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(15 replies, posted in Creative)

OK, no problem.  I am thinking about trying to sell these to other members. I think I will do a custom picture for anyone who asks and send the scan for free but charge maybe $20.00 if they want the original art work. I am out of a job now and I am looking for ways to make $ doing something I love. This first project gave me the idea so thank you too.

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(15 replies, posted in Creative)

If you don't mind I am going to post it in the fan art section.

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(15 replies, posted in Creative)

Well here it is.

I didn't know how much action your guy has been through so I gave him the works and I didn't know what kind of anatomy you had in mind but I did reference wookieedia for all of the elements.

I hope you like it.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/21897699@N02/3246447525/

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(360 replies, posted in Fans)

Werda Verd wrote:
tachyonblade wrote:
Werda Verd wrote:

See, that really doesn't make sense--it disagrees most major religions today. You can't have more than one true religion. That is what give people the reason to say that their religion is the only way.

You can't expect your version of god to accept you simply because you believe that he exists, especially if you don't even know what god you're "worshiping". Thats just making up your own god. You can't tailor a god to your own desires. If you don't know what god you worship, how can you follow the laws he's laid down? How can you follow him?

Its one thing to follow a religion, another to make your own up.

This is why I've not gotten involved in this. I knew It'd end badly. Sorry for coming across antagonistic, but it makes no sense no matter what direction your coming from.

You are kind of making my point for me here...I don't believe in organized religion on any level because it is, in the end, all arbitrary! People believe whatever it is they want to believe. There are people who consider themselves christians who follow rules and dogma that are not even in the Bible.

But more importantly, what I was trying to say was
1.) that people shouldn't judge others' religious views.
2.) No one should be a slave to ideology. ( and I will never, ever believe there is only one true religion, I think that is ethnocentric, self-centered and myopic!)
3.) People should have a sense of humor, I am sure God does.

Why organized religion makes sense is that you simply can't make God be what you want him to be. That simply doesn't work. You can't judge people based on their beliefs, but that doesn't mean they're all right. That to is impossible.

I agree about people who claim to be "Christians" are aren't. There are a LOT of those.

Some people believe what they want to believe (which it seems to me is what your doing, correct) but some believe what they know is right. Thats the key difference.

And God very well may have a sense of humor, or irony. When your the most intelligent being in the universe, it probably gets a bit lonely, especially before humanity.

Although I get your point it doesn't really make sense...no one, in their right, mind believes something that they know to be wrong. So you are saying that the "key difference" between my believing in something and a christian believing in something is that I believe in something that I don't think is right?  That really does not compute for me.

I think my conception of God gives him a great deal more credit than most christians'. I am rather confident that he alone decides the nature of reality, not humans reading a book...

Speaking of which, I read the good book a great deal and as anyone who does so can tell you, Jesus spoke in parables and riddles. He did this for a number of reasons. not the least of which was that he wanted to separate the wheat from the chaff (so to speak) in a spiritual sense. Ultimately, only Jesus and his dad knew what was what. There was no church, no organizational structure there were just people trying to learn how to live a good and just life.

A good example of this is the idea that is you commit suicide you automatically go straight to hell, no questions asked.   To believe this is to diminish the power of God to determine the nature of reality. Only God decides if a person goes to Heaven or Hell and for his own reasons. Anyone who thinks otherwise has a very limited and dim perspective of the all mighty.

I do understand that organized religion plays an important sociological role in the modern world but in the end people like the BTK serial killer was a church goer and look at what kind of person he turned out to be!

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(15 replies, posted in Creative)

Cool! I will Start painting it today. Give me a day or two to tweak it out.

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(1,328 replies, posted in Dialogue)

If anyone is interested I am working on a custom mando illustration for a member. I am trying to make a living at art but I will do painted illustrations for a small fee for avatars, RPG models or just your personalized mando. (prices vary according to the detail and complexity) I will do basic avatar illustrations for free.

Please take a look at my illustrations posted in the fan art section under tachyonblade.

Also, here is the custom Illustration mentioned above. He is a Massassi/Tuskin/ Sith hybrid

http://www.flickr.com/photos/21897699@N02/3246447525/

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(360 replies, posted in Fans)

Werda Verd wrote:
tachyonblade wrote:

I tend, personally, to take Homer Simpsons' view on religion...I worship God in my own way and I am sure that God being God understands that...if he doesn't then he wouldn't be God.

See, that really doesn't make sense--it disagrees most major religions today. You can't have more than one true religion. That is what give people the reason to say that their religion is the only way.

You can't expect your version of god to accept you simply because you believe that he exists, especially if you don't even know what god you're "worshiping". Thats just making up your own god. You can't tailor a god to your own desires. If you don't know what god you worship, how can you follow the laws he's laid down? How can you follow him?

Its one thing to follow a religion, another to make your own up.

This is why I've not gotten involved in this. I knew It'd end badly. Sorry for coming across antagonistic, but it makes no sense no matter what direction your coming from.

You are kind of making my point for me here...I don't believe in organized religion on any level because it is, in the end, all arbitrary! People believe whatever it is they want to believe. There are people who consider themselves christians who follow rules and dogma that are not even in the Bible.

But more importantly, what I was trying to say was
1.) that people shouldn't judge others' religious views.
2.) No one should be a slave to ideology. ( and I will never, ever believe there is only one true religion, I think that is ethnocentric, self-centered and myopic!)
3.) People should have a sense of humor, I am sure God does.

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(15 replies, posted in Creative)

Everettj wrote:

I'm Thinking more robust and for the helmet can you incorperate both mando and tusken features and other than that it looks so awsome thanks so much

OK, I will do some more work on it. I am worried that combining the Tuskin headgear with the mando helmet is going to dampen the effect of both but I will give it a try.

Take a look at the few changes I made here...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/21897699@N02/3245372665/

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(15 replies, posted in Creative)

Miba wrote:

That is a QUICK pencil sketch? That looks like something that would take me a day to do and it wouldn't be even half as good. You're awesome!

Thank you, that is very kind of you to say. I am not a professional artist but I have published a few things hear and there.

Again, I am happy to do commissions for a small fee.

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(15 replies, posted in Creative)

Do Tuskins have armor beyond their helmets?

Also, are you thinking in terms of a big robust kind of character with spikes sticking out and all that or a more standard Mando look?

I did a quick pencil sketch. Take a look and let me know what you think and I will start painting it.

I tried to incorporate the massassi spikes and beard as well as their anatomy with the mando armor. I will. of course use earth tones and deep colors to go with the desert dweller look.

Check it out here. Look around at my other SW art to get an idea of what a finished product might look like.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/21897699@N02/3242826045/

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(360 replies, posted in Fans)

Seco Fett wrote:

Who's "Homer Simpson"? God's plan of salvation is so simple that even a mature three year old could understand it! A-B-C. Ask. Believe. Confess. If you have any grasp on God at all, you'll know that He is VERY real.

Yes. I am very sure that for some God is real and he has a plan buuuut...

There is no one on Earth who can convince me that God is real other than myself. And, this is true for everything for everybody almost all of the time.

Again, as I said above, people on both sides of the argument tend to see things in absolutist terms.  I believe this helps no one and creates divisions among the world's people.

I think it is great that people can find comfort, guidance and security in religion. I studied anthropology in grad. school and I have a pretty solid grasp of the cultural patterns of religions.  I enjoy studying about religion a great deal. However, all of my studies have left me with only two conclusion.

1.) Everyone, everywhere, thinks their way of living life, especially religion, is the correct, true way to do so.
(So what gives one religion the right to claim dominance over any other?)
2.) There are far more similarities between most of the major religions in the world than differences. (For many great discussions on this topic I recommend reading Joseph Campbell's MASKS OF GOD  series.)

Long-story-short: Just because you love Vishnu does not mean you hate God and are going to Hell. I feel very confident that God will make his own decisions about who goes where, and everything else as well.  Being self-righteous doesn't help anybody and it can be very derisive.

P.S. Homer Simpson, ya know yellow cartoon character, you never saw that episode I guess?

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(15 replies, posted in Creative)

If you can tell me what that is I would be happy to create some art work for you. You can see my paintings on the site here under my handle Tachyonblade.

Actually, if anyone is interested in custom art work please let me know, I'm really, really reasonable.

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(6 replies, posted in General)

BFFC therealmccoy wrote:

george keeps pretending like he knew it was this way all along
i call BS
george lucas had no idea that darth vader was luke skywalker's father until he wrote empire strikes back as far as i'm concerned.

I'm with you and it's so obvious if you watch the movies that a lot of the stuff that has become SW canon has largely been made up by fanboys.

Is it just me or does this video prove what a dork George Lucas is.  They say it in so many words that Fett was designed to be an eye-catching character for promotional purposes, not a plot device for half of the f...ing Star Wars universe.

As I have said elsewhere, that was what I used to think was so cool about him, no back story. Just a cool looking bad-ass kind of guy with a lot of mystery.  If he had stayed that way I would have a bunch more respect for George but he caved to the fanboys.

Am I taking this too far?

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(2 replies, posted in Collecting)

I was just wondering how many of you out there who care about such things have been able to get ahold of the Kotobukiya BF "Real Mask# collection Magnet as seen here...
http://www.starwarsguide.net/article.ph … 4105254329

I bought three boxes and never found a single Fett. I finally gave up and bought him on auction...and I live in Japan where you would think it might be easier to come across one.

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(360 replies, posted in Fans)

You know...there is another aspect to all of this that we may all be missing...
Maybe the Hindus are right and we are all doomed to go around-and-and around in the endless cycle of samsara until we finally reach enlightenment.

I'm not really sure about that either...but as I was saying above, I think it is pretty foolish to think you have it all figured out just because what you believe is written in a book. I mean, after all, there's the book of Mormon, The Koran, the Bagavad gita, The writtings of Baha Ula, even Dianetics...

I tend, personally, to take Homer Simpsons' view on religion...I worship God in my own way and I am sure that God being God understands that...if he doesn't then he wouldn't be God.

There is a lot of psychology, philosophy and metaphysics behind this kind of discussion but it really comes down to is something one of my professors said when I was at university...

"You should never "believe" anything, you should be convinced"  and if you are that should be enough.

I find that the people who bark the loudest, on both sides of the debate, are those who's convictions are most at question.

As Yoda says, "you will know when you are at peace, calm."

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(360 replies, posted in Fans)

My earlier post brings to mind another reason I can't consider myself a christian...."only the Sith deal in absolutes." I have a hard time seeing the world in black-and-white terms and that's what a question like, "do you believe in evolution or creation" forces people to do, not on this list but I mean in a more general way. These kinds of debates are starting to break apart society and the world. No matter how you put it, if you consider yourself a born-again christian, everyone that is not is going to hell, and that is not something anyone wants to hear.

What I am saying is that modern christianity can be off-putting if the delivery is not handled in a delicate way.

I hope God is there but I can't be positive so I am not going to commit to something without being convinced.

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(360 replies, posted in Fans)

These arguments tend to become circular after a while so I have stayed away from posting but I have been following along.

I read the Bible a great deal, everyday. I am not a christian because I fall waaaay too short of the grace of God and I don't want to be a hypocrite.

What I did want to throw in, however, is the very, very old idea that if God created all and everything, if God knows all and everything, if God is everywhere and everything...you get the point, any discussion about God, BY HUMANS, is going to lack an essential frame a reference. If one admits that there is anything at all that is beyond God's control then, by default, it's not God. You can't have it both ways. It's like the myth of free will... if God knows everything that has been, is and will be he also knows all of the decisions of each and every person zillions of years before they are even born. In many ways I think Muslims have this part of the story right. I think the Muslim understanding of God is much more reverent. All and everything, love-hate, good-evil, play-doh, hamsters, etc. is created by an omnipotent God who decides all and everything.

Long-story-short...when we talk about God and evolution it is necessary to talk in absolutes. These are either/or propositions. As humans I think we lack the perspective to understand the world if we see it in absolute terms. This especially applies to the old testament. God flat out kills or causes to be killed thousands of people just because they didn't play according to his rules.  (Read the old testament and see how many times he kills off a few thousand people at-a-time as the jews make their way to the promised land.)

I think a more subtle understanding of theology is necessary if we are going to answer the big questions in life.

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(11 replies, posted in Collecting)

Sadriel_Fett wrote:

And you're right, a Prototype, with the yellow and rust colored gauntlets would be pretty cool.  Never thought about it until you said something.  I did mention something to my wife one time, when I was looking at my stuff on my Fett shelf, about noticing that the majority of the larger 10 to 12 inch Fett figures tend to be in the Empire color Scheme, but the majory of the statues and smaller figures (along with small figurines) tend to have the Jedi color scheme armor paint job on them.

Conspiracy?  I don't know.......

Yeah, right on. The prototype, or as I like to call him-OLDSKOOL-version of BF has always been my favorite and I consider him to be the original. It seems like most folks dig the Jedi version but I think his suit and gloves are too washed out. The first Fett is sooooo damn cool looking and his gloves and color scheme rock. Maybe if anyone is interested we could get a fan favorite petition going and demand that they sculpt a new figure.  I am really shocked that they didn't do it for the 30th ann. series.

Don't mean to show off but this is the Fett figure I want to see made...
http://www.bobafett.com/multimedia/gall … p?pos=-863

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(11 replies, posted in Collecting)

Valthonin wrote:

I feel like they had a good direction, i mean the concept for the figures is good (despite them not having Toht or the Nazi Mechanic...big mistake) yet I would have to sift through racks and shelves and containers to find one figure that had a decent paint job or didnt have his fedora or AK47 bend out of shape because of the bad packaging. And just ONE of those figures was $7+. Big disappointment.

I totally agree. Really bad planning on the part of Hasbro. If it makes you feel better though, here in Japan the figures go for $13.00 a pop!

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(112 replies, posted in Fans)

I listen to a lot of industrial music. My number one favorite band by far is called Skinny Puppy. I really dig the Vancouver electronic music scene. Not a lot of people know the bands I am into though so it's not often that i can share my musical interests.

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(11 replies, posted in Collecting)

I don't mean to be negative.....buuuuut....

Has anyone else noticed how much millage Hasbro is getting out of the Boba Fett figure molds? Since 1964 starting with G.I. Joe Hasbro has had a long history of reusing molds and repackaging items with new sets but this Boba Fett thing is a little much I think. granted, the Jodo Kast figure paint variation is cool, but, that's all it really is. Hasbro has been clever enough, occasionally, to use different parts of different figures, like using the 300th figure torso with the OTC legs etc. They has mixed and matched a bit.

But what I would really like to see, and out of all of the different variations they have produced, with boxed sets, comics versions, madalorian commando sets etc, I would have though they would have produced by now is the prototype Fett. The way he looked in the very first publicity stills and on the first Kenner cards.

FYI, if anyone is still looking for  Jodo Kast I see them all the time where I live, Tokyo, Japanese folks don't seem to know who he is so he just sits on the shelf. If I can pick one of for you let me know.

I have been living in Japan for the past 8 years and I have looked and looked for a good deal on the first series variations. They were released here in extremely limited quantities. I like Kubrik/ Midicom's toys but they make it so hard to collect them. limited editions and hard to find items are kind of a fashion here. I will be looking forward to the second series of Fett figures but I'm not going to hold my breath as far as collecting them all goes.

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(182 replies, posted in General)

Jar Jar...super bad idea!

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(123 replies, posted in Fans)

I have been living in Tokyo, Japan for the past eight years. It hasn't dropped below 48 in the day time here and it's sunny. The winters are really mild where I am but they are having serious snow storms up north right now.