My name is Tom from Swansea U.K., and I have recently ordered a RS Propmasters Sandtrooper kit, can't wait for it to arrive.
This will be the first time I have ever done something like this so I'm a bit nervous, but I'll be OK as there's plenty of guides and help on the Internet.
I have done a bit of research and I think the setup I will go with is a black pauldron, with an E-11 blaster (I basically want to look like some sort of rookie/new enlister). Regarding the backpacks, I have seen some reference pictures with it, and some without. So are they optional? As I would rather not wear one (for now), being the rookie I am, I accidentally dropped it into a Sarlaac pit.