Thanks for the nice words Greg! as far as how i attached the backpacks on...it kind of depends on which backpack you have. i used the pauldrons and backpacks off the army builder sandies. i dremeled out a place in the stormie bust-ups back so that the tab on the backpack could fit in there, then cut the backpack a little so it would fit flush to his body. its kind of hard to describe, but i got it to work ok with some help from the dremel.
i'm gonna leave little Han Stormie the way he is, i kicked around ideas about how to get him to match, but just couldn't get it to look right, so i just settled for that pose. i see from the Toy Fair photos that Gentle Giant is coming out with Luke & Han Stormie now finally but their poses don't match the larger busts so go figure.
i did just manage to finish up 2 more bust-ups over the past few nights. the first is a IG-88. this is a modified Hasbro figure cut in half and split his arms open to put in a piece of thin wire to achieve the proper bends to match his bigger brother. i wasn't able to get a pic of them together, my camera battery was dying so i had to snap these photos in a hurry.
I had a few extra Clone bust-ups that i got in the army builder sets (in hopes of finding a chase Gree which didn't happen) but i did decide to make them a little less boring
So I came up with a Commander Thire. I painted the lines on free hand and this was the first Shocktrooper i had attempted. the lines were a real pain to get right, but i think they turned out decent, not totally perfect, but i'm pretty pleased. i've got a couple more Clone bust-ups i'll probably paint up over the next few weeks, so look for those soon