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  1. The reality is, which detachment is best able to support this costume? It's pretty much an FOTK, and if this were to go to another det nearly all the trim/build/armor type threads - we have a massive knowledge base here that they do not. In the end, I think the people making the costume should have ultimate say though.
  2. 100% agreed. Just because it's on a bike doesn't mean Pathfinders is the right spot. It's clearly an FOTK with only the thighs being different.
  3. There is an old saying (like over 10 years ago) about post counts. I saw it in someone's sig when I was in my first year in the Legion and got excited to see my title change on MEPD as I jumped from 24 to 25 posts. Man, did that seem a lot! Anyway, the sig was something like: You are not your TE armor You are not your hyperfirm blaster You are not your post count TE along with AP at the time was the most accurate armor you could get. Hyperfirm was light years ahead of the crappy resin blasters many of us started with. And even 100 posts seemed like a lot. It was a piece of excellent advice as some people did - and some continue to do - believe they are "better" because they have better kit, or have been in the Legion longer, or that having a huge post count somehow makes them superior. I've always kept coming back to this as a reminder that in the Legion - especially here on FISD - we are all troopers together and no one is above anyone else. I've seen some people run up their post counts with a lot of "me too" and "welcome" posts, e.g. they seemed to reply to everything, not with anything meaningful but merely to bump up their post count. I'm not saying post counts are bad. For most, a high post count means they've been active here a long time and contributed much to the community. Even 1000 posts is a lot. 1000 is a veteran for sure, right? How about 10,000? Can you count everyone with 10,000 posts on one hand? Likely, it's a decimal of the number of members through the years. Well, if no one has noticed Glen aka @gmrhodes13 has hit 15,000. That's...that's...incredible, and speaks to his passion, dedication, and contributions to this detachment. As only the second person EVER to hit his mark, I think a congratulations is in order. Cheers Glen!
  4. The 501st is not about prop replication, but is about trooping. The movies also had paint defects, gaffer's tape, and other flaws that nobody noticed when they are on a movie screen for a few seconds and other stuff is going on. None of this would anyone want to see when you are trooping 2' away from someone. That's why we use mesh, just like in many other respects our customs are superior than what was "used in the movies".
  5. Even if you get non-TM armor, you will want to get larger shins either from RT or TM. I'm 6'0" and definitely can't use "stock" shins.
  6. If you had seen the Legion TK profiles back in they day, it was not uncommon for older Legion members to have their official 501st profile photo with a pauldron. Thankfully FISD played a very big part in getting that changed.
  7. Orange is the only one approvable as it was the only one seen in the source game. How people troop though after approval is a different matter entirely.
  8. Yes, it would be SpecOps. FISD is the home of white armor troopers (and painted white armor), using standard armor. All colored troopers go to SpecOps, as well as those troopers that have customizations. In hindsight the Sky trooper for instance should be in SpecOps, and one could argue the same for Legacy Era and perhaps even the McQuarrie trooper.
  9. Agreed - they get better looking each rev!
  10. I may be open to selling mine - TBH I don't have much time to troop this year and at least it would get used.
  11. Well, at the least we can start compiling photos which is better than we had in some years.
  12. I just hope they aren't relegated to duty beneath them like in Solo. We really need them to be something feared again, like in EP7
  13. I've been struggling with what to write. You've been a hallmark of integrity and quality for so many years, I think at this point you have the longest tenure of any active armor maker, which is quite a record. History lesson for some people - when we created the CRL and EI standards back in the day (remember, at the time out of the box FX armor was the standard before then), several armor makers complained, but you never did. You just adjusted your molds so it would comply with the new CRL. My favorite memory though was when I had to head up to a troop in Vancouver with some garrison-mates and needed a new set of shins. Not only did you help GPS me to your home tp pick them up in person, but you had them pre-trimmed and ready to go. You even glued the fronts and added the sniper plate on. That was an above and beyond courtesy that set the bar as an example of how people should help each other out. I can think of no better person to pass the torch on to than Terry (PandaTrooper). His artistry and talent is first class, and his dedication to his hobby and community are beyond question. I remember when Outer Rim was what - 3 people? Your involvement in forming that squad and growing it to where it is today is something few have matched. I could write for hours praising the work and ethics of you two gentlemen, surely. It's a blessing to all that the tradition of RT lives on. Thanks again Rob for all you have done, and thanks Terry taking the armor to the next level.
  14. Actually we are hosted via the same AWS package that the Legion boards are. Yes, we have our own dedicated instances, but the server administration is all owned by the LWM team. What we control locally are things like theming, forum organization/layout, etc. In the early days we (e.g. me and V'Pier) did it all - hosting, SQL backups, upgrades, etc. however since only the LWM team has access to the Legion's AWS account basic uptime, server maintenance, and upgrades are all handled by the LWM team. It's been a huge cost savings for the det, as FISD is the largest forum in the Legion aside from the Legion site proper in terms of active membership and usage. At some point the Legion's webmaster's will ask us to pay our share. As noted, usually we're able to raise the amount in 24 hours.
  15. Hey Jean-Paul - I'm in Seattle too and part of Garrison Titan. Great to have you on board and please feel free to share progress pix as it makes it easier for GMLs to suggestion corrections earlier in the process.
  16. Congrats Sarah! I'll be reaching out shortly to start the transition process and will do all I can to ensure that it as smooth and painless as can be.
  17. Truth. All it would take it for some artist to draw you up and stick it in a SW comic or other source and there you go. This is how the Magma Trooper (red TK) got created. Someone painted their TK red to a convention, an artist saw it and then got it created (can't recall if it was a figure or comic first). Clone Emperor same thing. Thomas Spanos created the costume based off a book, an LFL artist used Thomas as the template for creating the art. Also, as I said the entire RP was created by a single trading card that had an ROTJ IC on it and the text below was "reserve pilot". That's it. Strange? Perhaps, but TRUE!
  18. Don't give up Hal. Elections are underway and there will be new LMO's in a few weeks, who may look at it differently. The Reserve Pilot was based on a single trading card, and that's a CRL.
  19. The CRLs are meant to be the canonical trooper, and not to represent flubs and one-offs. If people want to troop with this as an alternative that IMHO pretty cool, but just like Mr. No Stripes or the one or two TKs that if you freeze frame you can see have no holster, these are just things that weren't meant to be standard. ANH is riddled with such types of variations as when you looked at it in the movies in '77 nobody noticed, so nobody cared about that level of consistency.
  20. FYI guys, people need to ensure they are in the right FISD group. If your group icon says "501st member" it's why the sync isn't picking you up. You have to be a member of the "501st Stormtrooper" group. This thread is where you get your detachment access updated.
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