Being a Trooper

What would happen if Star Wars and Star Trek universe collided?

Would we see Borgs colluding with droids? Would Klingons take a R&R at the cantina? Most importantly where would the redshirt be?

Evidently… standing as stormtroopers !

I am the redshirttrooper, a uber of of sci-fi, master of Star Wars and still loving Star Trek. I am a trooper in the 501st Legion

Trooping is a creative process

The research is fun, the sourcing is positively challenging, learning new skills always exciting, and seeing the completed work does make you proud… the only real constraint (aside from the money) is the space needed to store all the work done.

STEP ONE … to 45?

Source all the parts and vet the vendors to limit the risks of being caught without money nor gear. Unfortunately the community has its black sheep and one need to be careful.

Once purchased the long wait for the big brown box begins. depending on vendors you may wait from 2 weeks to several month to get your gear,

In the meantime, check all the costuming standards from the relevant clubs to make sure your build will be regimental.

Once you get the plastic bits, time to cut, trim, assemble, test, glue, fill, sand, prime, paint… Patience !

Time to Troop

You are about the get to an event, first you need to check all your gear and pack them to avoid breakage and lug them around.

Dressing up takes time and require some practice. Eventually you are able to fully kit without much ( if any) help but still takes some time.

Now the fun part begins, you get yourself in character and go into the crowd; try not to hurt yourself or anyone else since you cannot see anything when wearing a helmet, take hundreds of pictures acting in characters and most importantly do all of this in the worst possible discomfort; armors were not made for this !


There is also the “after trooping” side of things, when you go home and check for breakage and tears in the costume, the time spent fixing all the problems, ordering missing parts, improving the armor to make it more “comfortable” and/or upgrading some parts to fit with new guidelines and accuracy standards.

Most importantly, start the process all over again for the next costume.