Great write-up Louie, this is exactly what we were hoping for when we held the contest. Your Jeep looks killer in that last photo with both of the DeFenders on there, before removing them for powder coat.
The solid plates are the ones that come for free, as part of the DeFender kit. The ones with the Spyder cutout are normally sold separately. You can choose to use either or both, its up to you. Here's what Papa Smurf, our shop YJ, looks like with both plates stacked (with the spyder plate left natural aluminum):I forgot to mention that PS included their side inserts with the fenders. They gave me solid backing and plates and aluminum ones with the logo cut out. They are pretty sweet. I'm thinking I'll just have the aluminum with the logo on it unless someone else has an opinion.