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MEPD Recruitment Drive for 2013

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CALLING ALL SANDTROOPERS OF THE 501st LEGION!!!

The Mos Eisley Police Department, the dedicated Sandtrooper detachment of the 501st Legion, is staging an audacious recruitment drive in 2013. The purpose being to help bring as many of the Legion's 600+ Sandtroopers to a higher spec of accuracy and workmanship and to fully embrace the spirit of the costumes that were worn on set during the filming of the Tatooine scenes of STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE during 1976.

The MEPD was formed in 2000 with a small handful of dedicated Sandtroopers who grouped together in the search for likeminded souls who would help them take their standard armour to the next step of screen accuracy. Since then the detachment has grown exponentially and now has nearly 2,500 members on our forums and over 200 deployed Sandtroopers.

To be accepted and cleared as a Sandtrooper in the 501st Legion your armour and equipment must meet certain criteria, set out in the Costume Reference Library (CRL) which can be found on the 501st Legion website here http://www.501st.com...er/index002.php.

If you want to take your armour that next step closer to being screen accurate then you can apply for "Police Officer" status within the MEPD. The requirements for this are alot more strict than the 501st base standards, for instance requiring you to have an accurate backpack, no ribbed shoulder straps and some of the helmet details must be more accurate etc. The Police Officer program is the most important part of the MEPD, as this is where we help people to take that first step towards achieving a new level of accuracy for their armour.

For those that want to go to the very heights of the Sandtrooper costuming world we have the SWAT program, which rewards troopers who have taken their armour to almost as good as stepping out of the screen. Specific trooper equipment and weathering patterns, mimicking that seen in the film is required and your submission will be put before a rigorous scrutinising panel before acceptance. To date only 15 501st Legion members have attained this status. This is not for the faint hearted!

This is where the 2013 Recruitment Campaign comes in. We are hoping that during the year we can encourage as many 501st Legion Sandtroopers as possible, who are not yet deployed MEPD "Police Officers" to join up and submit their armour. The process is easy. Check your kit against the MEPD CRL which can be found here http://www.mepd.net/crl/ and then join us on our forums. If your kit is not yet up to scratch, we have a fleet of willing members who have a vast array of knowledge on all things "TD" and our forums contain so much vital information such as tutorials and behind the scenes reference photos that you are never going to be wanting for information. There are moves afoot for some exclusive MEPD merchandise to entice you in and help us achieve our goal of raising the profile of the Sandtrooper, previously one of the most overlooked characters in the Star Wars universe, but one with a steeped history and a plethora of intricacies and equipment. Who doesn’t want to tote a BFG right? Well we can help you make one here!!

Our other goal for 2013 is to expand on our current SWAT quota. Although only 15 members have attained this highest accolade in the MEPD to date, we hope to entice many more to follow the path and get their armour to a fully screen accurate standard. Our team of armourers and our SWAT review panel will work tirelessly to ensure that you have all the relevant information and know-how to make it.

So whether you are a complete novice, a 501st Legion Sandtrooper, or a currently deployed "Police Officer" then we want to see you on our forums in 2013.

Think it's all too Elitest? Well I can honestly say that the MEPD brotherhood is one of the most welcoming and open on the net and you will certainly not find any “scum and villainy!” We are here to help you spread the joy of this wonderful group of enthusiasts who take weathering, BFGs and backpacks very seriously, but do so with a smile and a laugh!

MEPD - "WE FIGHT DIRTY"

www.mepd.net

Here are a few posters that our graphics team have come up with to boost this campaign you can download and keep or print the ones that you like.

Please help us to spread the word and gain maximum exposure to 501st members by copying this topic into your own garrison or detachment forums.

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Very nice write up, Nick.

If that doesn't get them dirty, nothing will. ;)

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Beautiful.

I downloaded and publish on my Polish Garrison.

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these are all great posters...nice work, Nick if I send you a photo of the TD's down here can you do one for us?

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Of course any time. That's what myself Luis and Mike on the imaging team are here for.

Nick

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Top cool all the way bro, love all of them. Top skills... top pics :thumbsup:

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Really awesome banners/posters/pics...I like them all....especially the "We want you".

Great work on it!!

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Some more awesome work by Nick B TD5884....

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.......the artwork is fabulous!! :thumbsup:

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I took some of the recruitment pictures and made this video. I thought the music was epic for this.

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Wowhhh that's nice nick are they available to ppl cool

I love the one with red MEPD and the two dandies never alone is sweet too

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I took some of the recruitment pictures and made this video. I thought the music was epic for this.

Really cool man!!! Thanks for posting

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That WAS cool talk bout high res almost looked 3d go smoke :D

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Great music ! Thanks for that !

You might wanna redo the end scrawl cos of the typo on "Dirty". :-)

What's the music by the way ? Really like it.

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Wow I blew it on the spelling! I did that at 2:00 am! Whoops.

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