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Everything posted by Daetrin

  1. Agreed! There is even a cachet to being the 501st if you miss the 500th
  2. @gmrhodes13 did you do a crop of this one at some point? I remember saying it would make an awesome poster...
  3. Also note the difference in costumes? C3 is really just your core costumes: Vader, TK, TB, TD, ID and a few others. C8, different story.
  4. Just for scale, this is the *entire Legion* at C3 Celebration 5 Buckets off Celebration 6 with Brian Muir Closeup (I was the ID) All the EI/Centurion who attended I can't find Celebration 7 anymore (maybe someone has them?) but here is C8. Look at all that white!
  5. Some great ideas. Here is one thought: NO HELMET at all. This way there is no way anyone can feel excluded. The 5th anniversary coin for instance had no helmet at all. Loving the Roman theme, btw.
  6. I missed this too. Man, that is quite the accomplishment. Well done, you!
  7. Yeah, you truly do want to be one of the first 500.
  8. Truly, I do suggest a good photographer, even freelance. It will cost some $$, but if you get some buddies to be part of the shoot you can decrease the cost. I'm really glad I had them taken when I did. The ones with the book though I didn't pay for. I was the "model" for that photo shoot and they were nice enough to give me copies of the test shots. So I have a bunch of me in different poses, but the one for the advertisement is me simply holding up that huge book, which was so heavy I could only keep it at that angle for a short while.
  9. Yup, but for reference these are not TE2 shins which were even worse then the FX. They are RT-Mod that were painted to match the TE2.
  10. Esp. in your area. I've been Seattle the whole time and have never had them installed.
  11. No worries. I was partly referring to my armor as well. The first one in 2005 was FX armor I put together myself and these were my 501st submission pictures. The second set was a TE2 suit I helped pull while visiting Guns in Hawai'i and was built by Wyatt and painted by Mike Appling. I was trying to make a joke that how our armor starts is now how it may end up, e.g. "how it started" meme. As for photos, yes these were taken by a professional for a book promotion and it was just luck that the shoot was held here in Seattle and I was the only EI trooper in my garrison at the time. That said, I found it best to get someone who you know through your garrison or other affinity group who is a professional photographer, or at least a very good one, to take the photos for you. Spouses sometimes are not the best as they don't think that a rotated shoulder is a big deal, etc. Below is one that a Masonic brother of mine took for us. He had a studio and let my garrison drop by for some photo shoots (that is me as the officer). The advantage of a professional is that they are masters of lighting, etc. No way you could get this type of shot at your house.
  12. Yup, me again. See? You can do it too
  13. Don't feel bad. How it was - 2005 Later, for a book photo shoot. This one has been used for FISD merch. Should look very familiar. So, it gets better
  14. Well I'm not an expert, but at the least using velcro is an interim solution. Heck that is what we had for years before someone thought to use snaps instead.
  15. Totally, don't worry about perfect. Get 'em good enough for 501st approval and then tweak as you have time. It is not uncommon to continually tweak your suit after approval. Whatever you do, don't give up! There are always ways to fix these.
  16. This is actually coming out really well - keep up the great work!
  17. Great question - TBH I'm not sure who is current anymore, but I have a bunch of ammo pouches I can sell for a song.
  18. I'm really happy for this too, as FISD stuff can be traded here easily and doesn't require a FB membership.
  19. You should be fine. Basically "hand painting" could be re-worded as "no decals". Trooperbay used to sell decals that looked hand-painted which are fine for EI, but not Centurion.
  20. It's really a personal preference. I use velcro all the way up, but also don't feel bound to have it close perfectly. In ANH they do not, so I don't sweat it either. Also at my height (6'0 and long legged), I could never get TE-derived shins to fit me so simply got a set from RT and later TM instead. I'm impressed by all the work you are putting in - way beyond the usual.
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