Hello, I'm new here to the boards. For quite a long time now I've been wanting to make a realistic Star Wars costume. I started when I was about 15 and made a Sith outfit with a lightsaber (you know, the usual 15 year old stuff, lol). I kind of got out of making costumes a few years ago, and recently have decided that I'm old enough, and more willing to dedicate the money to making something nice looking. I got to kicking it around the internet, and finally decided that I'm thinking a Tusken Raider costume would be the best choice for me right now (thinking of cost, and difficulty). I've mainly been using TK-409's site and links for ideas. Today I went out and bought some duck cloth, the dark khaki variety. I started working on the leggings for it (I'm following his idea of covered tennis shoes, with a wrap over the calf) and after some cutting, and washing, and sewing, I've come to the conclusion that I'm not really entirely sure how to get a good weathering effect on the fabric. I've made it a bit lighter, and it's really nicely frayed on the outsides, but I need to make it look dirty. I've read a lot of ideas on using tea staining, and Rit Dye sprays, and watered down acrylic paints on it, but was curious what people here might have for suggestions. I kind of want the end result to be pretty similar to TK-409's Tuskens that he has pictured. It almost looks like they might be a little greasy or something? I'm new to the weathering, and more advanced costume touches one might do, so any help is welcome. Also, after reading more about it, and seeing the local garrison, I'm kind of interested in possibly attempting to join the 501st when I'm done with this costume. I was just wondering if anyone here was a part of that, and their thoughts on the organization. It sounds to me like it would be a great place to meet similar minded people in real life, give me something positive to do, and a way to help the community out. And finally (oh man am I long winded), I was wondering if anyone had suggestions on Tusken Raider helmet "kits". I've seen a few out there, and the prices vary. The Godzilla one is pretty tempting to save for, but one person said they could hook me up with the materials for $125. Is it something where you basically get what you pay for? Or is there another cheaper way to get a quality kit? I'm down for an investment in this, I just like to know my options, and save when possible. Thanks guys, sorry for the length of this for only a few questions.