Ok, to make this thread more complete, I'll post some more pictures. If you are like me, you LOVE threads/posts with pictures (maybe add "picture intensive" to the title?)
Ok, as you can see in the previous pictures I've posted, my thighs still have a bit of the "barrel" look, but that's the best I could do. After all, they looked like this before. And as you can see, they were very oval-shaped horizontally, giving the insane barrel look. If I added more shimming so they would go up further, the thighs would be even wider than they are in pic 3. If I adjusted the back and moved it closer inwards, so I got a good shape, then they would have like 6 inches or something left to get all the way up. My only option was to heat them and reshape them (which I tried several times long ago), making them oval-shape VERTICALLY.
So, after I successfully reshaped them, they became like this:
Now the barrel look is greatly reduced, and I can get them almost to the top.
My first attempts to reshape them was with boiling water. Just a few seconds was enough for them to "warp" (think that's the word you guys use)
Here's a couple more pictures I took when I took my latest shots for the preference pictures for 501st and for use here on the Expert Infantry (elite) page. I didn't include these two among them as I don't like these ones that much, cuz they were taken with flash on, so lots of the nice shadows were gone, and you can more easily see the color difference of the helmet compared to the armor. But I like the front pose as from that angle, my left thigh's barrel look isn't so obvious (maybe these weren't so bad after all and should have been included?)
Here is another picture that was taken the same time I took my first pictures in the top post. Didn't include this one because it's a lame pose. The guy who takes the pictures told me to do a cool pose... meh.... I didn't know what I looked like so couldn't do a cool one. Should have gotten a huge mirror to pose infront to find a good one .. oh well.
And finally some pictures of my gear. These were taking before I did the final required changes to the blaster:
The elastics in this pic isn't used... I just had them in the pile anyway.