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So You Want To Join The Empire: The Final Lessons So You Want To Join The Empire: The Final Lessons

Over the past year, I’ve been documenting how to build a suit of Stormtrooper armor, and a little on how to go about wearing it once you’ve completed it. This week, I’d like to close out the column by taking a look at the bigger picture: what have we learned from this little journey?

So You Want To Join The Empire: Beating the Summer Heat So You Want To Join The Empire: Beating the Summer Heat

One of the most common questions that I get when I’m trooping in Stormtrooper armor (after “Aren’t you a little short for a stormtrooper?”) is “Are you hot under there?” Usually, the answer is yes.

So You Want To Join The Empire: The Public and Safety  So You Want To Join The Empire: The Public and Safety 

Over the course of this series, we’ve talked a lot about how to construct Stormtrooper Armor, but we haven’t talked a whole lot about what to do with it once you’re done. You might be itching to throw the costume on and share your love of Star Wars with the world, but there’s some things to consider first.

There's A Life-Sized First Order TIE Fighter At SXSW This Year There's A Life-Sized First Order TIE Fighter At SXSW This Year

If you’re anywhere near this year’s SXSW in Texas, you owe it to yourself to check out one really cool exhibit: a life-sized First Order TIE Fighter, constructed by prop building group Project X1.

Even The Empire's Elite Soldiers Fall In Love, According To Bara Heiða's Video For 'Stormtrooper' Even The Empire's Elite Soldiers Fall In Love, According To Bara Heiða's Video For 'Stormtrooper'

In Bara Heiða’s track ‘Stormtrooper, an Imperial stormtrooper is left behind in a strange world and finds love. It’s a cute, entertaining music video.

So You Want To Join The Empire: Oops, I Did It Again So You Want To Join The Empire: Oops, I Did It Again

So, the other day, a big brown box arrived on my doorstep. I might have bought another Stormtrooper kit.

Darth Vader Delivered A 3D Printed Arm To Boy In Need Darth Vader Delivered A 3D Printed Arm To Boy In Need

This is awesome. Alvin Garcia Flores had been born without an arm, and the folks at Limbitless Solutions printed up and provided him with one in a presentation before his entire school.

So You Want to Join The Empire: Storage And Care of Stormtrooper Armor So You Want to Join The Empire: Storage And Care of Stormtrooper Armor

It’s been a couple of weeks since our last look at armor building: after The Force Awakens, I needed to take a bit of a break from armor construction, but there is something that we can chat about in the meantime: storage.

Heroes Of The Empire Charts The Rise Of The 501st Legion's UK Garrison Heroes Of The Empire Charts The Rise Of The 501st Legion's UK Garrison

The 501st Legion has become an international costuming group since its formation in 1997, and a new documentary coming in 2016 looks to feature the rise of the group in the United Kingdom.

In my regular ‘So You Want To Join The Empire’ column, I’ve gotten the question a bit: why dress up as the bad guys of Star Wars, given the iconography? The LA Times goes into how the 501st Legion went from a Geocities site for Stormtrooper enthusiasts to a world-wide charitable costuming group.

The Heartwarming Story Behind R2-KT, And How She Joined Star Wars Canon The Heartwarming Story Behind R2-KT, And How She Joined Star Wars Canon

There’s a little droid that’s appeared in Star Wars in the last couple of years, R2-KT. She’s an astromech with a special purpose: memorializing a little girl who passed away in 2005. Now, it looks like she’ll appear in bigger things.

So You Want To Join The Empire: Abs Made Of ABS So You Want To Join The Empire: Abs Made Of ABS

I’ve been a little behind in actually doing anything in the last week, but this weekend we’ve got some progress!

So You Want To Join The Empire: Sun's Out, Guns Out So You Want To Join The Empire: Sun's Out, Guns Out

Over the course of this column, we’ve been looking into the armor and how it all fits together. This week, let’s talk about something that goes along with Stormtroopers: the famed E-11 Blaster Rifle.

So You Want To Join The Empire: Break A Leg! So You Want To Join The Empire: Break A Leg!

When we last left off a couple of weeks ago, we were finishing up the legs, and it’s proving to be a bit more complicated than originally anticipated.

So You Want To Join The Empire: A Leg To Stand On  So You Want To Join The Empire: A Leg To Stand On 

We took a short break from assembling things last week, focusing on some of the tools that you might use when you’re assembling a set of stormtrooper armor. This week, it’s back to business as we start to assemble the legs.

So You Want To Join The Empire: Tools Of The Trade So You Want To Join The Empire: Tools Of The Trade

It’s occurred to me that I while I’ve been working on constructing Stormtrooper armor, I haven’t actually gone into what I’ve been using to allow me to do the building. So, let’s take a look at what tools are useful when it comes to armor construction.

So You Want To Join The Empire: Arm Up, Part II So You Want To Join The Empire: Arm Up, Part II

After last week’s misadventure with a couple of components, it’s time to get back on track with finishing out the arms for the Stormtrooper. This week, we’re finishing up the arms.

So You Want To Join The Empire: Arm Up! So You Want To Join The Empire: Arm Up!

The last couple of weeks with this column, we’ve looked at getting stormtrooper armor up and running: measuring, accuracy, the differences between films and last week, finally getting to assembly. This week, let’s look at putting together another component: the upper arms.

So You Want To Join The Empire: Chest Protection So You Want To Join The Empire: Chest Protection

The last couple of weeks, I’ve discussed some of the preparations for getting stormtrooper armor up and running: measuring, accuracy, and the differences between films. This week, let’s get to putting something together.

A Girl Was Bullied For Liking Star Wars, And Was Helped In The Best Way  A Girl Was Bullied For Liking Star Wars, And Was Helped In The Best Way 

Layla was being teased at school in Virginia for wearing an R2-D2 jacket and Guardians of the Galaxy shirt. After hearing about this, the local chapter of the 501st Legion, Garrison Tyranus, decided to step in and help out by issuing her a set of Stormtrooper armor.

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