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  1. Hey Paul, Correct you are sir! I'm sure I can speak for the CG Leadership in that any information on how we can improve or serve potential recruits is appreciated. The moral of the story: Information on how to continuously improve = Great! - Public flaming of a longstanding, well reputed CO = Very bad. It is honestly that because we have never had this come up, that it is so surprising.
  2. Hey folks, A little late to the party here, but I just wanted to say that this thread is really quite surprising. Roy is a founding member of the CG and has been re-elected as CO for the past 10 or 11 years, maybe longer. He is one of the nicest people I have ever met and the CG is truly a family because of him and his hardwork of over a decade. When I started my TK journey I stumbled across the FISD first as well. Soon after I found Roy's contact info on the CG site and was quite surprised at how outgoing he was and he offered great information, tips and advice. He shared his recommendations on armour and ultimately gave me some great information to get started. Roy quickly invited me to the annual Xmas party and an upcoming armour party. I attended the Xmas party and was very pleased with the warm welcome and immediate acceptance I received. I'm wondering why people tried to sign-up for the boards without contacting anyone first? I'm not sure what is said in that message, but to me the logical step would be to make an introduction with someone and letting them know your intentions? Second, I'm pretty disappointed how fellow 501st members were so quick to jump on and condemn a brother without all of the information. Someone with a great reputation and tenure such as Roy should be given the benefit of the doubt.
  3. Greetings Troopers! First, I would to thank everyone who supported and voted for me during the recent campaign for Detachment Leader. There have been several changes to the command staff. Here is the new command staff: Detachment Leader (CO) - Dashrazor - Mason Carson (TK 4603) Executive Officer (XO) - RogueTrooper - Tom Gardner (TK5940) Personnel officer (S1) - novatie - A.C. Meyers (TK 5597) Deployment Officer (S7) - Locitus - Mathias Rodstedt (TK2959) Intelligence Officer (S2) - Star Raider - Corey Andrews (TK 4524) Public Relations Officer (S5) - AdamScottFM - Adam Scott (TK 6124) Chief Tactical Officer (S8) - DarthAloha - Eric Brager (TK 9674) Provost Marshall (PRM) - bobojuice - Luis Diaz (TK 7164) Detachment Webmaster (S6) - ZeroRoom - Lucas Bowers I would like to take this time to thank Paul and the members of the 2011 command staff and Imperial Propaganda Department that continue to devote there time and show Unquestioned Loyalty to the FISD. We have high expectations for the upcoming year. Here are a few projects that are already in the works: Baseline requirements for the EFX/MRCE have been added to the CRL’s and we are working on a visual guide for the baseline modifications. New forum skins Forums re-organization Further refining of the CRL's Major updates to the main page Wiki On another note, we are also currently wanting to make the CRL’s global by translating them into other languages. We will be looking for bilingual members that want to help with the translations. We are also currently looking for more 501st members to round out the IPM (Imperial Propaganda Machine). So, if you have photo editing skills, writing or just want to generally help take the FISD to another level, let us know. Let’s make this a year a stellar year for the FISD!!! With unquestioned loyalty, Mason Carson TK-4603 "dashrazor" Detachment Leader First off, congratulations go to Mason for winning the 2012 FISD Detachment Leader election. Furthermore, a BIG thanks to both Mason and Mike for running clean campaigns, and to everyone who participated by asking insightful and thought-provoking questions, without coming off as trying to entrap or otherwise manipulate the candidates. This election was a pleasure to administer, and I can only hope future elections go as smoothly. Now for some participation statistics … If you look at the numbers, this is how it breaks out. Note that these numbers are a snapshot of the population immediately following the end of the election: Number of Legion-approved TKs: 2,311 Number of full forum access detachment members: 634 Number of DL-approved detachment members on the last day of the election: 507 Number of votes cast: 283 Explaining the categories: Item 1 is the total number of Stormtrooper costumes registered at Legion. Item 2 is the subset of those who have been granted access to the Detachment Only area by the FISD Membership Officer, which is where the election Q&A took place. Item 3 is the number of “registered voters†– note that simply owning a TK and having a Legion number does not make you automatically eligible to vote in a detachment election, per Legion rules you must be verified by the DL. Item 4 is of course self-explanatory. My take on this is although we are doing reasonably well in getting our full Detachment members (and status as such can be achieved simply by posting a request in the “501st Trooper Status Requests†thread) registered to vote, there is more of a gap between those who are registered to vote and those who actually do. Of course the biggest issue by far is the large gap between (1) and (2), which is a broader and more far-reaching issue than mere election participation. At the end of the day, the numbers tell me that only 12% of the Legion’s Stormtroopers chose to exercise their right to vote in FISD elections, which is of course the single most important tool one has in influencing the direction of the detachment. As a result, a small minority of troopers wield an outsized level of influence on extremely important issues such as CRLs – issues that affect ALL Legion Stormtroopers. As I stated last month, although this is *your* Detachment, if you don’t participate then you have no moral standing to complain about how things “should beâ€. For those who exercised their right & responsibility to vote – thank you. For those who didn’t – let’s do better next year. With Unquestioned Loyalty, Brian Robinson TK-2918 "tkrestonva" FISD Provost Marshal Emeritus Paul C.Hoeffer (TK-8020) is the visionary who founded the FISD and has been the main driving force of what this Detachment has become. Without his hard work and dedication there would be no FISD as we know it today. In the recent past, Paul told some of us that he felt that the FISD was established enough that he could step aside and not run for another term as DL. Paul said he needed to take some time off and re-charge his batteries. Paul is now lending his expertise as the XO of the Imperial Officer’s Corp Detachment, GWL and GML for his Garrison. I have to say, if this is taking some time off , I would hate to go on vacation with you. Paul in his Imperial Officer uniform: From all of us on the 1st Imperial Stormtrooper Detachment to you Paul, many thanks for all that you have done. For those that did not get a chance to thank Paul, here is a link where you can express your appreciation for all of his hard work: http://forum.whitear...showtopic=18666 With Unquestioned Loyalty, Tom Gardner TK-5940 "RogueTrooper" FISD Executive Officer Ralph McQuarrie - Visionary, Illustrator. Artist passed away on March 3, 2012 at the age of 82. McQuarrie is best know for his concept artwork and matte paintings for the Star Wars Saga, which catapulted him into to working on some of the best known movies in the past 35 years. George Lucas said at one point, if it had not been for McQuarries’s concept art that Lucas used to promote the original script to the to the studios, the original movie probably would not have been made. McQuarrie’s contributions to the first film, not only shaped the look of the movie’s landscape and vehicles, but his illustrations also help create some of the iconic characters such as C3PO, R2-D2, Darth Vader, and our beloved Stormtrooper. Not only did the world lose a great talent, but we the 501st Legion, lost a brother. In 2008 McQuarrie was inducted into the 501st Legion as an honorary member. Here is the ceremony: McQuarrie’s talent and foresight has influenced the past two generations of artist and will continue to influence future generations of artist. There is a saying that the work of most great artist is not appreciated until their passing. McQuarrie is the exception to that rule. With Unquestioned Loyalty, Tom Gardner TK-5940 "RogueTrooper" FISD Executive Officer Special Correspondence by UKG CO - Gary Hailes, TK-2739 As many of you may know Allen Poole TK-1615 lost his long battle with cancer last September leaving behind a wife, Clare and little boy , Luke. He also left a great many friends. Allen loved the 501st and the UKG with great passion. He would troop whenever he was able and involved his family where he could. He would always be amongst the first to volunteer his time should anyone need help and genuinely put others before himself. In his last months, Allen was actually in close communication with another 501st member who was also suffering with Cancer and spent much of his time giving him support. A true testament to Allen’s unselfish nature. Allen married his long time love and mother of his son Clare last summer and I had the honour to be invited. It was an amazing day topped off by members of the UKG changing into costume to welcome the evening guests. Needless to say Allen was arrested and only released on the word of his beautiful new bride. It was a very special day and I was proud to have been a part of it. The next time I saw Allen was at his last Troop. He was awarded a gold patch for his above and beyond service to the UKG. Allen was very ill that day but despite this, insisted on going out in costume to help a raise money for a local charity. Once Allen was in costume it was as if there were nothing wrong! Allen trooped with us all day and no one would have believed how ill he was. I loved running a couple of arrest routines with him and he had certainly not lost his touch!! At the end of the day I hugged Allen and we said goodbye. He knew it was probably the last time we would see each other and it was an emotional moment for both of us. I walked back to the car and I tried to fight back the tears. Allen was one of the bravest people I have ever met and his strength during the last months of his life was phenomenal. He really was an inspiration. Allen sadly passed in September and the very Church where he was married that summer played host to his funeral. Myself, Chris Baker, Steve Chafe, Kieran Thomas, Matt Sparling and Colin Wright were on duty in TK to assist with the funeral. The Coffin was escorted from Allen’s home by Chris and Steve and then myself and Kieran accompanied them as the coffin was taken to the front of the church for the service. The highlight, if you can have such a thing at a funeral, was the church organ playing the Imperial March! Just like Allen to make sure his funeral was done properly!! We then attended the crematorium where Colin and Matt were on duty for the most solemn part of the day. All in all it was a very fitting send off and most of all, Allen would have loved it! We in the UKG have felt this loss deeply and are trying to make sure that Allen’s family still remain a part of us and continue to get our support. Later this year there will be a run of patches to honour and remember Allen and we currently have a run of 501 wristbands with which we hope, with your support, to raise almost £1000 towards his son’s future. For more info on how you can support the wristband fund raising, here is the link: http://forum.whitear...l=&fromsearch=1 Gary Hailes UKG - COMMANDING OFFICER Gary Hailes TK-2739 "89Batman" UKG Commanding Officer Starting from this year, I as the Deployment Officer will be dismissing EI and Centurion applications if I deem the picture quality too low to make judgement on, and/or details cannot be easily seen in submitted pictures. Therefore I would like to provide some examples of what would be a bad picture, and what would be a good one. This is too dark, and somewhat "grainy" in the darker areas of the armour. Also see how the lights on the left make that over exposed, in turn making my armour somewhat under exposed. Detail is too hard to make out in this picture. This one is also underexposed. However, it is hard to make out any special detail in this picture This third picture would be alright to use in your application. It would, however, not be good enough as a full front picture (which will be required to submit) as it is cropped at the knees. Lighting and detail is good however. This picture was taken in the exact same conditions as the previous two, only with flash added to the picture. This is good full front picture that covers several important details in one single picture, using the same camera as above, but taking advantage of the natural light from the sun coming in from the windows. The same goes for the full back and full left and right side pictures (not pictured here) Taking individual pictures for required elements is also a good idea. For example the sniper knee plate that in my case is not attached with rivets and for Centurion is a so called “should beâ€, that means that it is currently allowed to be attached with rivets, but that may change to require glue and no rivets. A good full side view of both left and right of your blaster is also good to submit when making your EI or Centurion application. So with that, I'm looking forward to seeing more Expert Infantry and Centurion applications. With unquestioned loyalty, Mathias Rodstedt TK-2959 "Locitus" Deployment Officer HAWKEYE HAWKEYE ( TK-8555 ) is this month's trooper of the month. Kirby is a great example of what a big part of 501st is all about - putting smiles on kids faces that don't have much to smile about in life. Working with the Make a Wish Foundation, Kirby has done several Troops in the paediatric hospital's around Malaysia. Although Kirby works hard and often away from home, he always finds time to spend with his son and devotes many of his free weekends to helping the less fortunate. For those of us that have never rooped for kids in terrible situations like this, it's hard to imagine how upsetting it must be to see time and time again. However, in true Trooper fashion Kirby keeps doing all he can along with the Malaysia - Brunei Outpost to bring a bit of happiness at some of the darkest times. Well done Kirby, you make us proud. With unquestioned loyalty, Rob Kingman TK-7546 "matt black" Imperial Propaganda Machine The 5th Anniversary patches have all been shipped. We would like to thank everyone that purchased the patches. Can’t wait to see them on a jacket - so post your pics! There is an FISD lapel pin being put into the works. So keep an eye out for them in the near future. There are still about 17 gold challenge coins left, and for the 2012 FISD Calendars there are only 4 left. Plus, there are tons of 5th Anniversary trading cards available. Don't miss out on these....... Don't Forget We're on Facebook and Twitter! Facebook: www.facebook.com/whitearmor Twitter: www.twitter.com/@FISD501st With unquestioned loyalty, Matt MacNeil TK-4887 "Shooter" Public Relations Officer On behalf of the First Imperial Stormtrooper Detachment Command Staff. End Transmission.
  4. Not much available in Canada, most guys mod hasbro's or do pipe builds. Honestly, stay away from importing pre-built blasters, it's not that it's impossible, it's just risky. Matt
  5. You won't have any trouble Trooping with a Blaster with your Garrison. However, if you show up at a Wal-mart unannounced and start threatening people with it, that's a different story Doopydoo's will ship to Canada no problem, as it's a model kit, but you'll have no chance of getting a deactivated Sterling shipped here, or even Hyperfirm's for that matter. There is a place in Regina where you can get Sterling parts, but your looking in the $1500-$2000 for a complete one.
  6. From The Detachment Leader Election Time! From The Detachment Leader Attaché Report Troop of the Month: Georgia Garrison Swag Alert! Greetings Troopers! This is my last newsletter as Detachment Leader and what a ride the past 5-1/2 years it’s been. From the start the vision of the 1st Imperial Stormtroopers has been about having a place where we can come together and celebrate the Stormtrooper costume, a place where over caf and cakes we can share what we’ve learned and encourage each other to push our suits just that little bit farther. And always, doing son in the spirit of Troopers Helping Troopers. Some ask “where do we go from here?†Every year people tell me that there’s nothing new to learn, and every year it seems indeed there is always more that’s discovered than we had thought possible. New makers, new ways of building suits, and new facts about the original suits. Some people think the Expert Infantryman Badge program is just an award, but that viewpoint is missing the larger picture. There was a time when the TK had the lowest level of accuracy across costumes in the Legion, and people were just slapping them together with whatever came in the box - regarless of how inaccurate it was - and calling it “good enoughâ€. I believe people should be proud of their costumes and proud of the character they portray - we're supposed to be the best troopers in the Legion after all. I'm not advocating that every suit needs to be Centurion quality, but EIB is not about the utmost in accuracy for a Legion approvable costume. It’s about taking the next step past the bare minimum. Doing those small yet noticable tweaks that really make your TK shine. The cost and effort to go EI has never been lower or easier actually, with most makers creating suits that are able to get EIB out of the box if built correctly. Even for an out of the box FX suit, EI has never been more than a small cost/effort to bring the suits to a nice standard. MEPD has 33% of all Legion sandtroopers MEPD deployed – and their jump from CLR to Deployed is higher than ours. Think about that – what would the Legion look like if there 700 EIB TKs? What would *your* garrison look like if 1 out of 3 TK’s were at that level of quality and accuracy? Take a moment and think about that. The stormtrooper is a great costume by itself, but nothing can beat the site of a group of clean white TK’s en masse and the effect they have on a crowd. My dream is to never again have the TK be the worst costume in the Legion – I hope it’s a dream we can all work on together. If you’re not EI already, it’s a great time to ask for help to get there. And if you are EI already, why not lend a helping hand to others? The better you look, the better we all look, after all. J Signing off, Paul C. Hoeffer TK-8020 "Daetrin" Detachment Founder As many of you know, February is election season for the 501st Legion, with elections happening at the Legion, Garrison, Outpost, Squad, and Detachment levels. The “2012 Election Forum†section at Legion has everything you need to know, including nomination criteria, campaign/election timelines, campaign rules, etc. You can also get an idea of how past elections went (and as a result an idea of how this year’s election might go) from looking at past year’s election forums. However, here are answers to a few Frequently Asked Questions: Q: When does the election period officially start and what is the election timeline? A: Legion election cycles typically start at 0001 GMT (12:01am) on the first Saturday of February. For 2012, the election period started at 0001 GMT on Saturday, 4 February, beginning with the opening of nominations. Nominations will close on Wednesday, 8 February. At 0001 GMT on Thursday, 9 February, the candidate Question & Answer (Q&A) phase will begin and run for five days, closing on Monday, 13 February. The next 24 hours (Tuesday, 14 February) are reserved for candidate closing statements. Voting will open at 0001 GMT on Wednesday, 15 February. Voting will end at 0000 GMT on Saturday, 19 February. The remainder of February is reserved for transitioning between administrations. Elected candidates will assume office at 0001 GMT on 1 March. Q: Who gets to nominate candidates and/or vote in elections? A: You are eligible to nominate and/or vote in units that you are listed as an active member per that unit’s membership rules. For the FISD, that means you must be an active Legion member with a Legion-approved TK. Simply being a forum member does not qualify – you must be a full Detachment member as shown in the Legion database. You can verify your FISD status by checking your profile data within the Membership DB on the Legion board (one of the selectable menu items on the far left of the screen). If you meet the above criteria but your Detachment Affiliation does not say “First Imperial Stormtrooper Detachment (Approved)†please contact the FISD staff immediately. Q: What FISD positions are open for election, and how do I nominate a candidate? A: At the FISD the only electable position is that of Detachment Leader (DL), all other positions are considered Detachment Staff who serve at the pleasure of the DL. In order to nominate a candidate for DL, both you and the nominee must be an active Legion member in good standing (i.e. currently not under disciplinary sanction). All nominations are handled centrally by logging into the Legion board, selecting “Legion Elections†from the menu on the far left of the screen, and selecting a candidate from the pulldown menu. If there is a candidate you’d like to nominate but their name is not listed as one of the pulldown options, please contact the Legion Captain of the Guard. Note that you cannot nominate yourself - you must be nominated by someone else, the nomination seconded, and the nominee must accept the nomination for it to go forward. Q: How do I ask the candidates questions? A: A Q&A thread will be created in the Detachment Only area of the forum similar to the LCO Candidates Questions thread on the Legion board. This thread will serve as the place for Detachment Members to ask questions of the DL candidate. The DL candidates will copy and paste the questions in their own threads, and respond to the questions in their threads. As is the FISD standard, appropriate decorum is required. Flaming, baiting, prolonged “discussions†in order to bend the candidate to your personal viewpoint, or any other questions designed to harass, humiliate, or otherwise manipulate a candidate will be met with disciplinary action. Nor will this thread serve as a platform simply to make statements promoting one’s personal agenda – any such posts will be deleted. The FISD Guidelines apply here just as they would during any other discussion, if not more so. Q: What happens if there is only one candidate? A: If there is only one candidate, then at the close of the nomination period that candidate will be declared the winner by default. No election will take place, nor will there be a formal Q&A period. The candidate is however encouraged (but not required) to create a Q&A thread and field questions, similar to what would happen if a competitive election were taking place. Q: How do I vote? A: The voting process is the similar to the nomination process – log into the Legion board, select “Legion Elections†from the menu on the far left of the screen, select a candidate from the pulldown menu, and press the *Vote* button. Remember, this is YOUR Detachment and elections are your most important opportunity to influence the direction of the FISD for the coming year. Good luck to the candidates, and if you are eligible to participate – do so! With unquestioned loyalty, Brian Robinson TK-2918 "tkrestonva" Provost Marshall Greetings fellow troopers, We have had some great achievements in the EIB and Centurion programs over the last month. FIrst, I would like to congratulate Graeme Noble (TK-3896) from the UK Garrison for becoming the FISD's 200th EIB recipient! Great work trooper!!! I would also like to congratulate Adrian Lighton (TK-4347) from the UK Garrison for being the first trooper to attain ANH Hero Centurion Status! Outstanding!!!! Looking back at the history of the EIB program you can clearly see that the program is becoming the baseline for most new troopers. From the beginning of the Expert Infantry program in 2007 to 2010 we had 100 approved EIB recipients. From 2010 to 2011 the number had almost doubled to 200. With that in mind, I am setting a goal of another 100 EIB's, which will give us a total of 300 recipients by the end of 2012. This may seem like a lofty goal but with the current trend of Troopers making there costumes EIB and Centurion out of the box and with the success of the Attaché program, I can see us attaining this. Sooooo, come on EI and Centurion troopers, get out there and help your fellow troopers reach this goal!!! Now with the availability of screen accurate armor and better accessories, combined with the information that can be attained from whitearmor.net, going to these levels is easier than ever!! You can see in the photos below how the face of the Stormtrooper costume has changed since the legion began. Since the Stormtrooper is one of the most iconic and recognizable characters from the Star Wars Saga and since it was the very first costume in the Legion, it should be portrayed in the best light possible. By going for EIB or Centurion you are doing your personal best to improve the appearance and preserve the iconic image of the Imperial Stormtrooper. Let's do it for the pride of the Empire!!! With unquestioned loyalty, Mason Carson TK-4603 "Dashrazor" Deployment Officer First and foremost, Thank you for such a great concept, Vern! And to Brian for heading it up! I can only hope that every 501st detachment one day has the "Attache" program. When I first began building my RT kit back in 2010, there really wasn't a person I could go to for TK advice. I did all the research myself and built it myself. With the help of the folks here, of course. I think that may have contributed to why it took me 18 months to finally decide to buy my armor. I was told by SL/CC/TK 585 to do my research and to read everything I could on here, which I did. But, if I had had someone to call or to get advice and ideas from, I would have made the decision sooner. I take pride in being able to help new guys/gals who are looking to join the 501st with the building process of their costumes. I take even more pride in helping the members who came before me, take their costumes to another level in accuracy. I had the privilage of having a future prospect, Thalizar, come to my home on December 26th for an all day mini armor party. He had just received his new ATA full kit and was eager to start the build process. He arrived around 9am and after a short introduction we headed downstairs "where the magic happens". He had some parts trimmed and many that he was unsure how far to trim. I must have said "always measure twice, cut once" a thousand times...poor guy. He was really worried about the helmet and didn't want to mess it up. So, I helped by adding 2 rivets to the sides to attach the cap/back to the faceplate, but that's as far as I was going to go. I told him he could adjust the faceplate to get the brow where he liked it and that the rest was up to him, explaining that he would get more satisfaction of finishing the helmet on his own rather than me doing it for him...he agreed. Of course, if he would have insisted that I finish it, I would have, but that wasn't the point. Getting someone to feel comfortable working on their armor is more rewarding than anything I have ever experienced. The night before, I was asked by TK-5270, if I was available to do a short troop for her family who had flown in from AZ for the holidays. Her cousin's young boys were Star Wars nuts like us and it would make their visit, a memorable one. I asked Dan if he would like to join us as an observer to see "who we are, what we do". He was all for it. We got suited up in a garage, a 28 degree garage, and proceeded to the front door of the home. We were greeted by the kids with mouths open wide. After a short visit and a round of picture taking, we headed out to change. Dan really liked the experience and thanked me for taking him along. I think we got him hooked! We got back to armor around 7:00pm and worked until around 10:30pm. We got almost everything trimmed and assembled the shins. I tried to pump him full of confidence so he would feel comfortable working on the rest at home. He lives about 6 hours away and I wasn't able to swing over and help after his visit. If anyone has seen Dan's, Thalizar's TKC build thread, it looks like he's well on his way to becoming the next TKC Centurion...at least, that's what he is shooting for. There is another armor party coming up soon where we will work on his strapping and possibly submission photos. I'll also be helping a few others with their builds. Thanks for reading and thanks for allowing me to be a part of this awesome community! With unquestioned loyalty, Brian TK-5569 "SolderMaster" Imperial Attaché * Only a few 2012 Calendards are left - don't miss out on the last chance to get the best artwork we've ever produced! Sale thread: http://forum.whitear...showtopic=18149 * 5th Anniversary Trading cards are now available in 50 and 300 count packs. Get 'em while they last! Sale thread: http://forum.whitear...showtopic=18487 * Gold 5th Anniversary Coins are still avaialble (EIB only). Once they are gone, there will never be a second run. Sale thread: http://forum.whitear...showtopic=15729 Don't Forget We're on Facebook and Twitter! Facebook: www.facebook.com/whitearmor Twitter: www.twitter.com/@FISD501st With unquestioned loyalty, Matt MacNeil TK-4887 "Shooter" Public Relations Officer On behalf of the First Imperial Stormtrooper Detachment Command Staff. End Transmission.
  7. Greetings Troopers! This is my last newsletter as Detachment Leader and what a ride the past 5-1/2 years it’s been. From the start the vision of the 1st Imperial Stormtroopers has been about having a place where we can come together and celebrate the Stormtrooper costume, a place where over caf and cakes we can share what we’ve learned and encourage each other to push our suits just that little bit farther. And always, doing son in the spirit of Troopers Helping Troopers. Some ask “where do we go from here?†Every year people tell me that there’s nothing new to learn, and every year it seems indeed there is always more that’s discovered than we had thought possible. New makers, new ways of building suits, and new facts about the original suits. Some people think the Expert Infantryman Badge program is just an award, but that viewpoint is missing the larger picture. There was a time when the TK had the lowest level of accuracy across costumes in the Legion, and people were just slapping them together with whatever came in the box - regarless of how inaccurate it was - and calling it “good enoughâ€. I believe people should be proud of their costumes and proud of the character they portray - we're supposed to be the best troopers in the Legion after all. I'm not advocating that every suit needs to be Centurion quality, but EIB is not about the utmost in accuracy for a Legion approvable costume. It’s about taking the next step past the bare minimum. Doing those small yet noticable tweaks that really make your TK shine. The cost and effort to go EI has never been lower or easier actually, with most makers creating suits that are able to get EIB out of the box if built correctly. Even for an out of the box FX suit, EI has never been more than a small cost/effort to bring the suits to a nice standard. MEPD has 33% of all Legion sandtroopers MEPD deployed – and their jump from CLR to Deployed is higher than ours. Think about that – what would the Legion look like if there 700 EIB TKs? What would *your* garrison look like if 1 out of 3 TK’s were at that level of quality and accuracy? Take a moment and think about that. The stormtrooper is a great costume by itself, but nothing can beat the site of a group of clean white TK’s en masse and the effect they have on a crowd. My dream is to never again have the TK be the worst costume in the Legion – I hope it’s a dream we can all work on together. If you’re not EI already, it’s a great time to ask for help to get there. And if you are EI already, why not lend a helping hand to others? The better you look, the better we all look, after all. J Signing off, Paul C. Hoeffer TK-8020 "Daetrin" Detachment Founder As many of you know, February is election season for the 501st Legion, with elections happening at the Legion, Garrison, Outpost, Squad, and Detachment levels. The “2012 Election Forum†section at Legion has everything you need to know, including nomination criteria, campaign/election timelines, campaign rules, etc. You can also get an idea of how past elections went (and as a result an idea of how this year’s election might go) from looking at past year’s election forums. However, here are answers to a few Frequently Asked Questions: Q: When does the election period officially start and what is the election timeline? A: Legion election cycles typically start at 0001 GMT (12:01am) on the first Saturday of February. For 2012, the election period started at 0001 GMT on Saturday, 4 February, beginning with the opening of nominations. Nominations will close on Wednesday, 8 February. At 0001 GMT on Thursday, 9 February, the candidate Question & Answer (Q&A) phase will begin and run for five days, closing on Monday, 13 February. The next 24 hours (Tuesday, 14 February) are reserved for candidate closing statements. Voting will open at 0001 GMT on Wednesday, 15 February. Voting will end at 0000 GMT on Saturday, 19 February. The remainder of February is reserved for transitioning between administrations. Elected candidates will assume office at 0001 GMT on 1 March. Q: Who gets to nominate candidates and/or vote in elections? A: You are eligible to nominate and/or vote in units that you are listed as an active member per that unit’s membership rules. For the FISD, that means you must be an active Legion member with a Legion-approved TK. Simply being a forum member does not qualify – you must be a full Detachment member as shown in the Legion database. You can verify your FISD status by checking your profile data within the Membership DB on the Legion board (one of the selectable menu items on the far left of the screen). If you meet the above criteria but your Detachment Affiliation does not say “First Imperial Stormtrooper Detachment (Approved)†please contact the FISD staff immediately. Q: What FISD positions are open for election, and how do I nominate a candidate? A: At the FISD the only electable position is that of Detachment Leader (DL), all other positions are considered Detachment Staff who serve at the pleasure of the DL. In order to nominate a candidate for DL, both you and the nominee must be an active Legion member in good standing (i.e. currently not under disciplinary sanction). All nominations are handled centrally by logging into the Legion board, selecting “Legion Elections†from the menu on the far left of the screen, and selecting a candidate from the pulldown menu. If there is a candidate you’d like to nominate but their name is not listed as one of the pulldown options, please contact the Legion Captain of the Guard. Note that you cannot nominate yourself - you must be nominated by someone else, the nomination seconded, and the nominee must accept the nomination for it to go forward. Q: How do I ask the candidates questions? A: A Q&A thread will be created in the Detachment Only area of the forum similar to the LCO Candidates Questions thread on the Legion board. This thread will serve as the place for Detachment Members to ask questions of the DL candidate. The DL candidates will copy and paste the questions in their own threads, and respond to the questions in their threads. As is the FISD standard, appropriate decorum is required. Flaming, baiting, prolonged “discussions†in order to bend the candidate to your personal viewpoint, or any other questions designed to harass, humiliate, or otherwise manipulate a candidate will be met with disciplinary action. Nor will this thread serve as a platform simply to make statements promoting one’s personal agenda – any such posts will be deleted. The FISD Guidelines apply here just as they would during any other discussion, if not more so. Q: What happens if there is only one candidate? A: If there is only one candidate, then at the close of the nomination period that candidate will be declared the winner by default. No election will take place, nor will there be a formal Q&A period. The candidate is however encouraged (but not required) to create a Q&A thread and field questions, similar to what would happen if a competitive election were taking place. Q: How do I vote? A: The voting process is the similar to the nomination process – log into the Legion board, select “Legion Elections†from the menu on the far left of the screen, select a candidate from the pulldown menu, and press the *Vote* button. Remember, this is YOUR Detachment and elections are your most important opportunity to influence the direction of the FISD for the coming year. Good luck to the candidates, and if you are eligible to participate – do so! With unquestioned loyalty, Brian Robinson TK-2918 "tkrestonva" Provost Marshall Greetings fellow troopers, We have had some great achievements in the EIB and Centurion programs over the last month. FIrst, I would like to congratulate Graeme Noble (TK-3896) from the UK Garrison for becoming the FISD's 200th EIB recipient! Great work trooper!!! I would also like to congratulate Adrian Lighton (TK-4347) from the UK Garrison for being the first trooper to attain ANH Hero Centurion Status! Outstanding!!!! Looking back at the history of the EIB program you can clearly see that the program is becoming the baseline for most new troopers. From the beginning of the Expert Infantry program in 2007 to 2010 we had 100 approved EIB recipients. From 2010 to 2011 the number had almost doubled to 200. With that in mind, I am setting a goal of another 100 EIB's, which will give us a total of 300 recipients by the end of 2012. This may seem like a lofty goal but with the current trend of Troopers making there costumes EIB and Centurion out of the box and with the success of the Attaché program, I can see us attaining this. Sooooo, come on EI and Centurion troopers, get out there and help your fellow troopers reach this goal!!! Now with the availability of screen accurate armor and better accessories, combined with the information that can be attained from whitearmor.net, going to these levels is easier than ever!! You can see in the photos below how the face of the Stormtrooper costume has changed since the legion began. Since the Stormtrooper is one of the most iconic and recognizable characters from the Star Wars Saga and since it was the very first costume in the Legion, it should be portrayed in the best light possible. By going for EIB or Centurion you are doing your personal best to improve the appearance and preserve the iconic image of the Imperial Stormtrooper. Let's do it for the pride of the Empire!!! With unquestioned loyalty, Mason Carson TK-4603 "Dashrazor" Deployment Officer First and foremost, Thank you for such a great concept, Vern! And to Brian for heading it up! I can only hope that every 501st detachment one day has the "Attache" program. When I first began building my RT kit back in 2010, there really wasn't a person I could go to for TK advice. I did all the research myself and built it myself. With the help of the folks here, of course. I think that may have contributed to why it took me 18 months to finally decide to buy my armor. I was told by SL/CC/TK 585 to do my research and to read everything I could on here, which I did. But, if I had had someone to call or to get advice and ideas from, I would have made the decision sooner. I take pride in being able to help new guys/gals who are looking to join the 501st with the building process of their costumes. I take even more pride in helping the members who came before me, take their costumes to another level in accuracy. I had the privilage of having a future prospect, Thalizar, come to my home on December 26th for an all day mini armor party. He had just received his new ATA full kit and was eager to start the build process. He arrived around 9am and after a short introduction we headed downstairs "where the magic happens". He had some parts trimmed and many that he was unsure how far to trim. I must have said "always measure twice, cut once" a thousand times...poor guy. He was really worried about the helmet and didn't want to mess it up. So, I helped by adding 2 rivets to the sides to attach the cap/back to the faceplate, but that's as far as I was going to go. I told him he could adjust the faceplate to get the brow where he liked it and that the rest was up to him, explaining that he would get more satisfaction of finishing the helmet on his own rather than me doing it for him...he agreed. Of course, if he would have insisted that I finish it, I would have, but that wasn't the point. Getting someone to feel comfortable working on their armor is more rewarding than anything I have ever experienced. The night before, I was asked by TK-5270, if I was available to do a short troop for her family who had flown in from AZ for the holidays. Her cousin's young boys were Star Wars nuts like us and it would make their visit, a memorable one. I asked Dan if he would like to join us as an observer to see "who we are, what we do". He was all for it. We got suited up in a garage, a 28 degree garage, and proceeded to the front door of the home. We were greeted by the kids with mouths open wide. After a short visit and a round of picture taking, we headed out to change. Dan really liked the experience and thanked me for taking him along. I think we got him hooked! We got back to armor around 7:00pm and worked until around 10:30pm. We got almost everything trimmed and assembled the shins. I tried to pump him full of confidence so he would feel comfortable working on the rest at home. He lives about 6 hours away and I wasn't able to swing over and help after his visit. If anyone has seen Dan's, Thalizar's TKC build thread, it looks like he's well on his way to becoming the next TKC Centurion...at least, that's what he is shooting for. There is another armor party coming up soon where we will work on his strapping and possibly submission photos. I'll also be helping a few others with their builds. Thanks for reading and thanks for allowing me to be a part of this awesome community! With unquestioned loyalty, Brian TK-5569 "SolderMaster" Imperial Attaché Congrats to the Georgia Garrison for helping the Make A Wish foundation make a dream come true! You make us all proud! http://forum.whitear...showtopic=18478 * Only a few 2012 Calendards are left - don't miss out on the last chance to get the best artwork we've ever produced! Sale thread: http://forum.whitear...showtopic=18149 * 5th Anniversary Trading cards are now available in 50 and 300 count packs. Get 'em while they last! Sale thread: http://forum.whitear...showtopic=18487 * Gold 5th Anniversary Coins are still avaialble (EIB only). Once they are gone, there will never be a second run. Sale thread: http://forum.whitear...showtopic=15729 Don't Forget We're on Facebook and Twitter! Facebook: www.facebook.com/whitearmor Twitter: www.twitter.com/@FISD501st With unquestioned loyalty, Matt MacNeil TK-4887 "Shooter" Public Relations Officer On behalf of the First Imperial Stormtrooper Detachment Command Staff. End Transmission.
  8. Hello Troy, you will need TK Detachment Status. You can make your request here: http://forum.whitearmor.net/index.php?showtopic=16
  9. From The Detachment Leader Beating The Trooping Off-Season Blues Legion Elections: DashRazor Runs For FISD DL! Trooper of the Month: Darth Aloha Swag Alert! Greetings Troops! Legion elections start in just a few weeks and as such, now is as good as time as any to let everyone know that I'll not run for DL in 2012. FiSD has been an incredible journey for me: from our inauspicious start where I was wondering if I could convince 9 others to sign the application form to today, where we are the largest detachment in the Legion and are also - by raw membership - the largest unit in the Legion. Not surprising on one hand - with 2300+ TK's in the Legion we should be - but if you compare this to other detachments, stormtrooper costume counts are only holding steady while others like TB, TI, and IC are growing like gangbusters and could overtake us in the future. As FISD has grown the time commitment to being at the helm has grown too. Even with a cracker-jack staff the hours one puts in are not for the faint of heart, or for someone not dedicated to fully serving the needs of our members. After some 5 years of this I need some well earned R&R. While I'll never fully leave FISD and will still participate in our community, it will be from the side-lines and someone else can have the big chair. Thanks to everyone who's supported me and FISD through the years, and even to those that didn't support me but still supported FISD. If anyone is thinking about running for DL my advice is to start planning and getting a move on now, as it's not a role one can step in to without a deal of forethought. I also suggest people carefully think this over - it would be a shame for the greatness of FISD not to continue, so please only nominate people you think are able to lead FISD to a new direction while still preserving our core values that have made us successful. Thanks all. With unquestioned loyalty, Paul C. Hoeffer TK-8020 "Daetrin" Detachment Founder If your Garrison is anything like mine, you are now in what I call the trooping “off-seasonâ€. The Christmas & New Year’s holiday troops are past, and there isn’t much going on in terms of trooping opportunities until springtime. What to do?!? How about knocking out those costume upgrades that have been on the “I’ll eventually get around to it†list? If the idea of Expert Infantry or Centurion appeals to you, now is the perfect time to get your armor out of its bin and make those upgrades prior to the onset of trooping season. With Celebration 6 coming up this summer, you’ll definitely want to look your best. Another idea is to start on an entirely new build. Whether you’re a Stormtrooper loyalist who is looking to take the next step (or grand leap) in armor, or if you’re looking to expand your costume repertoire and try a new costume, now is the time. While we all love our white armor, it’s also nice to have a secondary costume that allows for a greater degree vision and mobility, especially when you just want to hang out for a bit. A third option is to help grow the Legion, your Garrison, and your Detachment by bringing along a new Trooper. As most of us have observed at some point, the only thing cooler than a Stormtrooper is LOTS of stormtroopers! Garrison armor parties are a great way to keep in touch with your Garrison mates, and at this point in my time with the 501st I actually derive more pleasure out of helping a prospective Trooper assemble his armor and earn his TKID than working on my own costume. Building my own kit is fun, but teaching/coaching brings a sense of fulfillment that is hard to describe. Whatever you choose, just because we’re in the offseason doesn’t mean that you have to be inactive. Get up from in front of the computer, break out your armor and tools, and get going! Brian Robinson TK-2918 "tkrestonva" Provost Marshall Greeting Fellow Troopers, Today, I am officially announcing my candidacy for the Detachment Leader of the FISD. One of my goals as Detachment Leader will be to continue the forward direction of the White Armor Forum. Taking a look at the past few years at how the Forum has grown and matured gives me hope to my aspirations of what we can achieve in the year to come... Currently the FISD has one of the most solid Staffs to date. With that in mind, I still will be looking towards expanding the staff in order to accomplish the goals I have in mind. If I am nominated and elected as the FISD Detachment Leader, here are a few of my goals for 2012: *Improved multi-lingual support *Improved site functionality *Expanding and improving the visual references for the costuming standards If I am nominated, I will appreciate your support and vote in the upcoming election. If I am elected your new Detachment leader, please be assured that my door will always be open to any and all FISD members for their causes, concerns, and ideas. With unquestioned loyalty, Mason Carson TK-4603 "Dashrazor" Deployment Officer This month's well deserved Trooper of the Month is the FISD's resident Hawaiian funny man, Darth Aloha. As many of you would be aware in the second half of 2011,http://www.whitearmor.net decided to revamp the reception centre and switch over to the more in depth and interactive wiki format. While RogueTrooper and his team crafted the CRL's Darth Aloha enthusiastically put his hand up to format and build the wiki based Reception Centre from scratch. Darth Aloha had a good year here on FISD under his belt, but had only just begun his official membership with the 501st when he burst out of nowhere with the offer of his skills, and he hasn't let up since. He has worked tirelessly and non-stop to get the Reception Centre up and running and make the FISD knowledge repository better than ever before. In addition he somehow finds time to contribute constantly to the forums, in a meaningful and helpful way, offering advice, hard earned from his spectacular RT-Mod build, making new members feel welcome and always dishing out his inimitable brand of hilarious commentary to every aspect of the 1st Imperial Stormtrooper Department forums. With his friendly and gregarious attitude Darth Aloha is exemplary of the Troopers Helping Troopers unofficial FISD motto and a truly deserving winner of this month's Trooper Of The Month Award. Congratulations DarthAloha! Time is fast running out to order your 2012 FISD Calendar. Only a limited number have been made, and once gone, they are gone. Order today! The 5th Anniversary 10" patch run is closed and items have been ordered. We should have those shipping in a few weeks. FISD trading cards are in stock and the for sale thread will go up soon. These are also in limited quanties and will be sold in fast packs of 50 and also larger packs of 300. (add picture) I still have a chunk of EI gold coins - so if you are an EIB or Centurion recipient and haven't already purchased a gold coin, please do so. Only 20 left and when they are gone, there will never be another run. Lastly, if you haven't ordered your trading cards, now is an excellent time to do so. Only a few slots remain for our inaugural design, and the pricing can't be beat! Don't Forget We're on Facebook and Twitter! Facebook: www.facebook.com/whitearmor Twitter: www.twitter.com/@FISD501st With unquestioned loyalty, Matt MacNeil TK-4887 "Shooter" Public Relations Officer On behalf of the First Imperial Stormtrooper Detachment Command Staff. End Transmission.
  10. Greetings Troops! Legion elections start in just a few weeks and as such, now is as good as time as any to let everyone know that I'll not run for DL in 2012. FiSD has been an incredible journey for me: from our inauspicious start where I was wondering if I could convince 9 others to sign the application form to today, where we are the largest detachment in the Legion and are also - by raw membership - the largest unit in the Legion. Not surprising on one hand - with 2300+ TK's in the Legion we should be - but if you compare this to other detachments, stormtrooper costume counts are only holding steady while others like TB, TI, and IC are growing like gangbusters and could overtake us in the future. As FISD has grown the time commitment to being at the helm has grown too. Even with a cracker-jack staff the hours one puts in are not for the faint of heart, or for someone not dedicated to fully serving the needs of our members. After some 5 years of this I need some well earned R&R. While I'll never fully leave FISD and will still participate in our community, it will be from the side-lines and someone else can have the big chair. Thanks to everyone who's supported me and FISD through the years, and even to those that didn't support me but still supported FISD. If anyone is thinking about running for DL my advice is to start planning and getting a move on now, as it's not a role one can step in to without a deal of forethought. I also suggest people carefully think this over - it would be a shame for the greatness of FISD not to continue, so please only nominate people you think are able to lead FISD to a new direction while still preserving our core values that have made us successful. Thanks all. With unquestioned loyalty, Paul C. Hoeffer TK-8020 "Daetrin" Detachment Founder If your Garrison is anything like mine, you are now in what I call the trooping “off-seasonâ€. The Christmas & New Year’s holiday troops are past, and there isn’t much going on in terms of trooping opportunities until springtime. What to do?!? How about knocking out those costume upgrades that have been on the “I’ll eventually get around to it†list? If the idea of Expert Infantry or Centurion appeals to you, now is the perfect time to get your armor out of its bin and make those upgrades prior to the onset of trooping season. With Celebration 6 coming up this summer, you’ll definitely want to look your best. Another idea is to start on an entirely new build. Whether you’re a Stormtrooper loyalist who is looking to take the next step (or grand leap) in armor, or if you’re looking to expand your costume repertoire and try a new costume, now is the time. While we all love our white armor, it’s also nice to have a secondary costume that allows for a greater degree vision and mobility, especially when you just want to hang out for a bit. A third option is to help grow the Legion, your Garrison, and your Detachment by bringing along a new Trooper. As most of us have observed at some point, the only thing cooler than a Stormtrooper is LOTS of stormtroopers! Garrison armor parties are a great way to keep in touch with your Garrison mates, and at this point in my time with the 501st I actually derive more pleasure out of helping a prospective Trooper assemble his armor and earn his TKID than working on my own costume. Building my own kit is fun, but teaching/coaching brings a sense of fulfillment that is hard to describe. Whatever you choose, just because we’re in the offseason doesn’t mean that you have to be inactive. Get up from in front of the computer, break out your armor and tools, and get going! Brian Robinson TK-2918 "tkrestonva" Provost Marshall Greeting Fellow Troopers, Today, I am officially announcing my candidacy for the Detachment Leader of the FISD. One of my goals as Detachment Leader will be to continue the forward direction of the White Armor Forum. Taking a look at the past few years at how the Forum has grown and matured gives me hope to my aspirations of what we can achieve in the year to come... Currently the FISD has one of the most solid Staffs to date. With that in mind, I still will be looking towards expanding the staff in order to accomplish the goals I have in mind. If I am nominated and elected as the FISD Detachment Leader, here are a few of my goals for 2012: *Improved multi-lingual support *Improved site functionality *Expanding and improving the visual references for the costuming standards If I am nominated, I will appreciate your support and vote in the upcoming election. If I am elected your new Detachment leader, please be assured that my door will always be open to any and all FISD members for their causes, concerns, and ideas. With unquestioned loyalty, Mason Carson TK-4603 "Dashrazor" Deployment Officer[/size] This month's well deserved Trooper of the Month is the FISD's resident Hawaiian funny man, Darth Aloha. As many of you would be aware in the second half of 2011,http://www.whitearmor.net decided to revamp the reception centre and switch over to the more in depth and interactive wiki format. While RogueTrooper and his team crafted the CRL's Darth Aloha enthusiastically put his hand up to format and build the wiki based Reception Centre from scratch. Darth Aloha had a good year here on FISD under his belt, but had only just begun his official membership with the 501st when he burst out of nowhere with the offer of his skills, and he hasn't let up since. He has worked tirelessly and non-stop to get the Reception Centre up and running and make the FISD knowledge repository better than ever before. In addition he somehow finds time to contribute constantly to the forums, in a meaningful and helpful way, offering advice, hard earned from his spectacular RT-Mod build, making new members feel welcome and always dishing out his inimitable brand of hilarious commentary to every aspect of the 1st Imperial Stormtrooper Department forums. With his friendly and gregarious attitude Darth Aloha is exemplary of the Troopers Helping Troopers unofficial FISD motto and a truly deserving winner of this month's Trooper Of The Month Award. Congratulations DarthAloha! Time is fast running out to order your 2012 FISD Calendar. Only a limited number have been made, and once gone, they are gone. Order today! The 5th Anniversary 10" patch run is closed and items have been ordered. We should have those shipping in a few weeks. FISD trading cards are in stock and the for sale thread will go up soon. These are also in limited quanties and will be sold in fast packs of 50 and also larger packs of 300. (add picture) I still have a chunk of EI gold coins - so if you are an EIB or Centurion recipient and haven't already purchased a gold coin, please do so. Only 20 left and when they are gone, there will never be another run. Lastly, if you haven't ordered your trading cards, now is an excellent time to do so. Only a few slots remain for our inaugural design, and the pricing can't be beat! Don't Forget We're on Facebook and Twitter! Facebook: www.facebook.com/whitearmor Twitter: www.twitter.com/@FISD501st With unquestioned loyalty, Matt MacNeil TK-4887 "Shooter" Public Relations Officer On behalf of the First Imperial Stormtrooper Detachment Command Staff. End Transmission.
  11. It really depends on the size, shape of your thigh. I would recommend as Terry showed to put together the Front first, then do some test fitting and trimming until you have the fit you're looking for.
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