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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:
  • Centered on top of the helmet dome is a solid, flat disk detail
    • Piece is either silver or brass in color.
  • Goggles / eye lenses of the helmet provides a relatively accurate shape.
    • Not cut too small or too large.
    • Lenses are a medium to dark green.
  • Cowl on the helmet is made from a smooth and shiny, medium to heavy weight white material.
    • Optional: Cowl is made from a white “Marine” vinyl material.
  • Cowl is proportionate with helmet size.
  • Cowl extends to the area between the top of the chest plate and the bottom of the sloped section when trooper is standing upright and fits each trooper according to his/her height.
    • Not too long or too short.
  • The back of the cowl extends down far enough to cover the back of the neck and fall between the the troopers back and backpack.
    • Not too large or too small.
    • Recommended size is ¼”.
  • Helmet shroud is contoured around the eyes of the helmet and flares out near the shoulders.
  • Rear of helmet shroud has (6) square box indented details
  • Armor is weathered appropriately.
    • Not overdone or too subtle.

TS duster.jpg Duster
For 501st approval:
  • Made of white/off-white (ivory) material.
    • Duster appears grayish or dirty, after weathering.
  • Overall appears 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.
  • 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 extends to either reach OR cover the top edge of the cod piece when worn.
    • The front-open portion of the Duster wraps around the front, far enough to cover the sides of the codpiece.
  • Lower outer quarter panels of the duster are lined with the same material (fleece/wool) making it appear heavier and doubled.
  • Duster includes two belt loops, one on each side, at about the belly button line.
    • Belt loops to keep the abdomen armor in the correct location on the body.
  • Belt loops are made of the same material as the duster (fleece/wool), and wide enough for the abdomen belt.
  • No external pockets are authorized.
  • There is no set securing method, but the bib portion of the duster is not visible when wearing the chest piece.
  • Weathered appropriately.
    • Not overdone or too subtle.

TS shoulderbell.JPG Shoulder Armor
For 501st approval:
  • Matches visual reference.
  • Shoulders have (7) trapezoid shaped box details along the bottom.
  • Rim is raised the entirety of the shoulder bell, merging into a rounded detail mid-way on both sides.
  • Shoulders are attached directly to the Duster via personal discretion.
    • No visible attachment method is present, UNLESS it is sewn. (See next line for info).
    • OPTIONAL: Recommended that the armor be, or appear to be sewn onto the duster via 3 spaced spots along the upper edge.
  • Duster is weathered appropriately.
    • Not overdone or too subtle.

TS gaunts.JPG Forearm Armor
For 501st approval:
  • Each forearm is different in details.
  • Placement is not consistent; they are interchangeable.
  • Forearms have an unadorned/smooth curved cuff.
    • Made of matching material as the main body.
    • Not a soft cloth material.
  • Wrist cuff appears 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 matches 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.
  • Gloves have elastic wrist/cuff.
    • No buttons or snaps.
    • Cuff excess is tucked into the forearm/ duster sleeve.
  • Hand plates are mirrored design (both are different for each hand).
    • Hand plates 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 chest.jpg Chest Armor
For 501st approval:
  • Chest Armor matches visual references.
  • 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 matches 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 are offset and staggered from one another, one being more forward. The forward most center is 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 is present.
    • Attachment to chest armor has 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 matches visual references.
  • Backpack has 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 is present.
  • Attachment to chest armor at shoulders:
    • Refer to chest armor standards for plastic shoulder strap requirements.
    • Connector to backpack and soft straps are subdued/ hidden.
    • If unable to be hidden, they blend in with soft straps, 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 belt.jpg Abdomen Armor / Belt Buckle
For 501st approval:
  • Armor is identical in design to visual references.
  • Directly in the center is 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 is made from a 2" wide white/ cream colored nylon-like material. *Belt does not appear saggy and is flat and straight when worn.
  • Belt does not have any visibly obvious method of attachment and appears hidden as best as possible when worn.
  • Abdomen armor is 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 is 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 abdomen belt with two loops on the back.
    • Loops are no wider than 1 ½”.
    • Straps match pouch material.
  • Pouches are made of either a canvas or duck cloth material, which is white or ivory in color.
  • 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 are visible when trooper is standing or moving.
    • Covering of these items by the codpiece and/or duster is acceptable.
  • Pants 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 Codpiece
For 501st approval:
  • Worn under the Duster, over the pants.
  • Codpiece has a 1/2" strap attached to the bottom-center "point" of the codpiece, via two rivets.
    • This strap runs between the legs and attaches upwards to a point underneath the duster, commonly to the main belt of the cod-piece.
    • OPTIONAL: A belt rig is recommended to secure cod piece, although not visible when worn with the Duster.
  • Weathered appropriately.
    • Not overdone or too subtle.

TS knees.jpg Knee Armor
For 501st approval:
  • Lnee armor is identical in design to reference photo.
  • Knees have a white/ivory elastic strap fixed to middle section of 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, masde from a thick webbing material, are added to the upper portion of the boots.
  • Straps are held in place with a brass/silver Chicago screw along the rear-center "spine" of the boot. (one per strap)
    • If using hook and loop fastener to secure straps, a minimal stitching is authorized if sewn onto strap. However, this stitching appears as a thin rectangular box with no cross stitching and appears as just an outline.
    • White thread is used for this stitching.
  • 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, if also retaining the boot laces.
  • 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 E-11 Blaster (ESB)
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.
  • Sterling based blasters have the correct M-38 or M-19 style scope.
    • The M-19 scope is preferred.
  • 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.