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501st Stormtrooper[TK]
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  1. We have a fair amount of birthday and wedding troops in our garrison too. Maybe folks are more well behaved in the PNW, haha.
  2. Thanks for starting this topic. Most of all, thank you, Wyatt, for all you've done for FISD and all your wonderful swag!
  3. Looks like there might be a typo with the space pack? I just see " Template:CRL-tk-anh-spacepack "
  4. Fantastic build thread! Can't wait to see the finished pack!
  5. Fantastic work again, everyone! Thanks!
  6. Stop by the Hellbent Brewing event and your celebratory Imperial Ales are on me!
  7. Well said, Joseph! Though I've had similar thoughts about making a more dimensionally accurate pack I think it's important to keep in mind that 3D models (especially old ones like these) and their associated texture maps are intended to represent an object within the constrains of the game engine at the lowest level you can get away with for performance reasons. That's why the thermal detonators are octagons instead of cylinders...lower polygon count = better performance. What I mean is I think we should focus on the intent of the game pack/character more than the actual 3D models alone, i.e. the radio box is totally flat, but the texture map gives the illusion that there are knobs, recessed areas, etc., and that's what we've all been doing so far. I feel like the CRL is in a good place now with the newly added updates and I'm sure over time there will be some more too.
  8. Wow, that's fantastic! Always loved PotA! Did Apemania do everything or did you build parts of it? Very, very cool.
  9. Congratulations, Peter! And thanks to all for the time and creativity they put into their designs. I'm sure it was an extremely hard decision to pick just one....hey all looked great to me!
  10. Just to add fuel to the fire, the last episode of Rebels showed quite a few TKs with pauldrons (and no other extra gear). Thrawn's troopers also had insignias on their pauldrons which was interesting to see.
  11. I've been helping to look into some new forum themes and templates so thanks for this good info! Not sure if all of those points can be added to our forum software but it gives me more things to search for.
  12. Yet another fantastic newsletter! You guys always deliver! It was very cool to see those statistics too. I always knew the FISD was the best detachment, but now there's proof, heh.
  13. Hmmm...seems like rebel scum have messed that part up. Looks like it's intended to be a list of all current EIB troopers. I'll pass it on up the chain.
  14. I hope antennas stay in the optional category.
  15. More things have come up to delay me, but I think I'm finally back on track. Here's a few updates from the last month or so I didn't have time to post: I re-cut the plate for my vent box to have the correct corner radii: I then decided to make a paper template I could put underneath the plate to make sure I spaced out the vents evenly: I made 1/8" spacers out of craft foam and double-back taped them to the template: This would have worked out pretty well, but after test fitting the plate/template with the vent panels I also laser cut out for consistency sake (no pic, sorry) it dawned on me that I should just laser cut the spacing slats into the vent panel cover and be done with it: Viola! This worked out beautifully: I want to give the flaps a little more elevation so I also cut out some spacers out of the 1/8" artboard material that I will later glue onto the slats of the plate: Finally I also decided to just laser cut the artboard covers for the arch box and button box to match the radii of the pop-it boxes: In retrospect I should have cut out the screw holes on these (like I did on the bottle plate) but I can always do that on future designs. Now onto trimming, gluing, and painting!
  16. This was the only thing that stood out to me. My current plan for getting approved was to fully cover the holster holes with my leather MP-40 pouch. Of course I'll adapt as needed, but it seems like the pouch will fully cover the holster holes and should stay in place with the velcro I was going to add to the back side. Additionally, there was talk at some point of making sure the pouches were of the same material for each trooper, i.e., trooper#1 has all canvas and trooper#2 has all leather, which is ok, but trooper#3 having both canvas and leather pouches mixed was less-than-optimal. I originally went the TD route and got two leather and one canvas pouch and later went back and got a third leather one. Perhaps add this requirement only for higher levels?
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