81 Glasgow Film & Comic Con 2016 – 20th August 2016

Troop Icons Spotter 2015Location
Braehead Arena : INTU Braehead, Glasgow 09:00 – 17:00

Mission Report
In all honesty, I was not expecting to Troop again this year, least of all at the event formerly known as Collectormania Glasgow which as we got no charity contribution for doing and rather boringly involves standing about in costume in a shopping centre, I never shared other peoples fascination with as a gig. Fortunately for me my attendance on this occasion was in the role of Spotter which largely relieved any potential tedium and as it turned out, a large part of the day was spent behind the ISS display table greatly benefitting my plantar fasciitis.

I’ve never had any real interest in being parked behind this display in the past but oddly I found it a fairly enjoyable way to interact with the public while not in costume which is usually the anthesis of acting as a spotter (this event aside where various punters seemed insistent on asking me questions about where to queue and how much entry was. You’d think after nine years in the same venue Showmasters would have learned to signpost their event and have staff available to deal with these type of queries…) and served as something of a relief to the stresses of trying to keep an eye on costumers who were wandering off unsupervised due to the scarcity of members fulfilling that duty.
Anyway, I know the display table causes some controversy at events in terms of keeping it manned, but I’d be willing to do so again even if 80% of the information I gave out concerning the helmets on display was entirely made up!

Fortunately for my wallet, none of the items on sale nor guests were of particular interest to me (although I was somewhat awestruck by what a gentleman Colin Baker was on occasion I bumped into him briefly backstage) but clearly the presence of Ray Park was a big draw for some of our crew. He seemed a pleasant enough chap, and genuinely flattered by the Honorary Member presentation that we performed for him, although I suspect in hindsight he regrets his subsequent attempt to impale a poor unsuspecting female helper through the head with a runaway lightsaber blade.

All in all it was a good day, had I not already made other arrangements I’d have given serious consideration to returning for the Sunday. It may not have done anything to convince me to play dress up again any time soon, but it was nice to see the squad in action once more…!

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Imperial Scottish Squad Trading Cards

Folk were quite impressed with the print quality of the character debut cards I gave out to the kids on the occasion of my first Returns Bat troop at Fairy Box so back in…  oohh…  2nd October 2012 I offered to “do” a run of complete sets of trading cards for all ISS members for free with the intent that we could also gift them to those who trooped alongside us in conjunction with the patch.

I think about three members responded to the offer so I’ve only ever produced the cards for special occasions like the Bat 89 reproduction for Gary on the occasion of the UKGs 15th anniversary Mem weekend and the first (and, if I have my way, last time) my fellow Ghostbusters and I got together, but y’know, there offers still there if anyone wants to take me up on it…

80 UWS Star Wars Week – Promotional Video – 13th April 2016

Troop Icons TB 2015Location
UWS Paisley Campus, Paisley 18:00 – 21:30

Mission Report
Goodness me, that was a lot of fun.

The possibility of this even to shoot a promotional video for University of the West of Scotland to tie in with their screenings of The Force Awakens on across the campuses next month had been mentioned back in the middle of March so it was quite disappointing that it hadn’t been posted for discussion on our boards to allow more of the ISS to attend.  Fortunately our friends over at the Rebel legion seem a lot better organised and were able to field a reasonable number of cannon fodder for the Imperial forces in attendance to mow down.

Much mirth is made of the fact that Stormtroopers can’t shoot straight so it was with no small sense of satisfaction that our Fleet Trooper and X-Wing pilot on the night had problems coordinating the basics of walking.

It’s also somewhat surprising the galaxy hasn’t fallen under the heel of Imperial tyranny about 20 minutes into Star Wars having also witnessed the Rebellions inability to follow their cue resulting in multiple takes in an attempt to get them to close a book.  You begin to understand why George Lucas favoured CGI characters in later years…😉

As always with these video shoots, with their long periods of standing about waiting for 30 seconds of action, it’s the banter and interplay between the folk present in-between takes that never makes it onto screen which makes the occasion enjoyable and memorable.  In this instance I couldn’t have asked for a more fantastic, ridiculous, fun and silly group to partake in this event with.
Oh.  And once again, I apologise Gordy for kicking your corpse harder than intended after your heroic death scene.

Play us out guys…

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Hey Kids! CoH COMICS! – March 2016

HeyKidsRecovered and reissued comics from the CoHCOMICS.COM archive for March 2016…

The Justice-Knights 1
The Justice-Knights 2
The Justice-Knights 3
The Justice-Knights 4
The Justice-Knights 5
The Justice-Knights 6
The Justice-Knights 7
The Justice-Knights 8
The Justice-Knights 9
Forever Men 15
Forever Men 16
Forever Men 17
Forever Men 18
Forever Men 19
Forever Men 20
Forever Men 21
Forever Men 22
Forever Men 23
Forever Men 24
Forever Men 25
Forever Men 26
Forever Men 27
Forever Men 28
Forever Men 29


79 Greener Morton Open Day Swap Shop – 13th March 2016

Troop Icons Spotter 2015Location
Greenock Morton Football Stadium, Greenock 12:00 – 14:00

Mission Report
What to say… What to say…

This event happened. It was alright.

Suffice to say, the new film a few months back and did not fill me with a renewed passion for all things Star Wars, so when it came to about 09:30 on Sunday morning I was quite prepared to just stay in bed and not bother turning up for the 11:00 start.

The first hour was spent behind the line of troopers ensuring that cars did not hit them from behind as they edged further and further into the road they were position onto, nor were they rugby tackled to the ground by the inhabitants of Greenock. Actually all credit to the people of the town, it gets a bad rap sometimes, but there wasn’t a single poke, prod or attempt to engage in fisticuffs with the troopers that I witnessed the whole time we were out. Sure there were loud complaints from some quarters that the event they’d got *free entry* into held nothing of interest if you’re child “don’t want a picture with Star Wars [sic]” and I’m pretty sure the fence we were positioned next to for the first half was the boundary to one of the toilets judging by the number of small flies crawling about my head and face the majority of the time, but going on 1,300 people were happy-ish to see us.

Three out of that 1,300 were a young lad and with his parents in tow. He stood out to me particularly dressed as he was as the Seventh Doctor, a costume I have an affinity for, accompanied by Ace and I later discovered he had made a box of Doctor Who themed biscuits for us. Apparently he’s been a common fixture at some of our events and if I’m right, some time back the local community had rallied round to build him a TARDIS in the back garden due to a medical condition. Unfortunately I had no Barry trading cards on my person, but perhaps next time…

Thankfully for my increasing traffic related stress levels we relocated pitch side at the top of the second hour, or at least into the stand behind one of the goal mouths. Being a bit out-of-the-way the public footfall and requests for photos died down, but maybe by that time everyone who’d been likely to turn up and largely come and gone and we headed back to the changing area prior to the 14:00 wrap up. As it happened though the early finish was probably a good idea as we were being urged out of the room so it could be locked up while folk were still in the midst of trying to de-kit and pack armour away.

Once again Claire Mackie proved herself to be one of the greatest UKG-ambassadors-who’s-not-a-member that we’ve ever had, taking the time to speak to large swathes of the attendees, both filling them in on who the Rebel Legion and ourselves were and what we do and even reassuring one small girl who starting school in a few months would not be the massive trauma she was anticipating..!

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