I just wanted to say hello and let everyone know that I'm just now getting started on my Boba Fett. I've been reading posts on here for several weeks now and I must say that there are some incredible artists on this board. Everyone should be very proud of what they've accomplished. The community seems very welcoming and friendly, which is quite a comfort, and I applaud all of you for your willingness to help each other and provide constructive criticism.
To get to the topic at hand...I ended up finding a FG armor kit for sale on eBay from Beetlefix. While I was originally kicking around the idea of following y'alls lead and giving the whole painting thing a shot, I ultimately decided that I didn't have that much time to devote to the project. Bettlefix had supplied the side by side images shown below in his auction and that's what sold me on picking up a painted set from him. Let me just say that his work is really incredible. He was an absolute pleasure to work with and he got the job done really quickly. So far I've purchased the chest plates, collar, cod piece, back plate, and shoulder bells from him, but I will definitely be going back for my bucket, knees, and probably the gauntlets and pack if he's able to do it all. I'm not certain if any of you have ever purchased from him or not, but I'm telling you, he does an excellent job, and after seeing the product in person...it's just awesome. It really lit a fire under me to start putting the rest of my costume together...now if I could just win the lottery. ;)
Anyway, it'll be slow going for me due to a tight budget, but as soon as my costume is a little further along I'll definitely post some pics.