A member of the 501st Legion dropped some armor at the house for some minor repair, and she very kindly gave me permission to try it on. It's not something I ever thought I would have the opportunity to do, so when I say I bounced all over the room with excitement, I'm not exaggerating. Really. I have witnesses.
I learned several things about myself and Stormtroopers.
- I need to work on my gun wielding skills.
- Stormtroopers cannot be expected to get ready in a hurry. I felt like I needed a numbered guide to know which pieces should go on when. It was a little trial and error to get everything on.
- It wasn't uncomfortable to wear...unless you want to move. Then it's a little challenging.
Mostly - my respect for members of the 501st increased by a million. I can't imagine wearing this armor for a few hours, let alone all day. Then there's the dedication to making the costume.
Someone mentioned that they get armor bites, and then kindly pointed out to me that they do accept a few different kinds of costumes. You can spend hours browsing their site researching types and requirements. This page in particular lists all th qualifying detachments. Clone troopers to Tusken raiders to biker scouts.
A few more photos of me as a Stormtrooper here.