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There’s been an awakening…

I think its time to revisit this blog again.

So much has happened in the six years I’ve ignored this blog, but where do I start?

First, I got married, so that’s cool. Star Wars has been bought by Disney and seen a resurgence thanks to the new movies. Rogue One was a flawed, but awesome movie, BTW.

This April will mark my eighth anniversary in the 501st. I’ve been able to see and do so much since then, I’ve made a lot of new friends and unfortunately lost many of them along the way as well. I’ve been active in the Rebel Legion in the past and even held several different officer positions there, but I’ve lost my taste for that club over the years. Like any social structure, these clubs have their highs and lows, their pros and cons. Unfortunately, some times the cons run wild…

In the intervening years between posts, I’ve added several costumes to my collection. Wedge Antilles ROTJ X-Wing Pilot, Wedge Antilles Snowspeeder Pilot, Rebel Fleet Trooper, and Clone Commander Colt.

I also have a few new ones in progress, currently the “trifecta” as I call it. TIE-Pilot, Off-Duty TIE Pilot, and Imperial Bridge Crew. These are the trifecta because if you’re making a TIE pilot, with the addition of a black officer’s hat, you can add two more costumes to your profile, the Off duty and the Crewman, which are almost identical costumes themselves.

I am also, very slowly, working on a new Stormtrooper kit from Anovos. The Anovos kit was too good of a deal, and it’s just time to upgrade my old FX kit to a better, more accurate set. But, to do so, I really need to lose some weight, particularly my spare tire…

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Busy, Busy, Busy…

Ugh, I never can seem to find time in the day to play catch up on everything…

So costuming news:  Got my DL-44 and I can’t stop playing with it. Seriously it sits next to my bed most of the time so I can shoot things. Its got a sweet heft to it, the LED in the emitter barrel is awesome and I can see the red light on wall across the room with the lights on! The sound is a little weak because its coming from inside the gun (which is metal) and there’s really no place for the sound to escape other than through the tiny holes where the “clip” magnetically attaches to the inside. The other main drawback is if you lean the gun to the right it won’t go off. No big deal but the gun has been glued and bondoed together so I can’t get at the electronics without too much work and possibility of breaking it that its probably not even worth the trouble although I’m willing to bet its grounding out on the metal shell somewhere.

Also got my belt. Its pretty decent and was rather cheap off ebay. Its an ESB Luke type belt, like I wanted. Its pretty decently constructed although its two big problems are the buckle is wrong (its a standard Tandy rectangle buckle like the Imperial officers use) and the saber clip sucks as its just a clip that goes onto the belt. But that’s not a huge deal for me because I’m not planning on using it anyways.  My other somewhat major qualm is the utility pockets clip onto the belt, but the clips aren’t long enough to go over the edge of the belt because the belt is a thicker than real life standard belts are. Again not a huge deal but I’m concerned about them being secure and the possibility of losing them.

Maybe velcro for added piece of mind? We’ll see.

Next up is my AP helmet. Definitely excited to get that built, its so pretty. Well it will be once I iron out that atrocious eye bump. Going to need new lenses for it as well…

Things aren’t going well on the snowspeeder jacket front. All attempts to find usable fabrics have been for naught. Its both aggravating and fun as hell though and totally worth the time and effort.

One of these days, I’ll actually get around to posting pictures again…

Until, next time.

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New Year. New beginning.

So, its 2010. But you should know that by now.

Its time for a new direction. I will continue to post here about my adventures with the 501st Legion and now Rebel Legion as I am also now a card carrying Rebel and member of the RL’s Nar Shaddaa Base. I’ve put together a Rebel pilot on the way to becoming Wedge Antilles mostly based upon his appearance in Return of the Jedi. I’m also XO of our base’s Squadron, the Outlaws.

In addition to that, you’ll start seeing me posting about a wide range of Star Wars things and topics. Collecting, EU, whatever.

So onto the updates:

Wedge Costume:

I haven’t put too much into the build process since I really didn’t build much of anything for this myself. Everything has been either bought built, or I had help through my good friends and Outlaw Squadron mates, Crix and Phyllis. Crix built my code cylinders and Phylis helped me out with modding my Costumebase flightsuit and flack vest.

I have just received my helmet kit so soon I will be doing a build of that. I have a SWEET Han ESB DL-44 that I bought on Ebay so soon I’ll be showing that off as soon as I get it and I’m working on obtaining a belt (Luke ESB).

My goal for this year is to finish my Wedge and HOPEFULLY get a snowspeeder jacket and my dream is a orange jacket based on Wedge’s appearance in X-Wing Rouge Squadron: Phantom Affair.

Stormtrooper Costume:

Well I think I’ll be getting rid of my Kev ANH2.5 helmet, I was able to get in on a discounted run of AP helmets which are White ABS so it should match my costume pretty well compared to how the painted helmet would have been when I’m done. We’ll see how that AP fits me when its done, but I think it will end up being better than the ANH2.5.

Celebration V:

Well come hell or high water, I WANT to go. I feel that its something I NEED to do. So hopefully I’ll see you in Orlando.