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  1. 19 points
    As many of you know, the 501st elections have come to a close. The FISD membership has spoken. Congratulations to our 2019 FISD Detachment Leader Sarah (Alay)!
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  3. 7 points
    Just got my approval email!! TK 61596 reporting for duty! Thanks for all your input, everyone. I couldn't have done it without you!
  4. 5 points
    Good grief!!!!! I haven’t logged on and reported since forever!!!! You know... I truly think of it all the time, just never seem to write it down. I keep saying I’ll get better... hahahahaha I’m just the worst! So!!!! Here goes! All the reasons why I joined this Legion of “Bad Guys Doing Good” are right here in these photos. I’ve posted about this youngling before. We met Declan for his 6th birthday Sept 2016. I was 1 of 4 TK’s able to attend this day in hospital. We knew his odds and they weren’t good. Declan had a rare adult form of Leukaemia needing a stem cell transplant, of which a proper match could not be found. Even with a donor, his odds were horrifying. We became his troopers. His support. His Garrison. He believes we are real. All of us. Many times during his treatments, he was close to giving up. Sometimes he couldn’t eat. Couldn’t speak. Was done. I could see it in his eyes. Often, the only thing that could get him to respond was the messages. Pictures. Letters. I’ve wrote about this before. We created a FB page for Declan a while back, and so many of you all over this Galaxy, wrote him. Sent him encouragement. Shared yourself with him. Sent gifts. Went out of your way to cheer his day. Some of you from Florida shared time with him. You cannot know what this has meant to him. To his family. To so many of us. As some of you know, our Garrison created him his own set of armor, graciously donated and gifted to him from Walt’s Trooper Factory, of which we presented to him just before he left for his transplants. Making him an honorary member in our Garrison as TK-11. Going by the name of Yoshucksrooper. He was not able to wear it until recently. Upon a visit a couple months ago, I discovered that he couldn’t fit it. And he so desperately wished to wear it. Unbeknownst to members at an Armor Party today, Declan was invited to join us and Garrison members worked together in his armor to be certain he could troop. Though He still has many obstacles to overcome, and is still fighting for his life, his spirit is amazing to witness. Out of all that happened today, Declan remembered that we had tucked a special coin in his drop box. He dug it out, and wanted to have his first coin challenge. A couple of us had instructed him on what he needed to do, and he approached our CO / TK-12175 and slapped his coin down on the table. Of course coins came out of all corners of the room, and not only did this youngling wear his armor with pride, but he felt part of the new family he had been desperately wishing he could join. Complete with a coin challenge!!!! It was a celebration of many things this evening. Friends. Family. Love. Legion. Beauty. Struggles we overcome. A celebration of Life. A young life. In his eyes and smile, standing there in that little white set of armor, in that room, was all the reasons why I joined this Legion. A very clear reminder of the things that matter most. I love my Garrison Family. They really are incredible humans. I’m grateful to the Legion, this Detachment, and my ability to be a member of the 501st. Without them, I’d never have met these people, built and worn my white TK, nor met this little boy. I just wanted to share that with you. With pride and a happy heart, TK-41307/SoulArt/GeekyPink Badlands Garrison Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. 5 points
    Approval email received! Just need to wait for the election dust to settle and I'll have my TKID!
  6. 5 points
    Thanks, Rat! Still alive over here. Garrison elections have finally gotten sorted and I've soft-picked my debut troop in April so all that remains is to get approved by then. which shouldn't be TOO hard, considering how much I'm beginning to look like a tk... another armor party on Saturday afforded the opportunity to finalize some strapping lengths and shave down some armor-bitey areas around the cod, as well as pass on some paint and advice to a couple fellow cadets who recently started their TK builds. Turns out I know a decent bit now, y'all... and what I can't remember off the top of my head, I can find in my reference photo album. Anyway, here's the (SHOULDER STRAPPING NOT IN) look: Also, pardon the lighting. This was before I reshaped the inner thighs. They're currently slimmer (but with the same curves). Forgot my holster hanging straps so no holster in pic. Loving the hinge on that side though! The other side, not so much. It has elastic strapping which is stretching far too readily, and then when it would go back together, the tab system provides just enough pressure to keep it spread apart. Also the lower snap hits my hip bone. I will be rethinking that closure. Ignore the black everywhere up top. Bib needs to be hemmed/tamed, had it on for sizing purposes. Think I'll trim my shoulder straps in the back. Anybody have input on how much I take off? Then I had to run upstairs to get cell signal. So I did. I sounded like a pile of Tupperware in a large mixer, but it was perfectly comfortable and I came downstairs with no problems. Only snag was that my left chest snaps came undone then, and whenever else I moved much. I'll have to readdress them. Then, when nobody was watching my potentially really really stupid move, I set up my camera on a timer and tried to sit down. And boy was it fun! I'll reinforce my butt plate with fiberglass tape and monitor for cracks. And try not to sit a lot. Maybe. Left to do: Sew in second halves of shoulder strap snaps (say that five times fast) Create shoulder bell-bicep wrap strap and bell-bicep hang strap Make elastic boot top cinchers Pad back thigh Rethink right ab-kidney connection Reshape lower calf openings Make strap from gloves to upper edge of forearm armor to keep cuffs from slipping down Repaint tube stripes with new brushes Mount ears, hovi mics, pad bucket Paint various hardware white Purchase ski mask/helmet liner Finish edges of neck seal bib And, longer term, I have to refinish my blaster and mess with helmet electronics. But the stuff above is more immediately necessary for approval. So.
  7. 5 points
    Meanwhile... Yeah, I know it's not part of my TK build, but while I'm waiting to submit we finished my wife Sally's Imperial Line Officer and I just had to share. A.J.
  8. 4 points
    Hi everyone, I received my approval yesterday and have signed up for 2 troops including the Toronto Comicon. I look forward to meeting many of you and to giving to the community. If only I knew: -Just how much information is out there! -That the advice on here is so solid. -Do more research, make more notes -Triple check your supply list -Just how darned HOT it is inside TK armor! Oops! -Gather all of your supplies and triple check your list. It will save a LOT of trips back and forth to the fabric stores, hardware stores, hobby stores, Amazon... A funny thing happened on the way to the Death Star: -My journey started with an email to a 501st member that I found on the 501st.ca site. He welcomed a total stranger (well.. he DID Facebook stalk me and talk to a mutual friend to make sure I wasn't a total psycho) with awesome advice, invited me to his home to see his armor, and has been there for me the entire journey, taking pictures, offering advice, and volunteering to help at any time. Thanks SO much to @Twosolitudes Shout Outs: @Twosolitudes @68Brick @gmrhodes13 @wook1138 and everyone else who helped, laughed, and kept me company during my build thread. Last of all to my dad. Last summer was spent at the hospital with my dad who was slowly wasting away to prostate cancer. The last conversation I had with him was when I told him I had finally found the Trooper armor that I wanted to order, and told him the price. He said "Buy it". The next day he was unconcious and unresponsive, and he died the day after. My TKID is in honour of him. His birthday was April 8 1934, and I am TK 40834.
  9. 4 points
    Nice work Brendan and congrats on approval. Before you pull your helmet apart - keep in mind that the alignment of those ear screws can look off in pictures depending on the angle of the shot. I have an AP kit and always thought my screws were a bit out based on pictures, but when looking at the helmet in person, it is very close to lining up to the edge of the trap. I took a bunch of pictures to test, and sure enough... depending on the angle of the camera to the helmet, the screws can look really out to lunch. Especially if you are close up to the helmet and using a wide angle lens (like what most smart phones have). Did the hovi mics come from AP like that? See you at Centurion!
  10. 4 points
    Thanks, yes, the uneven edges will be covered by the paint. I will use tape to cover the exact size of the display. Before, i will paint the inside black. After the paint is done i will remove the tape and the only thing you will see ist the display, even if you look from the side, as everything is painted black inside. Gesendet von iPhone mit Tapatalk
  11. 4 points
    I'll just wait until I have enough for a full kit from AM. Not worth the trouble and worry.
  12. 4 points
    I did this for a promo video to support the BC Lung Associations Stair Climb for Clean air fundraiser. This is an event where participants see how long it takes to get up a 48 storey building in Vancouver. Funds are raised to help those with lung conditions, and as a tradition - firefighting teams from all around come to compete in full gear! Yves Ho TD 9815 has done this for years IN COSTUME to compete with the firefighters. And yes, he is fast in armor! I did this event last year without armor and it was tiring! Anyways, Yves challenged our garrison to see how fast we could gear up. Here's my submission, complete with distractions.
  13. 4 points
    I've recently been diving headlong into a T-21 build, and it occurred to me that I've been neglecting to finish this kit. I am super close to finishing, and I suddenly realized that I have been actively avoiding working on it. Which got me thinking, "WHY???". It's been a dream of mine to have a Hero Luke suit, so what was going on?? I am sure that at least one of you out there knows the feeling when you feel that you just can't do something without screwing it up. And looking back at my progress, I see what caused me to stop dead in my tracks and make all sorts of excuses for why I didn't have time wasn't making this a priority. It was the grappling hook box. I had no idea as to how I was going to make it work on my kit. I was terrified that I was going to screw up a $300 prop (yes, I paid a little over that much for the box...). So with that, I just decided not to work. Period. I'm crediting my husband for reminding me about my kit-in-progress. Actually, it was a comment he made last night as he looked at the floor of my nerd-room, which was covered with a 1:1 scale printout of a T-21, a large log of EVA foam, and various cutouts of styrene and PVC piping. Photo taken while the floor was still in its "clean" state... "So how are you able to get to work on your stormtrooper with the floor covered in all this?" A nice reality check for sure. As I sat on the floor and looked around, I realized that there was nowhere to walk on the floor. I had (intentionally?) built an actual barrier to my TK with another project. And that's how projects never get finished! Sooooo, today I decided to put away all the T-21 stuff and get back to work on my Hero build. And I'm committed to stay focused until I'm done! I pulled out the grappling hook box and decided that the safest way to bend the side tabs would be with boiling water. I pulled out a heavy duty roasting pan and filled it with water. The extra large surface area allowed me to submerge the tabs and still give me lots of room left to work. Here you can see how straight things were before the hot water treatment: I had to remove the round hook holster and left side belt clip, but this was an easy task- they were fixed on with e6000 (yay!). I used large paint stir sticks to help keep the tabs flat because I only wanted the bends to occur near the box, not on the tabs themselves. It took me about 30 minutes, but it worked! My grappling hook box now fits nicely along the kidney. Some before and after pics: I still have to glue the left side belt hook and grappling hook circle back on. I'm going to give the whole thing a few days to dry out before I tackle that part. But at least this hurdle has been cleared, and I can now confidently wear the grappling hook box without it looking 'off'. I'm excited to finish this build now. Whew! Oh, and my new Praetorian Blaster E-11 arrived in the mail a few days ago, and it is gorgeous! (I will probably do a little weathering to it to make it look a bit more battle-worn, but it's still beautiful.) The detail in that spring element alone is stunning! I gave my Hyperfirm E-11 to my husband for his RS TK... which caused him to revert instantly back to a 10 year-old boy, running around the house with it, yelling, "Pew! Pew! Pew!". He can't wait to be a TK.
  14. 4 points
    Thanks so much, everyone!! The whole process has been such a blast. And this is really only the beginning! Looking forward to meeting lots of you at troops/cons, and everyone else I'll be seeing you around the forums. Time to take a crack at EIB!
  15. 4 points
    Hey guys!, I’m in! Thank you so much for getting me online in the FISD. I’ll be hitting the Intro section next.
  16. 4 points
    Congrats Sarah! I'll be reaching out shortly to start the transition process and will do all I can to ensure that it as smooth and painless as can be.
  17. 3 points
    I decided to go FO, I acquired some Anovos Alpha armour, The abdomen needs adjusting which I will do soon
  18. 3 points
    I re-cut a lot of my plastic bits for the feeder plate because I wanted the pieces to have a beefier look to them. I snagged a sheet of 1/8" white ABS off of Amazon, which is more than enough for my needs. It took using a cutting wheel to initially cut them because the ABS is so thick. A sanding drum and some hand sanding later, and the parts were done. I glued it all together today. I don't think it looks all that bad. After that, I chose to work on getting the stock together. I needed to sandwich the support in a channel between the two halves. I traced the outline of the support piece on each half. Don't worry if you think I carved a channel into both halves like this! I flipped one half over and re-traced things before beginning. If you plan on doing this as well, remember to wear a decent respirator! Or else all this powdery nastiness will go into your lungs. An hour later, and the channels were carved out! Each channel is approximately as deep as one layer of EVA foam (6mm). I simply sanded with a large sanding drum until I began to see the second layer appear. Then I applied a liberal coat of contact cement all over each half, carefully lined things up, and.... Taaa daaa! Here you can see how thick this blaster is. Let me tell you that this stock is super- and I mean super- lightweight. With the support firmly in place inside the foam, it feels really strong and stable. And it may not look like much now, but I can assure you that it will begin to look more like a real T-21 very soon!
  19. 3 points
    This is my Anovos forearm in an RWA bicep. IMO close enough for government work, especially in natural light. RWA ABS (flash) by Christopher Pearson, on Flickr RWA ABS (indoor shade) by Christopher Pearson, on Flickr TM is also pretty close (disclosure he sent me those hand guards purely to do the colour comparison, I still have them if you want more photos) Troopermaster ABS (direct sun) by Christopher Pearson, on Flickr Troopermaster ABS (Indoor shade light) by Christopher Pearson, on Flickr The TM is probably a touch closer, but you do need to remember the white will change for each batch and also how long your armour has been in the sun.
  20. 3 points
    Thanks for the welcome. I'm in Hampshire and just ordered a doopydoos E-11 Blaster and deciding how far to go with it but definitely going with T-jays completion kit.
  21. 3 points
    I just posted a ton of pics in my pre-approval request. I was emailed by my GML who said it should all be a go but he wants some clearer pictures. I'll have to take the actual shots of me wearing it tonight, In the meantime, I whipped up a mannequin out of ABS pipe in about 30 mins: (the left hand slipped...need to make it better next time I put the armor on him!) Material List: 3" ABS pipe - 12' 2"'ABS pipe - 6' 3" ABS "short" elbow - 2 3" ABS T - 3 3"-2" Reducing Flange - 2 2" 45 degree elbow - 2 Zip Ties to connect torso to shoulders Cut List: 3" Pipe: 4" x 2 (shoulders) 5" x 1 (waist) 17" x 2 (torso) 33" x 2 (legs) 10" x 1 (neck) 2" pipe: 8" x 2 14" x2
  22. 3 points
    You could call them TK9 units!
  23. 3 points
    General strapping, most use elastic with snaps (if you double snap you have a spare in case one fails) other glue directly or use Velcro, I like the snaps so when the elastic stretches over time you can just remove and replace. Snap placement https://www.whitearmor.net/forum/topic/24487-diagram-of-snap-placement/
  24. 3 points
    Here's a tip which I find useful and will save you some time and even save you from scrapping some strips from measuring errors, I cut all the strips a bit longer so when I instalI them I only have to worry about adjusting one end and just trim off excess on the other end before gluing the inner part, this way I don't have to go crazy measuring each strip to precision trying to make them fit flush on both ends. For the forearms I cut the strip to follow curvature opening only after forearms are fully assembled and glue has fully set. Mark (AP)
  25. 3 points
    In Memoriam Detachment Leader Executive Officer Deployment Office Pre Approval Forum Detachment Affiliation Elections 3D Section Hall of Fame Fire Teams Just For Laughs Around the Detachment Celebration Bash Tickets Trooping Imperial Attaché Program EIB & Centurion: What do these terms mean? Advanced Tactics Awards EIB - The March To 1000 Competition Winner Merchandise Public Relations Follow FISD It is sad news that we report the loss of another legion member, Cody Parker TK-80127 from the Mountain Garrison passed away on the 15th January 2019. Cody was a quiet trooper, and enjoyed trooping in the anonymity of the stormtrooper armor. Our condolences go out to his family and friends. "Buckets Off" Also reporting the very sad news of the loss of another legion member, Elizabeth Barraza TB-93474 lost her life tragically and unexpectedly on the 25th January 2019, leaving behind a loving husband and fellow 501st member, Sergio Barraza Our condolences go out to her family and friends. "Buckets Off" Greetings troopers, This is my last newsletter article of the term and it’s while one would think it would be a sad moment, I’m actually quite grateful. The great Roman general Scipio Africanus said (in effect), 90% of life is how you respond to it. The membership came together after a tough early part of the year and re-established this community as the most helpful and positive detachment in the Legion. The DO’s are doing a fantastic job, we have developed a solid social media presence, we’ve refreshed all of our branding and the newsletter keeps getting better every issue, the Pre-Approval program is doing well enough that other detachments are asking how to copy that and we’ve also managed to keep our CRLs up to date and prepping for another round of updates soon after elections. Even merchandise after a brief hiatus is fully back up and running with new items coming out all the time. And this is just the start! I’m especially grateful for the 2018 staff who bounced back with grit and can-do attitudes and helped everyone move on and get back on track. Their dedication and integrity to this detachment is unsurpassed and I will never forget their sacrifice, and we are poised now for an even better 2019. Many new members have also joined in and contributed to the tradition of openness and friendliness with helpful and constructive posts to questions. Every day I visit FISD I seen positive examples of people helping each other out. As always when not DL, I’ll still be on staff as FISD Founder to ensure continuity DL Emeritus and Keeper of the Archives, and will ever assist and help the detachment leadership team in anything they need. I’m looking forward to having more time to participate in general discussions help out more as an individual. So yes, when one door closes, another opens up as the saying goes. Thank you all once again, and I look forward to seeing everyone on the boards! With Unquestioned Loyalty Paul Hoeffer TK-8020 "Daetrin" Detachment Leader Greetings fellow members It's that time of year again where we all get to experience the noise that is, Legion elections! For the nominees of the leadership roles across the legion it is now question time (Q&A) so apologies that my input to this months news letter is so brief. I am currently engaged in answering all my questions diligently. Be rest assured we are still also working away in the background making sure FISD continues to tick along smoothly. You may have noticed the sales thread is now open for our Chicago Celebration patch, and I must say what a fantastic design it is, thank you to Jason / TK-16142 / “DeathTrap” for exposing us to your talent sir! Please jump on this quickly as we have a narrow window of opportunity to get these made and shipped out in time for April Celebration Chicago.The link and further details can be found further down in the "Available Merch" section. We also have a crazy new T-shirt design, which I love, Thank you to another talented member Nate "The Snake" TK-87666, not only is he the designer, but this is his line of work, so we have a very special price. The higher the order quantity the cheaper these babies get. Full details also found in the Available Merch section of the newsletter. Get on it!! Things going to plan, I feel we are in for a BIG year, drama free and fun filled, hope to see you all in the March Edition. With Unquestioned Loyalty Andrew Franke TK-11469 "Sly11" Executive Officer Greetings Troopers! We are fast approaching our 900th EIB award and it is great to see the standards continually improving. As well as the DO team and Attaché staff, there seems to be an ever-growing trend across the trooping community to aim for, and encourage progression to, the higher levels. Whilst, of course, this is not essential in any way, it is great to see so many amazing looking troopers on the frontline. As many know, it is easier to aim for this right from the start of a build, adding those finer details to the build list. Those subtle upgrades or specific build methods can really make a positive difference to the finished results. Although we are in the midst of election matters, the DO team will still be on hand to assist our troopers reach their targets. Returning to my post, Dan (CableGuy) Deployment Officers With Unquestioned Loyalty Tony Jobe TK-10116 "ukswrath" Deployment Officer With Unquestioned Loyalty Joseph Pedigo TK-10863 "justjoseph63" Deployment Officer Deputy Deployment Officers With Unquestioned Loyalty Dan Branton TK-142911 "CableGuy" Deputy Deployment Officer With Unquestioned Loyalty Sha Sha Chu TK-19233 "sashachu" Deputy Deployment Officer The FISD is pleased to announce the addition of a new area in the Advanced Tactics forum dedicated to those ready to submit for basic 501st TK approval. This section will allow future Troopers the opportunity to submit photos of their completed build to be reviewed by the Staff, Imperial Attaches and others in preparation for forwarding it to their GML for approval. Any and all advice/suggestions given will be specific, constructive, helpful and respectful. Please note that this program will NOT take the place of your local GML, as Detachments are not chartered for costume approval and can not override a GMLs decision, but is instead a peer review program designed to help you look your best and offer guidance and positive feedback. You will have the opportunity to ask questions about your completed armor, weapons (if applicable), accessories, etc. and get accurate information from the experts here at the FISD.. the definitive home of TKs worldwide. For more information on this program, please visit the link here With elections starting at the end of February it's time to check your detachment affiliation. OK so you look at your Legion profile and it shows that your detachment affiliation to FISD is pending, or otherwise incorrect. Why does this happen, and what is detachment affiliation anyway, and what will FISD do about it? The answer is that detachment affiliation is only ever used once a year, and for one purpose. The only time the Legion ever uses it for anything is to determine who can run for DL and who can vote in detachment elections. That's it. Otherwise it is pretty much ignored and not used for anything. The process of validating detachment membership is cumbersome and time consuming because people use different email information between their Legion and detachment logins, and that there is no way to bulk update the rosters. For a small detachment it is not a big deal to do this manually, but for a detachment the size of FISD with hundreds and soon thousands of 501st members, it's impossible. Fortunately we have technical folk both on FISD and in the Legion web team. Once a year they take a feed from FISD's database and do a bulk update on the Legion database. This occurs right before the election cycle starts and is done once per year. Pro tips: 1) Ensure the email address you use on the Legion & FISD boards are the exact same. 2) Ensure that your FISD profile has the correct TKID. 3) IMPORTANT! You MUST be in the right security group. It should be "501st Stormtrooper" in order for the automated system to pull you over. This thread is where you get your detachment access updated. 4) If after the bulk update is complete and your profile is still not updated, and you are 100% sure your info is in sync between the two boards, then ask for to the Legion web team. They should get feedback on why this isn't working. 5) If all else fails, ping the FISD staff. Which basically means that we'll simply tell the 501st web team to bulk approve everyone 6) If still you have no luck you can contact the legion web team directly via email: lwm@501st.com To check detachment affiliation go to the 501st Mb database here then click Your Profile Data. Greetings Troopers! Legion elections are upon us. That's right. everyone's favorite time of year is back again for 2019. In February, every member of the 501st has the opportunity to exercise their Imperial democratic right to choose their leaders, at both the local and the global level. You will be able to vote for Legion Commanding Officer, Garrison Commanding Officer (or Outpost Leader), and - where you are registered and active in one or more Detachments, for the respective Detachment Leaders. If you are not signed up on the 501st forums you can not vote, you will need to sign up here To vote for Detachment Leader you must be affiliated to the forum of that detachment as well as visiting each of those forums at least once a year, more information can be found here All nominations and voting will occur in the 501st Legion Elections portal here Election Rules, Information and Links Rules and Reminders here Social Media and Harassment here Election Timeline here Pins, Voting Method and FAQ's here Procedural and Technical Queries here (legion forum) If you have any issues you can contact the legion election team via email: elections@501st.com Costume Approval Information - Legion Elections 2019 With the Legion election period about to start February 2nd, the membership database will be in lock down, during this time new member applications through your local garrison/outpost can not be finalized, you may however still submit them but they won't be processed until the end of this cycle. This does not affect the addition of any new costumes to an active members roster/profile, however it does affect any membership status changes ie: active / reserve / retired and any personal information updates. The period of membership database lockdown for 2019 starts Feb 1 and ends @ Feb 19 (GMT). Don't forget to check out the new 3D section, and please contribute where you can, also see the link at the bottom for the new Contributor award details Contributor Awards Main forum title: 3D Parts and Technical Sub topics: 3D Printer owners Your place to discuss what printer/s you own, recommendations, tech talk and the like, It’s a place to learn something new 3D CAD Designers Home of talented 3D cad designers, show off your 3D renders, of FISD related costume parts and accessories. Offer help and advice on programs, or offer to commission a piece for a fellow member 3D File Depository A home for 3D file sharing, Troopers helping Troopers is what this section is all about; yes a single location to keep any 3D files offered up by our extremely generous membership. This will be a 501st member’s only section and rules will apply to any usage of the content. I will be looking for content to get these new sections started so If you are interested in helping drive these new forums, then please send me a PM and let’s get the threads and the filament flowing. 3D printer heads will understand that last comment Here is a link to the New FISD 3D Contributor program. With Unquestioned Loyalty Andrew Franke TK-11469 "Sly11" Executive Officer Who says time doesn’t fly - you look one way and by the time you look back a month is gone. This month has already hit some of us Troopers with Hoth-like temperatures at -38°F up here in the North. It also provides an opportunity phenomenally epic photos like this... Redefining unquestioned loyalty, and the question of when the Snow Trooper rotation will take place, join me in honouring TK - 42775 James, thanks for sharing the images as well as a big thank you to Shawn Gordon TK-6942 for setting the shoot up. Beautiful work! With Unquestioned Loyalty DAaron Gibson TK-99725 "Pyrates" Imperial Propaganda Greetings Troopers. The Fire Team program is completely optional, and is intended to help form a common identity and spirit of camaraderie among 501st Legion stormtroopers in the same geographic area/garrison that troop together. Fire Teams are not officially recognized by the 501st Legion nor the FISD, although they will be able to access a Fire Team sub-forum on the detachment website. Because Fire Teams are unofficial groups, they cannot have any 501st or FISD markings, including 501st Legion, 501st, Legion logos, Vader's Fist etc. on their branding or logos. However, Teams will be allowed to use any unique markings at informal events provided they follow these guidelines. Guidelines No 501st or FISD markings. Period. Any active Legion member with a valid stormtrooper costume in the specified geographic area can join. The Team can create a name, logo, backstory, etc. for itself (names usually contain Fire Team, though this isn't required). A list of each Team (with their specific "Teams Name") with a current list their members will be kept in the Fire Team sub-forum on the Detachment website. A Team member must troop at least twice per year to maintain status as a member. Two or more Team members must troop together once per year to keep the group active. Merchandising Again, no 501st or FISD markings. Merchandising will only be limited by the imagination of the Fire Team. Any merchandising should be submitted to the detachment, or through proper Legion channels. A master list of all Fire Team merchandise (with photos) will be posted in the Fire Team sub-forum. If any of these guidelines are violated, the group will be disbanded. Here is a link to the Fire Team area: http://www.whitearmor.net/forum/forum/130-fire-team-area/ 501st membership is needed to view this area. This is a great program that is strictly just for fun and it also allows fellow TK's get to know each other better. I would love to help any Garrison/area get a Fire Team started, just let me know what I can do to help. If you would like to register a Fire Team here is the link In other business, just a reminder, if you have an addition, removal or any other change in you Fire Team's status, send me a PM here and I'll get you all squared away. Who would have thought when this program started it would progress so well that we now see our 50th Fire Team, congratulations to Southern California Garrison (Southern California) - Fire Team Heavy Hitters. Recently Approved Fire Teams Congratulations to you all # 48 Region: Capital City Garrison - Eastern Ontario (Canada) Name: Fire Team Boreal Logo: TBA - - - - - - - - - - - - - #49 Region: Cloud City Garrison (Oregon/SW Washington) Name: Fire Team Gamma Squad! Logo: TBA - - - - - - - - - - - - - #50 Region: Southern California Garrison (Southern California) Name: Fire Team Heavy Hitters - - - - - - - - - - - - - #51 Region: German Garrison (Germany) Name: Batch Eight - - - - - - - - - - - - - #52 Region: Desert Scorpion Garrison (Western Australia) Name: Fire Team Stingers - - - - - - - - - - - - - #53 Region: Central Garrison, Korriban Squad, (Iowa ) Name: Fire Team Iowa - - - - - - - - - - - - - For the full list of Fire Teams head here With Unquestioned Loyalty Mark Ryner TK-4584 "captsafe66 " FISD/Fire Team Director What Other Costumes Do You Have? Many of us get bitten by the build bug and just can't stop at one, here's a thread showing what costumes others have and what they are working on. Trooping as a Vet with PTSD An inspirational post from James TK42775 "James Whitley" for those wondering about Joining the 501st and have PTSD / Anxiety issues. You can find the post here. Congratulations on attending your first event James, we salute you and thank you for your service. A Story From a Friend Who Was Helped by the 501st A nice piece from Chris "Digz Graavz" an old friend from University saw my suit pics and shared a great story about the 501st from Toronto Fan Expo: The last time I went to Fan Expo, I got into the north building with my hubby to see who we could see, celebrity-wise. Unfortunately, I was on a mobility scooter and the traffic in that building was parking-lot-o-sardines. I got to a certain point and then just could not move. Because of the size of the scooter, it wasn't like I could squeeze through the crowd to get out. Skip forward to me on a mobility scooter in the middle of what seemed like a million people with no apparent way out, in the middle of a full-blown anxiety/panic attack. Tears. Hypervenitillation. Starting to shut down. It was horrid. A Stormtrooper from the 501st asked my hubby if I was okay. He explained my claustrophobia and panic disorder, and the fact that we couldn't even move to escape. The Stormtrooper said to hang on, that he'd be right back. Next thing I know, there's a commotion down the laneway and I'm hearing Stormtrooper voices hollering, "Make way! Move along! Empire business! Stand aside!" They cleared the pathway like the parting of the red bloody sea. Next thing I knew, my hubby and I were being motioned to move down the newly cleared pathway, with 'Troopers on either side of the walkway, holding the crowd back just enough so the scooter could pass. I thanked them as much as I could through my panic... my hubby did more thanking than I did because I was just trying to breathe. I found it truly touching that these folks stepped up and helped a person in distress, when they were just there to get their geek on. Butte County Firefighters Fund A thank you from Mike TB93016 "TB93016" for those who helped support his fundraising efforts: A few weeks ago - I did a run of personal patches to support the Butte County Firefighters Fund, a pot of money accessible by active duty firefighters during times of financial instability. Though this was unofficial, it absolutely could not have happened without the incredible support of the 501st Community and specific members SL 39549 in the Golden Gate Garrison and DD67760 of Florida Garrison (Everglades Outpost.) I am very proud to share the total raised as of Saturday, which has gone up since then. I'm humbled and honored to be able to spearhead and manage this run -I couldn't think of a better group to give it to in a time of need. Amazing community of fans in action here, we truly are - Bad Guys Doin' Really, really Good. Thank you everyone for your support, I hope to see you rockin' 'em at Celebration! - ForesterDesign, TB93016, Great Lakes Garrison Celebration Bash - Have You Purchase Your Ticket? More information and tickets available here Want Your Troop to be Included? Just a reminder if you would like your troop added please post your troop report in the Field Training Exercises section here Those with troop logs please post a separate troop report as it is easier to link too. January - February Star Wars - Empire Strikes Back in Concert More here By: Mike, TK82666 "WhiteWalker" Dream Night 2019 More here By: Glen, gmrhodes13, TK85421 Serve proudly, ladies and gentlemen, and as Tim (Dark CMF) says: "Keep doing what it is that got you here"! Are you an approved TK that spends more time on the boards than the average Trooper? Do you enjoy using your knowledge to help out future and existing Troopers? If so, we would like to invite you to join the Imperial Attaché program! Members of the I.A. team are chosen to help out not only those here on the boards, but on a local level as well. Our aim is to have at least one in each and every Garrison, Squad and Outpost in the entire legion to be the eyes and ears of the FISD on a local level. A suggested level of EIB or above is preferred, as part of the duties include assisting those aiming for levels 2 and 3, but is not a requirement. Being active on the boards on a regular basis , welcoming new members and helping out where you can is, though. Some of the benefits: 1. Access to exclusive Attaché merch., including patches, etc. 2. Having the Imperial Attaché title under your name. 3. Being a part of the team that welcomes new and prospective members of the FISD. 4. Being the "go-to" person in your Garrison, Squad or Outpost. 5. Exclusive access to the Attaché HQ area, Imperial Propaganda Machine (newsletter) and merchandise discussions. We are currently in need of Attaches in many units, especially International Garrisons/Squads and Outposts. For more information on this program, please head here and if you should have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me at any time. (Pretzel) For a complete list of Imperial Attaches, go here NEW ATTACHES! Please join me in welcoming our newest Imperial Attaches! 1. Mark @TK-42134 is an enthusiastic trooper hailing from California who is eager to assist fellow troopers with their build threads. He was inspired by fellow attaches during his approval process. We look forward to his contributions to the team. Serve proudly, Gentlemen, and as Tim (Dark CMF) says: "Keep doing what it is that got you here"! IMPERIAL ATTACHE AWARD Imperial Attaché Award for those attaché's who have gone above and beyond [minimum 1 year of service] You can find a list of prior recipients here ATTACHE MERCHANDISE Attaché Patch NOW AVAILABLE For those of you on the Imperial Attaché staff, I am pleased to announce that the official I.A. patches will soon be available... again! Here are the details.. PLEASE READ CAREFULLY! Patches will be limited to TWO per person, and will only be sold to those who are current FISD Imperial Attaches. These patches have been graciously DONATED to the FISD, so all you will need to do is cover the cost of shipping and PP fees, which will be $1.00 each for those in the U.S. and P.R. and $1.50 each for those outside the U.S. What a deal! You can find the thread here Attaché Ambassador Fellow Attaches. Happy February. The Attache Check-in Process for 2019 has begun a little earlier than last year! As your ambassador, one of my primary roles here is to make sure you are active. It is vital to the Attaches on this board to be the continued beacons and light to the new troopers joining the boards. You all have been those beacons, and I am damn proud of you all. If you have not checked in yet, the 2019 check-in thread can be found here: Thank You! With Unquestioned Loyalty Preston Christman TK-91488 "Pretzel" Attaché Ambassador So what exactly are EIB (Expert Infantry Badge) and Centurion levels? These programs were designed for those who choose to take their armor above and beyond the minimum requirements for basic 501st Legion approval. It gives you the chance to show a level of dedication and pride that takes your armor closer to being as "screen accurate" as possible, without as much extra work as you may realize! It also works on giving a better look to the Legion as an entity, and you can bet others will take notice of your hard work. The 501st has a list of detailed requirements for Basic approval, (level 1), EIB, (level 2) and Centurion, (level 3) which can be found here in the Costume Reference Library, (CRL) http://databank.501st.com/databank/Costuming:FISD_CRL Here are a few of the questions people may be wondering about: 1. "I am a (tall/short/heavy/thin) Trooper. Can I still apply? Of course! These programs are open and encouraged for all sizes of TKs, as long as the costume is correct and meets the guidelines. There are many specific build tutorials to every option, as well as a vast network of fellow TKs on the FISD to help you out and offer suggestions. 2. "How much extra will I have to pay for extra items"? The cost is actually quite reasonable, considering the few extra supplies you will need, which are listed in the requirements area. While it may run you a little more to implement these additions to your costume, they will go a long way to improving accuracy. All needed items can be found for sale on this thread: https://www.whitearmor.net/forum/forum/16-ongoing-sales-project-orders/ While blasters are not required for basic approval, for EIB and Centurion levels they are, and may need upgrades (also listed in the CRL). 3. "I haven't even got my kit yet, is it too early to start planning"? Actually, aiming for Centurion is easiest to do right out of the box. 4. "I have my basic TK approval, can I still get in these programs"? In a word... absolutely! 5. "Are there any "perks" to this extra work and cost"? Besides knowing that you have a great looking set of armor, the 501st and FISD believes you should be deservedly recognized for your achievement(s), and allows you to wear the appropriate embroidered "rocker" badge of rank (available for a very minimum cost) on your shirt, helmet bag, etc., as well as rank decals to put on your armor bin. You will also have access to select "challenge coin" runs, receive (free) a cool certificate for your new rank, and have your title posted below your name in your FISD signature. Plus, once you reach these levels, you will have the extra knowledge to help out those who are looking to apply as well. 6. "Is it hard to apply, and what happens then"? After basic approval, all you do is make sure your armor is up to the standards set forth in the CRL, post a thread with the required photos in the appropriate area (see below), and wait a bit for the D.O.s (Deployment Officers) to address it. (Hint: Studying other people's threads before you submit can be a GREAT help). These are also listed on the main page of the FISD site. While waiting for approval, you will get some comments from others who will offer suggestions and constructive advice to help you out. If you should need any changes, the DOs will let you know, so you can adjust accordingly. Don't be dismayed if you do need changes... it's all for your benefit! After you are approved for EIB, then you can submit for Centurion. EIB https://www.whitearmor.net/forum/forum/19-request-expert-infantryman-status/ Centurion https://www.whitearmor.net/forum/forum/72-request-centurion-status/ Just remember that the FISD is here to help you every step of the way with whatever other questions you may have, but if you can't seem to find what you are looking for in your research, just ask away here on the forum. With Unquestioned Loyalty Joseph Pedigo TK-10863 "justjoseph63" Deployment Officer This area lists all those who have gone above and beyond basic approval toward screen accuracy. FOR January - February the 1st Imperial Stormtrooper Detachment would like to congratulate: Expert Infantry Badge Award: Mark Skelly "Hutt-trooper" TK 19755 EIB 883 Ian Malinoski "WodiQuix" TK 22418 EIB 884 Corey Haury "Imperial FoST" TK 81489 EIB 885 Sven Müller "HSM76" TK 24576 EIB 886 Joaquín G. Galindo "Joako7" TK 71970 EIB 887 Mathijs Hertogs "TK-23181" TK 23181 EIB 888 Siu Kau Au Yeung "baysk" TK 71814 EIB 889 Santiago Jiménez "sanitrooper" TK 20506 EIB 890 GREAT job on your approval, now on to Level 3! Request your free EIB certificate here Centurion Badge Award: Eric Ripley "Scimitar" TK 17529 Centurion 425 Eric E. "Erice3339" TK 14056 Centurion 426 Outstanding job on reaching Centurion, Troopers! Request your free Centurion certificate here If you see any of these Troopers around your Garrison or Squad, be sure to congratulate them! As many of you are aware, the FISD is currently in our March to 1000 program. Our goal is to reach the one thousand mark of Troopers who have earned their Expert Infantry Badge, and although we are well on our way to this goal and have just reached the 890 mark! The amount of approved submissions is increasing (over 80 this year alone) thanks to the dedication of those willing to go the "extra mile" toward screen accuracy. Here is a brief description of EIB as written by Paul (Daetrin), our founder: "Expert Infantryman status is not required for members of this detachment. It should be viewed as an optional set of requirements for those who wish to take the accuracy of their costumes to the next level, and be recognized accordingly. We're a costuming club - think of it as an award for costuming excellence and you get the picture. The requirements will not replace or supersede 501st standards, but only serve as an inspiration for the level of accuracy that can be achieved. The standards are meant to be high but achievable..." Besides the added pride you will have in your armor, those reaching this level can purchase exclusive EIB gear (patches, decals, coins etc.) and get a free certificate for your accomplishment. If you are interested or would like more information about the program head here that will help. You can also contact myself "Pretzel" or any Imperial Attaché, and we will be more than happy to assist you! FISD @ Celebration Chicago 2019 - Patch Contest WINNER Congratulations to Jason TK-16142 “DeathTrap”, the winner of this contest, you had the command staff’s favorite design. In addition to mucho kudos, you will also be getting two free patches, a Kylo Ren bobblehead and a TLJ baseball cap, we will be in contact soon. Thank you to everyone for entering and donating your time and talents! Patch run is live here You can view all of the submitted designs here ****PLEASE NOTE**** Although I try to add any new merchandise to the monthly newsletter not all merchandise runs coincide with each issue, it is always best to keep a watchful eye on the forums and especially on the merchandise area for any new runs as I am not privy to when they may be posted, as such some runs may not be included. FIRST ORDER RACING SHIRTS ***RUN CLOSED***Update 6/2/19 From Chirs: "Andrew and I have reviewed the proof, and we've asked for some updates. Should see that in about a week or so when the factory is back online. I've received final shipping quotes for International and have been systematically messaging folks with totals to pay, and I should be finished with those this week, so we are almost there!!" Any queries with regard to shipping or your order please PM chris "Berbs42" Big thanks one again to Chris for heading this run Run Open - Celebration Chicago Patch ***RUN CLOSES Feb 22nd*** 4” Diameter Embroidered Merrow Edging (Black thread) Iron on backing Metallic Gold Thread for the word "Celebration" You can find the order thread here be quick run closes 22nd February FISD OUTRUN TEE ***RUN LIVE - 2 Options***Update 7/2/19 Nate "The Snake" TK-87666 has posted the final 2 options of the design of his outrun tee and interest and the run is now live here. Pricing still may drop dependant on numbers ordered $10/11 USD, refunds for differences may be refunds will be issued after products have shipped. Shirts will be available for pre-order until March 5th 2019 Newsletter I would just like to personally say thank you to Paul, not only for the help and guidance he has given me and others over this past term but also for supporting his members at large, as many of you would have seen on the legion boards. It's been an honor and a privilege working with you and I hope we see you back at the helm in the not too distant future. With Unquestioned Loyalty Glen "Q" Rhodes TK-85421 "gmrhodes13" PRO - Newsletter Facebook & Twitter With Unquestioned Loyalty Daniel Lauber TK-55550 "Ripper_L" PRO - Facebook & Twitter Instagram With Unquestioned Loyalty Preston Christman TK-91488 "Pretzel" PRO - Instagram Facebook Group With Unquestioned Loyalty Marcus Dohring TK-14057 "JODOKAST" PRO - Facebook Group Don't Forget We're on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram Facebook: www.facebook.com/whitearmor Facebook Group: 1st Imperial Stormtrooper Detachment (FISD) Official Twitter: www.twitter.com/FISD501st or @FISD501st Instagram: www.instagram.com/fisd501st On behalf of the 1st Imperial Stormtrooper Detachment Command Staff and the Imperial Propaganda Department
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