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, and any changes to the standards will need to be approved by a majority vote of this detachment.
Because the stormtroopers vary in details between each movie, Stormtrooper Detachment EIB (Expert Infantryman Badge) Requirements are broken down to include base Requirements that every stormtrooper must attain, plus movie-specific Requirements. This allows for a higher level of accuracy than can be achieved through a single standard.
Troopers achieving this distinction will be listed on the Expert Infantrymen page.
RELATION TO THE 501st Legion Costume Reference Library (CRL) Standards
Ideally the 501st CRL would capture the EIB requirements in the "SHOULD HAVE" sections of the relevant CRL entry. However until the CRL's are 100% confirmed, we'll continue to break them out in their own area.
BASE REQUIREMENTS (ALL)
Base Requirements are applicable to anyone wanting to achieve EIB status in the FISD. They cover the basic costume and in essence cover what is required for Legion Requirements.
NOTE: On 21-Mar-08 FISD has ratified that FX helmets are no longer acceptable for Expert Infantryman qualification.
ANH REQUIREMENTS (CANON)
In addition to complying with all base Requirements, stormtroopers wishing to attain ANH Expert Infantryman status must also complete the ANH Requirements.
Unlike ESB and ROTJ, there are two different helmet options: the Hero and Stunt. Troopers must choose one or the other.
Lastly, troopers may choose among several different options, such as replacing the thermal detonator with a combination of grappling hook and comlink.
ESB REQUIREMENTS (CANON)
In addition to complying with all base Requirements, stormtroopers wishing to attain ESB Expert Infantryman status must also complete the ESB Requirements.
ESB Requirements are very similar to ANH but with some small differences, notably in the handplates, helmet, and holster / blaster.
ROTJ REQUIREMENTS (CANON)
In addition to complying with all base Requirements, stormtroopers wishing to attain ROTJ Expert Infantryman status must also complete ROTJ Requirements.
ROTJ Requirements are quite a bit different from ANH and ESB as they entail numerous changes to the armor as well as helmet.
HEAVY WEAPONS TROOPER (HWT) REQUIREMENTS (EU)
Heavy Weapon Trooper (HWT) Requirements
In addition to complying with all ANH Requirements, stormtroopers wishing to attain HWT Expert Infantryman status must also complete Heavy Weapons Trooper Requirements.
Essentially a HWT is an ANH trooper with accessories: pack, pauldron, ammo pouches and of course a large weapon (BFG). They can be clean or have minor weathering.
STORMTROOPER COMMANDER (TKC) REQUIREMENTS (EU)
In addition to complying with all ANH Requirements, stormtroopers wishing to attain TFU (The Force Unleashed) Stormtrooper Commander Expert Infantryman status must also complete TFU Stormtrooper Commander Requirements.
Essentially a TFU Stormtrooper Commander comes in two variations:
1. An ROTJ trooper but with the following ANH details: split butt plate, trapezoid hand plates, left side mounted holster, ANH Stunt helmet.
2. An ANH Stunt trooper with paint and scuffs. This is based on the action figures.
Both of these must be painted in accordance with established visual references.