I know what you're saying Jeff, I guess that since this is the 1-year anniversary of these, I would like to see something that isn't so ...ordinary. I do understand of course that a repaint can be a big accomplishment too. Trust me, I don't sculpt. The only times I've done that would be in a rare case like making Quinlan Vos hair, which turned out pretty bad.
I don't have any artistic talent at all in that type of customizing area, I just put a lot of time and money into getting various parts, and seeing what fits and what doesn't. Anyone can do what I do if they want to, so I would never consider myself making anything that can't be done by everyone in the customizing community.
Anyways, my whole point about the Imperials is that I would like to see something that isn't so "vanilla" as Imperials, if you know what I mean. Something different, that isn't an Imperial officer head swap. That's why I like the Gladiators idea, it's very different and allows for a ton of creativity and imagination. People have been making Imperials over and over for years. The point in these has always been to make new items that you wouldn't usually make.
When people are saying "Now I can finish that custom I was working on" doesn't that kind of kill the point? It's supposed to be for something you weren't planning on making. We've all probably already had a project or two that we threw a custom in that we were planning on making anyway, but to turn a project into something that we've all made numerous times seems kind of pointless and not really much of a "Challenge."
Besides, the Group Project is already of Imperial Women, so I think this should be different instead of one in the same. Just my two cents and I don't mean to put anyone's opinion down that wants to do Imperials. Just after being very involved in these every month, that seems like a less exciting genre than we usually try and make. But, if that's what the majority of people want to make, then that's fine too. I guess if Imperials wins, I'd like to see it as some sort of branch of Imperials, like Imperial Governors, Imperial Assassins, etc.