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    CrashedATAT got a reaction from mikeb in Hook and eye closure help   
    By feel and repetition, really. I've tried to fix them by looking in a mirror before, just ends badly!
     
    I asked for help a couple of times in early troops but never really like to do it
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    CrashedATAT got a reaction from KDBott66 in How do you transport your gear?   
    I keep my officer uniform in a large trunk on wheels with my AT-AT Commander armour. It's big enough that the jodhpurs only need one fold in the middle, the tunic only needs vertically (lightly) folded, and the boots can easily sit on the bottom. Also it helps pad all those delicate blasters, rank bars, belts, dosimeters and that!
     
    I DO want a more secure method of transporting the metal bits in particular. Haven't had a chance or a good lead locally yet though.
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    CrashedATAT got a reaction from Strongbow in Eyeglasses   
    For myself, I never wear my glasses in costume. I’d normally wear them all the time, but I just make do in costume - lenses freak me out a bit!


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    CrashedATAT got a reaction from romanovgirl in *SPOILERS* Last Jedi Reactions   
    Too much comedy, to the extent that the villains are entirely non-threatening. I haven't been able to shake my own 'Pinky and the Brain' comparisons since.
     
    The story around Rey/Ren is progressing well I think, I have no problem with it and enjoy it greatly to the extent that it is the biggest buy-in of the series so far for me. Thought Luke's character was spot-on, actually.
     
    Stefan's point about the fighters is one aspect that really left me scratching my head. Fine if you're going for the hubris of the First Order (vocalised by a new favourite, Captain Canady early on), otherwise sloppy.
     
    'The Superman' was a moment of major emotive dissonance. Not a fan!
     
    My biggest criticism is that too much fails to have a purpose. The well-trodden segment is (the more I think of it) entirely irrelevant to the plot. A couple of other things could have been removed with no, or extremely little, ripple effect overall.
     
    One description of a piece of technology towards the end made me cringe, can't quite believe it was intentionally typed on a page.
     
    Yes, it's beautifully realised. Very impressive scenes and choreography. Acting is fine. Some intriguing ideas. But too much filler, too many headscratchers, and too much ill-placed comedy.
     
    Where do I place it? Well I've gone back and forth. It hovers about the middle of the franchise so far for me.
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    CrashedATAT got a reaction from Cosmic in Names I've been called while Trooping...   
    I've had that a couple of times too, one was a tourist asking if I was police when in the Line Officer, and again when wearing the Veers armour!
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    CrashedATAT reacted to Riviate in Names I've been called while Trooping...   
    While promoting the premier for TLJ, I was attending as my Line officer and a colleague was dressed as Staff officer.
    As we're standing in the hallway leading to the cinema halls, I hear two youths pointing at us and one of them saying: "There they are, the police." On the same evening, I also overheard a guy pointing at one of our TK's E-11 and saying to his friend/girlfriend: "Look. Thats an AK-47." I just rolled my eyes and realised he was REALLY trying to impress her.
     
    At the premier for Solo, we were in another cinema and as it was late spring/early summer it was amazing weather outside. So me, and the same colleague as before, decide to step outside to do some better promoting, one of the first who sees us is a woman in her 60's or so. She looks at us and her face just grows more and more concerned and as they pass by, I overhear her saying to her company: ".....yes but I am just wondering what THEY are doing there?". She must have thought us to be some kind of actual police/authority force that was conducting a raid on the cinema building or similiar
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    CrashedATAT got a reaction from romanovgirl in How to Carry Stuff?   
    Usually we have a lockable or out-of-the-way changing room that we leave our gear in. On the rare occasion where we don't, I try to leave anything especially sensitive in the car. Belt boxes would certainly have been useful, but I'm ESB too! Our Jedi lord it over us, wandering about with their belt pouches full of goodies... 
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    CrashedATAT reacted to Cosmic in Imperial Uniform Origins   
    A very good idea Simon
    But, I'm afraid if someones mission is to get on your nerves he/she will simply not accept that picture as a given fact and proof.
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    CrashedATAT got a reaction from PArmstr in Imperial Uniform Origins   
    I keep telling people this when you get the old familiar Nazi nonsense brought up!! 
     
    Thinking of printing out a picture and bringing it with me on troops...
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    CrashedATAT got a reaction from romanovgirl in Imperial Uniform Origins   
    I keep telling people this when you get the old familiar Nazi nonsense brought up!! 
     
    Thinking of printing out a picture and bringing it with me on troops...
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    CrashedATAT got a reaction from bjsavage7 in Imperial Uniform Origins   
    I keep telling people this when you get the old familiar Nazi nonsense brought up!! 
     
    Thinking of printing out a picture and bringing it with me on troops...
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    CrashedATAT reacted to kevair464 in Imperial Uniform Origins   
    This has probably been discussed to exhaustion, but as someone newish here, and as a historical re-enactor, figured it was a fun topic.

    I know the general theory is that Lucas modeled officers from both Second World War German uniforms and those from F - 451.
     
    Interestingly though, the Imperial Officer tunic is nearly identical to the tunic worn by British and Commonwealth pilots of the First World War, was referred to as a "maternity tunic" due to its odd shoulder closure.
     
    Some pictures of me in a modern reproduction of an Australian Flying Corps Lieutenant, wearing the above tunic.  Remove the Collar and Epaulets, and it should look VERY familiar   
     


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    CrashedATAT got a reaction from Prida in Unusual costume usage   
    It's certainly been tempting to stick my gloves on when the temperature dips suddenly in winter. Haven't quite gone so far as to dig them out of the kit though! Cost of them, I'd cry if something happened!
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    CrashedATAT got a reaction from jaygoodrich66 in Where to? Looking to find decent prices   
    For boots, maybe the likes of Soviet Boots could be a possibility? Can't speak as to trench coat, but for the other parts I've used Darman's Props on etsy for my DL-44 and E-11 holsters, prices are very reasonable if you go for the lower-weight leather ( https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/DarmansProps?ref=shop_sugg )
     
    To get a blaster anyway reasonably, a kit might be the best bet - which are you thinking of?
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    CrashedATAT got a reaction from DAK72 in Officer stationed on Kashyyyk   
    Was half expecting someone had gone full Ozzik Sturn but that's even better!!
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    CrashedATAT reacted to DAK72 in Officer stationed on Kashyyyk   
    Who says you can't make the best of it when you get stationed on Kashyyyk...
     

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    CrashedATAT got a reaction from Theresnoway1 in 501st shirt   
    There is, I believe, an on-going run for generic 501st Legion T-Shirts on 501st.com - that is, with the 501st Legion logo, not that of any detachment.
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    CrashedATAT got a reaction from PArmstr in My thoughts on Solo, A Star Wars Story.   
    I was very pleasantly surprised by the quality of the film! I don't credit to the furore of 'fan' groups before a print of the film has even been released, and contrary to modern form prefer to formulate my own opinion then discuss it!  
     
    I was actually reasonably excited at the prospect of it being the first Star Wars film without a single lightsabre, as it would prove that such a story can be told and told successfully thus opening the door for a vast variety of possibilities in the future.
     
    I admit I'm at a loss for what people are looking for, what qualifies as a 'true Star Wars film' if even this doesn't.
     
    Oh, and that Imperial Army Officer gear. Gimme. Now. 
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    CrashedATAT got a reaction from kman in My thoughts on Solo, A Star Wars Story.   
    I was very pleasantly surprised by the quality of the film! I don't credit to the furore of 'fan' groups before a print of the film has even been released, and contrary to modern form prefer to formulate my own opinion then discuss it!  
     
    I was actually reasonably excited at the prospect of it being the first Star Wars film without a single lightsabre, as it would prove that such a story can be told and told successfully thus opening the door for a vast variety of possibilities in the future.
     
    I admit I'm at a loss for what people are looking for, what qualifies as a 'true Star Wars film' if even this doesn't.
     
    Oh, and that Imperial Army Officer gear. Gimme. Now. 
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    CrashedATAT got a reaction from Trapper in My thoughts on Solo, A Star Wars Story.   
    I was very pleasantly surprised by the quality of the film! I don't credit to the furore of 'fan' groups before a print of the film has even been released, and contrary to modern form prefer to formulate my own opinion then discuss it!  
     
    I was actually reasonably excited at the prospect of it being the first Star Wars film without a single lightsabre, as it would prove that such a story can be told and told successfully thus opening the door for a vast variety of possibilities in the future.
     
    I admit I'm at a loss for what people are looking for, what qualifies as a 'true Star Wars film' if even this doesn't.
     
    Oh, and that Imperial Army Officer gear. Gimme. Now. 
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    CrashedATAT got a reaction from TK1571 in My thoughts on Solo, A Star Wars Story.   
    I was very pleasantly surprised by the quality of the film! I don't credit to the furore of 'fan' groups before a print of the film has even been released, and contrary to modern form prefer to formulate my own opinion then discuss it!  
     
    I was actually reasonably excited at the prospect of it being the first Star Wars film without a single lightsabre, as it would prove that such a story can be told and told successfully thus opening the door for a vast variety of possibilities in the future.
     
    I admit I'm at a loss for what people are looking for, what qualifies as a 'true Star Wars film' if even this doesn't.
     
    Oh, and that Imperial Army Officer gear. Gimme. Now. 
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    CrashedATAT got a reaction from romanovgirl in Simple question: why the Empire?   
    Hard to say, I've aways been a fan of the villains in movies and fiction. The Empire, the Romulans, Jafar, Nilfgaard.
     
    As others have said above, perhaps it's the 'break from reality' element. Where's the fun in playing a smiley goody-two-shoes when you can be a snarky, frowning bad guy all in good fun?  
     
    And it helps when you have Peter Cushing as the main representative of the Imperial Officers you see on screen!
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    CrashedATAT reacted to buckrogersbarker in A Deep Aversion to Standing Armies   
    A Deep aversion to standing armies or why are rank bars different from before Empire Strikes Back and after.
     

    Before the Clone Wars, the Old Republic enjoyed almost 1000 years of relative peace.  The Republic while vast and expansive, was NOT ubiquitous and even well-traveled parts of the galaxy did not accept its currency.  It was only after the Clone Wars that the republic increased more than 25% of its size and territory by acquiring the Outer Rim Territories, Hutt space and what would become the Corporate Sector.  All of these were spoils of war controlled by the Trade Federation, the Techno Union, the Banking Clan and the other conglomerates that made up the Confederacy.  
     
    Before the Clone Wars, most military and police protection was performed by local system militias.  The ground and space force of Naboo is an excellent example of this with forces to defend their cities from pirates, but not enough to take on a well-organized military.  The Droid armies of the Trade Federation could be quickly built and this imbalance did much to push the military creation act that kicked of the Clone Wars.
     

    Before the military creation act, the closest thing that the Republic had to a military was the Judicials.  These soldiers represented the Republic senate wherever they went.  Clad in the same blue uniforms that would later be adopted by the Imperial officer corp, much of their roots and traditions can be found in this elite force.  Tarkin, Yularen, and Screed were all Judicials.  Orsen Krennic used Judicial Rangers when he rescued Galen Erso.
     
    The end of the Clone Wars brought the nascent officer corp into its own replacing the Jedi as leaders of the Clone forces.  The Star Destroyers commanded by these officers were of the same shape as the Jedi fighters of the time, drawing comparisons that the new officer corp was the inheritor of the Jedi legacy.  Still, the same trepidation that had made the Military Creation Act difficult to pass at the start of the war prevented the unification of the entire military under direct Coruscant control.
     
    Nominally, the emperor controlled the Galactic forces left over from the Clone Wars directly from Coruscant.  You can recognize these members as wearing double rank bars and often times being referred to as “fleet officers”.  The officers that wore single rank bars reported to the local sector moff and were under the oversight of the sector’s senator.  With 75% of the empire’s sectors being monitored by imperial senators, it is no wonder why Tarkin and Darth Vader were so concerned about word of the Death Star getting out.  

    The officers that oversaw the construction of the Death Star were sector controlled, not controlled by Coruscant directly.  But as the sector moffs (and Grand Moff) of the out Rim Territories worked directly for the Emperor and none reported to a local senator since most of these territories were occupied worlds, they were able to operate with impunity and secrecy.  Direct connections to Coruscant control happened only through top admiralty: for example Krennic who was a fleet admiral.  The rest worked in silos, many of which never knew for what the final product was to be.  This was the time that the bulk of the Imperial Military was far from the core worlds and hidden in the shadows of the outer rim.
     

    New moffs and admirals were being minted in this time.  Admiral Versio of the ISB is hailed not just for his activities as an intelligence leader, but as the person who brought his home world into the empire.  He was rewarded with a place not in sector politics, but a position in the expanding galactic fleet.  And his world had its military standardized to the Imperial model.
     

    The difference between sector fleets and the galactic fleet has a real world comparison to the armies of the United States.  The National guards are commanded by the governors of their respective states, but do have a place in the hierarchy of the US Army in times of emergency.  They are trained by many of the same schools that their regular army colleagues are trained.  They wear the same uniforms for the most part with minor differences to distinguish them.  Most officer uniforms had specific sector insignia for the collars and hats they wore.
     

    The elimination of the Imperial Senate removed the senators that provided oversight for the sector militaries.  The regional governors took direct control of their territories and their militaries reporting directly to the Emperor much like the regional governors of Rome took to reporting to their emperors.  The illusion of separation was over and the single bar rank system disappeared as did sector insignia.  Everyone wore double rank bars from then on out until the end of the empire five years later.  The Emperor had direct control of his empire then.
     
     
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    CrashedATAT reacted to VoodooBarbie in Generic alien officers and crew - please discuss   
    Hey y'all *waves*
     
    I am genuinely interested in this one but will confess it's because I want to do one. 
     
    I've been wondering about this one for a while. A lot of the OT officers and crew were all human. That being said, a lot of them were male which would lead me to think it was more of a decade thing and a money saving thing (prosthetics were pricey) - rather than a reflection of the SW universe. The Empire was a vast enterprise with recruited from all corners of the galaxy - surely they weren't all human? Thrawn is my poster boy example for this one. 
     
    Twi'leks, in my opinion, are one of the most versatile races in the SW universe/EU. They crop up all over the galaxy. I appreciate that slavery has a lot to do with that. In verse they're considered very desirable and as such are often kidnapped and sold. That aside, there have been jedi, sith, rebel fighters and rebel pilots in verse. The mando mercs even have cleared twi'lek bounty hunters. 
     
    I know I've gone on about twi'lek the most here but I am a total noodlehead fan and would absolutely love to be able to put a twi'lek officer in for clearance one day.
     
    So what do you guys think? Twi'lek, zabrak, togruta? Does it seem logical/reasonable for them to be bad guys too? Am I way off the mark here? Do they already exist and I've missed it?
     
    I'd really like to hear what others think on this one.
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    CrashedATAT got a reaction from VoodooBarbie in Generic alien officers and crew - please discuss   
    Agree with the broad opinion that it would be fun to see/do and a nice variation. Also might help people like me that prefer to hide their mugs rather than risk having to look at their own gob in photos!   
     
    Non-canon certainly, unless an example appears to make it canon - and cleared with GML etc
     
    I think TOR showed the way alien officers and non-Sith-Species-Sith would be treated, but that they were not outside the realm of possibility. Fair enough, they were not Imperials. Still, alien baddies in snazzy uniforms.
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