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Everything posted by Daetrin

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Esp. in your area. I've been Seattle the whole time and have never had them installed.
  4. 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.
  5. Yup, me again. See? You can do it too
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. This is actually coming out really well - keep up the great work!
  10. 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.
  11. I'm really happy for this too, as FISD stuff can be traded here easily and doesn't require a FB membership.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. Welcome! Do create a build thread, we'd love to follow along and provide advice and enouragement.
  15. Welcome back and do share some pix. We always like looking at builds and new suits.
  16. Man, you are putting in a lot of detail and it looks great. Can't wait to see how the rest turns out, as spring is almost here.
  17. Nice! Couldn't have happened to a nicer guy. It speaks a lot to how outstanding you are doing that the election was this close ;-)
  18. Man, you guys are all hard core. I think I just used blue painters tape. These are much nicer ideas.
  19. Wow, you look amazing!!! 太棒了
  20. Well, the patch was made in 1989 - over 30 years ago, so I think any terms of use have long expired. Use it as you please
  21. It's how I paid for college. I didn't have the eye sight to be a military pilot so had to go a different route in life.
  22. That's totally cool. How are you guys planning on celebrating this year - are you still going to travel home? I hope everyone remains safe over there. I like what you did for figures, it's pretty creative and I'd do the same thing though I don't think my wife would appreciate me putting them on the dining room table.
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