How to join the 501st Legion

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How to join the 501st Legion

Postby TK37 » Mon Jan 26, 2009 11:35 pm

Hello, and welcome the Old Line Garrison's recruitment board!

I am TK-0037, the Garrison Membership Liaison. It is my responsibility to help prospective members of the 501st get their applications in order, and deal with various membership issues within our Garrison. If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at

The 501st Legion is a Star Wars costuming organization, dedicated to canon villains from the Star Wars movies and Expanded Universe. Membership requires only two things:
    1) That you are at least 18 years of age.
    2) That you own and can wear a canon Star Wars costume.
Assuming you meet these criteria, you can fill out an application for membership at:

The first part is easy, if you’re not 18, bide your time and send us an application when you are! We’re happy to talk with you about costuming, but membership requires you to be at least 18 (sadly, most of us are far, far older). The second part is a bit trickier, and where these boards can come in handy. There are numerous costumes in the Star Wars canon, many of which have already been recognized as part of our membership. The best thing you can do is to thoroughly research your costume, and the best place to start that is with our various detachments. A listing of those can be found here:

Each detachment has a bulletin board of its own, and you can sign up to discuss costume-specific issues with them. No matter what the costume, please also feel free to come and pose questions here as well. I am very proud of our Garrison, and we have some of the finest costumers in the Legion. Whatever costume you are thinking of, someone here has probably built it, or at least done research into it, and it’s a valuable pool of expertise.

A few things to remember when exploring the costuming world:
    1) This is an expensive hobby. Armor pieces and etc. can run several hundred dollars, and a completed costume often represents over $1000 in parts, and almost always many, many hours of labor.

    2) Research always pays off. Take your time, and ask a lot of questions. A good plan and good advice can save you hundreds of dollars. Some pieces are better than others, some part sellers are reliable, and some are crooks. People frequently spend over $1000 on the Rubies Darth Vader costume, for example, and are shocked to discover it is not accurate enough to meet 501st requirements. No matter what people are saying on any given board, always compare it to the screen shots and images you have of the costume.

    3) Be polite. Everyone here is a hobbyist. Even the people you might buy parts from are just participating in their hobby. Some of them are fantastic artists, and if you want to deal with them, be nice. In general, be sure to use full sentences; there are a lot of younger fans who drop by some of these boards, post a lot of crazy stuff in interweb speak, then disappear without ever creating anything. If you want to be treated seriously as a costumer, make sure to present yourself as serious costumer. That's often the biggest hurdle, really, and once people take you seriously, you'll find you have a lot more doors open for you in our community.

    4) Don’t be too easily discouraged. Putting together a good costume is a lot of hard work, and it doesn’t stop once you’ve gotten the suit together enough to go trooping! There are always improvements to be made, and that is a large part of the fun.

    5) Don’t be shy. Come out to events and say hello! We are very social and very friendly, and always eager to help new people. If you are interested in joining, keep an eye out for events where we’ll be appearing. We’ll also host occasional ‘armor parties’, where everyone gets together to socialize and work on armor together. New faces are always welcome.

Please do introduce yourself to us on our boards here in the recruitment area. Make sure to tell us a little about yourself, and what you are interested in working on, as well as any questions or concerns you have. An actual name helps too; it’s always awkward trying to make friends with someone you only know as “BathRobeJedi21” (most of us stick our names in our signature blocks).

TK-0037, iL-0037, ID-0037

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