I am thinking that my personal contribution to this will be -
- 5-10 custom citizens (which I don't need back)
- unknown number of Imperial Troops (might be a good number if we use Commtech/VOTC style Stormtroopers, might want these back)
- one custom landspeeder by Owen (which I'd definitely like back)
I agree with Ryan that this should be OT era now, I think prior to ANH when the Empire ruled with an iron fist. It is going to be the 30th Anniversary, like said.
I am thinking we are going to need someone to create some foamcore buildings. They need to be three-dimensional ones, and should be really cheap to ship.
For the ground on this massive diorama, a mixture of white playsand and regular playsand might be the way to go. It could be a sandy world (not necessarily a desert) but that would be by far the most practical main terrain to use. In the city area it could be the cleaner sand and as it gets into the wilderness, a combination of darker sand with fake shrubber that you buy at hobby stores, and some of those large aquarium trees you can buy at pet stores.
I had mentioned the idea of commissioning an item for someone to make too. I've thought about it some more, and while I love the idea, I can see why others would not. If one person gets paid, then others might expect to get paid too, or might get their feelings hurt. Then the whole principal behind this is tarnished.
Whatever is done, I'll try and be a part of it and will offer suggestions to Phruby and everyone else. But I do suggest that some of the younger members who want to participate, listen to the advice of the adults on most of this. There are going to be things that are realistic, and others that are not. This really needs to be planned out well. Us adults have been there and made mistakes growing up on projects and for something this big, some of the older members probably need to have the last word.
Hey I'm the project manager for the headquarters of a national market research agency and manage multi-million dollar projects every week - and I know that I can't handle all of the decisions on this on my own. I'm going to have good ideas and some bad ones. Chances are, each and every one of will have some ideas that really are not good. So when that happens, clear your head, don't get upset if others don't agree with you, and let's make this fun.