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With its huge wingspan and imposing boot-shaped loading ramp, the Trade Federation landing ship was a daunting sight. Once the immense vessels set down on a clear and secured landing field, they disgorged AATs, MTTs, troop transports and battle droids into the battlefield. These vessels saw heavy use in the military of the Separatist Alliance.
The droid armies of the Separatists relied on a well-protected supply chain made of converted corporate transport vessels. Huge ships, like the barbell-shaped transport craft or the heavily-armed Trade Federation battleships, ferried in reinforcements, power supplies, weaponry and other essential materiel to the front. As more and more worlds took up the banner of the Separatist Alliance to do battle with the Republic, the Confederacy military was bolstered by flesh-and-blood warriors, like the natives of Umbara or Mon Cala.
A terrifying display of Trade Federation efficiency, the mammoth MTT (Multi Troop Transport) is an armored giant capable of disgorging over a hundred battle droid soldiers into the thick of combat. The vehicle's bulbous armored front end opens to reveal an articulated deployment rack, upon which rest dozens of compressed battle droids. The rack extends forward and deposits the droids into neatly organized rows. Upon activation from an orbiting Droid Control Ship, the droids unfold into their humanoid configuration. During the Clone Wars, the Separatist Army used MTTs in Confederacy livery to transport their infantry troops to many battlefields.
At over three kilometers in diameter, these enormous vessels resemble flattened disks with a central sphere containing the ship's bridge and reactor assemblies. The disk is broken at the front of the craft, revealing two mammoth docking bays lined with forward docking claws. The reclusive Neimoidian commanders typically seal themselves in the ship's spacious bridge while their legions of droids handle the operation of the mighty craft. The most important vessel in a Separatist battleship flotilla is the Droid Control Ship, which transmitted signals to the battle droid armies used by the Trade Federation and Separatist forces.
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With hundreds of shots left to be completed, ILM would have to do a year's worth of work in just six months to create the original Star Wars. An excerpt from the Empire of Dreams documentary from the Star Wars Trilogy 2004 DVD set.
Viewers can watch Episode I over and over, with new discoveries made every time. In this exclusive video, the artists who crafted that detailed world reveal some of their favorite things to spot.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars //
See what you missed at this year's Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim. Lucasfilm's official fan festival, Star Wars Celebration includes appearances from the saga's actors and creators, in-depth panels, exclusive merchandise, and lots more.
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