Alliance are a serie of different mods. On the Star Wars GC, you can play the civil war Empire vs Rebel era + Black Sun and soon the Republic and CIS.

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Plejadenwolf
Plejadenwolf

Damn... These are some massive and well armored giant behemoths. Looking great!

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Boda
Boda

Canon SPHAs can't do that. They can only move their turrets up or down.

Source Starwars.wikia.com :
"Designers rejected a complex turret mechanism, instead relying on the entire walker to reposition in order to adjust for different firing coordinates. Because of the fixed weapon positioning, as well as the slow firing speed of the turbolaser, the SPHA was unable to track rapidly moving targets, such as speeders or small atmospheric craft. Like other walkers, the use of articulated legs prevented the SPHA from being vulnerable to anti-repulsorlift weapons, at the cost of some mobility."

It's not that I'm complaining (I always wondered what's so complex about turret moving left-right), it's just that this is not canon.
That doesn't mean it's bad (because everything that's canon isn't always good - look at Jar Jar, he's canon), on the contrary, this is very cool (well, not for the CIS :P).

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evgenidb
evgenidb

Maybe it couldn't rotate the main turret because of issues with balance? After all the gun doesn't look small at all and having it mostly on one side might flip the whole vehicle.

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Boda
Boda

Maybe, but is it hard then to put anti-weight on the other side of the turret (like a derrick)?
The only reason I could think of is because SPHAs are tall and their turrets are long, so when an SPHA moves it's turret, the surprised LAAT that is passing by can accidentaly hit the turret.

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Chimera1138
Chimera1138

I'm pretty sure that any gunship pilot would be smart enough to fly either far above or to the sides of a giant (moving) artillery cannon. Kinda just general logic. Oh and evgenidb is correct, I believe. Walkers, with all their awesome abilities, have balance issues. Realistically, it would be easy to fix such a problem, by making the walker wider and bulkier. As this is Star Wars, the designers obviously wanted aesthetics over realism.

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Boda
Boda

You are probably right about that gunship issue but I still don't believe that the balance of the turret would be the problem (like I've said, you just put weight on the other side of the turret, like a crane).

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Nomada_Firefox Author
Nomada_Firefox

If the SPHA-T could not rotate the turret, it would be useless at EAW and I do not see because it can not rotate. There are descriptions from SW guides which they are pure theory.

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Boda
Boda

It wouldn't be utterly useless, but like I've said this is very cool (it's like SPHA-T on steroids :)). God job!

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deathtropper
deathtropper

You know I don't think I've ever seen one use outside of killing Cores ships (in the movies, books, games) weird, I mean they have to have another purpose then shooting down Core ships. example melting a hole in a huge main gate so troops can move through, destroying factories from a distance

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Chimera1138
Chimera1138

It's an artillery unit, used for every purpose that artillery is for (bombardment mainly, pretty sure I've read they can shoot small bursts as well, not just a beam). That's what they actually do. In the game, I'm assuming they're just a mid-range beam weapon. These are not really shown/mentioned many places other than EPII, especially since they got replaced in the Clone Wars series.

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Somebody asked about the SPHA-T. The model in the mod is very complete, it walks with a correct sound animation, it fires and it has a death animation.

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