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Snow Trooper
TS full.jpg
Model TS-7143, Photo by Rob “Ice Axe” Kittell


Description: Snow Trooper
Prefix: TS
Detachment: Blizzard Force
Context: Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

These troopers wear specialized cold weather gear for frozen, hostile environments

The 501st approval requirements are listed in black.

The Blizzard Force Detachment defines additional, optional costuming details listed in blue. Please visit the Blizzard Force web site for more details on these options.

For 501st membership only the requirements in black need to be met.

This Visual Guide has been reviewed by the detachment staff and the LMO team and is certified for use as a minimum approval guideline for GMLs. GMLs are free to approve this costume type.
  • Any uncertainties or questionable aspects of the submitted costume should be brought to the appropriate DL/GML peer review section of the legion forum.
Required Costume Components

The following costume components are present and appear as described below.

TS helmet.jpg Helmet
For 501st approval:
  • Cowl on the helmet should be a medium to heavy weight material, smooth and shiny white. However, the approved alternate would be a white “Marine” vinyl material.
  • Cowl should reach between the top of the chest plate and the bottom of the sloped section when trooper is standing upright and should fit each trooper according to his/her height. (not too long/not too short) Shroud should also be contoured around the eyes of the helmet and flare out near the shoulders. The back of the cowl should extend down far enough to cover the back of the neck and fall between the the troopers back and backpack.
  • Top of dome must have a solid, flat disk detail, centered. Piece may be either silver or brass in color.
  • Must be proportionate with helmet size (not too large or too small. Recommended size is ¼”).
  • Goggles/eyes of the helmet should provide a relatively accurate shape; not cut too small or too large (refer to pictures).
  • Lenses are to be a medium to dark green. No other color shades are authorized.
  • Rear helmet shroud must have 6 box/square indented details
  • Weathered appropriately; not overdone or too subtle.

TS duster.jpg Duster
For 501st approval:
  • Made of white/off-white (ivory) material, must appear grayish or dirty after weathering
  • Overall must appear to fit loosely and or baggy to wearer (not too tight or "slim" fit).
  • Made of medium to heavy weight fleece or wool, that “pills” after wear. Any alternate material used should be analyzed before approval.
  • Extends down to the tops of the boots but no further than the top of the ankle. Front corners of the duster are rounded.
  • Front portion of the Duster should extend to either reach OR cover the top edge of the cod piece when worn. The front-open portion of the Duster must wrap around the front far enough to cover the sides of the cod piece.
  • Lower outer quarter panels of the duster should be lined with the same material (fleece/wool) making it appear heavier and doubled.
  • Should include two belt loops one on each side at about the belly button line making sure it keeps the ab plate in the correct location on the body of the trooper.
  • Belt loops should also be made of the same material as the duster (fleece/wool), and wide enough for the Ab plate belt.
  • No external pockets are authorized.
  • There is no set securing method, but the bib portion of the duster must not be visible when wearing the chest piece.
  • Weathered appropriately; not overdone or too subtle.

TS chest.jpg Chest Armor
For 501st approval:
  • Chest piece is an identical match to the visual reference, any variation should be addressed.
  • Accurate shape/design to front of chest.
  • Outer rim has a continuous trim edge.
    • As well as a raised trim on the indented box.
  • Shoulder straps are Stormtrooper style and secured to the chest armor by one Chicago screw/ rivet on the front, centered onto the first raised rectangular detail.
  • Rear of shoulder strap has same detail, securing an under-strap to the plastic.
    • Under strap is white material, made of nylon or similar with no distinguishable stitching.
    • Under strap feeds through a narrow horizontal slit below the last rectangular detail of the plastic shoulder strap, secured by the rear Chicago screw/rivet.
  • The front indented box included several detail pieces.
    • One T-shaped greeblie is silver and must match the provided image.
    • Left of the T-shape is silver/metal plate.
    • Two squares below metal plate detail are matching grey color.
    • Rectangular black detail added on left portion of metal plate.
    • Two thin-lined boxes that sit over one another on right side.
    • Right of the T-shape is light grey.
  • Right-hand side of chest has an elongated rectangular strip of metal with each end riveted to the chest armor (centered with a silver rivet).
  • Metal strip has 3 red rectangular LED light covers/caps, spaced equidistantly and retains light diffusing plastic insert.
  • Left-hand side of chest has two oblong shaped details which protrude outwards.
    • They should be offset and staggered from one another, one being more forward. The forward most center must be a light grey.
    • The rear detail’s center is dark red. The outside of the rear detail is light grey. A clear separation between the red and grey is distinguishable.
  • Light grey box detail painted on the lower-right hand corner of chest armor
  • Lower/mid chest armor has strapping to backpack.
    • Off white nylon/elastic may be used.
    • No noticeable stitching must be present.
    • Attachment to chest armor must have two rivets (one over the other) secured with a rectangular type fitting (similar to overall fixture).
    • Hardware is silver.
  • Weathered appropriately; not overdone or too subtle.

TS backpack.jpg Backpack
For 501st approval:
  • Paint scheme must match the visual reference.
  • Must have decals as seen on both sides as well as the top-left corner of the backpack. See reference for proper placement of decals.
  • Secured with two soft white straps, underneath the existing plastic shoulder straps.
  • Secured just above the hips/middle of the chest piece with two additional straps.
  • Mid chest armor strapping: off white nylon/elastic can be used. No noticeable stitching must be present.
  • Attachment to chest armor at shoulders: Refer to chest armor standards for plastic shoulder strap requirements. Connector to backpack and soft straps should be subdued/hidden. If unable to, they are to blend in with soft straps with when worn.
  • Attachment to chest armor at hip/middle: two rivets (one over the other, along the inner edge of the armor's edge trim) securing a rectangular type fitting to the inside of the armor (similar to overall fixture) which is barely visible when worn.
  • Weathered appropriately; not overdone or too subtle.

TS shoulderbell.JPG Shoulder Armor
For 501st approval:
  • Matches visual reference.
  • Must have seven Trapezoid shaped box details along the bottom (when worn)
  • Rim is raised the entirety of the shoulder bell, merging into a rounded detail mid-way on both sides.
  • Must be attached directly to the Duster via personal discretion. No visible attachment method is authorized UNLESS it is sewn. See next line for info.
    • OPTIONAL: Recommended that they be OR appear to be sewn onto the duster via 3 spaced spots along the upper edge. No other visible securing method is authorized
  • Weathered appropriately; not overdone or too subtle.

TS gaunts.JPG Forearm Armor
For 501st approval:
  • Each forearm is different in details, see photo reference.
  • Placement is not consistent; they are interchangeable.
  • Forearms must also have an unadorned/smooth curved cuff. Must be matching material as the main body. No soft cloth material is authorized.
  • Wrist cuff must be appear to be attached with no visible gaps between it and the rest of the forearm. It is attached to the outsides of the main forearm, not the inside.
  • The addition of a strap to further secure the forearm piece is allowed, but is not considered screen accurate. If done, this strap must match the duster for reduced visibility.
    • OPTIONAL: Split cuff is allowed per film reference
  • Weathered appropriately; not overdone or too subtle.

TS gloves and handplates.JPG Gloves and Handlplates
For 501st approval:
  • White/off-white (ivory) gloves. Gardening gloves are movie accurate such as Wells Lamont or similar design of glove.
  • Must have elastic wrist/cuff. No buttons/snaps are authorized. Cuff excess should be tucked into the forearm/duster sleeve.
  • Hand plates must be mirrored design (both are different for each hand). The are in the same style as ESB TK hand plates.
    • OPTIONAL: Recommended that they are OR appear to be, sewn onto gloves with stitching on four corners of hand plates.
  • Weathered appropriately; not overdone or too subtle.

TS belt.jpg Ab Plate / Belt Buckle
For 501st approval:
  • Must be identical in design to visual reference.
  • Directly in the center it will have a silver disk greeblie containing three circular raised details/dots.
  • Orientation of disk greeblie can alternate between having one dot at the top OR having two dots at the top.
  • Two narrow vertical slits spaced on either side of Ab plate for the belt to be fed through.
  • Actual belt must be a 2" wide white/cream colored nylon-like material. Must not appear saggy and should appear flatten/straight when worn.
  • Belt must not have any visibly obvious method of attachment and appear hidden as best as possible when worn.
  • Ab plate can be worn either up-right or up-side down.
  • Weathered appropriately; not overdone or too subtle.

TK anh stunt detonator.jpeg Detonator
For 501st approval:
  • Consist of a gray cylinder 2 to 2.5" in diameter with indented white end caps and a white control panel, with details closest to the right-side end cap when worn.
  • Detonator is centered on the back of belt and must be secured by two metal clips.
  • Weathered appropriately; not overdone or too subtle.

TS pouches.jpg Pouches
For 501st approval:
  • May be worn in front of the Duster's belt loops OR behind the Duster's belt loops.
  • Pouches are rectangular and boxy with an angled flap. Each pouch is different having the angle pointed inward rather than being identical.
  • Orientation of pouches is interchangeable, but are not identical (no two left-side pouches or vice versa)
  • Pouches secure to ab belt with two loops on the back. Only the two loop style is acceptable and should be no wider than 1 ½”. Straps match pouch material.
  • Pouches should made of either a canvas or duck cloth material (white/ivory)
  • Weathered appropriately; not overdone or too subtle.

TS pants.jpg Pants
For 501st approval:
  • White/off white (ivory) pants required.
  • Acceptable examples are karate G.I. pants, “dockers”, “Dickies” painters pants , US army Cold Weather over-pants, or something similar.
  • No pockets, zippers, or buttons should be visible when trooper is standing or moving. Covering of these items by the cod and/or duster is acceptable.
  • Must fit somewhat loosely and have enough length to properly "blouse" over the tops of the boots.
  • Weathered appropriately; not overdone or too subtle.

TS cod.jpg Cod Piece
For 501st approval:
  • Worn under the Duster, over the pants.
  • Required to have a 1/2" strap attached to the bottom-center "point" of the cod piece via two rivets. This strap must run between the legs and attach upwards to a point underneath the duster, commonly to the main belt of the cod-piece.
    • OPTIONAL: Recommended that you have a belt rig to secure cod piece but must not be visible when worn with the Duster.
  • Weathered appropriately; not overdone or too subtle.

TS knees.jpg Knee Armor
For 501st approval:
  • Must be identical in design to reference photo.
  • Must have white/ivory elastic strap fixed to middle section of knee armor when worn.
    • OPTIONAL: Recommended that they are OR appear to be, sewn onto pants
  • Weathered appropriately; not overdone or too subtle.

TS boots.jpg Boots
For 501st approval:
  • Canadian Mukluk boots with or without the liner.
    • NOTE: Mukluks sizes are larger than standard sizes. Recommended to get at least 2-3 sizes smaller than your regular shoe size.
  • Three 1” to 1-1/4” straps must be added to the upper portion of the boots and must be a thick/heavy webbing material.
  • Straps are held in place with a brass/silver Chicago screw along the rear-center "spine" of the boot. (one per strap)
  • If using Velcro for securing straps when worn, a minimal stitching is authorized if sewn onto strap, however, this must appear as a thin rectangular box with no cross stitching; must appear as just the outline. White thread only.
  • Orientation of overlapping strap is interchangeable; acceptable to have them both pointing the same direction (to the left or to the right).
    • OPTIONAL: May retain D-rings, however if so, they must retain the laces as well.
  • Weathered appropriately; not overdone or too subtle.

Optional Accessories

Items below are optional costume accessories. These items are not required for approval, but if present appear as described below.

TK esb blaster1.jpeg BlasTech E-11 (canon)
For 501st approval:
  • Based on a real or replica Sterling sub-machine gun, scratch-built, or a modified commercial toy Stormtrooper blaster.

For level two certification (if applicable):
  • Folding stock (does not need to function).
  • No ammo counter shall be present.
  • D-ring mounted on the rear.
  • Correct style scope.
  • No power cylinders on the magazine housing.
  • Scratch-built, resin cast, Hyperfirm rubber cast blasters shall have a total of 6 T-tracks on blaster (leaving the lowest row on the magazine housing side uncovered).
  • If using the Hasbro E11 toy blaster and you cover all the rows of holes, the blaster will have 7 T-tracks total. But, if you want to have the correct number of T-tracks (6 total) with the lower row of open vent holes on the magazine housing side, then you shall cover the pre-existing rows of holes with T-tracks, and grind off the lower integrated T-track on the magazine housing side and drill a new row of holes in its place.
For level three certification (if applicable):
  • Hasbro blasters are not allowed, even conversions.

Crl-genericholster.jpg Holster
For 501st approval:
  • Holster is the appropriate color and style for the specific blaster.
    • Holster is not present if no blaster is carried.

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The 501st Legion is a worldwide Star Wars costuming organization comprised of and operated by Star Wars fans. While it is not sponsored by Lucasfilm Ltd., it is Lucasfilm's preferred Imperial costuming group. Star Wars, its characters, costumes, and all associated items are the intellectual property of Lucasfilm. © & ™ Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved. Used under authorization.