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DESIGNED FOR ESPIONAGE AND HIGH RISK RECONNAISSANCE MISSIONS, STEALTH TROOPS, THE SO-CALLED "SHADOW STORMTROOPERS" ARE A SPECIALISED DIVISION OF ELITE SOLDIERS USED AT THE SOLE DISCRETION OF IMPERIAL INTELLIGENCE. WHERE STANDARD STORMTROOPERS OVERWHELM WITH NUMBERS AND FIREPOWER, THE SHADOW STORMTROOPER MOVES IN STEALTH AND SILENCE, NEVER EXPOSING HIS PRESENCE UNTIL HE STRIKES. HIS STYGIUM-TRIPRISMATIC ARMOUR IS LACED WITH SENSOR-JAMMERS AND SOUND DAMPENERS, MAKING HIM ALL BUT UNDETECTABLE. EVEN HIS WEAPON - A DC-19 "STEALTH" CARBINE WITH BUILT-IN SUPPRESSOR - DOES NOT BETRAY HIM. HIS IS TRULY A SHADOW ARMY, AN ENEMY YOU WILL NEVER SEE... NEVER HEAR... UNTIL IT IS TOO LATE.

115 Ayrshire Squadron RLC Family Open Day – 7th September 2019

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Location
Dreghorn, Irvine 10:30 – 14:30

Personnel

Jey d’Srow Julie Sword Rebel Pilot
Ediro Two Tubes Brian Morrison Fringe
RLUK Fraser Boyd Crew
RLUK Mark McCreadie Crew

Mission Report
A fairly small, local event for both costumers and crew and while we lacked a big ticket character to draw interest ultimately the crowd on the day probably wouldn’t have warranted anyone travelling much of distance. The weather was bright and mild although the areas of shadow were no doubt a welcome relief, particularly to Brian and we had pretty much the run of the place with various bits of military equipment making for some nice photos to help pass the time.

The organising officers had set aside a table for us to use to collect for charity and have a publicity display, but with the dearth of information around this troop provided by the UKG event organiser, none of this had been mentioned prior to our arrival.

With public attendance being somewhat limited to friends and family of the base personnel the entire day, the event became noticeably quiet mid-afternoon and we called it quits an hour or so early, although not as early as the drum band who despite being advertised as appearing throughout the day apparently performed one set and left after about an hour!
Maybe next year Rebel Legion should get top billing…

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114 Showmasters Glasgow Film and Comic Con – 18th August 2019

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Location
intu Braehead, Glasgow 10:00 – 17:00

Personnel

Adi Gallia Lynn McDavid Jedi Master
Chewbacca Paul Smith Wookie
Jessek Julie Sword Rebel Pilot
Kit Fisto Brian McDavid Jedi Master
Ko-jo Andi Taylor Ewok
Kyle Venson Fraser Stevenson Rebel Pilot
Obi-Wan Kenobi Alex Dick Jedi Master
Sabine Gillian Mackay Fringe
RLUK Mark McCreadie Crew

Mission Report
“Hi, everybody, and a very pleasant good afternoon to you, wherever you may be, I’m Vin Scully and it’s Alien Day here at Braehead Arena…”

The exciting public debut of three new RLUK alien costumes help fight back the tiredness following all day Saturday at the event (full disclosure, there would have been an additional alien because I had my Jawa with me but by the time I was sure Julie was coping in the Quarren mask my enthusiasm for kitting up was sitting somewhere in the lower, lower, sub-basement level of the shopping center) which was fortunate because the public attendance surely wasn’t of sufficient volume to help perk the proceedings up.

The start of the of the day was spent hanging about the dealer hall waiting for Garrick Hagon to be available to have a group photo with the pilots afer which it was out to the food court area. I don’t think I saw a member of the public show any interest in our presence until just before 11:00 which made the morning session a long, slow, slog until lunchtime.

After a hurried lunch I was due on the Rebel Legion table. I mentioned in my field report for Saturday that the UKG table had a decent location at the entrance but got little attention and unfortunately for the RL (and Mando Mercs) the table was about 3/4 of the length of the even hall away formthat enterance, down a side corridor towards the public locker area. While it was admittedly positioned outside the door to the room being used for photo shoots which saw a lot of passing traffic, these people were only concerned with getting to and from their celebrity photosession. Indeed in the hour I was there the only non-member who looked at the tables or spoke was the eternally lovely Katy Manning who offered to turn an X-Wing Helmet into one of the lampshades she makes. I’d love to know what the conversion rate is on those who stop by the tables who go onto become cleared members of the respective costume groups because it’s a definite drain on the number of crew and costumers available per day for what seem like a real low benefit.

Following my table time it was back out to the shopping centre where the usual suspects were making a last push to the bitter end of the event. Although the event was officially on till 17:00 by about 15:45 the centre was emptying and some of the stall holders had already packed away. With only Paul and Julie left kitted up we elected to take a last walk round the hall itself (more exactly one of us walked with his long legs and stilts, others trotted quickly behind in an attempt to keep up) before calling it quits

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113 Film and Comic Con Glasgow – 17th August 2019

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Location
intu Braehead, Glasgow 09:00 – 17:00

Personnel

BH-7240 Julie Sword Greedo
DZ-0576 Ian McMillan Tusken Raider
DZ-91810 Lynn McDavid Jawa
ID-14527 Bev Duffy Officer
IG-5780 Glenn Stuart Imperial Gunner
JD3D-6598 Iain Hamilton Dredd 3d Street Judge
SL-77314 Alan Dalgleish Darth Vader
TB-29578 Sheraz Khwaja Biker Scout
TB-89909 Jenn Mair Biker Scout
TD-35500 Brian Hannah Sandtrooper
TK-6084 Stuart Thompson Stormtooper ANH Stunt
TK-7336 Alex Bourke Stormtooper ANH Stunt
TK-14520 Mark Duffy Stormtooper ANH Stunt
TK-18910 Brian McDavid Stormtooper: First Order
UK-0000 Paula-Jane Bourke Spotter
UK-23306 Iain Dickie Spotter
XP-6275 Mark McCreadie Batman/X-Wing Pilot

Before we start…
There’s a couple of photos of The Blacklist and Greystoke star Christopher Lambert wielding a sword towards a First Order Stormtrooper. They’re good photos and all, but…
I’m just bothered slightly by…
Well…
Darth Vader was there and he’s pretty famous for two things, 1) bad asthma and 2) having a laser sword…
So why choose a TK instead of…
Y’know…
I mean he’s got to be in the top 15 “people famous for using swords” list, right..? And that’s before you even consider…
Like…
I mean what’s even the connection a sword has to Christopher Lambert to start with? He’s most famous for wearing a rain hat and being Dexter’s dad*…

Mission Report
There’s a good reason Julie and I rarely troop at the same event and then only very specific costumes and that reason was clearly demonstrated by the extra 30 minutes it took to get us both out in costume on the Saturday morning. I’ve touched on the ambivalent nature of our relationship with the Early Bird queue denizens in the past so the delay was probably no great loss to proceedings.

I’ve been meaning to attend this event in the Returns suit since… before I owned one, but a combination of my indifference to spending my weekend standing about a food court and… No, actually that’s pretty much the entire reason now I think about it… meant I never actually got round to it in years past so for the first half of the day that’s exactly what I did.
Unfortunately this meant that the first half of the day was spent correcting people who wrongly assumed I was a cosplayer of their acquaintance and being mistakenly caught in some fairly in-depth conversations who seemed to believe I was joking about that!

A later lunch meant there was some time to help spot in the early afternoon prior to a stint at table duty. I’ve done this before at the same event where it seemed slightly more productive, and while I’d have said that this time round the table was in better location for catching passers-by, weirdly I’m fairly sure I could count those that paid the slightest bit of notice in the hour that was there on the fingers of one hand. I’m not sure how this reflects on the experiences of the others over the weekend, but it seems odd to be reducing the number of costumers or spotters available to undertake this if it’s not a productive use of time…

Following the table stint there was a mad rush to get kitted up again to make the debut of my Rebel Command X-Wing Pilot costume in time for the RL/501st group photo they’d planned, after which the few of us remaining in costume returned to the shopping centre to allow the last vestiges of the public to get their final snaps before getting my first opportunity to actually wander round the event hall!

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*This is a Raiden/Mortal Kombat: Annihilation joke don’t @ me about the Highlander franchise…

112 Scotland National Airshow – 27th July 2019

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Location
East Fortune Airfield, East Lothian 10:00 – 17:00

Personnel

Brilzi’veri Graeme Carmichael Jedi Knight
Chewbacca Paul Smith Wookie
Dosmit Raeh Gillian Mackay Rebel Pilot
Jattu Taroqes Mark McCreadie Jawa
Jey d’Srow Julie Sword Rebel Pilot
Jil “Gremlin” Porkins Claire Mackie Rebel Pilot
Lexan ‘Specs’ Kidd Alex Dick Rebel Pilot
Macca Starkno Calum Macqueen Jedi Guardian
Phi Ward Jnr Phil Howard Resistance Pilot
RLUK John Smith Crew

Mission Report
It’s been a hot minute since we’ve made the effort to go to a troop sufficiently far away to warrant an overnight stay (and judging by the journey there and back again, we’d have had to leave the house at about 05:00 to be sure of being on time!) but with it being one of the rare occasions Julie and I were costuming at the same time and our respective first Rebel Legion events it was worth pushing the boat out.

Going by the weather the night before said boat looked like it would be an ideal proposition  but while the sky remained bruised during our march from the changing room to the hanger the rain mostly held off, although the tarmac and grass were wet enough to turn Jawa boots and robes into a sodden mess each time I crossed either surface.

Our position in the Concorde exhibit hanger kept us out of the rain and supplied with a regular flow of punters through the day, but the heat and dim lighting conspired to reduce my activities greatly.  I genuinely had trouble determining which shadowy outline was someone pointing a camera phone towards me and which was someone facing in the opposite direction.  Suffice to say I was deeply grateful for the SLR wielding public and their orange pre-flash indicators and surplus of X-Wing pilots providing navigation way-points throughout the day!

Although there was a spectacular U-turn by one over-confident approaching child early on, by far the best interaction was with one particular girl late in the afternoon who had real issues getting close enough for a high-five.  Despite repeated demonstration from her younger male and female companions that there was nothing to fear from doing so, the slightest movement in her direction on my part sent her into paroxysms of panic.  After a while I began playing up to it making my movements as creepy and slow as possible whenever she got close, even when immediately beforehand I was socially interacting entirely normally with her view.  In all honesty I only gave up on chasing her across the hanger in the end because other people had smaller children accompanying them and I was concerned she’d bowl one of them over while fleeing..!

Vision issues aside, a great first troop with the good guy-side of the hobby, my thanks to Paul and Alex for their collective efforts in putting it together and I hope both Rebels and Imperials made an adequate impression to justify a return invite in future

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111 Glasgow Science Centre, Lunar Landing Family Party – 20th July 2019

Location
Science Center, Glasgow 18:00 – 21:00

Personnel

SL-77314 Alan Dalgleish Darth Vader
TA-7240 Julie Sword AT-AT Pilot
UK-6275 Mark McCreadie Spotter

Mission Report
With the departure of the slackers who wimped out after the daytime session and the arrival of Rebellion reinforcements the Empires finest found itself slightly outnumbered for the family party in the evening. Having been told the GSC had sold 1000+ tickets to the event we emerged from the changing room early to find they’d started admitting the public.
This was probably fortunate though, we were the best part of 55 minutes at the front of the admission queues waiting for everyone to be admitted and get their respective opportunities for photos. It may not sound like much but keep in mind that this is approximately a third of the entire duration of the event!

I took the opportunity of the mid-troop break to switch from costuming to spotting and it was probably for the best as having ventured to the upper floors of the building beforehand (where the Science Center apparently keeps its interactive display exhibits of how heat works – IT WAS HOT, OKAY?!?) I was reaching the end of my Biker Scout tolerance.

After the short break unfortunately we found ourselves in much the same situation as the latter part of the daytime event, where the majority of attendees had already taken their photos leading once again to a rise in shenanigan levels as the representatives of the UKs leading Star Wars costuming groups collectively struggled to get to grips with exhibits designed for 8-year olds to master!

Following this humiliation we returned downstairs for a final stint near the exit doors

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