I've been a member of the 501st as a TK for about 6 months now, and the Rebel Legion as an X-Wing Pilot for about 3. I've trooped about 10 times and I got to admit, I'm hooked. I've generally got an ear to ear smile under my lid whenever I'm suited up and I do as many troops as my work and family schedule allow. My wife is pretty supportive of my new hobby and while my kids do miss the time away from me when I'm trooping, they do love that their dad is a Stormtrooper and like helping me work on my costumes. I'm hoping to bring the family along on troops in the future, but so far the timing hasn't worked out.
I decided to go for the trifecta and join the Mando Mercs and started working on a custom Mandalorian a month or so ago. I've made some decent progress but I think I've officially been bit by the Boba bug. Every piece I work on I look to Boba Fett for inspiration, and while the custom I'm working on will in no way be mistaken for Boba Fett, I can't help but want to do him(what? ) specifically an ESB version. It doesn't help that we've only got one regularly trooping Boba Fett in my area and I think he likes trooping some of his other costumes more.
When I initially started I had no idea just how expensive Boba Fett was going to be and I usually scoffed at the couple of $3500+ complete costumes I saw pop up for sale here and there. Well, now that I'm a little farther into the research, I'm realizing that's not at all an unrealistic number if you want good stuff, and unfortunately for my wallet, I want good stuff. I'm just going to have to work on my impulse control and not order everything at once or my wife will kill me.
blah blah blah, anyone still reading?
So anyway, here I am. I've already ordered a few pieces, like a belt, helmet and girth belt, and starting working on a Sidewinder EE-3.
I'd appreciate any tips, advice, free stuff, or help along the way.