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  1. Greetings from Georgia!

    Hi Devin, Ron is correct... You would certainly be able to troop with us. The only thing that gets a little tricky is that, to meet your trooping requirement for each year, you should troop with GA Garrison at least once a year so that they can confirm that you met the requirement. But as long as you keep them informed and/or troop with them here an there, you can certainly add events to your schedule for us (MSG) as well if they are easier to attend. Only certain events would be restricted to MSG members only... such as Weird Al concerts and more strict conventions that have limited passes for troopers. For example, If Connooga or Knoxville's Fanboy Expo only allows X troopers to get in free, those X spots would be reserved for MSG troopers. If there are extras, or not all the spots are filled after a certain time, visiting garrison troopers are next in line for those passes. For ICCC that was in Nashville, we had a block of passes, and reserved a small amount for some visiting garrisons, but that depends on the number of passes available in the first place. It works the other way, too. When Dragon*Con happens in Atlanta, GA, we'd have to go through Georgia Garrison for any official trooping status... such as any parade participation limits, fan table passes, etc. Most other events have no such restrictions, so just make sure you sign up with the correct garrison for the event. Once Robbie gives you visiting trooper status on our forum, you should be able to sign up for any events in TN here. Or, look at the GA garrison forum and see if there is a joint opts section for events in TN (or NE AL) and sign up there. We have similar arrangements with AL and KY as well... for when events are shared or so close to the border that both garrisons provide troopers. If the event is listed there in a joint opts section, one of the GA GEC's will communicate with one of our GEC's or local squad leaders and pass the list to us. But, once you can see the event posts and calendar of events, you can sign up here directly for many of ours. The Chattanooga area does have a decent number of events come through, and they are dedicated squad of troopers. I have trooped with several of them more than a few times. The more troopers they have available for events, including you, the more that each event will succeed. Welcome Devin.
  2. Shrek On The Move Again!

    You are indeed correct. B5 fan here. I'd consider it one of my strongest fandoms... 2nd only to Star Wars. I think there are a few others in the neighborhood.
  3. Shrek On The Move Again!

    Welcome to the area.... (allow two weeks shipping and handling ) Events are slowly but surely picking up, so there should be some trooping options soon after you get here.
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    Event Name: Horseshoe River Bend Festival Venue: Clifton Park Venue address: Clifton City park. Clifton, Tennessee 38425 USA Event Start: 9-11-2021 - 2pm Event End: 9-11-2021 - 9 pm Event Website: Expected number of attendees: 500 Requested number of characters: Requested character types: Secure changing/staging area: No 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: Restroom, Porta potties, food & drink vendors Comments: Clifton Rotary puts on this music festival annually. Trying to make it more family friendly and alcohol free. Giving back to the community and bringing people together. Music starts at 4pm on stage. Kids area with bounce house, slide and other kid friendly activities. Referred by: One of vendors told us how amazing you are.
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    Event Name: Sound Haven Venue: Jaceland Venue address: 5226 Burkett Chapel Cemetary Rd Tracy City, Tennessee 37387 USA Event Start: 7/29 - 12pm Event End: 8/1 - 3am Event Website: soundhavenfestival.com Expected number of attendees: 4,000 Requested number of characters: 10-15 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: Meals provided for day of appearance. Free water and Restrooms available on-site. Comments: Sound Haven is an alien themed bass-music festival taking place at an off-road park near Chattanooga, TN. We have sold 3,000 tickets and expect 4,000 total attendees this year. This is an upcoming festival generating a ton of hype and excitement for our 2021 festival. Referred by: Scott from MidSouth Garrison Music City Squad NOTES: My guess is that if we can make any day, it would be Saturday, July 31st... and probably limited to a four hour block. I am going to ask some questions of the event requestor... and make sure our entry is free... While I am doing that, if anyone is interested, please post that you can attend and what day(s) and time(s) you'd prefer. I'm not sure how well we will fit in this, but gauging interest from our side. Post if you can attend, or think you might be able to... and we will try to narrow in on a time block. The blocks below are just to group for now... not saying anyone has to commit to such long blocks... Thursday (Noon - Midnight) Friday (Morning, Afternoon, and/or Evening) Saturday (Morning, Afternoon, and/or Evening) Michael R. --IC --Afternoon 1-5PM or 2-6PM (If we do this, this would be my vote.) Sunday (Midnight - 3AM) Again, the blocks above are to organize are interests for now... not that you'd have to troop the whole days.
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    Event Name: ClarksvilleCon Venue: Quality Inn Exit 4 Venue address: 3095 Wilma Rudolph Blvd Clarskville, Tennessee 37040 USA Event Start: October 23, 2021 - 10am Event End: October 23, 2021 - 5pm Event Website: http://www.clarksvillecon.com Expected number of attendees: 2500 Requested number of characters: 10 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: restroom, water and table Comments: ClarksvilleCon is a collectors’ mecca convention located in the beautiful City of Clarksville, Tennessee. Striving to be Tennessee’s best and truest comic convention featuring fandoms of multiple genres. As a long-time collector of comics and pop culture items the promoter brings Tennessee an event that will satisfy any fandom! Referred by: past events Notes: We have done this event before... at a different hotel in Clarksville. Last time, we had a small table and collected for a charity, which we can probably do again. Roster: We may have to add a limit if passes become an issue... but for now, please post if you can attend... and at the moment I don't see any reason RL, Mando, and Droid Builders could not join us... Please post, but if passes do become an issue, MSG will have priority for them. If no limit on passes, no worry on signup.
  7. Greetings!

    Welcome, Drew. Knoxville has a nice squad, and many of them have been trooping for several years. Always good to new recruits though, so as long as there are no special restrictions on the events, please check the forums and calendar for events in and around Knoxville area. You can meet some of the local troopers, and perhaps get some good advice and feedback from them. Other areas that tend to have steady events are Chattanooga, Nashville (along with Clarksville), and Memphis. Jackson and Cookeville sometimes have events, too. If you know you are going to be in any of those areas, please look at the calendars for them and come out and meet more of us. I'm fond of the officer classes, and how versatile the uniforms are... You can focus on one, and vary some things, and wind up with quite a few technically different, but valid costumes.
  8. New Guy here

    It was good to meet you at the ICCC.
  9. Hello from a Transfer!

    Welcome, Charity. I am sure the Knox Eisley Squad will be happy for you to join them. I don't think we have anyone with a Zam Wesell in or near the MSG yet, and of course there is always room for TIE pilots and reserves. Things are slowly starting to pick back up... as conventions and community events are slowly testing the waters in hopes that they can run the events safely. If you are available to troop them, Nashville and Clarksville have events coming up that may be good to troop... and you don't mind the drive. Every so often, we even have events close to Kingsport. Please check the calendar and/or the events section... as we post them as soon as we get the event request.
  10. Hello from Alabama!

    Sounds good.
  11. Hello from Alabama!

    Hi Steven, We'd be happy to have you troop with us sometimes... especially once trooping can return to normal... especially in frequency. I was worried about adding you to the ICCC coming up since we are filling up (at least on Saturday).... but then I noticed that you are one of the troopers that Dan C. already asked to sign up. I have you, Dan, and a few others from AL Garrison signed up for all day on Saturday. Not sure if you can see the events yet, but the post for this event is at:
  12. Hello!

    Welcome Hannah. We have a full squad of troopers in/near Knoxville... Knox Eisley Squad. Once events get back into full swing (once COVID-19 is contained to make them easier on people), I'm sure you will be able to meet many of them. Meanwhile, I'm sue many in the garrison will be happy to give you pointers and advise on your build.
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    Event Name: "Movies in the Park" (featuring "Star Wars: the Rise of Skywalker") Venue: Heritage Park Sports Complex Venue address: 1214 Preachers Mill Rd. Clarksville, Tennessee 37042 USA Event Start: 5/22/2021 - 6:00pm Event End: 5/22/2021 - 8:00pm Event Website: https://www.cityofclarksville.com/433/Movies-in-the-Park Expected number of attendees: 200-300 Requested number of characters: Requested character types: Secure changing/staging area: No 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 will be available on site. This event will host several food trucks and vendors as well that members are more than welcome to visit. Our event staff can definitely provide water, etc. if you'd like! Please just specify what your needs are and we will plan accordingly. Comments: Movies in the Park is an event that is open and free to the public. We show one movie each month on a large projector screen in one of our local parks. Pre-show activites, food vendors, sponsors, etc. make this truly a fun-filled family event. We have set up "pods" for families to utilize so that they are socially distanced and have their own space to occupy while watching the movies. These spaces are painted squares that are 8ft x 8ft and are a community favorite. Our first Movies in the Park event for our 2021 season is May 22, 2021 and we are showing Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. All movies begin at sunset and are shown at night time for our patrons. We thought it would be an extra special experience to have you all join us! Referred by: We have worked with one of your members in the past that is no longer serving the Tennessee region. I reached out to see if he could help with this event and he informed me that he is no longer serving in this area.
  14. Always good to meet a Fett.... A few of us have come out to the Huntsville convention that happened a few years ago... pre-COVID-19. Once we have more events to troop, I'm sure you will come over and play with us more often. As long as there is no specific restrictions on the event, you'd be welcomed to join us for the few going on until then. We have a few of each, Jango and Boba, but there are still lots of opportunities for you to be either for MSG events. Jango images look good.
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    Imperial Commissary Collectors Convention https://iccollectorsconvention.com/ Sheraton Music City Hotel 777 McGavock Pk Nashville, TN 37214 Hotel website if you need a room: https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/bnasi-sheraton-music-city-nashville-airport/ NOTE: Updates may follow with more details later from ICCC, and possibly from Metro Nashville COVID-19 Response updates, but we have been invited to the ICCC for 2021. We have done this event before, so you may remember it well when it was one of the events held at the Williamson Co. Ag Center in Franklin. It may be a little different with Social Distancing and mask requirements, but this is an opportunity to troop, bring some cheer to brighten up the weekend, and enjoy a convention at the same time. Setup and breakdown times will follow later. How photo ops will work will be provided later. Passes: The MSG has been given a limited number of free passes, which will be given to those that will commit to trooping a shift on any one of the day "shifts", where each trooper is in approved costume(s) for most of that time and near the table (or in a group if we are allowed to roam around in costume). MSG has been given a table, so anyone who wants to bring props to display can do so. The 20 vendor passes may be able to be extended if we can coordinate passing them from one costumed character to the other as the shifts change...so please respond with your preferred day, and what shift or shifts you would like to troop. Obviously, if there are enough passes for everyone, everyone will get one... but since there may not be, table duty and other factors like signup order, will be used to help decide who gets the free passes. Like we have with some other events, we are going to give priority to newer members with approved costumes if we need to break ties for the free passes...if needed. At this time, we are going to exclude handlers from this unless there are extras. If so, handlers will also get them...so please indicate number of handlers if you have them when you post to sign up. If you would like to avoid table duty, and be on your own schedule for the convention, please feel free to use the ICCC link above to purchase your own tickets. Free passes will go to those that will be promoting the MSG and acting as representatives of the 501st legion. As long as we have a sizable group of costumed characters, a few can work the table in the MSG racing shirts too... just make sure there are some actual characters please. And feel free to swap out during a shift or from shift to shift as breaks are needed from hot costumes. If there is enough interest in doing so, we can also run a donation/collection for a worthy cause. People are more likely to donate if costumed characters are available to draw them to the table. Roster: Please post if you can attend and which day(s) shift(s) you think you can do... and if possible, what character: Friday, April 16th 3PM-8PM Saturday, April 17th 10AM - 3PM 3PM - 8PM Sunday, April 18th 11PM - 2PM 2PM - 6PM Hopefully, we can all have a good time trooping this event, and everyone will get to participate that wants to.
  16. Returned to the Area

    Welcome back, Amber. Hopefully, by the time you get your boots and costume approved, we may have more trooping opportunities. COVID-19 has kept things on the slow side for trooping. Staff Officer is one of my favorites, and probably the one I use most often. BTW: you might also like the Imperial Navy Trooper (Dress Uniform) as well... almost the same components with a different hat/helmet. Four versions to choose from depending on what specific components you have. https://databank.501st.com/databank/Costuming:IN_imperial_navy_officer
  17. New from Clarksville

    TIE Reserve is also a good backup costume to have anyway. If part of your helmet or armor comes unglued during a troop or before the event... and you cannot repair it immediately, you can usually fall back on the Reserve until you have time to fix the broken or loose pieces. There are very few events where that won't work or where you cannot troop as TIE Reserve instead of pilot. In most cases, you can use either one you'd like. The belt, boots, and the black hat are common in several crewman/officer uniforms. The optional belt boxes, code cylinders, and blaster/holster can be used to "level up" your costume from a basic crewman to a more impressive one with "bling". Many of those items can be used with all of these items (or a sizeable combination of them). In your case, since you know you want to (eventually) get to the TIE Pilot, you only need to get the ones that will work for both. Off the top of my head, I cannot think of anything that you could get for a standard original trilogy TIE Reserve that you can't also use on the TIE Pilot...except the black hat swapped for the helmet. I had problems finding the boots as well...since that style of boots without zippers tends to have small calves... or mine are too big. I ordered mine a few sizes bigger to allow for that, and then use thick socks to fill the gap.
  18. New from Clarksville

    Welcome Dylan. Before COVID-19, Clarksville had a fairly large number events, so once trooping is back to normal, there will be plenty of events in your neighborhood. We've had a handful of troopers in Clarksville area as well, so there are others. Naturally, you'd be able to drive to Nashville area to troop as well, and perhaps before if you want to be a handler/helper at events that do happen prior to getting your costume approved, or troop anywhere else in TN. Once you get your costume approved, you could also look for events in Kentucky as well (Blue Grass Garrison) if that is convenient for you. Either way, this is definitely the best time to get your costume ready. Much like stormtroopers and biker scouts, you really can't have too many TIE pilots at events. They are iconic, and usually, one of the few costumes even the most basic and casual Star Wars fan can identify ---when they don't call you "Darth Vader" if we don't have a Vader, that is. BTW: You might consider starting with the TIE Reserve. It is a good, relatively easy costume to assemble and get approved if you refer to the CRL (Costume Reference Library) on the main 501st website. It is a good stepping stone towards a TIE pilot. Then, start working on the armor, chest box, hoses, and helmet. Once they are ready, submit the full pilot for approval. If it gets approved, you'll have two costumes and can alternate as you see fit. A lot of the Imperial uniforms use the same components, so looking at the CRL entries could help you find others that you may like that are similar... and use the same parts you already have (or will want) for your main TIE pilot. The Officers Corp and the Jolly Roger Squadron for pilots must have had the same suppliers.
  19. Greetings from the Memphis Area!

    Hi Trey. Welcome to the MSG. We have a nice squad of troopers in the Memphis area, and they do a great job with events in the area. One thing that can be a positive about the COVID drop in activities overall is that it gives time to work on costumes. Hopefully, by the time we are doing events full force again, you'll have something approved. As a short guy myself, I recommend something in the officer or crewman range since it is easier to adjust for height and weight with such costumes. Not only that, it is easier to assemble the pieces you'd need. Not only that, several of them can be built on later for more involved costumes. For example, the basic black crewman flight suit can be used for some versions of the TIE pilots and Imperial Gunners, etc. Even the grey flight suit for the scanning crew can be used for a AT-ST driver. There are a bunch of different officer classes that can use the black tunic, and while the olive/grey tunic usually only varies in the rank of the officer, both tunics give you a nice alternative for varied options. You really can't have too many officers or troopers (including TIE, biker scouts, or gunners) at events. And, you can be using this costume while you make a more complex costume. Win-win The Memphis group has a good group of biker scouts, which might be another one that you could do. And, you might find a group of locals to help you with yours if you need it. While it does have a black flight suit, I think some of the details may be different (like pocket placement, etc.). However, as long as you like the costumes, any of them might be fun combination. It would be ideal if the simple one is in some way a stepping stone to the more complex one, but if you like them both, the variety is fun too. BTW: I removed the duplicate thread... the one that had no replies on it yet.
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    Event Name: Cookeville Drive Thru Harvest Carnival Venue: The Avenue Venue address: 1621 North Washington Avenue Cookeville, Tennessee 38501 USA Event Start: 10/25/2020 - 4pm Event End: 10/25/20 - 6pm Event Website: Expected number of attendees: 1000 Requested number of characters: 2000 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: We have an open facility with restrooms. We also will provide all attendees free food and beverages as well as plenty of Halloween candy. Comments: We are a church that hosts an annual Halloween harvest carnival for the community. It is always free and we feed all attendees and give away over 15,000 pieces of Candy. We have averaged 1500-2000 attendees the past 4 years. This year, due to COVID-19, we are creating a drive thru event with the same food, candy and are hoping to provide a neat interactive experience with characters. Referred by: Google Please post if you would like to troop this event: Roster below Michael R. --Tentative (probably IG, or RG depending on if there will be a lot of movement on our part).
  21. Greetings from tampa bay squad

    "Surely you can do better" Just kidding. Welcome, Chuck.
  22. New in Knoxville

    Once events are safer to do on a regular basis, I'm positive that you will find local Knoxville area troopers to touch base with... At most events, you could come out and meet them and act as a handler/helper until your shoretrooper is ready, and get to know some troopers in the process. You might even consider Chattanooga area events as welll. I know a lot of troopers may not check the forum as much right now, but once they do, I'm certain they will be able to offer some insight and advice as needed. But as as Braden said, feel free to ask questions here.
  23. You can always do a Phasma later if you want to... and have both. Sometimes, having the option for either could be good. Rogue One had some great Imperial add-ons to the costume list.
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    Event Name: Star Words Venue: The Refuge Church Venue address: 200 Maple Street Chapel Hill, Tennessee 37034 USA Event Start: 8/02/2020 - 9:00am Event End: 8/02/2020 - 12:00pm Event Website: therefugechapelhill.com Expected number of attendees: 100 Requested number of characters: 8 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: We do have restrooms, water, and have a continental breakfast for everyone. Comments: This is a church event. A children's Bible Camp. They are studying the Armor of God with a Star Wars theme. Referred by: John McDearmon Notes: Received event and added it just in case anyone can do the event. Also warned them that COVID-19 concerns might prevent us from trooping events in general.
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    Event Name: Star Wars Wedding Venue: White Dove Barn Venue address: 7235 TN-64, Beechgrove, TN 37018 Beechgrove, Tennessee 37018 USA Event Start: 05/04/2021 - 10:00 am Event End: 05/04/2021 - 5:00 pm Event Website: search white dove barn Murfreesboro on google Expected number of attendees: 300+ Requested number of characters: 30+/- 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: food, drinks, restrooms, sitting area, staging area, will all be provided. Comments: Wedding planning has begun!! The wedding date is May 4th 2021. I would like to have vader and the emperor attend up by the podium as we get martied. I need as many troopers and imperial chatacters as well. I want to possibly do a costume barrow, I would like my groomsmen and best man in imperial officer uniform, but if not that's okay and we will just do normal tuxes. we are going to have the best star wars wedding possible and all of my 501st friends will be invited, once we get our event up, please ensure that any of you that wish to attend respond to the event so we can count you and prep as necessary. once the ceremony had concluded the troopers and everyone else may dress down, join us for the reception and kick back and relax as our honored guest. May the force be with us all and For the Empire!!! Referred by: I'm in the legion