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The Prequel Trilogy / Re: "Evolutions" assortment...
« on: May 15, 2005, 05:13 PM »
Simmer down now!

Let's not spark the political stuff...  Friendly jabs (if that's what it is) are fine, but the political BS stays off the site, that's our rule.

I have printed out templates to make an AT-PT though (out of paper) I will probably try that out sometime, but am unsure of what paper to use.

Have you considered using a paper model?  There's free downloadable paper models online, and one I saw was an AT-PT I'm sure.  Could make a good stand-in at least in a game...  Maybe even be good enough for you to try scratch-building your own from plastic. 

Paper Models are good stuff...  I just buy a heavy weight paper at an Office Supply store and print them out on that on my basic color printer.

Yeah I've seen a ton now at retail...  I wouldn't call it rare anymore, but it's amazing what people can do to a single area if they have the means to buy up all the stock.

Right now, my area seems to have had plenty of the Clones in and now some seem to sit a little due to the price. 

The Prequel Trilogy / Re: "Evolutions" assortment...
« on: May 15, 2005, 04:29 PM »
I'd say, currently, nobody is "right" on this...  The Visual Dictionary is as much a piece of EU as anything...  So is the "Official Site's Databank", Comic Books, or pretty much anything else...

I think everyone, despite what's in print form anywhere, should judge by the film only as to what's "fact" or not.  The Databank puts AT-AT heights at 15m when the film shows they're clearly a bit larger...  If we're discussing "canon vs. non-canon", then the films will forever be the only true evidence, and so far nobody's got that backing them up.

Yeah, overall character diversity has been good, but the WOTC line's been disappointing for army builders I think...  Lots planning to change over to the WOTC minis (from WEG) to play the tabletop game I think are still pretty disappointed...  It's rough going from 12+ variations of a troop to 2 or 3.

I'm hoping they create more over time...  The number of people actually playing with the commons in games is substantial.  I just hope the line's classic trilogy troops expands over time.  I'm hoping for maybe troop sets, actually, as the line does seem popular even outside its collectability range... 

Are you gonna work with customs of the vehicles in Universe Huge, Dime? 

Star Wars Action Figures / Re: My first customs (Clones)
« on: May 15, 2005, 05:21 AM »
Glad to hear it!  You're gonna be sculpting your own figures in no time!  You're hooked, haha!   :D

Astromech painting is a GOOD place to start on trying out damage  effects and "washes", or "drybrushing".  The Clones are a little tougher, as there's a look in the film that's really specific.  DarthDelicious has done the battlescarring fantastic justice though, so if you do decide to try that his figures are a good example to look at...

Astromechs are a great way to start out though, as their series of panel lines and things can get you into the basic gist of blackwashes and things, to see how they add a little depth and "worn" look to figures.  The smooth lines of the Clone armor is slightly more difficult, but still something worth attempting.

Perhaps some #6 Clones can donate themselves to the experiment when you want to try it out then... 

I think the Clone casting call is a great idea.  First because there's just been so many Clone customs as of late, but secondly because the Clone repaints are something I equate to the "astromechs customs of today".  Clone color variants are a great way to get into the hobby...

I'm glad a lot of new faces are trying customizing out by getting into repaints.  Some are simpler straight color markings applied, others I've seen have really elaborate markings with lots of realistic battledamage...  It's good seeing lots of new people try customizing out though, either way you slice it.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Re: XBox 360
« on: May 15, 2005, 03:05 AM »
the focus of their gaming... 100% on-line... that's just not the type of gaming I'm interested in at all.

That's currently my feelings, Bill.

And I'd go so far as to say that even FPS games are more appealing to me as SP games, not MP.  The MP gaming experience, in my view, has been a letdown and something I lose interest in quickly.  I prefer RPG's, FPS SP missions (I'm tearing through Doom 3 which has a surprisingly deep story, if not one we've seen before), and military strategy gaming...

Sims are a close second ( had Rogue Squad and TIE/X-WIng in the same category recently, and even somehow had their heads up their asses enough to think X-Wing Vs. TIE Fighter was somehow BETTER than X-Wing, TIE Fighter, all their expansions, and X-WIng: Alliance which was 100x better as a SP and MP game than XvT, but I digress...  Anyway, Rogue Squad and the XW series aren't the same game, but again I digress.), and to me Sims are only solid on PC... 

But yeah, MP is fun for a little while but I'm sad to see that the new XB is heading that way almost all together.  I'll wait to see how this system plays out I think...  What the games are that are offered and such. 

Very nice reworking of the Greivous' Guards Justin...  I can't say I like the figure, but you're doing it some justice, and the electro-effects on the pikes are just sweet.  I love that a weapon was even created that can stand up to a Lightsaber...  but that's beside the point.

I'm not a real fan of the figure because I'm thinking he's a bit underscaled after seeing more and more footage of them.  They seem rather small as figures, especially the sort of pinhead fate they suffer from.  :( 

Be nice for an SA one to come out at some point.  He's not a bad figure as far as poseability goes though, save for those knees.  He definitely could use those, you're right.

The minis customs are pretty nice Dime...

This is something people have actually worked with since the WEG days to get more poses out of the figures.  I've seen guys use everything from model kit weapons and stuff to just plastic greeblies to get a new looking figure out of an existing mini.

I  enjoy seeing what you're working on...  I think WOTC's line is way too watered down as far as mini diversity.  The WEG line had like a dozen individually posed Stormtroopers, at least...  Same with the Rebel Fleet Troopers.  WOTC kinda shafted the Rebels it seems...  Commando's and Fleet Troops both.

Good customs, and a neat little scale to delve into.

Newbies / Re: howdy
« on: May 14, 2005, 05:07 PM »
Oh no, another Matt!

Hey man, welcome aboard...  Another Minnesotite to add to the list too...  Lots of those around...

Enjoy the site, any comments/questions or whatever, just ask away.  Have fun!

Newbies / Re: Hi from the caribbean!
« on: May 14, 2005, 05:06 PM »
Hey, we sometimes get the hurricanes here too.  Then you're just stuck inland with a lot of rain...  At least you have a beach dammit! :)

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Best Stormtrooper ????
« on: May 14, 2005, 03:35 AM »
I'd say it's very likely you missed on them...  I forget the case ratios for VOTC now though, but I DO recall there definitely was one that was mostly ESB figs with some ROTJ repacks.

Bummer you missed...  If you can get to one further out from the city, that's my best suggestion.  They seem more likely to have this stuff I've found.  :( 

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Jedi Sightings
« on: May 14, 2005, 03:10 AM »
Man...  what are the chances of that?

I had a good time on the way to C3 spotting the cars on I-70 with Star Wars stuff on/in/around them...  One guy with Rebel flags (Alliance, not Confederate Rebels) flapping...  That even got my gf's attention.  She knew she was in for trouble at that moment I think.

Middle Earth / Re: LOTR Trilogy Figures
« on: May 14, 2005, 03:07 AM »
I wish they'd released these as 3 3/4 figures instead of the 6" scale.  Again for size comparison, but also to ramp up the competition for Hasbro and show them what could be done at that scale for a reasonable price.  Some of the larger pieces, such as the Fell Beast, would have been much more manageable too.  I'd go so far as to say I probably would have shot for being a loose completeist on the line had the scale been different :-\

This I could NOT have agreed with more.  The LOTR line's fate is tied to its scale I think.  There is a rich world to delve into with action figures, but the almost double size figures limits the possibilities with the line...

Playsets, army builders, "beasts" and the like, are all better suited to a 3.75" line (or smaller, but I think 3.75"/1:18 offers the best of both worlds with articulation AND fun toys).  I agree that the line's end is really within vision at this point...  And that's a shame because it had potential to be more than it was really.

I just nabbed a couple figs for my brother tonight at TRU...  I can't help but look at what I do have in my own collection though, and wonder how great (and diverse) an Orc army would look in 3.75" scale, or how the Fell woudl be about to-scale if the figures were smaller...  Or how a Balrog wouldn't have been such an outrageous thing to ask for...

Dreams of a Gondorian and Rohirrim army (mounted ROhirrim too!) are just that though...  dreams.

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