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The Original Trilogy / Re: Fun with the Military!
« on: April 1, 2005, 02:49 PM »
Well Paul, what do you mean by their canon on color?

Theoretically, there's 3 "Naval Trooper" uniforms in the film, though the one's been debated.  I've seen a picture (Here comes a blue/brown coat debate!  ;D ) of a DST standing in one of those circular control stations in the shot where Tarkin/Motti blow up Alderaan.  He's in a grey tunic like most Imperial Officers (can't see a rank badge though), with the black DST helmet.

Could he be a Naval Trooper Officer?  The equivalent of the Stormtrooper Officer who Veers told, "You may start your landing", perhaps?

It seems to me also that Naval troopers can don the helmet, or not, and if not then wear the black kepi.  This uniform is either shared, or these men all share the same branch of service within the Empire, as Stormtroopers seem to be commanded by men in black uniforms (tunics/jagdpurs or Slacks), which is also one of the canon Imperial Naval Trooper uniforms.

That's two uniforms.  The third is a seemingly black jumpsuit ala the Imperial TIE Pilot's, or Imperial Gunners suit, but with the black helmet.  These guys were on Endor, and even though military continuity fell apart, they can still be fit in easy enough...  Perhaps this is a uniform the Naval Trooper dons in a situation where he may get more "dirty" with his mundane job?  I wouldn't say they're a different level of rank, or a different type of Naval Trooper myself, but just maybe working a grittier job than a guy who has guard duty in the detention center.

I personally believe the grey uniformed one is an officer then...  A bit higher in rank, and that'd explain why he's so close to Tarkin and the gang.  I'd imagine if he didn't have his com helmet on, he too would wear a black cap as well, making for a very interesting looking color combination.  The Imperial grey uniform with a black kepi.  Sweet!

Kepi/uniform colors DO seem to have some relevance as well, as some bridge crewman in the grey coveralls are seen with black kepi's, while others wear the darker grey officer kepi like Piett's hat, or Ozzel's.  Why, I'm not sure.  Could be a couple reasons.

Then the guys in the jumpsuits are a mystery unto themselves...  The jumpsuit transcends Navy and Army as well, though only the grey one it seems.  Black jumpsuits seem strictly stuck to the Navy (DST's, Gunners, TIE Pilots), while black tunics is unknown.  Maybe they adhere only to the Navy and Stormtroopers?

The other thing then is the uniforms of officers...  There's pants over the boots, pants tucked in.  There's straight-leg pants, and jagdpurs...  There's the black pants/white coat (and I assume black kepi) of ISB...  There's the debate if the uniform is more a green than grey (I lean more towards a greyer color rather than olive, but I can see a HINT of green.  A very German Wermacht WW2-ish look).  Then if you count EU (And I'd like this to fit in myself) there's also a mustard brown uniform...  I push these guys as being STRICTLY army unit officers of some sort, but it is indeed an EU outfit).

But back to the grey jumpsuits...  There's them with black and darker grey hats.  There's guys who seem to do menial technical jobs, while others obviously do bridge crew work (bud there's also guys in some kind of black uniform that work the bridge as well...  Who/what are they?).

Then of course there is also the use of the Jumpsuit as the AT-ST Driver or in EU, what is known as an Imperial Army Regular...  AT-ST Drivers are just a separately trained troop then?  Other ideas think the AT-ST Driver and AT-AT Driver share a uniform and their differences (helmet, etc.) are the differences in a "harsh environment" suit and one that is not...  not sure how I feel about that.  I think they're separate personally, but I'm just not sure either.

Imperial uniforms are plain, yet incredibly diverse.  I dig that.

Celebration III: Indianapolis / Re: Star Wars Celebration 3
« on: April 1, 2005, 02:31 PM »
My pass came today...  No F'n Fanclub Lanyard though.  So, now I gotta straighten that out.  At least I have my pass just to get in though, that was the important part.

It was just ONE pass right?  They didn't give you 4 separate passes for all 4 days I hope, cuz I only got one with "4-day pass" on it.  Can ya tell this'll be a first, truly large convention for me?  ::)

Conventions / Re: Pgh toy show
« on: April 1, 2005, 02:29 PM »
For our limited few, the show's back next weekend at the Monroeville, PA Expo-Mart.  I'm not expecting a huge show but if I have the time free to go I'm gonna try to make it.  Sounded to me like the rest of the local guys (for the most part anyway) were gonna make the run down.

Personally my $'s gearing up for C3 so things locally are taking a back seat.  Plus I gotta get my schoolwork done before I get out to Indy...  I don't want that on my mind while I'm there.

Modern Trading / Re: MOMC Red ARC non-animated for Lava Vader?
« on: April 1, 2005, 06:57 AM »
My gf would only go to make fun of those waiting in line.

If she had a hand-puppet dog on her hand, i'd become suspicious of her intentions to date me I think.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Comedy Clubs/Comics Discussion
« on: April 1, 2005, 05:24 AM »
That's a shame...  I was to see him in Pittsburgh the night that everything flooded here last fall from the Hurricanes sweeping up this way.  I remember thinking at the time that I was more PO'd about missing the show (due to being stranded that night cuz of the floods) than anything.

Turned out he didn't make it to Pittsburgh anyway and cancelled late that evening because he fell and hurt himself out in Minnesota...  I'd heard it was something he did while on drugs or was using an excuse because of drugs...  Whatever.

Never got to see his show then...  He was to reschedule this year actually.  :(

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Spuffy Publishes!
« on: April 1, 2005, 05:21 AM »
That's definitely cool Spuffy.  Getting published was something I always wanted back when I wrote when I was younger and thought I could do something with it.  I never felt I had it in me to actually "make it" though and didn't pursue that. 

You really made a strong achievement with that, and a book you're pushing too is just great.  I hope you get that too.  I didn't know you were working on these things.  Congratulations!

Ineed, it will be a day long remembered...  This has been something I've wanted to see for ages Firebat.  Some good scale Aliens/Preds for SW.  I think the Hot Toys line fills that need nicely, but to get an at least nice LOOKING queen with pods will be sweet.  The little diorama's neat though, and the pred in the connecting base looks real cool too.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Rebelscum Spam Mail? WTF???
« on: March 31, 2005, 07:00 PM »
Well, I don't blame you for wanting to keep contact with friends CHEWIE, and I can see your wanting your account open.  Like Matt often did at Rebelscum, I think it's a good trading community...  I have my likes of it.

And I'm not hell-bent against their staff either...  I think Mark is a cool guy, Dan Curto's cool too and a co-hort of mine over at  I've even had fair and personable dealings with Philip, despite the things being said of him, but I also can observe that Philip was out of line (whether his site or not) by disrespecting such a large and obviously upset group of people.  Dismissing the feelings of an individual, at times, can be excused...  But dismissing the feelings of a large, and upset group, plus adding insult to their perceived injury, is not tactful or even commonly polite.

Of course, this is all just my opinion on something I can't change.

There's very few people I'd put on my list that I "hate".  Even fewer whom I have never met and know only as a persona online...  Those I often just dislike and think very little off, or simply have no respect for them to act a way online one knows they'd never act if you met them in person.  

Philip Wise I don't hate, despite the things said here, nor Dustin (who I know even less really), but my opinion stands that this is a poorly handled situation on Rebelscum's part...  Their site is nice, and I check Scum daily at least, but their forums seem like a secondary level of importance to them, and to basically insult such a large group of people (unnecessarilly) is just not good form.  

Scum has some conversations I enjoy but those become fewer by the month I find.  This whole mess, and a mess it certainly is, has only added to my dwindling opinion of the forum there I'm afraid.  Before it was being concerned at how there was never any punishment to the "trolls" that reside there, but now it's down to the entire way the site is run, and even what I consider an abuse of their power...  Glad you got let back in CHEWIE, but to me the damage is done as far as how I see the forum there.

Modern Trading / Re: MOMC Red ARC non-animated for Lava Vader?
« on: March 31, 2005, 06:35 PM »
I'll try as well, since I really want a Red ARC and never nabbed one.  Think my mommy's going with me to wait in line.   :-[

Lame, I know, but my girlfriend has too much dignity, and moms always help their babies.  ;D

Revenge of the Sith / Re: RotS - Deluxe Figures
« on: March 31, 2005, 05:45 PM »
I'm gonna nab some of the Collection 1 Quick Draw guy...  He'd be a good dead clone at least.

My goal really is to pick up a lot of the Commander Cody for ARC Trooper customs, AT-TE Gunner for grunts with removable helmets, the #41 Clone for the fact he looks like just a vanilla super articulated grunt, and that 3-pack for completist's sake.

How many I get of each will depend mostly on how many I can afford.   ;D

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Gas Prices
« on: March 31, 2005, 03:18 PM »
In Pittsburgh we're hovering at $2.13 as the lower-end price that isn't TOO hard to find...  For this area that is a lot, especially considering we have one of the lower cost-of-living rates in the U.S. for a fair sized city.

I was a little under 1/4 tank yesterday and down at school so I had to put some in before I came home.  $10 just barely got me over half a tank, and that blows.  When $20 doesn't put an empty tank over full on my car, then I'm bumming.

To top it off then, as mentioned earlier, the convenience stores/gas stations in the area are all ganging up AGAINST the one salvation.  Giant Eagle's Get-Go stations are under fire because their program where if you buy $50 worth of groceries on your advantage card you get $.10/gallon off...  I've got like $.30/gallon accumulated so far myself which brings the price back to bareable.

The gas/convenience stations though are saying that what Giant Eagle is doing is illegal, and they're trying to have the state stop their promotion, and in turn screw us.  I was talking to a manager at a local station who was defending the actions, and I told her I'd go to Get Go stations EXCLUSIVELY if the other stations screwed that up.  I can fill an empty tank at a Get-Go for a half-assed price at least, but I still use the gas stations in the city and such when I'm there.  If the stations screw that up though, I'm gonna just budget my gas so I only fill at Get-Go's unless absolutely necessary to do so otherwise.   >:(

Newbies / Re: ruiner is here and uh, yeah...
« on: March 31, 2005, 03:11 PM »
Ruiner:  "Hi...  My name's Ruiner, and I don't have a life..."

JD:  "Hi Ruiner..."

The Wookiee Arcade / Re: Episode III ~ The Video Game
« on: March 31, 2005, 02:49 PM »
I've been looking at it a bit more...  I'm leaning towards a simple renting of this game because it's a bit linear for my tastes I guess. 

Personally I'm somewhat disappointed at the lack of a more traditional game format, and that they're running with the action style of the LOTR Trilogy games that were out.  They're ok, but realtively easy to beat, and they don't leave any room for exploration/immersion.  I'm a little let down by E3's gaming options then, if this is indeed it.

Rep. Commando didn't wow me either though, so I'm maybe just on a down note from that. 

Wish a new FPS game would come out that really upped the bar for SW gaming, or better yet a great new Flight Sim was put out that finished the X-Wing: Alliance storyline.  That's so sorely needed, as is a TIE Fighter sequal.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: 2005 Red Metallic Darth Vader @ Target
« on: March 31, 2005, 02:45 PM »
Not to brag, but I was lucky enough to have a forum member sell me one of his that he found early for cost.

No, that's not bragging at all ruiner...  Congrats is more like it! 

Bragging would be getting 2 of them and putting 1 of them on Ebay.  But I won't get into all that stuff.  :P

Revenge of the Sith / Re: RotS - Deluxe Figures
« on: March 31, 2005, 02:43 PM »
Not a fan of the 3-pack at all myself...  To me, the mold for a SA figure is done, so put 3 in a box with some rifles and you're set.  That's army building along my tastes.

This set I'll nab one of and I'll pick basic Clones up when and where I can so long as it isn't KB/KM's outrageous markup.  Even the Collection 1 Clone's grown on me some and is better than these 3-pack versions to me.

The Vader's very nice...  He'll be a one-time purchase mostly (I could easily see reusing those tables in medical bay dioramas though...  Hmmm), but a nice figure.  The Clones aren't something I want to see variants in personally.  I'd sooner just have the one set to buy and be done with it, and let the SA bodysculpts get the variations then.

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