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About MacPhisto

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    Expert Infantry
  • Birthday 01/12/1975

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    Purcellville Virginia
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    Photography, trooping, hiking, urbex, exploring new and unusual sites, sounds, and locations.


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    Garrison Tyranus

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  1. I absolutely love how we Star Wars nerds can point out the flaws inherent to armor even in the freshest stills of a new movie. So, freakin!, awesome!! I'm sure we'll be able to dissect more flaws in the coming days with the slew of new movies on the horizon!
  2. Ah man, you come over and my girls will give you a makeover!
  3. So, the idea is to have green everything is that right Matt? Green underwear? Green toe-nail polish? The possibilities are endless!
  4. It's best if folks on FISD can see pictures so if it's possible try posting some images to get the best assistance possible. Some use Photobucket but I find Imgur to be a far superior service. Also I used Ukswrath's Anovos build bible thread to get mine up to spec. Best of luck on the build!
  5. Welcome to the FISD and welcome to Garrison Tyranus. There are plenty of troopers out in your neighborhood so I'm sure there will plenty of people available to assist. We have a great garrison and great people to hang out with. Great to see you on the FISD forums!
  6. Event Name: Washington Nationals Star Wars Day May 27, 2017 Wow! That was a fun event! Thanks to everyone that could make it out. While we did get a few light showers, the lower temperatures made up for it! A lot more people were able to troop the entire game. (That was over six hours in kit!) The Nats did a great job of taking care of us again. They let us into the shop early to buy swag this year. They also brought us Chewbacca coozies. (I had to use mine on Memorial Day...) As usual, they brought in drinks, sandwiches, and most importantly cookies. The guys delivering cookies received loud cheers when they arrived. This year, they had a security person assigned to each team along with one intern for every two teams. This made it much easier for us to get around. They also helped keep us on schedule. Personally, I found that the shifts when very quickly. Actually, we had a number of people that wanted to keep trooping rather than taking their full breaks. My only recommendation for next year would be to have a few people assigned to table duty rather than having the squires try to man the table while their teams were using the backdrop. Thanks again to everyone that made this event a success!!! Troopers: Jess Wedlock - TK Eric Grubb - TB Bryan Curtis - Boba Anna Mitchell - Jango (GT) Chris Williams - Montross (GT) Bria LaVorgna - ID (GT) Phil Gastilo - TK Justin Strait - SL (GT) Solomon Odom - TK (GT) Kate Walsh - DZ (CG) Brian Robinson - TK (GT) Ben Jen - TK (GT) Emily Schram - Rex Dieter Jobe - (GT) Jason Pizzino - DZ (GT) BJ Brown - ID (GT) Matthew Morley - TK Melissa Ralph - ID William Ralph - TK Anna Mac Adams - Director Isard (GT) Catherine Evans - DZ (GT) Josh Orr - TR Scott Huls - TX (GT) Drew Brasfield - TK (GT) Virgil Bauer - TK Sean Timmothy Waites - TK Stephen Bauchan - TK Charlie Mann - TI Charles Singer - FO TIE Squires: Sabrina Odom Stacey Pizzino Patrick Talbott Kelly Bauer Natalie Bauchan Kevin Lackie This was a great event! My wife squired for me, as usual, and we spent the entire day at the ballpark. My Mom and my 2 kids entered the park at 2 and sat with everyone else. Once again, this was a cross-garrison troop. We had several groups of us trooping around the ballpark at all times.
  7. Event Name: National Air and Space Museum: The Force at 40 Comments: NASM will be hosting a special event on May 25th to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Star Wars. The program will feature two free, ticketed film screenings, SW-themed activities, a live brass band, and talks on the intersection of science fiction and real space exploration. We would also like to invite characters to attend for visitor interaction and photo-ops, similar in style and scale to our annual Air and Scare event at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA. Referred by: NASM has enjoyed working with the 501st for several years now. Troopers: Christian Evangelista - ID (GT) - Needs Parking Bria LaVorgna - ID (GT) - Needs Parking Solomon Odom - TK (GT) - Needs Parking Matt Leech - TK (GT) - Needs Parking Clayton Kratz - IC (GT) - Needs Parking Dale LeTourneau - ID (GT) - Needs Parking Billie LeTourneau - ID (GT) Scott Huls - TX (GT) - Needs Parking Melissa Ralph - ID - Needs Parking William Ralph - TK Brian Robinson - TK (GT) - Needs Parking Craig Staley - TK (GT) - Needs Parking Jeff Ryan - Kylo - Needs Parking Matt Blank - DZ (GC) - Needs Parking Justin Strait - Rex (GT) - Needs Parking Devin Minnich - TB - Needs Parking Jeffrey Northman - TK (GT) - Needs Parking Benjamin Jerauld - TK (GT) - Needs Parking Jess Wedlock - TK - Needs Parking John Kuzins - TK (GT) - Needs Parking Emily Schram - Rex - Needs Parking Anna Mitchell (GT) - Needs Parking Chris Williams (GT) - Needs Parking Carlos F Cruz (GT) - Needs Parking Everett Pilson - Needs Parking Nick Pasquariello - TA - Needs Parking Lance Antill - TI (GT) - Needs Parking Sean Antill - ID (GT) Spyke Alexander - TS (GT) Dale Henry - Vader (GT) - Needs Parking BJ Browne - TK or ID (GT) - Needs Parking Squires: Robert I Boyce - Needs Parking April Ryan Sabrina Odom This was one of the most enjoyable troops I have ever been on in my short time as a stormtrooper. There were two instances that stand out in my mind when I look back on this troop. I was able to assist the security guards as guests arrived by "wanding" them as they came through the metal detectors. I would occasionally make a remark like, "Excuse me sir, is that a cucumber wrapped in aluminum foil? You know that isn't allowed." The security guards had a great time joking with us. I even asked about the benefits and the "bonus situation". Some of the guards were quite intimidated by me though and chose to run away. The other part of the troop that was superb was the mini-orchestra that played there. I nearly choked up in my helmet when they played Princess Leia's theme. I was standing so close to this 10 person orchestra that my microphone picked up on the music and broadcast it, complete with TK scratches, through my speaker in my chest. Then they played the imperial march and I, and another TK, walked over to stand in front of them. This was a great cross-garrison troop and I got to meet a lot of great people!
  8. Congratulations on getting your box! See you in uniform soon, (well, soon being relative, as soon as you get it all together!).
  9. Box day! Trust me, once you start trooping it's difficult to say no!
  10. My second troop last weekend, held directly after the first, was for an equally great cause. Same folks showed up at the second one that did at the first. My two kids had a great time at both events! After Action Report: - Event Name: EagleFest 2017 Fundraiser - Event Date: 5/20/2017 - Event Location: Oak View Elementary, Fairfax, VA - Summary of Event: Checked in with Mrs. Bartley and Mrs. Jansik who were running the event to secure two rooms to change, store bins and identify the status on blasters, since the event took place in a school. Mrs. Bartley informed me she had asked the Principals secretary who said "You can't have Star Wars without blasters" and did not mind so long as they were not pointed at anyone or could actually fire any projectiles. Both Mrs. Bartley and Mrs. Jansik were extremely excited to have us in attendance and were even more excited when they found out there would be almost 10 troopers. The event mostly took in place in the gym and outside on the play ground where there were small carnival rides, blow up rock wall/slides, and a small train, which we attempted to commandeer for the empire. Could not have asked for a better troop, weather was great, the staff were extremely accommodating and provided us plenty of drinks and food. There were a couple rambunctious kids, but outside of that, this was a perfect troop and could not have asked for a better time. I spoke with several individuals who had never heard of the 501st/Rebel Legion and were extremely interested in having us in attendance for their community/charity events. At the conclusion of the event, I spoke with Mrs. Bartley and Mrs. Jansik who could not thank us enough for being there and informed me they would definitely request us again in the future. - Total Number of hours worked: trooped from 1130AM until approximately 230PM - Money Raised: The event ended after 3PM with an auction and they had not counted the money raised due to the auction. Troopers: Scott Huls - Zaalif - 71317 Sean Antill - 7Fdude15 - 11270 Trish Fratarcangelo - Fratmandu - 19950 Jim Fratarcangelo - tiafrat - 19650 Brian Robinson - TKRestonVA - 2918 Nick Pasquariello - Npask82 - 42582 Lance Antill - USAFlance - 72770 Damon Dener - HappyTrooperDotCom - 10900 Solomon Odom - MacPhisto - 77797 Squires: Sabrina Odom Carly Kennedy - also trooped as a Rebel Pilot P.S. This was Jim (FRATMANDU) Fratarcangelo's Elementary School when he grew up in the area.
  11. This past weekend I did 2 troops. I'm a bit behind on updating my troop log but I'm getting back into it. This event was so much fun. Nick, the Tank Commander, was here on his first troop. Excellent troop for an excellent cause! After Action Report: - Event Name: Ellie's Hats Charity Pancake Breakfast - Event Date: 5/20/2017 - Event Location: American Legion Post 177, Fairfax, VA - Summary of Event: Checked in with Jay, he had a secure area for all of us to change and store our bins. All of us arrived on time, we were all outdoors greeting guests as they arrived for breakfast. We took photos in the parking lot with Eric Jacobs' Death Star Hummer, and an Ellie's Hats trash truck (logo: "trashing cancer!"). Spoke with some of the guests at the entrance. Weather was perfect, nice breeze, not too hot. We were treated to breakfast after trooping. Thanked Jay for having us, and followed up with an email. Jay's response below: I need to thank you. The responses from having you guys there was VERY positive. You guys have the same mission that I have with Ellie's Hats which is to help bring a smile to children's faces. I would love to work with you guys whenever we can. please stay in touch, Jay Coakley President/Founder Ellie's Hats - Total Number of hours worked: trooped from 8AM until approximately 10:45AM - Money Raised: not sure Troopers: Damon Degner - DZ 10900 Nick Pasquariello - TA 42582 Scott Huls - TX 71317 Trish Fratarcangelo - TK 19950 Jim Fratarcangelo - TK 19650 Sean Antill - IO 11279 Lance Antill - TI 72770 Brian Robinson - TK 2918 Solomon Odom - TK 77797 Eric Jacobs - approved TIE Pilot, waiting on his Legion ID Squires: Sabrina Odom Carly Kennedy - also trooped as a Rebel Pilot
  12. So, the first troop of the three I participated in over one weekend was with Garison Corellia, (I represented Garrison Tyranus,) on 4-7-17 in Shepherdstown West Virginia, at Shepherd University, for Relay for Life. This was my first Blast-a-Trooper event and I honestly didn't know what to expect. Several of us showed up as TKs, a Tie Pilot, and even a Snowtrooper! Attendees: James Welsh - Snowtrooper Scott Stevens - Imperial Officer Jacob Stottlemyer - TK John Vanorsdale - TK Gaby Gabriela - Recruit Possibly others My daughter even enjoyed the event:
  13. I had 3 troops in 2 days in 2 separate States, VA and WV, with 2 separate Garrisons, my own, Tyranus, and one with Garrison Corellia. The first troop was at the Stele Open X-wing fighter gaming tournament directly before the Haymarket event listed above. I met up with Rob Weick, Bobba Fett, and a fellow imperial officer, (name escapes me right now). We suited up at 0630 before heading down to the lobby. We oversaw the registration of folks entering the tournament as I checked for credentials. There was a great turnout of people who were most impressed and enthusiastic about our arrival. I was so tired I didn't even notice my drop boxes weren't properly aligned!!
  14. April 8, 2017: Alex's Army Childhood Cancer Awareness in Haymarket VA After Action Report Attendees: Damon Degner - Sandtrooper Damon's 2 Daughters - Jawas Matthew Leech - TK Solomon Odom - TK Sabrina Odom - Handler Carly Kennedy - Handler Damon arrived ahead of the rest of us and confirmed with the event coordinator that we didn't have a secure spot to change/store stuff. Becaue of this we pulled our vehicles close to each other in order to provide assistance as needed. His two daughters were in attendance as Jawas, but were also wonderful handlers as we geared up. Carly arrived as the Damon's daughters were getting ready and helped them get all situated as well as provided assistance for Damon and myself. As we were finishing getting ready, Solomon and Sabrina arrived fresh from the X-Wing Miniatures event and went to get geared up as well. We hung out just inside the entrance for a bit taking pictures with various attendees, before moving off to the bounce house area in order to prevent congestion at the entrance. Once the event got underway and the people lined up to enter the football field, we walked up and down the line taking addt'l photos and giving our own form of encouragement. It was great to see the kids and adults reaction to having us there, and quite hilarious when parents handed phones/cameras to their children so that the parents could get pictures with us. Carly and Sabrina were great as handlers, encouraging people to join us for photos, as well as taking photos for them when the attendees didn't have someone available to do so. Unfortunately they didn't meet the minimum for the Guinness world record, but it was very inspiring to hear the stories of the families with children who had fought and survived. While sad, it was amazing to hear the stories of families who had a child who had lost their battle, and the families continue to fight the battle to end childhood cancer so that others don't have to suffer their same pain. It was an amazing event, great to see the people's excitement at having us there, and we even offered to participate in the push up challenge in our armor if adding us to the total would help them reach the record. I even got some target practice against a drone: Even against a Minion! I even made a friend!
  15. Much like Shane has said, I never had any experience with building a kit either. I'm working on modifications right now to my Anovos to get it to the Centurion level. All it takes is devotion to time, some patience, and perseverance. The Anovos kit isn't too difficult to work with, just follow Ukswrath TK Anovos build bible and you'll be good to go. Welcome to the FISD!
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