How to create a Work in Progress Thread

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How to create a Work in Progress Thread

Post by Jerrick Sunrunner » Tue Jan 02, 2018 10:16 pm

How to create a Work in Progress Thread

WIPs, or Work in Progress threads are a very important part of making any costume and we strongly recommend all members create a WIP for every costume they create.
A WIP is your thread for your costume build. If you are working on multiple costumes at a time you can have multiple WIPs.
The aim of the WIP is to keep all your development, research and build diary together in one place.
It helps make it easier for the base team and also other members to follow, offer advice and support and as important get inspired so they might build the same type of costume in the future. This is in part so that you can get all the guidance and have any questions or queries answered by the detachment COs or by other experienced members.

WIPS are a great resource that new members can use to see how costumes are created and offer an insight into the type of skills and approaches we use here at Elstree Base.

Before getting too far it is worth doing a bit of research;
Is there RL costume Standards already?
Has anyone on either the RLUK or forum created this costume before?
What sort of problems did they come up against and are all the components readily available?
What are the judges looking for when judging the costume?

A lot, if not all of these questions will be answered in a persons WIP.

Once you're ready all you need to do is head to the relevant Costume area and go to the “Costume work in progress threads”
Create your new post with a obvious title: ie “Jerricks Generic X-Wing Pilot” and start posting.

-It is good to start with an opening statement to let everyone know which costume you’re going to create – who, what film etc.
-If it is a costume that has existing standards copy the link to the standards from the RL website.
-If there isn't any standards then write a costume breakdown - what the costume consists of.
-Link to photo references of the costume – screen caps and other supporting sources.
You are better off creating an album on a photo hosting site such as Flikr or imgr NOT Photobucket.

-Whatever you post here its worth also posting on the forum, especially as the costume judging will be done there.

Base Detachment COs and XOs
The Rebel Legion separates costume types into easily recognisable categories; Jedi, Pilots, Senatorial, Officers, Clones, Troopers, Fringe, Human Supporters and non-human supporters (aliens) and places them in to Detachments at both the Base level and Legion level.

The Detachment Commanding Officers and Detachment Executive Officers\Assistants (DCO, DXO) look after both the administrative aspects of the detachment; are the the first point of contact for members wishing to start a WIP and have also been deemed experts in their field. They are also responsible for organising Merch runs and rosta updates and keeping up to date with costume standards in their detachment.
These positions are elected roles by the membership that feel they have both the right level of knowledge about their chosen field but the right qualities to help nurture and guide new members into clearing a costume.
Both the DCO & DXO are in many ways the equivalent of the 501st Armourers.

Whilst they do no clear your costume directly, they will recommend modifications or adjustments as needed that they feel will slow down or halt the clearance procedure, will have a better understanding of what the judges are looking for in a costume submission and will try and encourage all members to create a costume that far surpasses the minimum costume standards.

If base level clearance is required the Base Commander will call upon the DCOs opinion in weighing up if the costume meets the standards needed for temporary clearance for an event.

Costumes cleared with other Costuming Clubs
We are always happy and excited to see new members wish to join from other Star Wars costume clubs, we're all here for the same thing and so no member will be treated any differently based on membership to any other club.

Please be aware that if a costume previously cleared with another club but does not meet the Rebel Legion's costume standards then you will be asked to make modifications to that costume.

This is no slight on the club that previously cleared the costume, just that the Rebel Legion has its own set of costume standards that have been debated, researched and confirmed by our members to be a level of accuracy that sufficiently in keeping with the rest of the costuming standards.

If your costume doesn't meet those standards or you feel that you information is wrong please ensure you provide the relevant and consistent costume references that back this up and pass this on to the DCO and also your assigned costume judge.

Being cleared with another costume club does not give you a free pass.

Social Media and taking advice from non-members
We can't police the thoughts and opinions of others, nor would we want to.
Facebook for example, offers a great opportunity to share more resources and inspiration easier than even the scope of the Rebel Legion forum can allow.

We ask that all members and new members be aware that advice given\taken outside of the forum is done so at your own risk, along with any costume components and accessories purchased.
Our best advice is double check with the DCOs and other members on the forum. Items that historically may have cleared may no longer be clearable, or the costume standards been updated so that there may be better, cheaper, or more accurate alternatives that you may find worth holding off for.

It is considered more than bad form for perspective members to "slag off" either the Base or the Rebel Legion and its judging because you don't receive the decision you were hoping for on a costume submission via social media either publicly or on private costuming groups\pages, please be aware of what you are saying and to whom.
If your costume is denied or require modifications don't loose heart , we know its at the least disheartening and sometimes upsetting but the majority of costumes can have the modifications made to them and re-submitted. The DCOS and other members of the base will be able to offer advice and help, there's no such thing as a lost cause.
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London & South East Events Coordinator
Rebel Legion Pilot Costume Judge