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Lord_Kosh last won the day on November 6

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About Lord_Kosh

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    Garrison Events Coordinator (GEC)
  • Birthday 04/14/1978

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    Fairview, TN (6159699115)
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    Star Wars, Babylon 5, etc. ( Sci-fi and comedy). Card, board, and video games all enjoyed. Will probably try my hand at making prop weapons for SW, B5, etc.

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    From JC forums, and I live in Nashville area. MSG now... RL in distant future, but not plans immediately. Cell Phone contact is 615-969-9115. Please leave a message (or text me with your MSG or real name) so I know you are not a telemarketer. I got lots of telemarketer calls, so they are ignored in the order they are received. :) But if you leave a voice message or text, I'll call or text you back as soon as possible, such as meeting for a MSG event.
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  1. until
    Event Name: Terminal Hospice Patient Venue: Spring Meadows Nursing Home Venue address: 220 Highway 76 Clarksville , Tennessee 37043 USA Event Start: Any day you can come soon - Dec 14th 4PM Event End: - about 6PM or so Event Website: Expected number of attendees: 40 Requested number of characters: As many as you can Requested character types: Secure changing/staging area: Yes Can troopers carry blasters: Yes Can troopers carry/bring props like lightsabers and staffs: Yes Is parking available: Yes Is venue accessible to those with limited mobility: Yes Amenities available at venue: Restrooms water and snacks. Let us know your needs Comments: We have a 45 year old terminally ill Hospice patient who grew up on Star Wars. We were trying to get him to the Premier of the new Mostar wars movie but he is getting too weak to attend. We are trying to honor a lady wish by throwing him some kind of star wars party. Hospice employees are buying things for him out of their own pockets. If anyone could come in costume to brighten his day it would be a blessing. Referred by: Dreams and wishes
  2. hello 501st

    No problem. Glad I could help. I thought maybe the squad vs garrison details might have been a little hazy, but that makes sense too. Multi-posting can get us dizzy sometimes.
  3. hello 501st

    Hi Johann, Mostly, what Caleb said. However, this is the correct location for the MidSouth Garrison, so you are already in the correct place as a recruit here. Chattanooga has a squad within the MidSouth Garrison (MSG for short). Clarksville does not have a squad within the garrison, but is part of the MSG as a whole. The Nashville area (Davidson Co. and all the counties directly bordering it) are in the Music City Squad... (MCS if you see it abbreviated) but you would certainly be able to join the Nashville troopers for any events closer to Nashville. All of these are part of the MidSouthG Garrison. However, we also have events here and there directly in Clarksville. These should be in the general Events section of the forum in the section labeled "MidSouth Garrison Events". As they are submitted to us, I am usually the individual posting the ones for Clarksville. Check back soon, and often. I try to add them ASAP to help give time for the trooper roster to build up. There are a handful of troopers between MSG and the Rebel Legion that live in or around Clarksville, but you are welcomed to join us at most events as a helper or handler until you have your approved costume. A few events require troopers have approved costumes and/or have limits on attendance, but most are opened to helpers/handlers to join in on the fun. MCS events have there own section in the events section, as does Chattanooga, Memphis, and Knoxville areas if you don't mind the drive to them for their more local events. If you want to, you could even look at the Kentucky Garrison if it is convenient for you. You could join their forum as well ...and once you get your costume finished, pick the one you would identify (or troop with) most as your home garrison. You can still attend events in the other, and we will often share events that are close by another garrison. Many of them joined us for recent events not too long ago in Nashville and Franklin. Their link is https://www.bluegrassgarrison.com/ Welcome to the party.
  4. I agree with John. Welcome, and we'd be glad to have you. Handling is a great way to meet us, and maybe get some pointers or advise from others who have made the same or similar costumes. Even if you join the GA garrison, you could still troop with us as well. Just use this forum to see our events and post on the threads you can attend. Make sure your GA Garrison command staff knows when you troop with us to meet the general trooping requirement since they probably won't check our board to confirm your status. Or, do as many troops as you can for both garrisons and have no issues either way. I've meet a lot of GA members at Dragon*Con, so I know they'd be happy to have you as well.
  5. Finally adding on here!

    Never too late to join... Knoxville and Chattanooga have a decent number of events, and so do the other parts of TN if you find yourself heading West.
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    Event Name: Floating Pumpkin Patch Venue: New Providence Pool Venue address: 168 Cunningham Lane Clarksville, Tennessee 37042 USA Event Start: 10-19-2019 - 2:00 pm Event End: 10-19-2019 - 5:30 pm Event Website: Clarksville Parks & Recreation Facebook Page - look up Floating Pumpkin Patch Expected number of attendees: 400 Requested number of characters: Requested character types: Secure changing/staging area: Yes Comments: This is an event where children come in to hunt for their pumpkins in the water. Outside we will have carnival games and pumpkin decorating stations set up. Referred by: Have come for this event in the past. Notes: I a few of us did this event last year. We were outside greeting them as they went from the pool to the carnival area or vice versa. They had a small but happy crowd, and no costumes were soaked by the pool. Roster: Post if you can troop this and indicate costume if possible.
  7. Columbia person here!

    UPDATE: looks like the census is in October.
  8. Columbia person here!

    Before the MSC was created, or if you are outside a squad area when you were first approved, the general MSG marker/indicator was used. We were given the option to "join" the squad when MSG was created... some did, some did not. I'm pretty sure, but not 100% certain, that as new members are added, they are automatically linked to the squad if they are within the area. Good news is that it doesn't matter if you are in the MCS or the MSG as a whole... You can still troop anywhere in the garrison. Just know that the events are placed in the squad (MCS) or the garrison as a whole (MSG) based on the location of the events themselves. However, you should still be able to see all the event sections for each squad and the MSG as a whole ... and sign up for as many as you want to troop. Let Robbie or Marcus know if you cannot see the other areas. My limited knowledge on this is as follows: The garrison as a whole gets counted just before the Census in February for the elections, but part of that is to see if one has met the trooping requirement. I think the Co, XO, PR, or maybe the GML's verify who trooped on the local garrison level. I am not clear on the Detachment levels (Jolly Rogers) how they confirm the trooping requirement (if any) for any one detachment, but it is possible that the same process takes care of both... since one's costume is linked to a detachment by default... or so I would think. Another may want to clarify or confirm this, but that is my guess. As a trooper, I have never confirmed any trooping other than posting and showing up at the events. If they think you haven't trooped, there is a list of potentially inactive or retired members that is posted... and if you are on it, you might need to provide the details of when you trooped and with what costume(s)... I think.
  9. New Forum Member

    I agree with Braden, Jim, your shock trooper looked pretty good to me, though I am not an expert on armor. I saw you as well, including your "little Vader". I was either a staff officer (black) or navy trooper if I saw you on Saturday... or a line officer (olive-grey) if I saw you on Sunday... I don't recall what day I saw you. You probably saw Chris Bower in his Mouse/Kilt trooper at ICCC... which isn't an approved costume either. Chris does has several costumes that are approved, and he switched back and forth throughout the weekend... and worked the table at ICCC as well. In that regard, you could use the pauldron for fun as long as you troop at least one event per year in an approved costume. You can definitely be a handler or helper without having any suit approval and be a "recruit"... and hang out with us at most events. Only the events with a specific number of tickets or passes have any real restrictions on this, and some of them still leave enough passes for handlers/helpers to join us. So unless the details of the event stress limited numbers of troopers or handlers, you can still join us in this regard... until you have an officially approved costume, that is. To be a full member, you do need an approved costume. However, based on the look of it, and the fact that you used our CRL in the first place for guidance, I'd say that you are well on your way to an approved costume (if not already there). Both David and Robbie definitely have armor based costumes and are quite knowledgeable in the process. Also, they may know of approval amendments that may make things like trooper pauldrons and other accessories work even if they are not stated in the CRL specifically... but again, I'm no expert on armor suits. The only things I noticed... having taken some time to compare and contrast the shock trooper armor pieces, and knowing the type of detail that approval processes look for in general, is that you may need to reverse /invert the center button box on the front/abdomen plate. I don't recall if it is a separate molded part of the suit or part of the abdomen plate molded as a single piece, but that is about it. You may need to add some red paint/detail to the forearm pieces so that the red stripe goes all the way around the forearms, too. Other things like adjusting straps should be relatively easy to modify, if needed, but that is where the GML's come in. They aren't going to just reject it and say "no", "no thanks", or "request denied". They will either approve it, or give you a list of the things you need to change to get it approved, and remember that they know how you'd feel since they went through it for each of their 501st costumes. Either of them may have some tricks you can use to fix the suit components to make them right without having to replace or toss the ones you have. Not that you'd have to toss them at all for your personal collection. If you'd rather not modify the armor pieces that you would need to change for 501st approval, you could also get another copy of only the few parts you'd need to modify (ex: just the forearms and front abdomen plate or button box) and rework those so you can switch them out. Use the ones approved for 501st events, and the others could act as backups. You could still use the unapproved part when you are doing your own thing. You could also do an officer or crewman (as a soft costume option) for your 501st approved costume, and keep the shock trooper for your own use the way it is for things like Dragon*Con, Celebration, etc. Again, I don't think you would have to change a lot, and may not need to change anything at all... so give it a try. I don't think we have any local Shock Troopers yet, so it would be great to add one... I'm positive that either Robbie or David would be happy to provide guidance so that it can get approved. Looks like you already put a lot of work into it, so sending the email to either of the GML's with the five or six images to find out is free and might be all you need. "Uncle Palpatine wants you" "Do it!" Think of it this way: Absolute worse case scenario is that you STILL have a wonderful suit of your own to use for Halloween, conventions, and other things you and your family may want to do on your own. Best case scenarios is that (perhaps with a little more work if needed), you have both a wonderful suit of your own... AND an approved 501st costume.
  10. New Forum Member

    The Galactic Academy rules are way more flexible since the kids will likely grow out of the costumes soon afterwards. If I recall correctly, a parent/guardian must accompany them at all times. Here is the current link to the 501st approval specs for a Shock Trooper. http://databank.501st.com/databank/Costuming:TK_shocktrooper To amend what Chris said above, you would need >=5 clear pictures sent in (hopefully with a fairly clear or solid , perhaps contrasting background): one of you in costume from head to toe from the front, from the left side, from the back, from the right side, and one with your helmet or "bucket" off, but held in hand. I think you can also do an action pose, too. I advise that each picture be as clear and close up as possible...while still showing the full costume at each angle. Once you have them, you can send them to one of the Mid South Garrison's GML (Garrison Membership Liaison) to get approval and be set up as a 501st member. Hopefully, the GML will be able to approve it, or guide you to make changes so that it can be approved. For example, I do not see a shoulder pad (or pauldron) listed, even as an optional item. However, I am not an expert on stormtroopers. The GMLs are David Camacho (Nacho) and Robbie Amburgey (MxPxRobbie) ... so either can probably assist you... or give you any updates to the process. Good luck.
  11. Visiting Nashville from Star Garrison

    Several of us went to Dragon*Con in Atlanta this last weekend, so may not have been available... when we otherwise would have been able to do so. Hope your weekend was fun.
  12. Columbia person here!

    Yea! One good pilot deserves another... We've trooped together so many times, I've always considered like part of the family.
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    Event Name: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Expo Venue: Clarksville-Montgomery County Public Library Venue address: 350 Pageant Lane, Suite 501, Clarksville, TN 37043 Clarksville, Tennessee 37040 USA Event Start: 2 November 2019 - 2 pm Event End: 2 November 2019 - 5 pm Event Website: mcgtn.org/library Expected number of attendees: 500 Requested number of characters: 12 Requested character types: Secure changing/staging area: Yes Comments: The library's annual Sci-Fi Expo is coming on Saturday, November 2nd. We are looking forward to another festive afternoon of games, crafts, demos, displays and various media. Hope you can join us again! Referred by: The Force
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    Event Name: Community CARES Walk & Expo Venue: Wilma Rudolph Event Center - Liberty Park, Clarksville TN 37040 Venue address: 1317 SUN VALLEY ROAD Clarksville, Tennessee 37040 USA Event Start: 10/12/2019 - 8:30am Event End: 10/12/2019 - 12:00pm Event Website: www.cadstn.org Expected number of attendees: 1,000 Requested number of characters: 3-8 Requested character types: Secure changing/staging area: Yes Comments: This is an event for the special needs community in Clarksville, Montgomery County and offered to all the surrounding counties. The event offers a resource fair with approx. 60 vendors, a 1 mile walk around Liberty Park pond to promote health and wellness. DJ so the kids can have fun. Games and sports offered. Referred by: You all have been gracious and come out to the event for many years. You are a huge hit for our kids and their families. Roster: Post (with costume/character) if you are able to attend. RL, Mando, and Droid builders all welcomed.
  15. Hello From Nashville!

    Hi Christian, Welcome to the party...figuratively. If you can see the event (calendar) section, there is a sub section for threads on build parties. At the moment, there isn't an active build party in the Nashville area scheduled... but check back for ones that could be added later. Personal and event schedules as well as the availability of tools and a workshop area/garage can make these less frequent than we would like, but they do happen from time to time here. However, you can also join us at most events (unless it has some limited ticket or pass concerns). You can meet several of us, maybe get tips on your stormtrooper build (or other costumes), and perhaps be a handler/helper, at these events until your costume/armor is approved. Stormtroopers are awesome in many ways... including that we can really never have too many of them at any event. Handlers can help us get suited up (if needed) and can always help take pictures for those that want to be in the picture with the characters... at least until you are suited up yourself and on the other side of the cameras.