The Adventures of a tiny TK

YES! I am too short for a Stormtrooper!

Celebration VI – Day 2

Whoaaaa what fun!!!!
I think I went to sleep at 4 or 5am and woke up by 8 freaking out cause my friend Neil was still sleeping!
I must have say in bed for around half an hour wondering if it was ok to wake him up already cause I wanted to star the day as soon as possible!!!!!
Come on lazy bones!!!!!!!

Honestly I have no idea where I find so much energy! People say as we get older things change but I have to confess one thing!!! It’s getting worse for me (or better hahahah) I seem to have more energy now then when I was 19!!! Crazy shit bitches. Hahahhah

Costume of the day: my burlesque TK!!!
I planned to wear this for just half of the day! Those shoes are killer and I will have to do something about them!!!
It didn’t last much tho. Not even because of the shoes.
I kept my blaster on the holster and carried the big one and guess what???
One of the holster’s snap broke and was dangling.
Damn that was enough to piss me off!!!
It didn’t even look that bad but I was sooooo mad I had to change.

Neil and I were scheduled to work with Official Pix anyways!!! So I changed are something and reported for duty!!!

My very first day as an official pix volunteer!
I was honestly prepared to be giving info about the autographs by the bathroom door right next to a garbage can!!! Hahahhaha
But guess what????????
GUESS WHAT PEOPLE??

I got to work with Ian McDirmiad! YES! The emperor himself!!!

OMG I could not believe it!
And Neil was at Mark Hamill’s table!
Aren’t we the luckiest rookies in the face of the earth ??

Everybody at OPix are do cool! All the oranges and reds!!! There are so many oranges tho I didn’t get the chance to meet everybody!!! But there’s still time!!!

Ian is awesome! I lived to see how zealous he is with people’s things!!!
Oh and I was holding a guys poster after he signed and I thought te guy had it already so I let go and he didn’t have it so it rolled up a bit (ink was still wet) I caught and so did Ian and the guy, but Mr Emperor gave me that cold look!

HOLY FREAKING CRAP!!!! I almost died!!!
Made sure I didn’t do that again!!! I held to people’s stuff until they had to pry it from my hands!!! Hahahhahaha

Today was also the dinner and Bash night!!
OMG
so much fun!!!

I was running like crazy before cause you know I talk to much!!! And for that I got to help some guys do some stuff!!! Long story! But it resulted on the Emperor looking for himself on my dress!!!

OMG I swear!!! My little self, the one who grew up in Brazil and never dreamed these things could ever happen, was freaking out inside of me!!!

I didn’t tell people about my participation on the Bash.
I didn’t know if many people knew exactly what was going on so I kept my mouth shut!
I guess that was cool!
Neil said people kept asking where I was when the bash started and he had to point to the stage!!! Hahahah

I was soooooo shy in the beginning!!!
Yes, me! Shy! I’m shy damn it! Hahah

But the girls on stage with me looked sooo amazing, and everything looked sooooo perfect!!! It was like being at Jabba’s palace!!!!
And the the rest was just fun fun fun!!!!

20121106-083511.jpg

20121106-083545.jpg

20121106-083612.jpg

20121105-102401.jpg

20121105-102332.jpg

20121106-083654.jpg

20121106-083718.jpg

Advertisements

Celebration VI – Day 1

We arrived here on the first day of the Con, and that means we missed the whole beginning of it.
Gotta have to do it differently next time, and plan to arrive on Wednesday.

Anyways, so much fun to see people I haven’t seen in so long! Even the ones that live so close to me, like all the gang from the ECG and NEG! But I haven’t seen them in forever!!!

The first ones I saw were Brian, Jodi and Monique from the NEG when we just stopped at the hotel and got out of the car!!!
The fun is about to start people!!!

I don’t know guys!!! Celebration is always a blur for me! So much to see and do and damn time goes fast!!!

I wore my TK today! It seemed it was for such a short time!!!
2 friends recognized my shortness!!! Lisa and Kevin!!!!
But there were people that walked right passed me and had no idea the tiny TK was me!!! Hahha

Funny thing is… I haven’t heard much of “Aren’t you too short for a Stormtrooper?”
Unless I take my helmet off and they know its me! Hahah

Btw, I hate taking my helmet off. I look absolutely ridiculous with that balaclava on. I always had the impression my head is too small for my body and with that silly thing it looks even smaller!!!

Hahah

Night time was pool party! As the social butterfly that I am I tried to spend some time with everybody! And kept going around the pool and stopping by every little garrison groups!!! So funny how it ended up beig a bunch if little cluster of groups divided by garrisons, but everybody was still interacting.

I just love my 501st family!

It is kind of sad though that the CTG seems to be the smallest group here! Just me, Neil, Seth and Bill!
Btw, Seth and Bill are just awesome fun!!!!

Some pics of today!

 

DSC_0002 (2) DSC_0003 (2) 551642_406957856030035_171900031_n DSC_0112 (2) DSC_0021 (2) DSC_0079 (2) DSC_0157 (2)

Celebrating

My little tiny TK is on the way to Celebration!
Hooray!

See you all there! And don’t forget the challenge: FIND ME!

😊

20121106-083344.jpg

1st troop

August 18th was my first troop as a stormtrooper, and you wanna know what????
IT WAS AWESOME!

Who knew I would grow up to be a stormtrooper, huh??? Lol

ComiCONN was this past Saturday and it was an amazing event! The Marriott in Trumbull was packed and at one point the line to get in was wrapping around the building outside!
If you never attended you are missing a great fun show, and super good people!!

Anyways, I just can’t tell you how cool it was, from beginning to end! I already felt super cool rolling my bright yellow suitcase in and holding my helmet bag!!

Getting dressed wasn’t as complicated as the first few time, and I had Gino getting his TK on at the same time so i just had to follow his steps when I got confused! Hahah
Yeah sometimes I forget what goes first and end up stuck on something.

I barely needed help!

The troop itself was a breeze! I had no idea I’d be sooo cool and not freaking out with the helmet on for so long.
To tell you the truth I as a bit worried!
But I found out that when I start feeling weird inside of it I just need to walk! Then I’m fine!
But I didn’t even feel weird and ended up trooping for 5 hours and 30 minutes.

Only stopped cause I was hungry (which was a good sign! Haven’t been hungry in weeks)

Oh I also had to pee mid troop! Hahaha had to take everything off and then put everything back on!!!

At the end of the troop I had no armor bites, no soreness, no malfunctions! It was just a perfect first troop! I just couldn’t be happier!

Now… Looking at the pics!
DAMN I look little next to the other guys!
Like keychain little!
Tiny TK is def the perfect name cause I’m not just small. Alone I’m small! With other TKs I’m just freaking tiny!

Another thing was that ppl kept bumping onto me and moving the shoulder bells. I kept trying to fix it but it was hard! 😖
Now I’m absolutely annoyed by the pictures cause my shoulder bells are always looking bad!

Not sure what I can do to stop that from happening…

20120821-151715.jpg

20120821-151730.jpg

20120821-151751.jpg

20120821-151811.jpg

20120821-151822.jpg

20120821-151830.jpg

APPROVED

Sooo crazy busy with stuff lately!
After I finished the TK I wasn’t feeling guilty to work on other stuff so that’s what I have been doing.

And it also got a bit hard to get someone to come over and take pictures for me… I basically went through the same thing with all my other costumes. Have the costume ready but couldn’t take pictures! Such a pain!

By the way… I just realized, this is my 3rd year in the Legion! And this is my 3rd costume!
It will be sort of nice to keep it a tradition! Although I haven’t done it on purpose! Until now I mean! Lol
I think one costume a year is doable!

I will, though, stay away from plastic for my next one!!! Hahaha

Oh plastic how I hate you! 😛

Alright, alright!!! I don’t hate plastic! But the scars on my legs havent gone away yet and that’s annoying! Or cool! Hahah I can compare scars with other troopers! I bet we all have them, right?

Ok, no more blah blah blahs!
Sunday Neil came over to take pictures.
I tried to dress myself up! Still getting the hang of it! I got confused on the order of things a few times and then just had to take everything off, cause the other piece would go on… So confusing!
The top part is not the easiest to put on! But I do like how everything is attached and stay in place so I guess I’ll suffer on the dressing up part!

The shins kind of chipped the paint ony boots!
😦
But…. You can’t even see it because it covers it completely! So I guess I’ll leave it like this while I research other alternatives to keep the paint on it or something.

So… The first round of pictures… Dumb me… Flipped the belt upside down so the holster was on the right side.
I’m still not used to this and didn’t even realized until I posted the picture on Facebook and someone pointed that out!
First reaction was complete terror! I thought I had done everything backwards! Then realized it was just upside down!! Uff! What a relief!

Then we took more pictures!
Second time around it was easier to get dress!

I feel soooooo cool in my armor!
Who knew I’d grow up to be a stormtrooper!! Hahaha

So I sent the pictures to my GML, Chris and a few hours later got his answer that IM APPROVED!

I’m officially a TK, a 501st stormtrooper! How awesome is that?????

20120815-100235.jpg

20120815-100246.jpg

GML update

My GML is awesome and answered me pretty quickly!

H e said it looked good but the belt should be raised up 2 inches or so. Those buttons on the lower part of the ab plate should not be seen!

I have to add Velcro or snaps to it but I didn’t know exactly where to, so I didn’t do it! Good cause now it’s easy to fix!

And he also said he doesn’t like the drop boxes very much!
Those are easy fix, cause I attached them with Velcro. I should have checked them better when I suited up! And I also should have checked the pictures! 😦

The worse part of it all is depending on people to be free to come take my picture. :S it will probably have to wait until the weekend again!

Oh well…

I’m a TK bitch

Well, not yet!! Still needs to be approved! Here is me suiting up!

20120716-153801.jpg

And here is TK ME!!! So awesome!

20120716-154127.jpg

Now gotta wait to see what my GML says and hopefully there won’t be too much stuff to fix

Done!!

Finally!
4 months of hard work, frustration, blood and tears, laugh, excitement, and hammer on my fingers, my stormtrooper is DONE!!

For the past month there was not much to do. Just the snaps.

As you may know, I had such a hard time putting the Line 24 snaps on.
And because of that I had to wait until some good soul would come over to help me.

I am very very grateful for all my garrison mates that helped me throughout this long process: Gary, who helped me with those insane crazy ears that just wouldn’t lay nicely on the helmet, Gino and Rick for their expertise and guidance on all the key points I had no idea how to do, and Neil for all the hard labor I just couldn’t do myself.

I’m not going to sound like I didn’t do anything hahahhaha cause I worked freaking hard on this thing!
I measured, trimmed, cut, reshaped, and glued the whole thing by myself! I also sanded, and did every return edges!
I did everything on the helmet BUT the ears and even painted all the details. (no decals)

But I would not have been able to finish it up if I hadn’t had all this help!

And especially this week, after being stuck for almost a month, if it wasn’t for Neil, hammering his fingers and the snaps, I’d probably not going to bring this to CVI!

But we finished it!
I haven’t taken pictures wearing it yet. It was late when we finished it and I’m going to need to take the pictures outside. Besides we were hungry! Lol

And also I need to figure out what to do with the blaster 😦 can’t believe all is done and I don’t have a blaster!

Oh and to make things worse, I have no idea where I put my thermal detonator :S

But I’m going to look for it tomorrow, and hopefully will be able to take the pics and send them for approval this week!

I just can’t wait to finally be a TK!!!

I have the top half of it on my dress form! And I love it! Can’t stop looking at it!

20120714-020024.jpg

Updates

Finally got some updates!
Apparently the whole problem with the snaps was not that we set them wrong. The little “stem” (whatever they are called) on the snaps I got are too long. I got from 2 different places: an eBay seller called Leather Worx , and the Tandy leather ones we get at Michael’s. They are pretty much the same! Same size stem thingie.

So they are too long! Even hammering the bejeesus out of them, they won’t work when set on thin things like the webbing.
On the abs snap plate they work fine because the abs is thicker than the webbing. 😦

But there is not much I can do right?
I mean, of course I can go look for some snaps with shorter stems, but that would probably cost me more time and I really want to TK up for an event we have on the 25th.

So for now we used those snaps on the webbing and forced them on each other. Literally.

There is a little trick, not complicated but a bit hard to explain, but it worked.

It’s not something I can snap in and off easily so we put those in areas that I know I won’t need to snap them off all the time: butt to kidney plates, crotch to ab, things like that.
The other areas that I’d need to open to be able to put everything on like the shoulder, the suspenders that snap on the top of the ab, etc we tried to get the ones that work better.

I was able to wear the whole top half. So exciting.

I also closed up the ab and kidney plates. One side with a piece of black elastic and velcro (to be able to open it to get in and out of it) and the other side with strips of black elastic that will be glued. That side we need to add the snaps as well.

I made the garter thing too but have to wait for my friend to come over and do the snaps on it. (for the thighs)

We are definitely going to try to finish it up today.
Besides the snaps on the garter, and the snaps on the sides of the ab and butt plates we need to add the ones on the cod piece (on the crotch), butt plate, and holster.

Yeah, that’s all that’s left!

Kind of exciting to see things move along again.
I hate being stuck and the frustration of not being able to do anything.

By the way, I’m kind of super exciting with some of the panels they are going to have at CVI. Especially Women of the Legion and White Armor.
I hope they have a short girl like me sharing her experience in building a tiny armor out of a normal size kit!

What a pain!
:S

This is it

There’s really not that much left to do.
I need to finish pairing the ab buttons and glue it on the ab plate. And I also got to fix the drop boxes (sewed them on the wrong place on the belt)

But that’s it.
Everything else that needs to be done is set the female snaps.
I did work on it this past weekend.
I set the male snaps and tested one by one and they all worked. But I couldn’t do the female ones, and the ones I got for the sides.
So frustrating.
I can’t think of anything else I need to do.

Oh i haven’t decides yet on how to do the straps for the thighs. Probably just a garter type on a belt I have at home, or made with webbing, but that will be easy.
I still need to add the snaps to that anyways.

Someone PLEASE come over to help me?
PLEASE?

Post Navigation

%d bloggers like this: