After just squeaking in as a 501st TK and HWT within the past few weeks, I did my first troop last night. It was at the Star Wars night at a Florida Marlin's baseball game (v. the Braves). There were about 20-25 501st members from a variety of detachments including about 10 TK's. A few Rebel Legion folks were there as well. I was the only HWT so I really stood out from the other shiny white TK's (LOL).
We were suited up by 5:30 PM and started rotating groups making trips to a variety of locations including the ticket entrances, photo booths, walking around, the press box, the announcers booth, the first pitch on the field, escorting the umps to the field, the 7th inning stretch on the field, etc. I even did a "dance off" with another TK on the jumbo-tron. I jumped in whenever they requested "characters" as I much rather be out and about than waiting in the press conference room where we were staged.
All in all it was a blast. The troop lasted until about 9:30-ish. Not bad for my first troop. Here are a few comments and observations:
I was afraid to drink a lot of water because I didn't want to have to pee!
I discovered that standing for all that time wasn't bad at all - even though I was jealous of the Tie fighter pilot and others that were able to sit.
My helmet fans lasted the entire time (THANKS UKSWRATH) as did my Hovi mic system.
Wearing my helmet for the lengths of the rotation wasn't bad at all either. I got used to it fairly quickly. My padding, etc was perfect.
Visibility was "OK" as I could see down from my mouth screen though seeing little kids next to me was challenging. I was obviously very careful with my DLT-19 the entire time.
I could hear most everything that was said except when other TK's were speaking to me... that required a bit more leaning.
I Learned that most folks TAKE FOREVER to use their phones to take pics.
Dad's want to take pics with Stormtrooper almost more that their kids do!
My amor and gear performed flawlessly for the most part and was fairly comfortable. I do need to tweak a few items such as my shin armor and I need to make a chest strap for my pack shoulder straps (as the straps sometimes wanted to pop off my shoulder).
No snaps, etc. came undone the entire troop. I saw a few other "newbies" have constant issues here and there.
I sweated my an impolite person off!! I need to add a small towel to my kit
Chicks dug me. As few especially wanted to "use" the binders in some way...
The HWT pack started making itself "known" on my left shoulder at about 9:30 PM. Not sure whether the position changed a bit or it was fatigue.
Learned to become more "aware" of my pack walking through door ways. Surprisingly nothing popped off after a few hits in door frames, etc.
I could dance in Stormtrooper armor!
You guys are a great bunch!
I already can't wait until my next troop!