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    Early 2019 CRL update change requests

    Not very historically accurate though, no horns on a viking helmet. This is a CRL thread after all!
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    Newbie from England

    Welcome to the FISD! UK wise there's a pretty decent amount of choice but it can all be sourced here, some of the best armour is UK made. The biggest price variable is the kit but the reality is you're going to be in the £800-£1500 ish range depending on exact decisions you make. I think mine was about a grand but I didn't keep and exact cost recorded.
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    Early 2019 CRL update change requests

    Whilst this accuracy is all well and good when it comes down to it, this is not a replica group. I don't feel we should be enforcing the exact angle of the ear or brow height at anything less than Centurion. Troopers should, for the most part, look the same. If we're down to such minutiae as the brow gap being 5mm off or the ears being off by ~10° then I'd suggest we're already doing a pretty decent job. Provide the information, those who wish to built to it will always exist but I don't feel this level of detail should be overly enforced.
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    ANH Paint colour guide

    You’d need to use a translation guide, these ones came from what troopers have been using for a while. http://models2u.co.uk/downloads/PaintChart-RtoH.PDF That looks to have all the colours listed but you’d need to test them to be sure.
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    Need Sandtrooper Help

    The trimming can be done with just a Stanley knife if needed, ideally you’d have a metal rule too for straight lines. Wilko do a cheap aluminium one. The knife it’s self is what ever you can get, a pound land one will do. You don’t need to press hard just let the knife score, do a few passes and flex it to snap along the score line. If you can some curved lexan scissors from eBay will be about another £4 and help massively in some curved areas where it’s a pain to use score and snap. The only other thing you will want it’s some 180 sand paper. Once each edge is cut run some over to smooth off any sharp edges. Anything more than this isn’t needed. It may speed things up or make it easier but it is not needed.
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    The Stormtrooper Hall of Fame

    Awesome, thanks Aaron! I wish I knew who all the rest of the troopers were in the photo but I have no idea, there was about 300 of us that day! Though I can say Mason (TK30918) is the TK to the right of the AT-AT driver. This was his first troop having recently turned 18. Mason was the first graduate from The Galactic Academy into the UKG, and he did a great job on his first time out. Photo was by Marc Connor (TK40174), who many of you may know as the man behind Troopacoola
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    Matt is spot on. Looks like you didn't trim down the mouldings to just he plates before attaching them.
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    Is the following armor accepted

    Oh my sweet summer child.
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    Themaninthesuitcase Troop Diary

    This year I want to start keeping a proper troop diary. I also keep a handwritten diary, which I keep in my helmet bag which I write down the basics of the troop, roughly how long I was in armour and also any damage sustained. I also tend to write if anything special happened. My TK troop log by Christopher Pearson, on Flickr For those who are interested it's a leuchturm 1917 notebook and I use a TWSBI Eco fine filled with Iroshizuku Take-Sumi (black) ink. Yes, fountain pens are still a thing. So before I get started for 2017, which sadly won't be anytime soon, I figured I'd back fill 2016 from my diary. Troop #1 - 28/05/2016 - MCM London ComicCon (approx 4.5 hrs in armour) This was my first troop so the morning was spent doing my Garrison induction which comprises of a safety briefing (especially important at this troop given the size of the con) and then spotting for the other troopers. My first patrol was with 4 TKs and Chewwy. This was an amazing introduction to trooping, the chewy was amazing in character and the attention as just incredible. My second patrol was with some of our Reel Icons, I escorted Iron Man and Black widow. If you think TK field of view is bad, try Iron Man! After lunch I was finally branded and became a full member of the UKG. I did a couple of patrols but was constantly having issues with my sound setup and gave up on that in the end. I ended up cutting my 3rd trip out short due to the thigh rubbing on my knee causing me a lot of pain. Part of the briefing is "don't be a hero" so I indicated to head back in. I finished up the day with 1 more session spotting for some other troopers. Troopers at MCM London 2016 by Christopher Pearson, on Flickr
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    Themaninthesuitcase Troop Diary

    Apparently the talk was videod by our GML I was up first, I had no briefing about what to expect other than there was stairs to be careful on, and nearly missed on the way off.
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    Themaninthesuitcase Troop Diary

    Troop #15 - 24 November 2018 - MCM ComicCon Birmingham (approx 5 hours in armour) A few firsts for me on this one: First time at the Birmingham Comicon, First time I've talked the wife in to coming along in an official capacity and also the first time away with out the kids in over 5 years! Day started with our briefing taking place on the main stage with use of the PA, this was a novel change from someone shouting across the changing room. After this the wife was whisked away for her induction briefing (safety talk and basics of spotting) so I didn't see her again until mid morning. MCM ComicCon Birmingham Between the UKG, Reel Icons, Rebel Command, Rebel Legion, Mando Mercs, 15th Cyber Legion, UK Colonial Marines and the UK Predators we had over 300 costumers plus a number of spotters. This was a record as far as I am aware and the presence was immense. First thing in the morning you couldn't not see a group of the costumers out working the crowd. IMG_6MCM ComicCon Birmingham583 Also new for me I volunteered to take part in a talk by our CO Garry Hales (also LXO) about the UKG/Reel Icons/Rebel Command and what we do from both a costuming and charity point of view. I was first up on stage, easier said than done there was a step, and was on stage for a few minutes and all the details of the costume and blaster where pointed out to the crowd. I was quite proud that the crowd was noticeably larger by the end of my bit, and that nothing fell off I was followed up by a snowy, an OT and FO Tie, Lord Vader, some stage invading Jawa, Batman, Iron Man and 2 Judges from Dredd(2012). Whilst it was only a small stage by the end of our talk it was a full crowd with many standing as well. Very proud to be part of that. MCM ComicCon Birmingham One of the big draws for MCM Birmingham is the big group photo. Sadly due to the size of the crowd (there were also other shows on at the venue) and the huge number of customers the normal ramp wasn't able to be used so we used the queue hall for a big wide shot. The final image for this is HUGE so rather than kill everyones bandwidth I'll add a video taken by our GWL Wayne Allen TK 52517 During a break my wife noticed a few cracks forming on my armour, one of which risked snapping a corner off the button plate on my chest. Rather than risk losing the corner I elected to de-kit for the day. I spent the rest of the day looking after the Rogue One team consisting of Director Krennic, 2 Death Troopers, 2 Shore Troopers an a Jyn. Having a nice sized group of R1 costumes together really gave a nice big impact MCM ComicCon Birmingham These guys were also cool, I guess. MCM ComicCon Birmingham These are members of our Reel Icons club, most/all are also 501st members 1 is an LCOG.
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    Themaninthesuitcase Troop Diary

    Me not update my troop report in a timely manner, how very dare you. Troop #14 - 27 October 2018 - MCM ComicCon London (approx 8 hours in armour) Yup back at the Excel again for another Comicon. For the most part this one was business as usual. An early start to entertain the queues and then patrols of the venue. Late in the morning I was part of the group who took part in a Silver Sabers display. We paraded in to their stand so that Lord Vader could preside over a sabre battle display. At the end we the paraded back out, and went for lunch This picture was us lurking in a hall entry way waiting for the display time. The ladies were from our guest charity, Mitchell's Miracles, who were collecting on the stand for the 3 days of the con. London Comic Con October 2018 This is a cut from some video, complete with badly timed trooper looking to the side The afternoon was much of the same with a few stints on the club stand for photo-ops by the Death Star wall. Day was called when a spotter noticed I was getting "trooper legs" with about an hour left of the con. Armour did sterling service but on the way out of the venue I was thanking a spotter for help with the lift doors when some one opened a door into my helmet bag! The damage wasn't too bad, about 1/2 long maybe a touch more along a tube seam. 20 minutes with some T shirt and super glue and I was ready for the next one.
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    Is the following armor accepted

    Those notices are just part of the original Anovos images that they used.
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    Welcome to the FISD, glad you enjoyed Birmingham and sounds like Marc did a good job if you're here! As Dan has said do make sure you head over to http://www.ukgarrison.co.uk/join-us.html and get the ball rolling there also.
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    Bristol Uk

    Hi Jack, I don't know of anyone off the top of my head but there's a fair few members down Bristol way who may well be able to help you if needed. Head over to the UKG and ask there. If you've not done so you will need to to create your WIP thread there for clearance anyway. Good luck trooper. Chris.
  16. That link is in the members only area I am afraid. As for The shed/DA if you like them there is no reason to go with them. Lots of happy troopers in that kit all over Europe.
  17. As Mathias has said, he may have made them but a lot of the claims and information on his site are just plain fabrication. There's plenty on this subject if you search.
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    Thank you all!

    Congratulations trooper!
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    CableGuy’s Troop Log (TK42911)

    Whilst I’m not trooping the Sunday I’ll be about in the morning as joe public so I might well see you.
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    CableGuy’s Troop Log (TK42911)

    Woo I’m image #3! And I’m about as organised as you are, I’ve not done mine for this troop yet either.
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    Is the following armor accepted

    Just to back up what others have said, no. The "completed photo" is a computer render, the photos look to be screen shots from another listing, and there's a few other issues I can see that would make clearance problematic. At best this is a poor quality recast. Your best bet is to read through these threads and then if you have any specific questions we can help you more then https://www.whitearmor.net/forum/topic/11538-the-various-types-of-armor-and-where-to-find-them/ https://www.whitearmor.net/forum/topic/19329-where-what-and-whom-to-avoid-when-buying/
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    Is the following armor accepted

    Scammers like this make their money by people buying the rubbish. By even buying it even if you will refund it you’re helping them win. These scams are popping up a lot at the moment. A surprisingly large number people always say “well it’s worth a go” or “I wonder what you do get”. It’s obviously worth their while. The only winning move move is not to play.
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    Is the following armor accepted

    That’s going to be a scam site. There’s a lot of them about at the moment.
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    Flickr Changing Free Tier

    https://blog.flickr.net/en/2018/11/01/changing-flickr-free-accounts-1000-photos/?utm_campaign=flickr-lookingahead&utm_source=Flickr&utm_medium=email&utm_content=1000photos Flickr are changing their free tier to limit it to 1000 images. Their reasoning is 100% fair but this may leave some of us in a pickle, I am affected with 1474 images, 474 of which will go away if I don't upgrade. Pricing is reasonable, at least this year, if you are affected and want to upgrade so it's not like the blackmail situation of Photobucket. Just a sort of heads up for anyone else that will be affected, and don't be surprised if some images start going away in Jan next year.
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    Site security issue

    Do you remember what the security message was saying? We appear to be using Lets Encrypt for our SSL and they only have a 3 month life, a new one was issued yesterday so could have been related to that.