship (Judging by size and its abilities) than a Starfighter and he really is just there to do gunnery work. We also don't hear anyone speak to their gunner until they're going to be firing something...

The other versions of T-47's I've seen have a quad laser mounted where the light blaster is on the Snowspeeder... The cockpit is open, with a windscreen as opposed to a full cockpit lid... Also a Desert version with what looks like heavier blasters on the sides, but I forget if I only saw the toy version of that, or if it came from a WEG book.

To me, I've decided the lil gun is a blaster as well as harpoon... Since the Snowspeeder's heavy blasters wouldn't bring an AT-AT down in the quick ammount of time they needed, I figure the use of the light one was all but pointless... And we don't really see the Speeders straifing the Snowtroopers assaulting the trenches, so its use as a blaster wouldn't be seen...

I really like the Snowspeeder, it's a well represented ship in the Rogue Squadron games, and a lotta fun to fly. It shows why IT is better than taking an X-Wing against a big force like that, but why an X-Wing or other fighter is good for some situations in ground combat. That's stuff most of the EU doesn't cover.

[ 03-06-2002: Message edited by: JesseJames ]

03-06-2002, 10:09 PM
I think that the gunner does more than what is shown in the movie. My take on the whole snowspeeder is that of a dive bomber or torpedo bomber in WW2 with their rear gunner. Most of the guns were small caliber weapons used against other planes but not that effective since they had a small cailber bullet. The harpoon gun may be a low quality blaster only used as a last ditch effort or something to use while in big formations with greater numbers. Just my two cents.

03-06-2002, 11:56 PM
I think he reads books to the pilot to keep him from falling asleep.

03-07-2002, 01:47 AM
I haven't seen this discussed, but what was a snowspeeder gunner supposed to do? It seemed like the rear gun was only the harpoon and tow cable, and they only had ONE harpoon and tow cable per snowspeeder.

The rear gunner should have had 2 controls - a trigger, and a cable release. :-)

Is there anything I'm missing?

Seems like a boring job to me.


03-07-2002, 03:27 AM
In this particular movie, ESB, they die!! images/icons/grin.gif

03-07-2002, 05:42 AM
The only flaw with compairing the snowspeeder to a divebomber of WW2 is that their rearfacing gun was for a specific task of defense. Plane's like the Stuka were generally slower than the average fighter, and required a defense of some sort...

I liken this analogy better substituting the Y-Wing for the Snowspeeder... The early model Y-Wings (Supposedly) had a rear facing gunner that fired the mounted Ion and/or Laser cannon at attacking vessels... This was because the Y-Wing was built as a primary bomber, and thus was a slower/less maneuverable vessel to offset its tougher shields, hull, and armament.

The Snowspeeder on the other hand, is a fast, agile atmospheric fighter that can easily maneuver tight spots at high speeds, almost stop on a dime, and make a sharp turn... This would mean the rear mounted cannon really isn't for the ship's personal defense, since it's easily as agile in atmosphere as an A-Wing is in the vacuum of space (This is another reason why this ship is used in atmospheric combat, as NO starfighter will be capable of pulling off the acrobatics the speeder does!).

To me, the gun probably can inflict more damage than one might expect, OR it is part of the ship's primary role as an atmospheric combatant. I really feel it's used as a light extra damaging weapon used on the retreat from an attack run, and it has a primary role as antipersonnel weapon.

The Design Scenario: The speeder flies overhead, using its heavy cannons to take out armor and other targets that heavy weapons are for... After the pass, the gunner takes a few pot shots with his weaker weapon, OR if ground personnel are in his fire arc, he lays a strafing fire down on them to do the most damage the gun can. The ship itself is nimble enough to outmaneuver air to air assailants, and probably outperform them enough to make them think twice about attacking...

The harpoon then is a secondary labor tool that the Alliance uses as a FAST/Risky weapon against Imperial AT-AT's when they are short on time (In evacuations, etc...)

03-07-2002, 06:34 AM
Stop thinking and just enjoy the movie..........like I always say "This aint STAR TREK".

03-07-2002, 04:01 PM
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03-07-2002, 10:22 PM
I always firgured he had a similar role to a backseater in an F-15E or F-16C. Their official title is Weapon Specialist Officer or WSO (pronounced "whizzo"). Their job is navigator and running the weapopns of the jet.

03-08-2002, 08:05 PM
I can't remember where I read this but one theory suggested that the Gunner acually fired all the weapons, including the main blasters. Primarily because as a repulsorlift ir craft, the Pilot had all he could handle in flying the ship. I guess you need two hands and two feet like in a helicopter. This would fit with the fact that Luke doesn't fire his weopons anymore after Dack gets killed.