Are Ground Commanders in SW underrated/underviewed?
It occurs to me that, there's little recognition in regarding Ground Commanders in Star Wars. Most attention people seem to have, are Fleet Commanders...which is understandable, as there are many a space battles and for the most part that is what the movies show moreso than regular ground battles.
I feel though, are Ground Commanders underrated in their ability to take command of the battlefield?
This is disregarding the obvious characters that I know people will spell out, Grevious, Obi-Wan, etc.
I'm talking about guys like Maximum Veers, Carlist Rieekan, Janek Sunber, etc all of them have shown great ability in commanding troops, coming up with plans and coming out with victories...yet I feel as if this is overlooked.
I'm not saying these guys don't have information about their exploits and everything, what I'm saying or asking to everyone is.
Do you think Ground Commanders in general are underrated and or overlooked because space battles seem to take precedence?
Re: Re: Are Ground Commanders in SW underrated/underviewed?
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I wouldn't say always, but even still, it can be fun to tell and it's not like the writers have to follow like WW1 engagements anyway. Eh...hopefully in the new stuff, we'll get more interesting battles.
Tbh I kinda always preferred the ground over space, because there's so much ground weaponry, different kinds of troops, etc and so on that things could get really interesting. With space, everything has already been shown pretty much.
I really don't care for space battles, and love ground battles. Which makes it pretty shitty when literally all we see, no matter what the era, medium or canon, is troops lining up and shooting until the other side is too dead to shoot. You see tactics in some TCW episodes and other sources where the focus is on a small group, but you're out of luck if you want to see an army fighting competently.
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My theory for why ground battles tend to get overshadowed in the Star Wars mythos is that weaving an effective narrative for such an event requires a better understanding of military tactics (or at least jargon) then describing dog fights does. It's relatively easy to write out a scene where a capital ship broadsides another ship and all you have to do is describe the damage as the ship gets systematically destroyed, or to illustrate dueling fighters as ship A tailing ship B and doing barrel rolls and shit. On the other hand, writing about large scale ground combat requires at least a modicum of understanding about things like reconnaissance, feints, flanks, chains of command, how armor and infantry interact with each other etc.
In general though, the "war" aspect of Star Wars has always played second fiddle to the soap opera drama. Compared to universes like Warhammer 40K, the characters themselves tend to receive most of the attention while the battles themselves are just a backdrop.
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Last edited by Tzeentch on Mar 30th, 2015 at 06:35 AM
I would add that in addition to being plot devices, Lucas primarily was interested in battles as spectacles. In space that meant giant warships, big explosions and as many fighters zipping around as technology would allow. On the ground it meant huge armies massed and colliding with one another.
Tactics in general aren't important except as plot devices. (How can we explain Obi Wan beating Anakin? Tactics! What's an example of a tactic? High ground! And wouldn't it be cool if in mirror fashion Sidious beats back Yoda because of the same tactical advantage? Cool! Never mind that anyone watching can see how those tactics could have easily been countered.)
Some of the EU authors might care more about tactics and battle plans for their own sake, but the movies have set the overall tone.
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Planetary assault tacticsEdit
Death Squadron in the approach to Hoth.
Space navies were inherently hugely important in making planetary assaults, since they were the only forces that could clear the surrounding space and transport large surface armies. Inevitably, planets also deployed significant defenses, including planetary shields to resist bombardment, and planetary turbolasers, ion cannons, mines, and space defense platforms to fight back against invading fleets.
Take this in your face tzeentch. I was right. Retconin your face.