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October FISD Newsletter 2018

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Detachment Leader

Executive Officer

Pre Approval Forum

CRL Updates

3D Section

Costume Totals

Legion News - Census, It's That Time Again

Detachment Affiliation

Hall of Fame

Just For Laughs

What's Your TKID?


Trooping Opportunities

Imperial Attaché Program

EIB & Centurion: What do these terms mean?

Advanced Tactics Awards

EIB - The March To 1000


Public Relations
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Like our stormtrooper namesakes, sometimes there is a lot of hurry up and wait.  Then, after a pause, the big push.   Not only are FO racer shirts in development, but also on the merch front we are closing in on getting a new order of coins made.  Yup, I said coins and that includes a numbered gold version for all the EI's out there.  Plus, patches are also starting to work though.  Keep our fingers crossed and they'll be available by the start of the holiday season just in time for all those great gifts you want to give people, including yourself. :)


CRL updates continue to move forward and we've updated the Stormtrooper Commander, ROTJ, and are getting close to launching The Last Jedi Phasma and also FN-2187.  Pictures are progressing at a good clip and we hope to have both launched soon.


The boards are humming along (thanks to an excellent server move by our webmasters) and it's still the best place to come and enjoy everything stormtrooper related.  Do get some great pictures of your Halloween trooping - we can't wait to see what you guys and gals have been up to.


Keep on trooping,



With Unquestioned Loyalty
Paul Hoeffer

TK8020 “Daetrin”

Detachment Leader






Your command staff continue to busily work behind the scenes moving the Detachment towards 2018 goals and we plan to launch this final quarter of the year off on the right foot.


As you may be aware, we are diving into a new shirt run with the highly anticipated First Order version of our beloved Detachment race shirt, so keep your eyes peeled for the run announcement and become part of FISD history while you can.


Now shirt runs or any type of merch run just don’t happen without an able body to helm it, so I would like to thank on behalf of the membership Frank75139 (Frank) one of our attaches, for putting his hand up and volunteering to make this run a reality :th_AnimatedBravoSmiley:




3D Contributors award winner announcement

It gives me great pleasure to announce our next award winner and our first recipient of the Silver star award for their contributions to our 3D community.

Congratulations " Garbz" (Aaron) for the addition of some very useful trooping aids.

These free to use files can be found here  https://www.whitearmor.net/forum/forum/202-3d-file-depository/

Keep up the outstanding work trooper :salute:




Ongoing sales and Projects "Rules Update"

To eliminate possible gray areas, and as always in the best interests of our membership, we have made some additions to this section of the forums. The new adds are common sense, in keeping with the values and fare play of the Detachment and will bring armour sales into alignment with the requirements already in place for the sale of other items.


The new additions are highlighted in yellow and all rules are applicable to any and all items posted in this section


Please Note now updated to include armor sales, all rules will apply.

1) This forum is for ongoing sales and project runs ONLY. If you have a one-off item please use the Personal Items For Sale are.
2) Sellers need to list the maker of their sale items if known. Misrepresenting the maker or source will result in barring the seller from the FISD Commissary.

3) Sellers need to include AT LEAST ONE photo of the item(s) for sale.
4) NO linking to Ebay auctions that are not your own.
5) The admin staff are NOT responsible for any transaction on this forum. We ARE here to mediate if there is a problem.
6) Keep your items current. If you have sold the item, please mark the thread as sold so people don't keep trying to buy an item that is not available.
7) NO WANT TO BUY armor/helmet threads. Sorry.
8) DO NOT hijack someone else's for sale thread. Start your own.
9) If you have negative comments about a seller or items being sold, do not hijack their thread. Start a new one of your own in the appropriate forum.
10) Merchandise
and or armor must be "in-hand" and ready to ship before accepting payment . Interest threads are allowed to determine selling order.
11) Sale items must be listed with an asking price. This does not exclude OBOs (Or Best Offer) and price negations, but no open priced sales.

12) No ongoing runs of armor/helmets are allowed in the imperial commissary.

13) Armor vendors must be on the vetted makers list and only the armorer can list their products. No agents 3rd party or shills.

14) Photos of armor kit or completed build are to be posted in the sales thread along with price and expected time frame for delivery.

15) Only armor relating directly to the Detachment can be advertised in this section, no costumes outside the FISD CRL's


Please note when paying for any product and/or services:

PayPal is always going to be a safe way to send any payment. However, you must understand NEVER to send any payment via the "Gift" option for any product, work or services.  PayPal will not cover any transaction under the "Gift" option at all. Always use the "Goods and Services", option when sending payments so, that you have recourse through PayPal if any problems should arise during or after the transaction.


NOTE: You have a 90 window with PayPal to file a dispute/claim.


Never send cash and/or money orders.  These can easily be lost and never the reach the proper person. Plus you have no record for any recourse.



FISD Facebook group "Rules Update"


The FISD Facebook groups are a great conduit back to our forums where all the juicy action and information takes place, therefore we would like to keep those groups for discussion on armour, builds and general advice directing potential new members back to our heartland, the forums.


We hadn't formalized this before, but we are now making it official that "no" sales threads of any kind should be posted on the FISD FB groups. This information will be added to the Introduction section directing any sales threads back to the appropriate section of our official forums.


In the event a sales thread is added, the poster will be asked via PM to remove said post, and directed to the appropriate sales.  thread on our boards.


Keep Trooping



With Unquestioned Loyalty

Andrew Franke

TK-11469 "Sly11"

Executive Officer







The FISD is pleased to announce the addition of a new area in the Advanced Tactics forum dedicated to those ready to submit for basic 501st TK approval.


This section will allow future Troopers the opportunity to submit photos of their completed build to be reviewed by the Staff, Imperial Attaches and others in preparation for forwarding it to their GML for approval.  Any and all advice/suggestions given will be specific, constructive, helpful and respectful.


Please note that this program will NOT take the place of your local GML, as Detachments are not chartered for costume approval and can not override a GMLs decision, but is instead a peer review program designed to help you look your best and offer guidance and positive feedback.  You will have the opportunity to ask questions about your completed armor, weapons (if applicable), accessories, etc. and get accurate information from the experts here at the FISD.. the definitive home of TKs worldwide.


For more information on this program, please visit the link here








TKC - revisions have been discussed at length and updates have been made, you can find the updated CRL here


ROTJ - revisions are being discussed and updates will be made very soon.





Don't forget to check out the new 3D section, and please contribute where you can, also see the link at the bottom for the new Contributor award details

Contributor Awards


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Main forum title: 

3D Parts and Technical


Sub topics:

3D Printer owners

Your place to discuss what printer/s you own, recommendations, tech talk and the like, It’s a place to learn something new


3D CAD Designers

Home of talented 3D cad designers, show off your 3D renders, of FISD related costume parts and accessories.  Offer help and advice on programs, or offer to commission a piece for a fellow member


3D File Depository

A home for 3D file sharing, Troopers helping Troopers is what this section is all about; yes a single location to keep any 3D files offered up by our extremely generous membership. This will be a 501st member’s only section and rules will apply to any usage of the content.

I will be looking for content to get these new sections started so If you are interested in helping drive these new forums, then please send me a PM and let’s get the threads and the filament flowing. 3D printer heads will understand that last comment ;)


Here is a link to the New FISD 3D Contributor program.



With Unquestioned Loyalty

Andrew Franke

TK-11469 "Sly11"

Executive Officer








According to the recent database (7/10/2018) there are 5620 Stormtroopers, which is 21.16% of all approved 501st costumes, here is the breakdown of those:







Census, It's That Time Again


501st Legion Census begins on 1st October so if you haven't yet trooped in this census year (1st October 2017 - 30th September 2018) then you best get out there soon.

Here's what the charter says about activity definitions: Operations Protocol/Membership
An Active Member is defined as a member in good standing who meets the following requirements:

  • Meets all 501st Membership Requirements (i.e. ownership of an approved costume, is over 18 years of age, etc).
  • Has an approved membership record in the 501st Legion Membership Database
  • Maintains active contact with their Garrison CO or GML. Active contact and participation will be confirmed during the annual Legion Census held each year during the month of October.
  • Maintains contact information/membership record in the 501st Legion database either through their Garrison CO or GML.
  • Participates in at least one Garrison or Legion activity per year while wearing an approved 501st costume owned by said member as recorded in the Legion Census. (One year is defined as the period from Legion Census to Legion Census). Examples of an activity include, but are not limited to conventions, charity events, or any activity designated as an official event by a coordinating administrative unit of the Legion.
  • Members who serve in military branches are exempt from activity level requirements if their service renders them unable to meet these requirements.

These Minimum Activity Level Requirements should be administered as justly and with as much common sense as possible.

A member may retain active status, even if they do not meet all of the requirements listed above at the discretion of their unit Commanding Officer or Legion Command.

Remember if you haven't trooped in this census year you may find yourself marked RESERVE, which will mean you will not be able to vote in the next election.


From October 1st you can access the census  here


Note you must be registered on the main forums to participate in the census, register:here






OK, it happens.  You look at your Legion profile and it shows that your detachment affiliation to FISD is pending, or otherwise incorrect.  Why does this happen, and what is detachment affiliation anyway, and what will FISD do about it?


The answer is that detachment affiliation is only ever used once a year, and for one purpose.  The only time the Legion ever uses it for anything is to determine who can run for DL and who can vote in detachment elections. That's it.  Otherwise it is pretty much ignored and not used for anything.


The process of validating detachment membership is cumbersome and time consuming because people use different email information between their Legion and detachment logins, and that there is no way to bulk update the rosters.  For a small detachment it is not a big deal to do this manually, but for a detachment the size of FISD with hundreds and soon thousands of 501st members, it's impossible.


Fortunately we have technical folk both on FISD and in the Legion web team.  Once a year they take a feed from FISD's database and do a bulk update on the Legion database.  This occurs right before the election cycle starts and is done once per year.


Pro tips:

1) Ensure the email address you use on the Legion & FISD boards are the exact same.

2) Ensure that your FISD profile has the correct TKID.

3) If after the bulk update is complete and your profile is still not updated, and you are 100% sure your info is in sync between the two boards, then ask for to the Legion web team.  They should get feedback on why this isn't working.

4) If all else fails, ping the FISD staff.  Which basically means that we'll simply tell the 501st web team to bulk approve everyone :)


To check detachment affiliation go to the 501st Mb database here then click Your Profile Data.


Hope that answers everyone's questions!









 Every month it is really great privilege to read through and live vicariously through other Troopers field reports.

This month join me in welcoming TK - 6306 Alan to the Stormtrooper Hall of Fame!





With Unquestioned Loyalty
Aaron Gibson
TK99725 "Pyrates"
Imperial Propaganda






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What does your TKID mean, if anything.


This has come up a few times and it's always interesting to read through some of the reasons how a member came up with their TKID.

You can have a read and comment in this thread





Want Your Troop to be Included?


Just a reminder if you would lie your troop added please post your troop report in the Field Training Exercises section here


Those with troop logs please post a separate troop report as it is easier to link too.


August - September




ElstreeCon 2.0





More here

By: Chris, "themaninthesuitcase", TK10911











More here

By: Mike, WhiteWalker, TK82666






Walk To End Alzheimers, Rutland Vermont





More here

By: Craig, CraigH, TK38046






RSPCA Happy Tails Collection Day





More here

By: Glen, gmrhodes13, TK85421







WASO A New Hope In Concert






More here

By: Glen, gmrhodes13, TK85421







Wedding Troop






More here

By: Glen, gmrhodes13, TK85421












More here

By: Glen, gmrhodes13, TK85421







Video Ezy SOLO BluRay Pre-Release





More here

By: Glen, gmrhodes13, TK85421







Bendigo Bank Kids Carnival Promo





More here

By: Glen, gmrhodes13, TK85421







Ovarian Cancer Walk of Hope


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By: Mark, sylverbard, TK69323












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Retail Embargo Lift


For most of the year we are under an embargo from LFL and can not attend retail locations unless prior approval has been given by them. At certain times of the year this embargo is lifted, generally around Blu-Ray / movie releases, May 4th and Force Friday, the recent correspondence from LFL outlines the lift of the embargo:


"While there is currently a retail moratorium on character appearances in effect, it is being lifted for the week of September 24th - 30th for the SOLO Blu-Ray release and then again for the weeks between November 15th - December 31st to celebrate the holiday season. All fans, costumed or otherwise, can participate with retailers of their choice within these windows with the restriction that costumed appearances must not be used in the advertising for the event. Although these store appearances will be treated like an open invite, we’ll leave it to the fan groups to independently organize around these events as they see fit. LFL will not need to approve or coordinate these".

"Please note that retail locations should not include restaurants, bars, or venues with no apparent reason to feature Star Wars characters. If the retail location does not stock Star Wars products you should NOT be attending."


As always there are strict rules, please speak to your Garrison Commanding Officer,  Squad Leader or if you have one Garrison Events Coordinator before organising any event.

*REMEMBER* Always follow your garrison/squad's guidelines when in comes to organising Disney/LFL promotional troops, only command staff can deal direct with LFL.







Serve proudly, ladies and gentlemen, and as Tim (Dark CMF) says:  "Keep doing what it is that got you here"!


Are you an approved TK that spends more time on the boards than the average Trooper?  Do you enjoy using your knowledge to help out future and existing Troopers?  If so, we would like to invite you to join the Imperial Attaché program!

Members of the I.A. team are chosen to help out not only those here on the boards, but on a local level as well.  Our aim is to have at least one in each and every Garrison, Squad and Outpost in the entire legion to be the eyes and ears of the FISD on a local level.


A suggested level of EIB or above is preferred, as part of the duties include assisting those aiming for levels 2 and 3, but is not a requirement.  Being active on the boards on a regular basis , welcoming new members and helping out where you can is, though.  


Some of the benefits:

1.  Access to exclusive Attaché merch., including patches, etc.

2.  Having the Imperial Attaché title under your name.

3.  Being a part of the team that welcomes new and prospective members of the FISD.

4.  Being the "go-to" person in your Garrison, Squad or Outpost.

5.  Exclusive access to the Attaché HQ area, Imperial Propaganda Machine (newsletter) and merchandise discussions.


We are currently in need of Attaches in many units, especially International Garrisons/Squads and Outposts.  For more information on this program, please head here and if you should have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me at any time.  (Pretzel)


For a complete list of Imperial Attaches, go here






:salute:  NEW ATTACHES! :salute:


Please join me in welcoming our newest Imperial Attaches! 


1.  Ilan @TK-40996 reigns from the Belgian Garrison has decided to step up and serve. We are excited to see his continued contributions to the FISD and its members. 


2. Jim @Rat hails from Portland Oregon at the Cloud City Garrison. He is knowledgeable of all things TK and we are happy to have him part of the team!


Serve proudly, Gentlemen, and as Tim (Dark CMF) says:  "Keep doing what it is that got you here"!






Imperial Attaché Award for those attaché's who have gone above and beyond [minimum 1 year of service]


This newest recipient of this prestigious award is: Luc @lucnak of the Capital City Garrison!

Luc has been on the frontlines from when I started here on the FISD and has been assisting new recruits for what seems to be forever. He is on the forefront giving great advice to all TK's and recently for the FO TK's We are honored to have him on our staff and is well deserving of this award. Please help me in congratulating him!  :th_AnimatedBravoSmiley:


You can find a list of prior recipients here










For those of you on the Imperial Attaché staff, I am pleased to announce that the official I.A. patches will soon be available... again!  

Here are the details..  PLEASE READ CAREFULLY!

Patches will be limited to TWO per person, and will only be sold to those who are current FISD Imperial Attaches.

The cost will be $5.00 each for those in the U.S. and P.R. and $6.00 each for those outside the U.S

Thank you to Joseph for taking the run on, you can find his thread here






With Unquestioned Loyalty

Preston Christman

TK-91488 "Pretzel"

Attaché Ambassador














So what exactly are EIB (Expert Infantry Badge) and Centurion levels?

These programs were designed for those who choose to take their armor above and beyond the minimum requirements for basic 501st Legion approval.  It gives you the chance to show a level of dedication and pride that takes your armor closer to being as "screen accurate" as possible, without as much extra work as you may realize!


It also works on giving a better look to the Legion as an entity, and you can bet others will take notice of your hard work.  The 501st has a list of detailed requirements for Basic approval, (level 1), EIB, (level 2) and Centurion, (level 3) which can be found here in the Costume Reference Library, (CRLhttp://databank.501st.com/databank/Costuming:FISD_CRL


Here are a few of the questions people may be wondering about:  

1.  "I am a (tall/short/heavy/thin) Trooper.  Can I still apply?  Of course!  These programs are open and encouraged for all sizes of TKs, as long as the costume is correct and meets the guidelines.  There are many specific build tutorials to every option, as well as a vast network of fellow TKs on the FISD to help you out and offer suggestions.


2.  "How much extra will I have to pay for extra items"?  The cost is actually quite reasonable, considering the few extra supplies you will need, which are listed in the requirements area.  While it may run you a little more to implement these additions to your costume, they will go a long way to improving accuracy.  All needed items can be found for sale on this thread: https://www.whitearmor.net/forum/forum/16-ongoing-sales-project-orders/


While blasters are not required for basic approval, for EIB and Centurion levels they are, and may need upgrades (also listed in the CRL).


3.  "I haven't even got my kit yet, is it too early to start planning"?  Actually, aiming for Centurion is easiest to do right out of the box.

4.  "I have my basic TK approval, can I still get in these programs"?  In a word... absolutely!  


5.  "Are there any "perks" to this extra work and cost"?  Besides knowing that you have a great looking set of armor, the 501st and FISD believes you should be deservedly recognized for your achievement(s), and allows you to wear the appropriate embroidered "rocker" badge of rank (available for a very minimum cost) on your shirt, helmet bag, etc., as well as rank decals to put on your armor bin.  You will also have access to select "challenge coin" runs, receive (free) a cool certificate for your new rank, and have your title posted below your name in your FISD signature.  Plus, once you reach these levels, you will have the extra knowledge to help out those who are looking to apply as well.


6.  "Is it hard to apply, and what happens then"?   After basic approval, all you do is make sure your armor is up to the standards set forth in the CRL, post a thread with the required photos in the appropriate area (see below), and wait a bit for the D.O.s (Deployment Officers) to address it. (Hint:  Studying other people's threads before you submit can be a GREAT help).  These are also listed on the main page of the FISD site.  While waiting for approval, you will get some comments from others who will offer suggestions and constructive advice to help you out.  If you should need any changes, the DOs will let you know, so you can adjust accordingly.  Don't be dismayed if you do need changes... it's all for your benefit!   After you are approved for EIB, then you can submit for Centurion.  


EIB  https://www.whitearmor.net/forum/forum/19-request-expert-infantryman-status/


Centurion  https://www.whitearmor.net/forum/forum/72-request-centurion-status/


Just remember that the FISD is here to help you every step of the way with whatever other questions you may have, but if you can't seem to find what you are looking for in your research, just ask away here on the forums!



With Unquestioned Loyalty

Joseph Pedigo

TK-10963 "justjoseph63"   

Deployment Officer 






This area lists all those who have gone above and beyond basic approval toward screen accuracy. 


FOR  August - September the 1st Imperial Stormtrooper Detachment would like to congratulate:

Expert Infantry Badge Award:


Nicole Anderton  "FodiChan"  TK 42715  EIB 852

Jim F.  "Rat"  TK 95970  EIB 853

Marcel Steffens  "Darthmarses"  TK 7332  EIB 854

Robert Rabey  "Twosolitudes"  TK 69103  EIB 855

Jim Lau  "gijim"  TK 28888  EIB 856


GREAT job on your approval, now on to Level 3!  :salute:

Request your free EIB certificate here



Centurion Badge Award:


Dave Gimore  "ATAUK"  TK 73076  Centurion 411

Jeff  "StrmTRPR85"  TK 22706  Centurion 412

Brett Dellit  ""Edgar Frogg"  TK 92577  Centurion 413

Jose G. Garcia jr.  "TK 71627"  TK 71627  Centurion 414

Pawel Oortwijn  "Xinx"  TK 11131  Centurion 415


Outstanding job on reaching Centurion, Troopers!  :salute:

Request your free Centurion certificate here  


If you see any of these Troopers around your Garrison or Squad, be sure to congratulate them!








As many of you are aware, the FISD is currently in our March to 1000 program.  Our goal is to reach the one thousand mark of Troopers who have earned their Expert Infantry Badge, and although we are well on our way to this goal and have just passed the 850 mark!  The amount of approved submissions is increasing (over 80 this year alone) thanks to the dedication of those willing to go the "extra mile" toward screen accuracy.  


Here is a brief description of EIB as written by Paul (Daetrin), our founder:


"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..."


Besides the added pride you will have in your armor, those reaching this level can purchase exclusive EIB gear (patches, decals, coins etc.) and get a free certificate for your accomplishment.  If you are interested or would like more information about the program head here that will help.  You can also contact myself  "Pretzel" or any Imperial Attaché, and we will be more than happy to assist you!






Interest Thread - FOTK version FISD Racing Shirt


This one is something that many have been waiting for.

This is an interest thread to gauge numbers, please post your interest in the thread here








FISD Coffee Mugs - 2 Designs!

$14 each

+ $5 shipping in the US

+ $10 shipped international

Sales thread here


Design One


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Design Two


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FISD Brothers in Arms Sticker

3.5 inch round stickers $4.00, shipping included

Reference: Brothers in Arms

Thread here

paypal  sales@trooperbay.com










We are always on the look out for content, ideas, funny photos or even your TK adventure story so feel free to contact either Danny, Tim, Marcus, Preston or myself.







With Unquestioned Loyalty

Glen "Q" Rhodes

TK85421 "gmrhodes13"

PRO - Newsletter














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Daniel Lauber

TK55550 - "Ripper_L"

PRO - Facebook Page











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Preston Christman

TK-91488 "Pretzel"

PRO - Instagram






FISD Facebook Group



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Tim Waychoff

TK-51878 "Dark CMF"

PRO - Facebook Group 




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Marcus Dohring 


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