Saturday, June 29, 2013

Dirty Tom of the 501st Stormtrooper Legion

Here is a little more about myself and my Star Wars crazy days.
Before I became a Jousting Knight, I was a member of the 501st Stormtrooper Legion.  My silly nick name was Dirty Tom, because I was a Sandtrooper with dirty armor, etc. Seems everyone developed nick names after joining. My id was TK-0370.

My armor on display and on retirement from the 501st. I also have a Boba Fett set of armor, and I had a  Biker Scout set of armor that I gave to another friend.

 Getting armored up for a patrol.

The first time I went out in a Star Wars costume was as Boba Fett. It was a really expensive, but worth it. Made alot of new friends at DragonCon in 2001 in Atlanta, GA.

 Somewhere in time at DragonCon
 Me and my friend Clutch at DragonCon. The Jagermeister Patrol. I also developed an addiction to painting my face with warpaint.

 Another shot of my friends at DragonCon. I went to DragonCon every year for awhile. Always had a great time there. I made some good friends.

 Being a stormtrooper was a fun job..I became known as the Jagermeister Captain.

 You would have never guessed that stormtroopers loved hanging out a Hooters.

 Disneyland Florida started Star Wars weekends. The 501st were aloud to march in the Star Wars parades at Disneyland  which was a lot of fun.

 Hanging out at Celebration 2 with my friend Tom and Dave.

 Getting your picture taken with fans was alot of fun. Here I find myself again at another Hooters

 Me as Spider trooper with Austin Powers trooper somewhere in a DragonCon.

 501st at Celebration 2. I am the one holding the Imperial Flag....the only one holding a flag.

On Patrol with Clutch at DragonCon.

 Checking in to the Hyatt at a DragonCon. As many as 4 to 6 of use would split a room.

 Photo shoot at a promotion at Gateway. But I forgot what the promotion was for......

 Dirty Tom Action Figure

 For some reason I decided to wear a Kilt....don't ask me why.

I decided to leave the 501st in 2006. I ran for 501st Legion Commander for a short run before stepping out of the race. I had way too much fun, but I made some new friends in the Renaissance fairs and eventually started jousting on horseback and gave up drinking and parting. Eventually met my wife at a Renaissance fair and now I have a happy family of 4.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Star Wars Diorama diplays

A little more about myself, during my Star Wars crazy days.
About 8 years ago I decided to make some various Star Wars diorama's. I had been searching on the internet looking for others who have made various diorama's using Kenner or Hasbro Star Wars action figures. There were alot of people that have, and shared how they made them. I printed out about a box of templates of Death Star enterior patterns, along with various other templates that I found on the internet.

I started out with the cantina scene. I used foam core board and and a pencil, along with an exacto knife and hot glue. It was alot of fun to make. I wanted to make my game room more interesting, mostly so I would have something cool to look at while gaming.

Next I made a Hoth scene. I used the wall patch putty to make the layout, which was white in color and perfect for snow. The scene is of a crashed snow speeder near apart of the snow trenches.

 Snowtrooper setting up blaster cannon near downed snowspeeder.

 Finished Hoth Scene 1

Hoth Scene 2

Mos Eisley scene outside of docking bay 94

Completed Mos Eisley scene

Trash Compactor 3263827 scene 1

Detention Block 2180

Bounty Hunter scene aboard Darth Vader's Star Destroyer.

 Darth Vader meets Obi-Wan again in the Death Star

Death Star Scene 1

Death Star Scene 2

Death Star Scene 2

Luke Skywalker Jedi Knight battling Rancor at Jabba's Palace

Luke Skywalker attacked by Tusken raiders scene

Tusken raiders on a Bantha

Death Star Scene 3 Tie fighter hanger bay

Chewbacca discussing Han Solo's rescue during the Shadows of the Empire

The Clone Wars Begin

Battle of Endor -  Attack on the Generator bunker

Speeder bike chase on Endor

Leia on speeder bike

Scout troopers chasing Luke and Leia on Endor

Imperial boarding of Tantive IV

Various shots of my Star Wars Diorama in my game room.

The game room has changed a little since this picture was taken. I sold all of my action figures on the wall.

Boba Fett costume I bought years ago, the Helm signed by Jeremy Bulloch

My Stormtrooper armor that I used while in the 501st Stormtrooper Legion. I was TK-0370 aka Dirty Tom. I also had a scout trooper costume that belong to the very first Legion Commander Scott Hawkins. When I joined there was only about 700 members. Now there are thousands.