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Old July 29 2010, 04:55 PM   #16
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Re: Uniform ideas for Trek

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One change I'm going to make purely out of personal taste: No neckties. None. Neckties are annoying and evil, says the guy who's never had the coordination to tie a knot, to say nothing of a tie. [Hey, if I'm designing, I get to abolish the necktie!]
I love neckties! Neckties are cool. I often make it a point to try to wear neckties with T-shirts and turtlenecks whenever possible, not just suits.
You're just strange, Sci. Like I said, I can't tie a tie IRL, so that's most of my antipathy.
Well, fair enough. (Windsor knots are pure evil to tie.) That's why the trick is to tie them once you get them and then never untie them -- just store them pre-tied.
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Old July 29 2010, 05:27 PM   #17
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Yeah, getting back to the uniforms though...OK, maybe people have issues with where I got my inspiration from, but if you could, visualize the actual uniforms in your head.

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Old July 30 2010, 01:11 AM   #18
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For the main uniform, I don't like the shoulder boards, too dated, even by our standards, and it looks bad. I also don't like piping down the legs. A simple stripe would do, or a series of stripes or patterns denoting ranks. If you want to allude back to wet navy, you can also use rings around sleeves to denote rank.

I like the hat idea, even if it is only for the captain, it would look great.
I like the wings idea
I like the velcro idea but they should not be visible, otherwise the uniform looks cheap. A captain has to exude authority, not look like a car mechanic or a garbage collector.

Ties, I like them, but i think they would be outdated by 24th century and would look silly, just like those old ties look silly to us?? Either way, you can design a good uniform with or without them.

May be include gloves? They looked good on Romulans, plus they are very functional.

Germans had very nice uniforms back in the day. Here's Admiral Donitz, pretty cool. I think simplicity is important, don't overdo it. Regular officers should just have starfleet insignia, may be a medal or two, and rings and/or stripes for ranks.

PS I think DS9, Nemesis dress uniform was nice. The sharp angles of the jacket gave them an alien appearance, and there should be at least some alien influence in the design.
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Old July 30 2010, 01:20 AM   #19
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Oh, and I also like the name tag idea
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Old July 30 2010, 01:42 AM   #20
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I went with shoulderboards over sleeve stripes for the simple reason that sleeve stripes are harder to read at a glance for the newbie - and as a practical matter, for an RPG, it's a necessity to keep the pips, even if you don't use them on the *collar*, because they're used on the website (and switching is...difficult). Otherwise, it'd be more of a tossup, and I could see going to a whole new set of rank indicators.

So far as gloves - It'd depend on the uniform. For working uniforms, I see them. Duty uniforms, no. Dress uniforms it's sort of like headgear - you need to account for a multispecies environment.

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