Imperial Ground Crew - Research and Discussion

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Re: Imperial Ground Crew - Research and Discussion

Postby vaultfox » Mon May 29, 2017 5:30 pm

Drewid wrote:As far as the CRL goes, it will probably just state Dark or Charcoal Gray and leave the interpretation up to the GMLs. Faded black would certainly fall into the category of dark gray but I'm pretty sure it was off-black to begin with and not faded due to weathering.


This is awesome to hear! And yeah, I agree it's definitely NOT black ... but wow it was giving me such stress!
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Re: Imperial Ground Crew - Research and Discussion

Postby Drewid » Mon May 29, 2017 8:41 pm

The end goal of the CRL is to make the costume as accessible as possible without sacrificing accuracy. That said, we're not going to demand 100% accuracy for base approval. Just like the gunner CRL, there will be leeway. Also, there will be a Level 2 on this one. Unlike the gunner CRL, this costume has lots of areas where Level 2 criteria can be applied, like the gloves, the helmet, and the suit. Whether there will be a reward program, like EIB, for pursuing the L2 challenge remains to be seen. I'm just in favor of giving people options, especially since not everyone has the same skill levels or access to the fully accurate parts.
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Re: Imperial Ground Crew - Research and Discussion

Postby Thunder » Mon Jun 05, 2017 5:13 am

Just found this thread. I'm very interested in this build. Can't wait for the Ground Crew to get a CRL. YAY!!!
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Re: Imperial Ground Crew - Research and Discussion

Postby mattnelson521 » Thu Jun 08, 2017 9:57 am

So if we make the pack that the action figure has would that be able to be approved with the costume? obviously it would need to be accurate and everything as well. Just kind of wondering.
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Re: Imperial Ground Crew - Research and Discussion

Postby Drewid » Thu Jun 08, 2017 4:12 pm

At this point there aren't any plans to make the jet pack an approvable item. At best it would be considered an optional item. However, don't let that stop you from making it.
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Re: Imperial Ground Crew - Research and Discussion

Postby mattnelson521 » Thu Jun 08, 2017 8:17 pm

I wont. If i get time I will that would be a great project for this winter. I think it would be something cool to add to the costume.
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Re: Imperial Ground Crew - Research and Discussion

Postby Drewid » Thu Jun 08, 2017 9:57 pm

No doubt about that! It's just debatable at this point if it should be added to the official CRL due to a single action figure being the only source.
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Re: Imperial Ground Crew - Research and Discussion

Postby JynInDisguise » Fri Jun 09, 2017 6:07 pm

Finally got back to looking at this costume and getting it ready for approval. I noticed Drew mentioned he hadn't seen Chris's build up close. This is the armor. Bucket is currently being worked on but not ready yet. Once it's finished, I can post photos on that as well. Keep in mind, the flight suit has had revisions since these photos were taken in January.

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Suit base is the Cosplaysky TIE suit. I removed the pockets and used the fabric from them to make the smaller pockets/collar. I bought additional fabric at JoAnn's that matched to make the detail stitching down the front of the suit. Patches are from Endor Findors. Belt is by Pilot Bay. Cases by Philo Props off of Etsy.

Should also note that the batons are NOT Chris's. Those were made out of wood and PVC pipe by a friend. We painted them and used magnets to keep them in place. Eventually these will be replaced with the light-up version.

Album that shows some of the build for this costume is here: http://s1302.photobucket.com/user/ITake ... t=3&page=1

Hope this helps those working on the costume.

I can dye the suit to match it to CRL once it is finalized.
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Re: Imperial Ground Crew - Research and Discussion

Postby Drewid » Fri Jun 09, 2017 9:12 pm

Noice! Especially considering the lack of references that were out when you got all of that together and the total lack of standards.

Speaking of standards, here is a brief status update on that (i.e what have we been up to):
The biggest holdup to finalizing the CRL has been the wraparound armor. We have a lot of pictures of it but even when viewed together it's really difficult to know exactly what it looks like. Here's my interpretation based on several pictures, the Launch Bay exhibit, and the 3.75" action figure.

* The front of the armor matches the contours of the chest armor and tapers to being about 3 to 4" wide at the back.
* It appears to be a single piece of plastic. Nothing indicates that it flexes anywhere in any of the screenshots
* It has several nearly vertical grooves on the left and right sides near where it connects to the chest armor
* It has a buckle connection that matches to the flared "wings" of the chest armor
* The back sits under the backpack.
* It appears to have a small return edge

I imagine the 1/6 scale figure by Sideshow will be the "definitive" reference. Unfortunately, every pic that Sideshow has put out has the arms covering the armor. I've been able to capture some details from the Launch Bay suit, but like Sideshow, the arms almost completely cover the armor. The figure is not coming out until October or December, though. This means we have a decision to make. We can do our best guess on this armor and revise it later or we can wait until that comes out.

The rest of the CRL will continue to be worked on, regardless, so people will at least be able to make progress. I would also like to have more people reviewing the references and assisting with the CRL. Experience with writing CRLs is preferred but not required. Please PM me if you're interested.
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