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  1. New guy here! I've been working on a spinning GI saber for a bit and it's starting to come along. I have a youtube channel documenting the build but I also wanted a build log for better documentation and thought 'what better place then with people who can give me some sound guidance.' So here I am! Looking forward to chatting with you grand folks. I'm pretty far along in the project, so I'll be updating this log until it catches up with progress.
    4 points
  2. Hello from Japan. I'm working on Darth Margas. Thank you for your opinion. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  3. Please move this to the forum that you think is most appropriate if this is not the right one. What is an LMO? The Legion Membership Team are responsible for reviewing and processing applications for membership, and maintaining and updating member information in the Legion database. The Legion Membership Officer drives costume policies, including acceptable costume types for membership and setting standards for costume submissions, and are the final arbiter of member costume issues and approvals. The Legion Membership Officer supervises and advises Detachments, Garrison Membership Liaisons, and Garrison Web Liaisons on any questions or issues they may have with members costumes. Have a question about membership these are the folks to talk to! LMO@501st.com *Thinking of starting a NTTL (New to the Legion) Costume? Please make sure you keep in contact with the Detachment. *For “New to the Legion” costumes please have a look here: http://databank.501st.com/databank/Costuming:CRLGuide Here is a brief list of some of the improvements we have planned for this term: • Communication, Clarity and Consistency: Utilizing the legion forum to regularly engage the membership and command staff alike through open and transparent lines of communication. (Ongoing) • Increase engagement with Detachment Leaders: Regular group meetings and conference calls to work with each other as a team. (Q1) • Launching “CRL Development Guide”: (Q1) • Streamline and document the process of creating and changing CRLs: (Q1) • Update the LMO Survival Guide: This will help current and future LMO understand the role and it’s responsibilities. (Q1) • CRL attainability: Ensuring CRLs and costumes attainable for all people in all countries and walks of life. (Ongoing) * Finishing 75% of unfinished CRLs: Supporting the detachments to find models and writing text for CRLs that are not yet green. (Q3) • Add galleries to every CRL: Increasing the use of detailed reference imagery in CRLs (Q3) • Create CRL Development Forums: Utilizing the legion forums for open and transparent development of new the legion CRLs.. (Q3) • Encouraging GML Feedback: Engaging the GMLs to ensure they know the LMO team is here to support them. Make formal efforts to receive feedback from GMLs about CRLs and the approval process. (Ongoing) • Regular Membership Surveys: We want to know what the members want. We serve the membership. (Ongoing) About Me My name is Dawn Bright and I am the LMO for the 501st Legion, ALMO with the Rebel Legion, I have previously served as XO of the Flagship Eclipse (501st) and the Senatorial Detachment (RL), GML of Southern California Garrison and a Legion Costume Judge (LCJ) for the Rebel Legion. I love making costumes (with an emphasis on EU and new to the legion), I have almost 60 (RL/501) Legion approved costumes. In my normal day to day life I am an Administrator of a care home for developmentally delayed adults in independent and inclusive living situations in sunny Southern California. I work with family's and social workers to establish communication between what the families and residents want for themselves to feel productive and able and I institute success for people in need. I'm a people person and as an LMO I put members first and foremost. People like you with passion for the costumes in this Detachment. We are all volunteers who have spent hundreds of dollars or/and hundreds of hours making costumes. I promise you that you will be treated with respect and deserve honest and efficient results. I look forward to serving you and working with this fine Detachment About the Team Michael Capell CT/SL/ID-3037 Timberline Garrison Michael has been an LMO and on the LMO Team for about a decade. He has done many things in the Legion since his wife told him she was joining and that he needed to as well. He has been the SLD Webmaster for ten years, as well as (over the years) been a GXO, GML, GWL, and GEC. He specializes in Clones, EU / Legends, Sith Lord costumes, and helping people where he can. He’s looking forward to another term helping expand our Costume Reference Library. Blair Douglas ID-12266 Midwest Garrison Blair is new to the LMO team but has served as a liaison for unity for the clubs for many years. She has LMO experience with the Rebel Legion and has led an effort in the RL around costume approval reform with a concentration on maintaining quality, improving consistency, and making approvals attainable. Her experience will help us address some of the current pain points within the 501st system. An additional bonus is that Blair is a lead software engineer by day helping to provide Fortune 500 companies technical solutions for their business needs. Her professional experience will also help us assess the current state of the systems supporting costume approvals and help to figure out how to improve them to facilitate a more positive costume approval experience. Fun fact Blair plays bass in the band Soft Speaker, extra fun fact she paid her way through college playing bass in a U2 tribute band and her nickname was Madame Clayton. Kris Kobus ID-33633 United Kingdom Garrison Kris is new to LMO but has held positions such as XO and DCA for the IOC and Events administrator for his Garrison where he is also a Officer costume adviser. Kris is a workaholic and does not believe in sleep so is usually always available no matter the time zone. Brian Anderson TK-7602 New England Garrison Brian has been the LMO team lead previously. He was one of the driving forces of Detachment empowerment and pushed for CRL changes. Brian has been on local staff and Detachment level staff for many years and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table. Brian is known as the “make it look like the picture!” guy when it comes to standards and truly embraces current Legion culture. Eric Brager TK-9674 New England Garrison Eric was the lead LMO for the 501st Legion two terms from 2015 to 2017. He has twice been elected FISD Detachment Leader and has held a number of garrison level command positions in the 501st Legion We are so very excited to work with you guys! One thing I love so much about Detachments is the love for new CRLs and the passion. Both of which are very near and dear to my heart. Please do not hesitate to reach out to the Detachment or LMO team. I prefer messages Here or to LMO@501st.com that way I keep record of them and can tag appropriate parties Thank you and have a nice day, Dawn Bright SL-13377 www.SL13377.com https://www.501st.com/members/displaymember.php?userID=15902&costumeID=343
    3 points
  4. Here's the thing: these are animated characters. There isn't just one right answer because these are like art; the reference can support a handful of interpretations. The armor color is mottled, and is not just one color. I'll give an example of my favorite boots. These are black underneath, and the wax polish on top marked them look anything from grey to dark brown, but I know for a fact that the leather is black because I'm the one who put the polish on. It is the weathering that dictates how people interpret it, but these are what they looked like when I bought them: This is a real world translation of what the armor looks like in the cartoon. Now to the CRL. It is an animated cartoon, and just like 99% of the rest of our CRLs in TFE, the colors change as much as the number of times the character is seen. There is an accepted level of colors on a gradient that could be argued for the character's armor, but that does not make the CRL wrong. We only make CRLs for, "variants" that are approved, otherwise we'd have a 48 page long CRL for Aphra, alone, with all the Barbie dress up versions she has in the comics. So the correct statement isn't, "how can we make it not inaccurate?", but, "do I have the references to validate my interpretation for approval, which can then be ADDED to the existing CRL that already has done so?". The answer to that lies with the Detachment Leader, LMO, and your GML on how well you replicate the references to the real world.
    3 points
  5. Some of my favorites I've gotten as Darth Nihilus: Darth Maul (no real shock there) Thor (no clue how the kid came up with that one) Mulan (dad was possibly drunk, or raciest, or both...) And today I heard this story from one of my local troopers talking to a little girl dressed as a stormtrooper - "Well, I'm going to go over there and talk to Darth Vader with the skeleton face ...bye!"
    3 points
  6. Hi everyone! My name is Jason and I'm with the Star Garrison, and representing the West Texas Squad. My first approved costume was my Pre-armor Darth Vader, which was a costume I honestly wanted back when RotS came out, long before I knew about the 501st. I recently got my Darth Revan approved and I'm happy about that. I've only trooped in it once, and that was when my squad decided to take a short break after the rush surrounding The Last Jedi. Next up, I'm working on Kylo Ren, specifically both his TFA CRLs. Maybe later on in the year I can go for the new TLJ CRLs.
    3 points
  7. Hi there! DS-32946 reporting in! I'm Jessica from the 70th Explorers Garrison (Firehawk Squad). I joined the 501st in May 2016 with my ROTJ Royal Guard. My Seventh Sister is my second costume and I am working on a Biker Scout for my third. Since joining back in 2016, I've been a trooping fool ever since. To date, I have done 84 troops in my Royal Guard and just did my first troop in my Seventh Sister today!
    3 points
  8. Forwarding this to the LMO so she can see it!
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  9. I am approved with both versions of the wicked armor Nihilus. You have to add to both a bit to do it. The KOTOR2 mask they make would probably be approvable, but I changed the center detail to match the CRL better. You will also need to add the chest padding. I used a sheet of open cell foam, cut to fit. I recommend a different obi, but the one they sew into the skirt is approvable. In all cases, the wicked armor will give you the materials to do it, but go through the CRL and make it match up once you have it in hand.
    2 points
  10. Any news on the fabric used? Enviado desde mi SM-M205FN mediante Tapatalk
    2 points
  11. Hi! Can i ask you what fabrics did you used? I'm getting mad searching and i'm not happy with my findings... T_T
    2 points
  12. From the words of the costume advisors, that is correct.
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  13. Here are front and back pics of tunic, pants and cape the I made. I hope this will help you guys. Tunic Pants Cape
    2 points
  14. Now it's really just neck seal!! (Please say saber is an option lol) The shoulder was smaller than the size I ordered but it's not bad for right now I think. Probably I'll slowly rebuild it later ;^)
    2 points
  15. Hello everyone, I have put together my Darth Revan build and summitted it for approval. I need to send more close up pics and stuff, but it was suggested to post here as well to get opinions from current members that had approved costumes. But I am not exactly sure where to post the pics at. Obviously the lightsabers are not part of the actual build, but this is the full costume minus BOOTS and actual PANTS which I was looking for ideas on where or what to buy. Thanks in advance for the help,
    2 points
  16. Made for my wife however ever so slightly too big for her build. Jaw comes in seperate piece which makes it easier to put on. Jaw clips on or can be fitted with magnets. Just needs a red visor! £120 Sent from my Pixel 3a using Tapatalk
    2 points
  17. Hi I used a normal shirt pattern for the tunics and moded it so it fit - the same with the skirts, and just winged it, so sadly I don´t have an exact pattern for them.
    2 points
  18. Try everything on Boots & gloves are from Crowprops And now I'm searching for armors
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  19. For All the Vader Fans out there, another Troop Photos taken at the Star Wars In Concert (R.O.T.J) In Frankfurt Germany. S.L. 19290 and 14199 Of the German Garrison (Arma Candida) 21.02.2020 Enjoy
    2 points
  20. I have wanted to make this version of Mara Jade for quite awhile. My only current approved Mara is the Arica disguise and can't really wear that to troops. My main issue was the bodysuit. I can sew but I don't have a serger and knew to get the proper fit, I would need one. I also was extremely confused on the diamond pattern and how to make it work properly. My last issue was budget. I can't afford to commission this so I knew that if I wanted to do this costume, I would have to make it myself, with help. I was very fortunate that my friend offered to assist me in my build and yesterday we were able to make and complete the bodysuit and it works great! We used the YaYa Han McCalls bodysuit pattern as a base. I am a very visual person so I try to sketch out what I want with my rudimentary art skills before I actually attempt any actual cutting etc. The main changes needed to the pattern are on the front. The shoulder princess seams and piping needed to be added in as well as the diamond on the front and the quilted stripes on the inside of the thighs. We ended up going with View D. The first step was cutting out the pattern. This pattern is RIDICULOUSLY oversized. With my measurements, it put me at a size 20. We cut the pattern at a 10. I used a 4 way stretch spandex I found in LA at Shavali Fabrics. Although I had purchased 4 yards, we ended up only needing around 2. The pattern calls for 1 3/8 I believe but that was inaccurate. The quilted area needed a bit more fabric and we removed the collar and the sleeves from the pattern accordingly. After the pattern was cut out, I taped it together including the 5/8 seam allowance as I went. Once this was done, the real work began. We traced out the new seam lines that would need to be added and then cut those out and retraced the entire pattern on pattern paper. Here is the revised pattern with necessary pieces put in. This is what the front of the bodysuit looked like with the modifications. We also eliminated the stirrup component and cut it straight down to end like a regular legging instead. The longest piece has the new princess seams and a reduced shoulder so it fits the CRL requirements. The crotch portion became a separate piece as did the quilted areas. The back princess seams are not a requirement and since I for one don't particularly like how those seam lines look on me personally, I omitted them and kept the back portion of the pattern as is. Here are all the pattern pieces laid out and ready to be cut. Only 2 pieces needed to be cut on the fold. That was the center panel piece and the crotch. I also ended up cutting 4 of the quilted area section and then cut an additional 2 for the batting for that. For reference, my fabric was 60 inches wide. You may need to adjust accordingly if you are working with less fabric. I ended up purchasing 2 packages of Wright's black piping and basted it to the side panels before beginning to attach everything together. The quilting was simple once I figured out how to get the minimum six panels I needed and drew in the lines with fabric pencil. The crotch was, again, the trickiest part but since I was using a 4 way stretch, it worked well enough and actually shaped quite well once we tweaked the pattern slightly. The diamond is more defined than in this picture but here is a closeup of the side panels and the piping. We added the preferred invisible zipper and added the hem to the pants and the collar and sleeve area and it was done. I'm so very happy with the fit and can't thank my friend enough for her assistance. Please excuse my dirty mirror. This is my "Swarm Wars" Mara but the pieces are the same so I plan on using them for this look as well. I had leftover leather from a prior build so made the belt/holster/harness with that. My friend 3D printed the harness buckle for me and I purchased the silver buckles needed for $2/each at a military surplus store. The buckle was $2 at Tandy Leather. My boots are my Jedi boots but should work for this. I bought drum major gloves off Amazon for $5 and plan on giving them a dip in tea dye so they can have the off white color required. I found a cheap pair of goggles on Amazon. I plan to paint over the logo and then they should be set. I already have the saber although it is not a requirement as well as a wig in the proper color. I found great Motor Cross shin guards off Amazon for $14.99. Even though they are kids sizing, all reviews say they fit adults well and have the proper circle over the knee etc. Shin Guards They should need little to no modifications. The last thing I need to make is the cowl. I have a general idea of how to make it as it looks like a wide infinity scarf so I am going to take some leftover fabric from my stash and attempt it today. I'm very close to completing and submitting for approval and I can't wait!
    2 points
  21. The CRL is not needed for first approval. It will be wrote as the first person puts in a costume to be judged. My write up is information that has been gathered from the Second Sisters Build Group on facebook (which has really great hi-res images to help you). To submit you will need to gather your references. A 360 of the character is recommended as well as close ups of details. The level of available reference material is amazing, so they'll probably be looking for something as accurate as can be translated from a 3D game character. Once you have the outfit built, take the appropriate photos for submissions. The Flagship Eclipse is the detachment and you can find further instruction on submission and contacting your unit here: https://databank.501st.com/databank/Join_Us
    2 points
  22. Hello friends! I'm a prospective member for the Bloodfin Garrison, and have been a handler for my father-in-law (Shadow Trooper, Imperial Officer, Imperial Gunner, Lord Vader), and wife (Snow Trooper, Imperial Royal Guard) for the last 4-5 years. I'm interested in doing a Mandalore the Ultimate costume, and have started to figure out what I will need to get it together. I don't have a TKID, or any other 501st memberships outside of this.
    2 points
  23. I went to 4 movie troops since Thursday night and was happy that my Second Sister was very well received. Several recognized who she was or at least that she was an Inquisitor. Visibility was fairly poor though especially in dark theater lobbies, so I am hoping that the new version of the helmet when I receive it will be a bit better.
    2 points
  24. This is my breakdown write up from the Second Sisters Build Group on facebook. The community has put the microscope on the details and we came to these conclusions for material and accuracy. This is so very near the final version of what we have discovered. Anyone is free to use what is provided for their own use. One of the few things remaining is the description for an unmasked version which the community wanted to hold out for a couple weeks due to potential game spoilers. I have a bunch of hi-res reference images to organize and contribute as well. Those will be posted or have an available public gallery link posted within a few days. Updated: 9:05am (CST) 6 JAN 2020 Nearing final version for details - edited for clarity, and continuity to other CRL descriptions. This still has more detail than a typical CRL. Second Sister Materials Jacket • Black material that has a distinctive rib texture. rib-knit or quality Calvary twill lined in red rib-knit or quality Calvary twill material. • Red material of same rib texture for arm stripe, sewn in. Cape • Black canvas-like woven material, single stitched channels with dimensional padding • Lined in red gabardine or twill material • Yoke is a plan black fabric. Pant • Black rib-knit same as Jacket Gloves • Leather or leather-like material, black back, red palm. Boots • Black Leather or leather like material Helmet/Pauldrons/ Arm Bracers • Plastic or similar hard surface with satin finish & weathering where appropriate. . . DETAIL BREAKDOWN Helmet: • Outside and inside of the helmet is black • The back as a slightly bulbous round with a turn out aventail at the bottom • The sides of the helmet arch out at the bottom edges. • There is an under collar of the helmet design. • The cheeks have row of inset openings with mesh covered vents. • No skin is visible around or under the helmet. • Eye slit is shaped across the helmet and red in color. • Eye slit can be lit up (optional) . . Neckseal: • Smooth material with ribbed back piece, two side seams. • Back has several rows of padded where the ribs disappear under the helmet and under the collar. • No skin is visible around or under the helmet. . . Jacket: • Made of a black fabric with a ribbed texture. • Jacket is lined in red fabric with a ribbed texture. • Jacket is form fitted. • Sleeves have red strip on the outside also of ribbed material. • The jacket front is fitted with princess seams from shoulder to bottom seam - does not extend past the peplum. • The jacket folds left over right. • Jacket has a squared standing style collar with a small gap in the front. The rib is shown vertical and is stiff to stand on it's own. • Front of jacket has a sewn vent/dart at center front. • Jacket has two metallic silver rectangle bars on both left and right upper chest. Same light metallic silver tone as the belt buckle. • The top and bottom of the jacket are separated by a visible seam that is a few inches below the belt and in conjunction with the ending of the front panel. • Back of jacket has princess seam that ends an inch above the belt and aligns with insert panel. Princess seam is curved from the armhole then to straight line to the insert panel. • Back of jacket has an insert panel that starts at 1 inch above the belt and ends 1 inch below the belt (small of back). • Back of jacket has a center seam on the upper part. Insert does not have center seam. • The peplum is split in the back with a slight iverlap. • The peplum has a wide fold on each side of the split. • The peplum has side dart that stops at the lower hip and is in line with the jacket side seam. • The bottom back of the jacket is straight across and extends to mid thigh. . . Cape: • Yoke is a plain black material (not leather). • Yoke back is square from shoulder to shoulder stopping at the top of the arm. • Yoke front is angled from neck out to the Jacket’s overlap seaming. • Yoke has 3 stitches of narrow width apart at the outside edge with another 4 rows of stitches of a wide width apart. Neck edge has a single stitch. • Cape is made of black fabric with canvas-like woven texture. • Cape material has vertical single stitching from yoke to hem and the vertical lines look quilted with slight dimension. • Cape is mid-calf in length. • Cape design does not cover the front, and drapes off the shoulders sweeping to the sides. • There are white imperial “cog” symbols painted on fabric on both biceps, weathered to show weave texture. • No visible front clasp. • Lining of cape is red with a gabardine/twill texture. • Cape consists of two side panels and one back panel. . . Pauldrons: • Two armor plates extend from neck to just past the shoulder. • Black finish with no decoration or lines. • Does not have any visible straps or fastener. • Some mild weathering revealing silver underneath. . . Pants: • Made of same ribbed material as coat • No visible pockets • Has front fly closure • Pants are slim fitted • Pants have a crease down the front and the back starting from lower hip down. • Pants are tucked into boots . . Belt: • Made with leather or leather-like material approximately 1.5" • Grove on the top and bottom of the belt. • Trapezoid shaped silver belt buckle with two rectangular insets in the upper left and beveled edges. Slightly curved to the body. • Same light metallic silver tone as the silver bars on the jacket. • No other visible greeblies (except when a covertec clip is needed for wearer to hold the lightsaber hilt) . . Forearm bracers: • Constructed out of the same material as the pauldrons. • Black semi-gloss sheen • Form fitting to the wearer’s forearm. • Arm bracers start at the wrist and end just below the elbow. • Two black adornments are attached to each of the bracers at the lower forearm. The design is a rounded rectangle raised with beveled edges. It has two raised buttons and one slightly raised red lighted panel (light up optional) • They have a back seam with appropriate design insets. • They have an inner wrist adornment on each of the bracers. It is a rectangular inset with beveled edges, It has two shaped cylindrical objects positioned nearest to the wrist. It has a small side pipe extending from the cylindrical objects to the side of the inset. It has a round protrusion on the upper part of the inset. • No visible clasps or attachments. • Arm bracers are identical in detail and are a mirror of each other. . . Gloves: • Black leather or leather like material on back • Red leather or leather like material on palm. • Gloves tuck into forearm bracers. • Palm has thumb seam, double stitched • Back has thumb seam, no top stitching • Thumb and Forefinger tips have separate piece. • There are fourchettes between each finger. • Gloves have no extra stitching or detail on back. . . Boots: • Black leather or leather like material • Shaft of boot ends just below the knee • Boots have no more than 1.5” heel • Boots have no visible zippers (hidden zipper on outside of boot) • A small tab covers the zipper pull on outside of boot. • Boot has a thin red line visible on the top of the boot, and the side tab is lined in red. • Sole of boot is black • There are three rows of “V” stitching on the upper shaft of the boot. The point of the V is in the front center of the shaft. The “V” has a slightly padded look. • The lower boot has a strap across the ankle area. • No buckles or other decoration is visible. . . Light Saber: • 1st option: no blade and is attached to the hip with the half curve situated to the front. • 2nd option: half circle single blade • 3rd option: full circle double blade. • Circle part of the blade has a inset/cut out shape with writing along the inner bevel. • The blade, if used, is red in color. I don't know if the legion will require this to be exact like they do for other prime characters, but they might? .
    2 points
  25. Definitely aiming to have 2 versions in the hood with the shoulder and boot addition, then the normal version.
    2 points
  26. I do belive that the request is in to be approved under the new merch rules and it is just waiting for approval so that the run can be started again. I think Nina said the run would take place before the end of the year with the new rules.
    2 points
  27. She also appears in the Star Wars Galaxy of Heroes mobile game, and the character selection screen gives a rotatable 360* model.
    2 points
  28. Hi TFE folks, We've had a shift in LMO duties and as of the other day I'll be your LMO team rep for TFE. I'm here to support the fine TFE staff making sure they have whatever tools they need to make new CRLs and update existing ones. If you have questions about CRLs for any of the detachments or this here one, please feel free to PM me on any detachment forum, the legion forums, email me (eric@hawaiianseamonkey.com), or post here. Imma following this thread. Thanks much and I look forward to helping Nina, Zoomi and their crew get sh!t done this term. -Eric
    2 points
  29. I would assume toy inaccuracies don't qualify as a canon source, otherwise we would have Stormtroopers running around looking like this:
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  30. Hi Justin! I looked over the 3D Props NL pictures as well and I think the armor looks good. Overall I am impressed with the level of detail. I'm not sure if they are missing the shoulder bells or the elbow armor. This image seems to indicate that the narrow piece could be the elbow armor because there appears to be something above the forearm, but I'm not positive. I also noticed the thigh has some layering that I'm not familiar with. Here's a reference shot and the area that stood out to me in the 3d print. While there do appear to be some layering differences, I think the thigh still definitely retains the overall appearance. Perhaps @DarthValkyria can chime back in about whether the typical GML would approve this. Or maybe that would be a good question for your garrison GML?
    2 points
  31. I just fully joined the Flagship Eclipse, no longer am I a member looking for help in getting approved; But I am 100% fully Approved. My Revan has been accepted by the Star Garrison GML and I am now; SL 72217 https://www.501st.com/members/displaymemberdetails.php?userID=29853 I'm pretty Excited; Also Tons of thanks to Her Sithness Darth Valkyria for her support and awesome help and advise as I was getting my Revan built and finished and polished.
    2 points
  32. Bumble Bee??!? Yup. I get called Bumble Bee at parades!
    2 points
  33. Hi I got mine custom made by Hampton´s lightsabers - I sadly do not think, that he is doing any anymore due to illness, but he made it so I can shift between a red blade and a yellow blade. I do not have sound in it, cause I absolutely hate it when I am of for long troops + it drains the batteries faster. I am also a duel member and you can see my saber here.
    2 points
  34. Hi all! I was comissioned by Lorilei to make the KOTRII Visas Marr, which I'm really excited about doing. I've made the Unseen, Unheard version and am an approved member with that version, but I've never actually made the KOTR II Version. Browsing on here, I had a few questions about the color Red needed for the dress. When I see the word "Dark Red", I personally think like Crimson or Dried Blood kind of red, but I was noticing some of the pictures on here seem almost like just red. So I have a couple of fabrics swatches to compare. First is the 4 swatches without flash and with flash. No Flash without flash by Tabitha McCurdy, on Flickr With Flash with flash by Tabitha McCurdy, on Flickr Personally, I like swatch 3. The feel and weight of it are really nice (I almost want to switch over it completely for all my Visas Marr comissions). But I'm not sure on the color. I almost think the color of Swatch 4 is better. I make this outfit regularly, but like I said, I usually do the Unseen Unheard version, so the fabric I have in stock for the sash is kind of a dark red. The follow pics compare the samples I like to the sash fabric I have on hand. Without Flash sash without flash by Tabitha McCurdy, on Flickr With Flash sash with flash by Tabitha McCurdy, on Flickr Again, I'm kinda of leaning toward swatch 3, but I think 4 would propbably be the best. Thank you so much for your opinions!
    2 points
  35. I was approved in both the RL and 501st with an Ultrasaber Shock. It's bigger than I'd like and bit awkward in my hands. When I tried to replace the pommel with a more accurate one it managed to make it look bulkier and odd. But it shipped super quick, was in my budget, and is still working well after a couple of years. I'm planning on replacing it with a Vader's Vault Rev-n at some point to have something more accurate and a better fit for my hands. A friend of mine has one and I love it, he has a couple other sabers from them and also heartily recommends them. I have a Saberforge, the sound stopped working after a few months and then the light stopped working after a year. A couple of friends of mine had issues getting theirs shipped in time for an event recently... and they had ordered waaaaaaaaay in advance.
    2 points
  36. I have the Saberforge Adamant, and my Visas Marr costume has been approved for both the 501st and Rebel Legions. As Yankee71 stated above, Saberforge has a bad reputation (something I did not know when I ordered my saber). I haven’t had any problems yet, but I’m preparing for the day when the electronics fail. From what I read, orders placed through Etsy ship faster than those through their website. With that said, unless you are on a budget or in a hurry, Vader’s Vault has an excellent reputation and are worth the wait. If you like tinkering with electronics, there’s also The Custom Saber Shop. They usually have components that will work for Visas Marr’s saber.
    2 points
  37. If its a Black Costume, Darth Vader is the number one mistaken name used. In my Starkiller hoth, I don't get names, I get questions "Who the hell are you?" In my Jawa, I get called a Tusken Raider. In my Malakili, again no names, just the reply that "that is probably the most comfortable costume in all of Star Wars". When outside in the hot sun, "That is the Smartest Costume"! Not trooped in my Garindan yet, but I will find out next week what comments I get in that costume.
    2 points
  38. What was wrong with the stl files? I believe I have the same ones but have not started printing yet. What layer height are you using? Are you printing in PLA? Thanks!
    2 points
  39. After looking for patterns I quit. Was too complicated for me. So grabbed an old dress I had in the closet and modified it to make the jacket. Then I lined it. The fitted pants were from Wal-Mart and did match the jacket's fabric. So I just had to add the red on the sides on the legs. I was so nervous to mess up but it came out so nice! The neck seal was made in leatherette. Did pattern with clear wrap and tape around my neck and then I transfer to fabric, making sure did the folds in the sewing machine. To tell u the truth the pain was to make the gloves. I used this tutorial and learned after many mistakes I needed to use 2 was strech fabric, no the leftover material I had in the cosplay room lol. Here is tutorial for gloves Sent from my SM-N950U using Tapatalk
    2 points
  40. As we look forward to what 2018 will bring in the TFE Det., it's always nice to reflect back on all that has happened in 2017. It has been a good and very active year here in the TFE Det. in 2017. Newly Elected Detachment Leader and her staff. We have seen many new programs started and/or old programs improved this year: Trooper of the Month, Blood Members, Mediation Tracker, Fundraiser Program, Academies or Temples. We have seen the formation of the first 4 TFE Det. Academies or Temples. We have created our 1st ever Det. Racing shirt, and had two sales runs of those shirts. We have cleaned up the Membership Records for the Detachment, and everything is now running smoothly. TFE Detachment Merch had a strong kick in the pants this year, after a long pause with very little Det. Merch coming out, this year we came out with several Coin and Patch runs. We have had a strong push at writing and/or correcting existing CRL's. Many of these newly written or corrected CRL's were just done last week, so we are still waiting on LMO review and approval, before we can post them for you to take a look at. We have had a strong year with many more TFE Det. Members being added to our coveted Comms Tower FB page. Our Membership has skyrocketed with a large influx of new members, eager to be a part of the best Detachment in the Legion. From all of us here in the TFE Detachment Staff, I hope you all have enjoyed your time here with us in 2017, and we look forward to seeing you all again in 2018. We have more planned for the TFE Det. in the new year, and we will try to make the TFE Det. even better for you in 2018! Det Staff-
    2 points
  41. Darth Malgus as a 1st costume, to join the 501st, is not an easy feat, as this is not an easy costume to put on or to wear the whole day at a troop. For the normal person, I would suggest an easier costume to start off with and then to try to make something at this difficulty level. Approval is dependent on your local Czech Republic GMO/GML. You have to attain the right look, compared to official reference materials. If your GML/GMO has any questions with your approval pics, they will submit them to us, and we will give our opinions. The costume in the Video would be approvable yes, but most people in the 501st don't have a "team" to help them get dressed and put on makeup and prosthetic. It is unrealistic to have to show up several hours before the troop to start putting on the costume. Pants, find an official LFL reference to support your look, and you are fine. I have seen black, and I have seen gray, so for the time being, either. Materials for the armor is up to you, but it must look correct. It has to have a thickness to it, it has to look like hard armor. Lights and everything else seen must be included. Find an official reference you are happy with, and make your costume look like the reference. This costume is not an easy one to pull off the correct look. This costume is also quite expensive to pull off the correct look. Not trying to discourage your interests, but many have started this costume and not seen it to the end, and then it was just a waste of time and money, and they never got into the 501st. Many have attempted this costume, currently only 2 have an approved Darth Malgus in the 501st!
    2 points
  42. Greetings from the Central Texas Squad of the Star Garrison, SL-96995 here and joined on November 5th. Had a lot of fun at a Halloween costume contest at work where I got called... Kylo Ren
    2 points
  43. Hello all, SL-12332 from the Cloud City Garrison. Joined the 501st on 1 Nov.
    2 points
  44. So far it is looking good! Just smooth out the surfaces and you're rocking it.
    2 points
  45. Hello there, SL-81011 from the 70th Explorers Garrison. I received my approval email, welcoming me to the 501st on the 4th of July. That made celebrating the 4th even better. I have done 2 troops as Darth Revan so far and have 2 more this coming Saturday. My costume is from Wicked Armor, and after reviewing theses forums, I plan on making many modifications.
    2 points
  46. Hi from the Redback garrison Australia! My name is Gabbi and I was approved last month in time to troop the biggest troop in the Southern Hemisphere At Dreamworld
    2 points
  47. So far I have printed; the boots (though may get a lifted pair later as I'm only 5'6"), thigh forearm hand pieces and have the mask. I have sanded and got the first few coats of black on. A buddy will be printing imperial stickers for the shoulder pieces as templates so I can spray the logo with paint. QUESTION: Anyone have a particular silver color they picked for the Silver COG? Half way through printing the chest piece the printer had a catastrophic failure. Took about 2 weeks to get everything figured out and replaced and now I am about 20% into the chest piece. We are starting to look for fabric and begin sewing since I have about 2 weeks left on just the chest piece. I then need to measure the leg armor with over boot adjustments. JediDad2011, did Mr. Kerry Alan Rowntree make your belt buckle or just the belt. I was looking at 3d printing it but if it isn't too expensive and he's already made yours I might buy there. Contact info??? Thanks
    1 point
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