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Posts posted by sylverbard

  1. The two figures with the visible backpacks are IDENTICAL in every way, weathering, markings, position of the armour, pose etc. The figure on the left has been photoshopped onto the image and is a duplicate of the figure on the right. Kinda odd if its a still from the film......?

    Photoshop cut its teeth making terminator 2. Adding a second trooper in post production is easy and then it's part of the film. Just mapped onto a second part of the cell frame by frame.


    Really? Have you actually seen any screen used suits? I have shown at least 5 different suits at different times before during and after filming.


    Did you take those pictures yourself? Can I see the date and time stamps from the analog film back on your negs? Or imprinted by the Polaroid camera used for continuity? I doubt it. Irrelevant.


    CRLs are recipes for idealized costumes, Not guidelines to perfect inner and outer faithful reproductions. There are, unarguably, many costume facts available here on FISD that do not appear in the CRL.


    If you write a proposal, with screen shot evidence only, for the DL, and he agrees, he can propose an alteration of the CRL, and Grandfathering of existing costumes, to the LMO, and if he , or the next one, agrees, it will be changed. Simple.


    That's the process. Use it, or not. You asked for opinions, you got some, ball now in your court if you think it's worth changing. What do the other rotj vendors think?


    Otherwise, it's 100% up to each costumer to build to the CRL specs. If they ignore them, and don't get approved, that's their fault 100%.

  3. Also, hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Hydration starts three hours before the troop. Not chug a.bottle of water then put bucket on.


    Gell soles. Comfy shoes make for long comfy troops.


    Non cotton socks or at least clean dry socks. Wet socks block feet breathing.


    Shrug. A lot. It's about the only rest your upper shoulders and back and neck will get. Three fast. Then slow up for five count, hold for five, down all the way for seven. Repeat often.


    Shoulder rolls...Not the kind on the ground...Backwards more than forwards. TK armour pulls us out of anatomical position more forwards.


    Fans. Or handlers with battery fans to blow air in to move the dead air out.


    Deodorant. Not antiperspirant. You want to sweat. Need to. Just don't make us smell it.


    Lip balm. Mic foam, sweat, helmet air will all dry your lips out.


    Balaclava. Keeps mic boom in place it it's not helmet mounted, keeps sweat out of eyes, and keeps ears from catching on the bucket rim when donning and doffing. Buy two or three of the three dollars free shipping ones from China.


    Fresh undersuit. Wash inside out. You will leave salt crystals in it and if you wear it on and off a lot without washing it can start to scratch or leave a rash.


    Wiggle your toes.


    Count teeth with your tongue.


    And , above all else, don't be a Smearo. A smearo is a hero who didn't say he was in trouble, or fatigued, thirsty, etc., Who ends up face planting, or just feeling really crappy after a troop.

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  4. There seems to be a lot of personal opinion here being touted as truth. <br><br>

    I.e. The producer wanted this the director wanted that etc. How do you know this? Have you spoken to the producers or directors personally? I'm not bashing you for having an opinion but trying to state these opinions as fact is wrong and this is when the waters begin to get muddy through non facts being stated as fact. <br>

    I have posted many pics of troopers on set with different configurations not just promo shots. Also shots of actual production costume dept. These things didn't just disappear when they walked on set. <br><br>

    Now don't get me wrong as I'm sure some of you have done your homework but please let's stick to actual facts and not what you think are facts. <br><br>

    ANH suits are as accurate as can be now because CFO posted all the archive pics in the public domain for all to see. Those are used extensively to accurize armour and helmet assembly. Strapping and rivet positions and sizes etc. Do you see all those on screen shots? No. I rest my case.

    Unfortunately your on set photos mean nothing. How do we know the guy putting tds on each belt wasn't just over there to the right? Or that a photo on set wasn't just a lighting check or camera focus check or slider check while costumes were still sorting things out?


    The pics of rivets could be pics from the shop before the memo came out saying lose the rivets.


    Unless you , we, want a multi tiered multi variation rotj suit crl it's safer to make things to the LCD and MCDF and just coach people to follow the CRL for basic approval then do whatever they want after. Paint the armour teal, or pink. Take the TD off. Lose the holster. Just accept it will not be suitable for some troops.

  5. (I hope I'm posting this to the right place)


    Hello all,


    We have a new member candidate and he apparently was not aware of our existence and bought a Rubies TK armor. He was obviously not happy with the helmet so he bought a new (eFX I guess?) helmet. Anyway, he is willing to join our ranks and also willing to work on the necessary modifications.


    For starters, he definitely needs some TK boots and a holster. Helmet piece must be fixed.


    What else should he work on? I'd appreciate if you can give me a list to pass onto him.


    Or should I tell him to dump this one completely and buy a whole new set of armor (I don't want to do this because it is discouraging and unfortunately he paid ALOT of money for the rubies).






    Sell it on eBay. Buy something else.
  6. OK. Anybody making a suit for 501st approval has free access to the CRL. Anybody making a suit different from that CRL and expecting it to get approved deserves to be unhappy.


    Screen shots of screen used armour count. Promo shots do not. Concept shots do not. Extra features that don't appear in he actual movie don't count.


    So, if you are making a suit, and you have a screen capture without holsters, a detanator , or overlaps, fine. People got dressed badly. The continuity people on set failed. The armourers rushed it and never thought for a second that it would be noticed.


    The CRL is a recipe for a iconic rotj suit. A suit that has a td because most did.


    It's not your fault as a suit puller if the people buying your suit aren't following the recipe. Their fault. My butcher isn't to blame when I screw up a steak.


    Inner over outer looks dumb, shows a seam from the sides instead of smooth lines and functionally is a point of being snagged on things.


    If the TD is actually a push button distributor for two or three small explosives, they'd all have them so a missing one or is just an error. Get approved with one and take it off for non canon troops. Or, like shore troopers have a b and c, petition the LMO or the DL here to add a second basic approval without one. Do you not supply a TD with kits? We don't have a clause for Mr no stripes for anh suits but I'm sure people have a second helmet sans tube stripes.

  7. Yup. They are nifty. Just like scouts. They get overrun, snuck around, and fall for ruses. Just like scouts.


    And why by appearance? How else should we judge them. Cars are classified by appearance. Planes. People. Detachments aren't populated by appearance. There's red stormtroopers in spec ops. Deachments are populated by jobs. Fisd are infantry. I guess, Marines, technically. Jrs are naval aviators. IOC are naval officers and crew. DZ are for the most part, tattooine inhabitants. Bf ...hoth troopers and the GM who would have been the snowy ancestor ( There is a white GM). SL are...well...One of the Two. Pathfinders are exclusively scout variants and now the Pathfinder.


    Let them shore...Get it...Shore up their numbers. fisd has plenty of members and costumes. And there will be new Stormie's every movie. Whee.

  8. That's really weird why were they assigned before the movie premiered and just based on assumptions. They are far from pathfinders.


    Having a snout does not make you a scout.

    Define pathfinders? In Canada they were descendants of British light infantry rifle regiments. Lived off the land, carried very little equipment, and we're both excellent shots and tacticians and still lost many troops behind enemy lines.


    Biker Scouts...A misnomer...Are light infantry. First in. Decimated by teddy bears and rebels.


    Shoretroopers...Run side by side with stormtroopers. They die faster. Because star wars armour is an intimidation tool for unarmed masses, not actually useful defensive armour vs blasters. They're not engineers. They may be hit and run specialists. After rogue one they got the same upgrades the empire did everywhere and new bikes. Fast attack light infantry. Scouts. Pathfinders. Recon. LRP. Same stuff different day.

  9. That's really weird why were they assigned before the movie premiered and just based on assumptions. They are far from pathfinders.


    Having a snout does not make you a scout.

    Yes, it does. And if you're black, and have a snout, you're spec ops.


    Reminder that they are ALL stormtroopers. Just different armour. Would it be easier to just call everyone in armour TK? Yes. Would new members care at all? No. Would existing members care about two letters if the detachments still existed for swag and builds and shirts and photos with other TK snout troopers and other TK black armour troopers? Some would. Others, not so much.


    Just leave my DZ alone.

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  10. I have a question about the "Bracket System Final Assembly". Is there any reason one way or the other to countersink the armor (and reinforce it from the back) to make the bracket screws sit flush? I'm just imagining hearing a lot of rubbing of the screw heads between the posterior and the kidney when I walk, even allowing the screws to "lock" if they slide sideways a bit.

    Glue and strips inside where the screws go and they might sit flush. But then that wouldn't be hyperaccurate. Which is why people use that bracket system. Right?
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